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Social Check | 5 Ways to Stand Out to Employers Online

Social Check | 5 Ways to Stand Out to Employers Online | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Unfortunately these days good jobs are becoming more elusive, selection criteria is more stringent and critically competition is greater than ever before. That’s why it is essential that job seekers put their best foot forward and take positive and strategic steps to stand out online to employers, whilst remaining honest and authentic.Don’t worry, it sounds more challenging than it really is! Here are 5 ways to stand out to employers online (in a good way):
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Social Check | How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked Before

Social Check | How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked Before | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked BeforeLinkedIn is for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked a day in your life because LinkedIn is about sharing your skills and showing your potential.But how can you show your future employers what you are capable of, if you don't have a past employment background?
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Social Check | The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn

Social Check | The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
The Student’s Guide To LinkedInCreating a LinkedIn profile as a student can be somewhat daunting but there are real and tangible benefits for doing so.
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Job applicants' social media profiles now checked by companies as 'common practice'

Job applicants' social media profiles now checked by companies as 'common practice' | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Job seekers are being warned it is now 'common practice' for companies to check social media profiles, which could impact on their employment chances.
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Great points raised by journalist Linda Skates surrounding job applicants and their online presence. 


Key points raised were: 

1. Organisations are checking prospective employees online presence

2. Assess whether you could put their reputation at risk

3. Jobseekers should be taking advantage of social media to boost their chances of finding new opportunities

 

 

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How to Clean Up Your Social Media Before the Job Hunt - Cosmopolitan (blog)

How to Clean Up Your Social Media Before the Job Hunt - Cosmopolitan (blog) | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Selfies with your cat are OK, but that picture of you doing a keg stand in college? Not so much.
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Key Pointers: 

"You want the first thing a recruiter sees to be an accurate portrait of who you really are and what you represent as a person and as a potential employee.


There are a few things you can do to clean up your social media pages that will help you on your job hunt: 


Set your Facebook page to private

If you want to keep all your cat photos, selfies, personal narratives, and intimate or political thoughts on Facebook, set it to private and be choosy about who you allow in.


Re-evaluate your Friends

When in doubt, keep actual, known friends as "Friends" and list everyone else as an "Acquaintance", they won't see your posts unless you change your privacy settings.


Create a solid, purely professional LinkedIn profile

Create a clear, focused description of your career interests and work experience, solicit endorsements, and show work samples.


Be careful how you tweet

Too many F-bombs, or even one instance of offensive name-calling, can ruin your online reputation and make you appear to be a risk to employers.


Create an identity for your Twitter

It's an opportunity to engage on a topic that interests you already, and also create a degree of expertise."


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Social media in the workplace - Irish and German attitudes - Lexology (registration)

Social media in the workplace - Irish and German attitudes - Lexology (registration) | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
The extent of social media is such that employers now cannot ignore its impact. The most commonly used and most familiar social networking sites…
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Great points made here in regards to the impact of social media on employment decisions and provides some great tips for employers to meet the challenges posed by social media. We are strong advocates of the second tip, being the provision of training guidelines, including induction for new employees and education surrounding social media policy.

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Jobseekers, don't stretch the truth. You WILL get caught out.

Jobseekers, don't stretch the truth. You WILL get caught out. | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

In age of online fact-check, many still lie on resumes. In this era of social-media-fueled transparency — when many Americans think nothing of baring their souls (and a whole lot more) via the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.

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Key point to take away from this article: Jobseekers, don't stretch the truth. In an age of social media transparency , you WILL get caught out. 

 

Other notes: 

- Almost 60 percent of hiring managers across the United States have spotted a lie in a resume.

- One-third of the almost 2,200 managers surveyed said they’ve noticed a rise in dishonesty since the recession five years ago. 

- An estimated 57 percent of candidates feel the need to tout workplace skills they don’t actually possess

- 51 percent of employers will automatically dismiss any job candidate caught lying on his or her resume.

-  Many companies and recruiters have fact-checkers whose job is to sniff out resume fraud.

 

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Developing An Online Brand Can Help You Land A Job!

Developing An Online Brand Can Help You Land A Job! | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

Developing An Online Brand Can Help You Land A Job!
In an increasingly competitive job market, time spent creating the right online presence can make the difference between landing an in-person interview or being left on the resume pile.

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Fantastic points to take away from the article:

You can blog for your dream job! Focus on your goals, develop a voice and reveal your intelligence and skill set. 

You can build a relationship with a future employer before working with them. 

You can't hide behind a resume. The world is now online and what you put out there can make or break your opportunity for career success.

Be deliberate, strategic and proactive and take steps to protect your reputation.

Hone in on your interests, follow groups related to your area of interest and think about who you are networking with. 

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3 Social Media Job Searching Tips

3 Social Media Job Searching Tips | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

"Social Media Job Searching Tips" According to Jobvite, 40% of new hires say they got their job through "personal connections," proving classic networking has value -- but social media ranks second..

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Interesting statistics in this article, also some really great tips on utilising social media in your job search. 

 

Stats:

"40% of new hires say they got their job through "personal connections," proving classic networking has value -- but social media ranks second, with 21% of new hires saying it was the most significant factor in getting hired."

 

"94% of U.S.companies used social media to recruit and hire employees last year."

 

Tips:

1. Focus on target markets: Leverage your target market groups to keep updated on  trends and share this insight.

 

2. Get involved: Get into routine and be persistent. Connect, inform and discuss industry topics of interest with your connections and network. By participating in these discussions you'll raise your profile as an expert and as an influencer.

 

3. Get tracking: On any social media site, start following the A-list companies where you want to work to show your interest in their company and products. This will give you a greater chance at being approached for an opportunity at one of these organisations, or give your application a greater chance at being successful.

 

Don't forget to use Hashtags (#) to engage with key influencers on Twitter and also use company Facebook pages to stay up to date with the latest news and events. 

 

 

 

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10 Social Media Tools To Advance Your Career

10 Social Media Tools To Advance Your Career | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

"10 key social media tools you can use to advance your career, fast."

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A great list of tools here to take your career to the next level. They can help you get the most out of learning opportunities, build your authority, enhance your workplace productivity, build your external network and finally to job hunt. Their are actually 11 tools if you include Social Check™  to analyse your current online presence and provide you with recommendations to improve it. 

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The Case for Embracing Social Media at Work

The Case for Embracing Social Media at Work | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

The Case for Embracing Social Media at Work. A new report led by David Maxfield, co-author of 'Crucial Conversations', along with Mike Rognlien, learning and development manager at Facebook (FB), claims social media has untapped potential...

Dave Griffiths's insight:

Employers should look further into the benefits of social media in the workplace, for employee development, education and productivity. 

 

Excerpts from the article: 

 

"The report, which studies 2,698 people, finds three in five workers social media has resulted in better relationships at work. And, one in three have used social media to further work-related projects. However, only 25% of organizations have formal training on how to use social media in the workplace."

 

“I was surprised at how innovative some of the uses of social media were in the study,” he says. “More than three-quarters of the people surveyed use social media at work, and 61% say it has led to better relationships. It’s all positive, but organizations are still stuck in the notion that social media is not for work, and that it is instead of work.”

 

 

 

 

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Social Media in the Workplace - A Great Value to Organisations

Social Media in the Workplace - A Great Value to Organisations | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

“We have definitely seen a shift in the way employers have gone from forbidding social media in the workplace saying it's a waste of time and a productivity stealer, to now seeing organizations that see the value...

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Every employee is a representative of their organisations brand.

 

It's important that organisations embrace this and ensure that their employees promote themselves in a professional way online (through their social platforms) and become thought leaders in their industry.

This reflects positively on the organisation and its brand and can lead to great trust and sucess. 

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Social Media Tips For Job Seekers

Social Media Tips For Job Seekers | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing. (Job Hunting and Social Media.
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Fantastic info-graphic by #careersavvy. Short and to the point, providing job seekers with some great social media tips. 

 

Here's a quick summary: 

 

1.Spring clean: Google yourself, delete things that may be hijacking your new job success, get your privacy settings in check. 

 

2. A reminder that employers and recruiters check your online presence before meeting you. 

 

3. Picture perfect: Ensure that you have professional profile images.

 

4. Reasons why employers and recruiters observe your online

presence - level of professionalism, cultural fit and qualification check. 

 

5. You are what you tweet: Don't post things that may paint you in a negative light. Instead, share industry content and follow industry leaders to show that you are up to date and interested in what you do.

 

6. Employers hire candidates with:  a good personality, professional image, wide range of interests and don't lie about their qualifications. 

 

7. Employers don't hire candidates who: post x-rated content, post content about drinking and drug taking, bad mouth previous employers and lie about their qualifications. 

 

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Social Check | What businesses don't understand about social media but need to

Social Check | What businesses don't understand about social media but need to | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Social media appeared en masse about 3500 days ago. In the blink of an eye, 1 in 4 people on the planet have embraced some form of social media. What I think is interesting is businesses’ initial reaction to social media has remained largely unchanged: That social media presents a risk, a threat and therefore it needs to be managed by putting in place strict controls and policies across the organisation.
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Social Check | How Online Resumes Play Into Job Searching

Social Check | How Online Resumes Play Into Job Searching | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
When you first start to consider getting your first job, your first thought is to write a resume. That is all well and good, but you should also consider creating an online resume. It’s quite different from the printed resume – which you submit to possible employers – because it covers all of your skills and experiences, without having to keep it short and within two pages.
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What Boomers And Gen Xers Get Wrong About Social Media

What Boomers And Gen Xers Get Wrong About Social Media | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Social media was not a part of the business landscape when most boomers and Gen Xers hit their stride.
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Couldn't agree more with this article. Raises some very valid points towards Boomers and Xers and the great need to implement social media into their business methodology and practices. 

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5 Tips for Making Sure Social Media Helps You Get a Job

5 Tips for Making Sure Social Media Helps You Get a Job | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Employers routinely scour social media before making a hire. You're smart to carefully construct the online version of you they will find.
Dave Griffiths's insight:

The key point to take away from this blog is that employers are making hiring decisions based on what you look like online. 

 

The five tips mentioned are, in quick summary: 

1. Clean - Tidy up your digital footprint

2. Unlink - Old accounts that you no longer use 

3. Unify -  Each profile says the same story about you

4. Optimise - Each profile in terms of keywords

5. Engage - Use social media to follow your key companies and to build professional relationships

 

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4 Signs Your Employer Knows You're Looking to Leave

4 Signs Your Employer Knows You're Looking to Leave | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Employees are more hopeful that they will find a new job than they have been in years. But they’re tipping off their employers without even realizing it.
Dave Griffiths's insight:

Could you be giving away that you are on the hunt for a new job? 


New LinkedIn connections: Don't forget if you're connected with your boss, they can see if you are connecting with competitors and recruiters. Action your privacy settings, stat! 


The wrong job board can leave you exposed: If your post your resume to a popular job board, that your company also uses to hire, you could soon find yourself in hot water. Try to be as strategic and discreet as possible. 


Pushing your personal talk time: If your boss finds you taking more personal calls than usual, they may suspect something is amiss! Avoid taking calls or returning emails during work hours, try and perform these tasks before or after work. 


Evading future opportunities: If your once great relationship with your boss has now turned sour, and they find you are avoiding them, they may suspect that you are looking for new opportunities. Try to act as normal as possible whilst job searching to avoid detection. Or be honest with your boss that you are looking to move on, if you have a strong relationship with them. 

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Stick's don't work - Let employee's have a hand in social media policy

Stick's don't work - Let employee's have a hand in social media policy | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

"Take a significant step towards creating the culture within which you want your team to work, to play, to flourish and to prosper."

Dave Griffiths's insight:

It's important now more than ever that employers not only bring their electronic communications policies to life but also give their employees the opportunity to create the guide lines, to ensure productivity and success. 


Key points raised: 

- Employees prefer to be self-managed and rely on their instincts.

- Employers need to be confident that employees can effectively and appropriately self-manage so they are acting both responsibly and safely at work.
- Every organisation needs at least a little internal legislation to create a framework within which to operate. The question is how strict and big is the frame?
- How do employers create a collaborative culture where people will  stick to a few sensible guidelines that are based on the principle of self-regulation. 
- Employers want people to be productive at work, spending their time helping the start-up to meet its goals and objectives.

- Treat employees as responsible adults and invest in their knowledge and understanding of good and appropriate social media practice. 

- Take responsibility in creating a culture in which your team will thrive and the organisation will prosper. 



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Your Digital Life: Job seekers, be wise on social media

Your Digital Life: Job seekers, be wise on social media | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

A recent CareerBuilder.com survey found a third of employers "rejected someone based on what they found on Facebook." With 1.6 million new college graduates emerging from their ivory towers in 2014 – most of them seeking new jobs. Many of these young adults, who grew up in the digital age, use social media the way they breathe – constantly and unthinkingly.

Dave Griffiths's insight:

This article raises some great points for young people who are about to enter the job searching journey, I do think however these tips apply to everyone on the hunt for a job.

1. Clean up your social media presence now, before you send out your first resumé.


2. Up your privacy settings so that recruiters and potential employers can't see anything on your page that isn't aligned to their values.


I would strongly advise against taking the extreme action of deleting your social media pages. If you have adjusted your privacy settings their is no need to take this action. Also it's important to be found online, to avoid the question of whether you are resistant to change, or familiar with current day technology.


We should all be able to have a private existence online, you just have to be prudent and partition it off. 

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Dealing with reputational harm: Anonymous postings by employees - InsideCounsel

Dealing with reputational harm: Anonymous postings by employees - InsideCounsel | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Dealing with reputational harm: Anonymous postings by employees
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Employees, however, do not have a license to say anything they want on social media, anonymously or otherwise.
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Great article about the need for communications policies to protect organisations from intentional employee reputational damage. An aspect missing from this article however is the need for the communications policy to come to life, through organisations investing in employee education on professional online conduct. This is what Social Check™ aims to address with our Social Check™ Report - now available on our website at www.socialcheck.com.

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8 Things To Do When On The Hunt For A New Job

8 Things To Do When On The Hunt For A New Job | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

"8 Things To Do When On The Hunt For A New Job"

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A summary of the 8 tips:

 

1.Keep your profiles updated: People will think you are diligent as opposed to thinking that you are job hunting. 

 

2. Lie Low Electronically: Avoid public social media posts telling your friends you're searching for a new job.

 

3. Be Careful What You Display: If for example you join job searching groups on LinkedIn, ensure that you edit those groups visibility sections. 

 

4. Don't wallpaper the world with your resume: This won't help you get the job that you want, in fact you could gain unwanted publicity and your boss and hiring manager may even see it. 

 

5. Conduct your job search at home - not work: Using work computers can leave an electronic footprint, and your co-workers may be able to hear your telephone conversations. 

 

6. Choose appropriate times for phone interviews: Schedule them before work, lunch and after work. Hiring managers would rather speak to you at a time that is most convenient for you. 

 

7. Schedule in person interviews during time off work: Take advantage of paid leave and don't use sick days as you risk being seen by another employee, or being caught out online. 

 

8. Don't tell other employees (friends): Be careful who you trust. Not all work colleagues are allies, so beware who you share your job hunting intentions with. 

 

Go about your job search quietly, with professionalism and follow the 8 tips above to avoid finding yourself in strife when job hunting. 

 

 

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Social Media in the Workplace is Going Backwards

Social Media in the Workplace is Going Backwards | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Social Media in the Workplace is Going Backwards Huffington Post That's right, apparently in all jurisdictions (other than the US) where Proskauer was conducting the research, country law dictates an employer can actually block social media sites...
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Global law firm researches social media and the workplace. Statistics emphasise that thinking needs to change when it comes to employee education and practice of social media in the workplace. 

 

Statistics: 

90% of companies now use social media for business purposes. Social media policies are now found in 80% of organisations, up from 60%. Only 17% of organisations have provisions that protect them against misuse of social media by ex-employees. 36% of employers actively block access to such sites, compared to 29% in 2012. 43% of businesses permit all of their employees to access social media sites, a fall of 10%.

 

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4 Basic Grammar Tips All Job Seekers Should Know

4 Basic Grammar Tips All Job Seekers Should Know | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it

These days, human resources departments and hiring managers are flooded with résumés. They have to be narrowed down somehow, and grammatical errors are an easy way to eliminate applicants.

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Jobseekers don't let a grammatical error affect your career opportunities! 

 

Know your homophones, use apostrophes properly, keep your tenses consistent and be sure to proofread your content.

 

Errors as simple as this can unfortunately lead to your application or resume being instantly dismissed and placed in the 'no' pile. 

 

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Social Media and You - 6 Great Tips for Jobseekers

Social Media and You - 6 Great Tips for Jobseekers | Personal Reputation | Scoop.it
Adults are doing it. Using online social networking sites, that is.
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More great social media tips for jobseekers.

Here are the 6 tips (see the article for more detail) :  

1. Become a LinkedIn member

2. Try SimplyHired’s ‘Who Do I Know?’ tool

3. Sign up for a Twitter account

4. Participate in online job real time chats

5. Tap into virtual job fairs

6. Join Facebook



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