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What Does your Online Persona Say About YOU?

online personaCareerBuilder.com surveys consistently show that employers are increasingly researching job seekers online before making hiring decisions. Employers are definitely using Social Networking sites to research job seekers.  What would your online persona say about you?

“Hiring managers are using the Internet to get a more well-rounded view of job candidates in terms of their skills, accomplishments and overall fit within the company,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com.

Here are some job search tips from the latest CareerBuilder survey to help job seekers create a positive online persona, an effective job search strategy and sell their brand.

1) Clean up digital dirt. Make sure to remove pictures, content and links that can send the wrong message to a potential employer before you start your job search.

2) Update your profile regularly. Make sure to include specific accomplishments, inside and outside of work.

3) Monitor comments. Since you can’t control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the “block comments” feature.

4) Join groups selectively. While joining a group with a fun or silly name may seem harmless, “Party Monsters R Us” may not give the best impression to a hiring manager. Also be selective about who you accept as “friends.”

5) Go private. Consider setting your profile to “private,” so only designated friends can view it.

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Ten Rules for Career Success

I found this really wecareer successll thought out list of the 10 Rules of Success to help professionals grow in their careers. The list was developed by Folarin Longe, founder of Human Edge Limited, a human resources consulting and staffing services firm based in Lagos, Nigeria.

I think the list is appropriate for those of us who are working in an increasingly global environment.  Longe’s list can help professionals answer the proverbial question, “what does it take to get ahead around here?”

This is the kind of question that a someone in any new work environment or a new grads should be asking after they settle into their routine assignments in their first year on the job.

Will these 10 rules apply in every work environment? I think so.

Are there other factors that could be specific to your organization? Yes. For example, you might find that moving ahead in your specific company might require special attention to networking with senior managers or negotiating political mine fields.

10 Rules for Career Success

Try to apply Longe’s 10 rules for career success, plus any other specific rules unique to life at your office.

Rule #1 – Be a constant learner and absorb formal and informal training

Rule #2 – Be humble. You might be surprised at the source of new ideas

Rule #3 – Be Pro-Active. Take responsibility for your own growth and development

Rule #4 – Develop a “Hardy Attitude” and be willing to take as much as you give

Rule #5 – Be friendly yet professional

Rule #6 – Be hardworking, enthusiastic and passionate

Rule #7 – Recognize the commercial imperative

Rule #8 – Be exceptionally good at something

Rule #9 – Develop good interpersonal skills

Rule #10 – It’s ok to be ambitious

Longe goes in depth with each of these 10 rules of success and I encourage you to check out the complete article for more insight into one or more of these rules.

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Read Job Postings Carefully!

read job postingsToo many job seekers get really attached to position titles and overlook the actual work, tasks and assignments involved in a particular job.  Don’t make this mistake.  Look past the job titles and read job postings carefully.

As you read the job postings, you should be thinking about the skills and behaviors you have compared to what the employer wants.

Some tips for reading job postings:

1. Look for a match between the skills and experience you have and the skills and experience required in the job posting.

2. Remember that skills are transferable from one industry to the next or from one job to the next.

3. Keep in mind that statistics show that about 80% of the people who get hired only have about 60% of the skills listed in the job description.  You don’t have to already have your experience doing exactly the same work.

4. Job postings are just as full of keywords as your resume should be.  Sometimes you have to read between the lines since the postings are written for the web, with SEO goals in mind.  After all the employer wants to make sure you find their job posting, just as much as you want them to find your resume.

5. Read between the lines and think about the “success behaviors” behind the job description.  Plan to showcase these behaviors in your resume and explain them as you sell your brand in the job interview.

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Start a Business in College

Bennett College Start a BusinessDid you ever think of owning your own business? Teenagers and college students do it all the time.  Many of our young entrepreneurs actually got to start a business in college.  If you attend one of America’s Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU), you might be able to take advantage of entrepreneurship centers on campus.

Five HBCU’s that currently have Entrepreneurship or Small Business centers include:

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania – Entrepreneurial Leadership Center

Bennett College for Women – Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Morehouse College – Entrepreneurship Center

Howard University – Small Business Development Center

Morgan State University – Center for Entrepreneurship Studies

Many of these centers offer business plan competitions, summer boot camps or even lecture series with well known entrepreneurs as guest speakers.  All these programs help students and members of the broader community who might want to start a business.

In addition to these schools, here are a few other resources for students who want to start a business.

1. Junior Achievements
Great resource created through a partnership between educators and businesses. Read bios of successful teen entrepreneurs, watch videos and find Junior Achievement offices near you.

2. US Small Business Administration – Youth Entrepreneurship
Use checklists to find out if your business ideas are solid and will work. Learn more about managing the financial and legal aspects of a business and find a terrific list of resources they call “Business Buddies”.

3. Young Entrepreneurs of America
A non profit organization established to help young entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality.

Read more about the personal character traits of successful entrepreneurs. Start your research now and spend your summer growing your client list.

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Job Search Tech Update

social media logosIt is impossible to conduct a successful job search strategy in 2015 without engaging technology. This job search tech update reminds all of us of some of the new ways we can use technology in a current job and career search.

Twitter, Facebook. LinkedIn, Instagram and Google +

In 2014 employers 73% of employers planned to invest more in social media recruiting strategies. No need to use all social media channels, but you must be represented on LinkedIn plus one or two others. Here are the ways that employers are connecting via social media according to JobVite.com social media survey:

LinkedIn 94%

Facebook 66%

Twitter 52%

Google + 21%

YouTube 15%

Niche job boards

Job boards are great way for recruiters to connect with candidates. Many companies, in fact, are developing their own career centers through their own company websites. For some employers, niche job boards like TheHBCUCareerCenter.com make even more sense, since jobseekers and employers can converge around a common interest. In the case of TheHBCUCareerCenter.com, employers can connect with job seekers in the vast diverse community of students, staff, alumni served by America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Websites about YOU

It is unbelievable that everyone and anyone can build a website to promote their own personal brand. Whether you are using do-it-yourself website service like Wix.com or SquareSpace.com, or hosting your own branded site like https://about.me/, use it to capture who you are and what you have to offer.

SKYPE, Google Hangouts, Facetime

Recruiters are saving money and expanding their reach by screening candidates from diverse locations using job search technology like SKYPE, Google Hangouts and Facetime. There is a lot of advice on how to use these tools to meet employers virtually.

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Kill a Job Search with Social Media Mistakes

Anythingsocial media kill job search that 93% of employers pay attention to, is something you should be concerned about if you are looking for a job. Well that’s the percentage of hiring managers who told Jobvite.com that they will review a job seeker’s social profiles before making a final hiring decision. That’s a pretty impressive number. Nothing should surprise us there, as that number has been increasing steadily over the last five years.

In addition to this list of social media mistakes, you should know that “55% of those employers have reconsidered a candidate based on what they find, with most (61%) of those double-takes being negative.”

Like many other career and HR professionals, I have written extensively on how recruiters are using social media research to evaluate job candidates. I have also shared tips and advice to clean up social media to make it more employer friendly. However, I felt it was worth repeating these ways that you could kill your job search with social media mistakes.

Here are the percentages of hiring managers who have a negative response to social media posts with this type of information.

Profanity – 63%

Spelling/Grammar – 66%

Illegal drug references – 83%

Sexual posts – 70%

Guns – 51%

Alcohol – 44%

Read the full report here.

Check out other articles on our blog on social media use in your career.

Online behavior can kill a future career

Social media: 11 Rules for Job Search

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