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Social Profiles Can Help You Land Or Lose A Job

Social Profiles Can Help You Land Or Lose A Job | CareerOz |

Are you searching for a job?

Mindful of what you post on Twitter and Facebook?

Social media posts can help you land or lose a potential job.

Many companies check social media profiles before hiring you – and do you know what they’re looking for?

So if you want to boost your chances of landing that job, ensure your social profiles are in good standing [professionally].

Today, 92 percent of companies use LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter for recruiting, which makes social networking essential when job hunting. 

Here’s what you need to know about creating a positive impression to help get you hired.

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17 Unspoken Rules Of LinkedIn Etiquette

17 Unspoken Rules Of LinkedIn Etiquette | CareerOz |
LinkedIn is strictly professional, giving it a different kind of status when it comes to etiquette.


On most social media networks, it seems like anything goes. Things are a little more loose on Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn is strictly professional, giving it a different kind of status when it comes to etiquette. You have to be careful about what you put out there, how you make your requests, and remember to be polite.

Are you stepping on toes without realizing your mistakes?

Learn about the 17 unspoken rules of LinkedIn etiquette:


On the LinkedIn Blog, Lindsey Pollak shares a priceless gem: “If you wouldn’t do it in person, don’t do it on LinkedIn!” This is a good rule to keep in mind even if you can’t remember lots of little rules. Be polite, professional, and don’t let your manners go out the window just because you’re online.


When connecting with strangers on LinkedIn, it’s easy just to send the default message, but it’s more appealing and friendly to create a personal message. A quick note about why you’d like to connect with that person.


Please and thank you don’t take much time to say, but it’s amazing how many people forget about these polite words online. Make your etiquette stand out!


Status updates are always welcome, but if you’re posting more than 10 updates before your connections have had a chance to sip their coffee, you need to slow it down. Three updates within a short period of time is enough!


What goes around comes around. If you would like to get recommendations on LinkedIn, don’t forget to share your own, too. People like being recommended, at it’s great for building your social capital. Write a good recommendation; hopefully you’ll get one, too.


If you’re going to request recommendations, don’t send them out to everyone you know. Think about who, specifically, can share valuable insight. When requesting your recommendation, ask for recommendations on specific projects or work history that you know they’ll have something to say about. It helps them come up with something easy to say, and lets them know that their recommendation is important enough to you that you’ll make it personal.


Remember that LinkedIn is a professional site, not a personal one. Vacation pictures, whining, and drama are not appreciated. Stay professional, offering business discussions, events, and opportunities instead.


It’s great to share what’s important to you on LinkedIn, but be careful not to get too full of yourself. Remember that LinkedIn is all about connections and nurturing your network. Ask yourself what you can do for your contacts, instead of frequently requesting that they do things that only benefit you.


It’s fun and useful to have a large network, but add too many strangers, and you’ll devalue the real connections you have. Only add people that you really have a connection with, whether you’ve met them in person or conversed online.


If you are going to connect with someone that you aren’t very close to, help them remember who you are. Remind them how they know you, mentioning that it was great running into them at a conference, chatting on a podcast, or however else you met that person.


Be sure to keep your LinkedIn profile photo appropriate for business. Take the time to get a professional photo, or just get a friend to snap a nice one of you. It will help you put out the right impression.


This one should be obvious, but judging by the amount of spam that still plagues LinkedIn, some people still need reminding. People don’t like to see irrelevant information, or the same thing over and over again. And it should go without saying, but sales pitches aren’t welcome.


Again, this one’s obvious, but worth a mention. Be careful not to get into spats in open forums, or at all. Keep LinkedIn as a positive place to connect.


A common LinkedIn etiquette complaint is about users with constant status updates, and those that link their Twitter accounts with LinkedIn. Sure, it’s tempting to save time, but it’s much more polite to craft specific messages for LinkedIn.


You may be a LinkedIn pro, but new users are still jumping on every day, and they don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. As they try to figure out how best to use LinkedIn, be patient and kind, and even offer to lend them a hand.


When you join a LinkedIn group, be careful to find the rules and follow them.


If someone contacts you, acknowledge the message. Even if you don’t have a real response for their question or request, it’s still polite to write back. Ignored messages hurt, and every connection merits a response. If you’re too busy to take care of it at the moment, just say so.

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What Type of Learner Are You? [And Why It Doesn't Matter]

What Type of Learner Are You? [And Why It Doesn't Matter] | CareerOz |

Your learning style can affect your studying success or does it?

The concept of  "learning styles" refers to the idea that different people learn in different ways.

Concerned students will often remark that they didn't do well on a given exam because they are "visual learners," while parents will often note that their child is a "motor learner," an "aural learner," or perhaps an "intuitive learner."


The implicit message behind these labels is that educators need to match their method of instruction to match the style of the student, so as to maximize the student's learning and performance. The flip side of this argument, of course, is that if the student learns or performs poorly, some of it may have to do with a mismatch between the student's style and the method of instruction.


Hence the notion of learning styles is deeply influential in educational circles:

Learning styles are also big business, at least on the assessment side, with a number of websites and tests available to help people understand their own or their kids' learning styles and strengths. 

The pull to understand what "type" of learner we are, much like the pull to understand what "type" of person we are, is very strong. Naturally, parents want the best for their kids, and learners in general want engaging, interesting material-- what is the research evidence behind these learning styles?


A 2008 study by Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert Bjork, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, addressed this very question by looking at the available data over the decades on this issues. Do studies that match (versus mismatch) students on the basis of their learning styles produce better performance? Here is the conclusion of the research:


"On the basis of our review, the belief that learning-style assessments are useful in educational contexts appears to be just that—a belief.

Our conclusion reinforces other recent skeptical commentary on the topic (e.g., Coffield et al., 2004; Curry, 1990; Willingham, 2005, 2009)… At present…. we feel that the widespread use of learning-style measures in educational settings is unwise and a wasteful use of limited resources."(p. 117)


This is a strong conclusion, but in just about every study that rigorously tested the "matching" hypothesis, the results failed to yield the expected increase in performance when a given student was matched to his or her learning style (different studies used different classification methods, but in each case the data in support of the matching hypothesis was not compelling).

Even more striking, the more carefully designed and controlled the study, the less the data supported the hypothesis that matching learning styles to type of instruction mattered. 


Two Conclusions:

#1. We often have incredibly strong intuitions about what kind of person we (or our loved ones) are-- but these intuitions often do not hold up to scientific scrutiny.

This happens in the domain of education, as well as in the domain of personality


#2. Absent evidence of learning styles, our precious educational resources may be better spent looking at other types of interventions that seem to work


By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D  --


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Self-Learning: The New Master’s Degree #Infographic

Self-Learning: The New Master’s Degree #Infographic | CareerOz |

Self-learning is becoming the new master's degree with the help of the Internet and online education.


More and more people are starting to get tired of paying up to 50,000 dollars a year for a quality education. Employers are starting to stop caring about degrees. All they care about now is skills, skills, skills!

Consider this: 75% of people living in the U.S. think college is too expensive and only 19% of college presidents think higher education in the U.S. is the best in the world. College itself may be scoring an F, which is why so many youths are signing up for a new professor: the Internet.

After all, what’s the use of learning (and paying for) philosophy in college if all you want is to be a programmer?

Fortunately for you, there are many ways available online or offline where you skip paying high fees for a teacher, and you just teach yourself everything you need to know to get a job. Or, if you already have one, maybe you could use a new skill or two without classes 5 days a week.

More and more people are doing the same!

See how in this Infographic created with Udemy -


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Digital Creative Jobs: Salary Comparison Guide

Digital Creative Jobs: Salary Comparison Guide | CareerOz |
The salary guide for digital creative jobs defines the hottest job markets in the country and what they're paying.

As companies large and small continue to focus the bulk of their marketing efforts on website creation, conversion, and application development, the need for digital creative professionals is at an all-time high. 

And if you’re in the market for a new career, check out OnwardSearch's list of digital creative jobs.

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15 Surprising, Scholarly Facts About Text Messaging + #Infographic

15 Surprising, Scholarly Facts About Text Messaging + #Infographic | CareerOz |

Here are 15 scholarly facts about texting that you may not have suspected 

#1. Getting a text makes you happier

#2. Hypertexters are less healthy

#3. Texting behind the wheel is even riskier than we thought

#4. Texting while driving killed 16,000 in a six-year period

#5. Texters use fewer abbreviations than we thought

#6. Black people send the most text messages

#7. Texting helps HIV sufferers take their meds

#8. Texters don't believe that's a word

#9. Texting makes it easier to lie

#10. Many people are addicted to texting

#11. Most people still prefer a phone call

#12. Banning texting while driving is not the answer

#13. Female teens text the most

#14. Texting has spawned its own injury

#15. Predictive texting changes children's brains


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Thanks John, very quick off the mark xxx
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9 Minutes A Day: Continuous Career Management

9 Minutes A Day: Continuous Career Management | CareerOz |

LinkedIn: 9 minutes can change everything

9 Minute Window and LinkedIn clearly provides a perfect platform to facilitate a wide number of these:

1. Build your network

2. Maintain relationships

3. Request recommendations

4. Document achievements and wins on LinkedIn

5. Update your status everyday

6.  Expand on your thought leadership

7. Use the power of video and create a video bio

8. Source staff

9. Research

Everyone is busy and time poor and so it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus on your 9 minute ritual.

To avoid this set a specific time of day for your 9 minutes of continuous career management.

Try to prioritise your actions for the 9 minutes so you are truly focused

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Job Seeker Turns Pinterest Board Into CV

Job Seeker Turns Pinterest Board Into CV | CareerOz |
If you want to get a job at a social media site, using that site for your application is a pretty good way to go about it.

And that’s what job applicant Jeanne Hwang has done on Pinterest. When she wanted to reach out to the company and apply for a job, she decided to create her CV as a Pinterest board 

Jeanne has also set up a Tumblr blog dedicated to her application to Pinterest.

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The Exam Cram: Why Stress Can Hurt Your Test Scores

The Exam Cram: Why Stress Can Hurt Your Test Scores | CareerOz |

Rather than study, most students put their studies aside and hit the river or party to celebrate the end of the year.

All-nighters, energy drinks, marathon study sessions: many students push themselves to extremes when preparing for exams.

It’s exam time, and most students go through the same panicked routine semester after semester. While you may think caffeine and all-nighters are the only way to tackle exam week, studies show that this kind of study pattern may harm your scores more than it helps! 

This Infographic by Course Hero, touches on how ineffective cramming is when you decide to party during precious study time.

It also lists effective study habits and tips to help you ace that final.

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Things To Know Before Your Job Interview #Infographic

Things To Know Before Your Job Interview #Infographic | CareerOz |

There are a few big no-nos that you should stay away from, and they are quite well outlined in this Infographic by Classes and Careers. 

This one; however, goes a little bit deeper into the actual interview and what certain things you should avoid while in the interview itself. It boils down to being confident and knowledgeable but it also deepens our knowledge when it comes to things we should not do, wear or even say.

If you can keep away from these, you will already make a better impression. One particularly interesting thing is that being fashionable and trendy is almost frowned upon.

Employers don’t want applicants to be either of these, and it would interesting to know the reason why that is.

maxOz's comment, May 25, 2012 12:50 AM
Jody, Your Welcome, and thanks for your suggestion on CareerOz, will take a look Cheers Michele
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5 Tips To A More Successful Job Interview

5 Tips To A More Successful Job Interview | CareerOz |
If you’ve interviewed for a job you’ve probably thought about the practicality of trying to tell the interviewer everything...

Here are a few questions to consider:

1. What’s your level of self-confidence – do you believe that you possess the capabilities to succeed?
2. How secure is your self-direction – are you certain and clear about where you are going?
3. How are you at handling stress – can you separate yourself from stressful situations?

Getting your game back is not difficult – as long as you understand how and why you got in your situation, and how you can change it back. The interview is not the challenge.

# 1. Pay Attention To What Got You Where You Are

# 2. Put Your Job Situation In Perspective

# 3. Become Future-Focused

# 4. Understand Your Talents – And Your Non-Talents

# 5, Look Back To Look Forward

Successful interviews start with a confident, focused, and in control applicant.

Learn how to regain your self-confidence, self-direction, and ability to handle stressful situations.

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The Growth Of Distance Learning #Infographic

The Growth Of Distance Learning #Infographic | CareerOz |

Distance learning used to be a cumbersome and uncertain alternative to the traditional classroom experience.

However, Internet technology has made digital learning more interactive, and drastically improved the quality of these programs.

There has been a significant jump in distance learning enrollment among undergraduate students recently.

See how popular these programs have become in this Infographic - by Course Hero and Column Five; which looks at the growth of distance learning over the last decade and examines which demographics have benefitted the most from online courseware.

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How To Leverage Facebook Business Timeline for Recruiting«

How To Leverage Facebook Business Timeline for Recruiting« | CareerOz |

The new Facebook timeline is here and brands are redesigning their presence to adapt to it. Facebook’s timeline provides a plethora of new features to increase candidate engagement and tell your brand story in a captivating way.

Timeline is the reverse-chronological display of your brand’s history on Facebook. With timeline, Facebook has introduced some optional (and non-optional) features. This eBook covers the different new features that come with timeline and how they can be utilized for recruitment purposes.

Inside this eBook - 

*Anatomy of Facebook Timeline
*All elements of Facebook Timeline explained one-by-one
*Tips on how to utilize Facebook Timeline for better engagement and recruitment success
*Examples of how Fortune 500 Companies are using Facebook Timeline for recruitment
*8-Step checklist for your Facebook Timeline Design

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How To Become A Mobile App Developer

How To Become A  Mobile App Developer | CareerOz |

Software development is going mobile, bringing applications to phones, laptops and tablets everywhere.

Gartner predicts that by 2015 mobile app development projects will outnumber PC application projects by 4 to 1.

Developers with the right mix of skills can find boundless opportunity in the multibillion-dollar mobile app industry.

Mobile app developers hail from different walks of life—A software engineer, a tech-savvy business entrepreneur or a web designer may have what it takes to create the next top-selling app. 

With the rapid growth of the mobile medium, some colleges and universities are adding specialized undergraduate degree programs in mobile app development. recently surveyed the app landscape, and pulled information from a variety of sources around the web to put together this Infographic , which serves as a primer for aspiring developers- Learn what it takes to become a mobile software developer.




Katia Frolova's comment, August 28, 2012 5:24 AM
I liked this one! Very useful! Thanks for sharing :)
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Katia Thanks Very Much, Glad you enjoyed Cheers Michele
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10 Best Colleges For Game-Based Learning

10 Best Colleges For Game-Based Learning | CareerOz |

These 10 colleges represent your best bets for learning while playing video and other games.

If you were busy playing Call of Duty and you missed it, July 8 was Video Games Day. While most people’s experience with gaming involves mindless destruction or sports competition, educators have begun to see the value in the medium for helping students learn. While the research is still developing and some professors are still skeptical, these 10 colleges represent your best bets for learning while playing video and other games.



The Educational Communications and Technology department at UW has overseen the creation of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative to study how the practice can be used to change the way students learn.



Over the last several years, Purdue has built a strong base of game-based learning classes and programs. The Purdue Serious Games Center is the school’s hub for developing and studying educational games and digital environments to enact in their own classes and to share with schools for K-12.



Role-playing game Reacting to the Past has been used by more than 300 colleges since its development by Barnard College and five other schools. Oregon had already made news in 2009 when a marketing instructor began using Madden to teach business concepts.



Games and simulations have been popping up in business school courses for a while now, but Penn’s Wharton School makes it an integral part of the curriculum rather than an afterthought. “FutureView” lets marketing students learn how to market a completely new product by putting them in the virtual shoes of consumers.



Trojans have the opportunity to use serious games to learn … serious game design. Michigan State is one of the few to provide coursework to prepare students to work as game designers of serious games. The coursework is part of its master’s degree in telecommunication, information studies, and media.



Instead of being shoved in front of real-life children to practice their skills, education majors at UCF can learn good classroom management through the school’s unique learning game.



Math has become a popular subject for educational games, with titles like MathBlaster catching on with kids and teachers. Students themselves at Bothell have gotten in on serious game education, developing games like Facebook: UWB Wetlands Restoration through the school’s Center for Serious Play, to educate other students and the public on the need to protect the wetlands.



At this small private school in Erie, Pa., the intelligence studies department is where you’ll find students learning through video game play. Associate professor Kristan Wheaton decided to incorporate the teaching method into his repertoire. The result? He began to have students play the massively popular and massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft. The tactics and strategies needed to successfully play the game are a perfect fit for the intelligence studies program, which involves the disciplines of law enforcement and national security.



Although the Austin campus has been known to have teachers incorporate game-based learning into their curriculum, UT-Brownsville has been recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education for the efforts of one of its professors to use video games to teach physics.



NIU has become the poster child of game-based learning, basically through the work of one man. Engineering professor Brianno Coller noticed in his “Dynamic Systems and Control” and “Computational Methods” classes that computer simulations seemed to capture students’ attention, so he created a video game called Spumone to let students build and race virtual race cars to learn both math and engineering.


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maxOz's comment, July 9, 2012 9:06 AM
Thank You John, Hope your had a great weekend xxx
Casey Nydoske's curator insight, January 5, 2015 11:59 AM

This one is great because it includes Two colleges that are in my top three picks which are University Of Washington in Bothell and University of Central Florida. 

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Maximizing Millennials: The Who, How, And Why Of Managing Gen Y

Maximizing Millennials: The Who, How, And Why Of Managing Gen Y | CareerOz |

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are entering the workplace in record numbers.

They are idealistic, diverse, digitally-enabled, social and perhaps most importantly, ambitious. While these are all traits that can make a positive impact on your organization, it is a tall task to retain and motivate millennials for a variety of reasons.  Their attitudes toward work and careers differ from previous generations as evidenced by the following:

- In a recent survey, millennials prioritized “meaningful work” over high pay.

- 1 in 3 millennials said “social media freedom” is a higher priority than salary.

- 70% of millennials are planning to change jobs once the economy improves.

Change can be daunting, but these factors are not difficult to embrace and can ultimately improve your company culture. Here are some things you can do to maximize your leadership of millennials:

Empower the entrepreneurial spirit

- 92% of surveyed 21-24 year-olds said entrepreneurship education was vital in the new economy

- 30% started a business in college

Provide quality feedback

- 80% of millennials said they would prefer feedback in real time rather than via traditional performance reviews

Let them grow

- 65% of millennials said personal development was the most influential factor in their current job


To learn more about the who, how and why of leading Gen Y, take a look at this Infographic produced in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Council and their  #FixYoungAmerica  campaign.


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How Much Does Obesity Cost Employers? #Infographic

How Much Does Obesity Cost Employers? #Infographic | CareerOz |

Currently one-third of U.S. adults are obese. That’s more than double what it was 30 years ago. And as bellies swell, so do serious risks of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments

Obesity is a health issue that costs employers a lot of money throughout the year. This Infographic created with Keas -  - looks at these costs.

The staggering amount of employers are experiencing a greater loss in productivity as their employees burn through sick days recovering from illness, running to the doctor and trying to keep up with work from home.

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Top 100 Career Advice Blogs

Top 100 Career Advice Blogs | CareerOz |

An amazing collection and a wonderful resource for the careers industry!

I have put this Collection in a PDF - - to keep and peruse at leisure.


Thank you to Jody Woohyung Jeon - [@JodyJeon] for suggesting this scoop.

maxOz's comment, June 4, 2012 9:11 AM
Katia thank you for sharing x
maxOz's comment, June 8, 2012 12:43 AM
Thank You Mithu, appreciate your support xxx
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Sexting And The College Student

Sexting And The College Student | CareerOz |
Sexting can lead to more than just embarrassment — it can also lead to legal consequences. Learn more about this widespread college trend, and why students should be wary of participating in it.

Sexting, or sending sexually explicit photos over the phone, is reportedly common among college students, according to research from the University of Rhode Island - .

This research showed that more than half of all college students have received a sexually suggestive image via text, and that nearly 80% of college students have received a sexually suggestive text message.

The stats were the result of a study into how technology affects people's mental and physical health, along with studying the interpersonal relationships of college students.

Other findings in the research were that the lion's share of "sexts" were between partners in a relationship, but a scary 10% were sent to someone else against the wishes of the original sender.

There is also a need for individuals to set boundaries when it comes to relationships and technology, and that the sender has very little control over who might end up seeing the sexually explicit images or messages once they are sent.

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The History Of Social Recruiting Technology #Infographic

The History Of Social Recruiting Technology #Infographic | CareerOz |
Check out how recruiting technology has changed over the years -- and how it can be updated for the social world.

Digital recruiting has certainly come a long way in such a short time.

One of the biggest advances made in recruiting in the last 20 years has been the advent of social media.

Networking platforms — LinkedIn being the most noteworthy — have altered the foundation of recruiting to allow for more efficiency, higher speed and better results.

This Infographic, with research and art provided by Jobvite, not only chronicles the major leaps in recruiting since the ’90s but also shows how social media can be cleverly integrated for even more efficiency. Of course, these changes are in sync with the way that job seekers are handling their own search — Pew Research estimates that 65% of adults use social media for their own job search.

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The New Networking: Ultimate LinkedIn Guide For 2012 Grads

The New Networking: Ultimate LinkedIn Guide For 2012 Grads | CareerOz |

LinkedIn was created with professional networking in mind, and it’s the most effective resource when it comes to making meaningful professional connections.

Check out Online Colleges Guide to find great ideas for making the most of this great tool, groups and insightful posts for LinkedIn success.

Use it: LinkedIn is the online destination for professional networking, and you’ve got to be on it to get connected.
Create a complete profile:
Connect with your classmates and professors:
Find a mentor:
Use introductions:
Connect with all of your past employers:
Take advantage of resources just for new grads:
Ask for recommendations:
Be a connector:
Don’t neglect keywords:
Go public:
Make small connections:
Join groups:
Establish yourself as an expert with Q&A:
Personalize your connections:
Network in person, too:

Groups for New Grads

Join and participate in these groups to get connected with relevant new contacts, find resources for new grads, and more.

Useful LinkedIn Tools

Find a job, discover new connections, and share your portfolio by taking advantage of great tools on LinkedIn.

Helpful Resources

Further explore the ways you can use LinkedIn for professional networking as a new graduate here 

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, May 8, 2012 8:51 AM
Wouldn't want to be a 2012 grad for all the tea in China given the lackluster state of economy and hiring. Great, helpful post by maxOz may help dull the pain some. If I had it to do over again I would start my first company at 22 not 35 because 1. WHY NOT and 2. see #1. Great Scoop Michele. Marty
maxOz's comment, May 8, 2012 9:04 AM
Marty, how are you doing .Agree wholeheartedly. Although there is an advantage to being 35, older, experienced, pinch of wisdom and being able to work smarter, not harder xxx
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How Tech Is Changing College Life #Infographic

How Tech Is Changing College Life #Infographic | CareerOz |

How central is technology to modern college life?

This Infographic by Presta Electronics, using material from the Pew Research Center, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mashable and other sources breaks it down:

More than 90% use email to communicate with professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper, virtually all students who own an ereader and most use digital tools when preparing a presentation.

All that tech has caused something of a dependency too — 38% of students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their smartphone or other device. All told, students spent $13 billion on electronics in 2009.

Community college students are less digitally connected than students at four-year schools, but more and more people are making the Internet their education gateway. Twelve million students take at least one class online today — in five years, that number is projected to exceed 22 million.

By 2014, analysts say, more than 3.5 million students will take all of their classes online.

John van den Brink's comment, May 7, 2012 4:48 AM
Great one Michele! Have a nice day.
maxOz's comment, May 7, 2012 4:50 AM
Thanks John, Hope you are well and you to have a great day xxx Michele
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10 Best iPhone Apps For Staying Safe On Campus

10 Best iPhone Apps For Staying Safe On Campus | CareerOz |

Staying safe on campus isn’t impossible if you’re careful, know what to look out for and plan for dangerous situations in advance.

No matter how many emergency services, alert systems, clinics, and precautions colleges and universities provide their students, faculty, and staff, criminal and medical crises still worm their way onto campus.

The particularly tech-savvy who can’t go anywhere without their iPhones in tow enjoy some extra mobile safety perks that, while they obviously can’t prevent problems, certainly render them comparatively easier to survive.

Downloading the following applications:  - might very well mean the difference between poking around safely and ending up feeding the begonias in some not-so-sweet little old lady’s backyard.


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Work / Life Balance Survey + #Infographic

Work / Life Balance Survey + #Infographic | CareerOz |

The Captivate Office Pulse Survey on Work-Life Balance reveals that when it comes to work-life balance, men are happier than women.

The Survey - - of 673 workers shows that men are 25% happier at work and 8% happier at home than women are.

There are also some interesting insights into some of the ways the lack of a work-life balance impacts people and how a healthy work-life balance can be maintained.

The link between work-life balance and health

Captivate - - found that a lack of work-life balance doesn’t just lead to unhappiness, but it can also affect one’s health, with a staggering number of respondents of both genders acknowledging that they are cognizant of a link between work-life issues and their health.

Given that the survey found women are unhappier with their work-life balance, it’s not surprising that they also have more health issues as a result.

So how can people be happier and achieve a better work-life balance? Researchers found that happier individuals are actually more likely to engage in certain activities. This shows that people can take charge and take concrete steps to feel better about their work-life balance.

Whether for health, happiness or long-term well-being, maintaining an appropriate work-life balance should be a priority for everyone. As this survey discovered though, maintaining that balance is no simple task. Perhaps the most important finding is the critical role a good cultural fit plays in helping keep people happy, health and sane in the workplace.

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Clean Up That Profile: 37 Percent Of Companies Research Candidates Via Social Networks

Clean Up That Profile: 37 Percent Of Companies Research Candidates Via Social Networks | CareerOz |

According to the new CareerBuilder Survey - - many [37%] hiring managers are using social media to research candidates. Facebook and LinkedIn are frequented the most.

Unless you've been living in a cave these last weeks, you'll know there's been a huge outcry about employers snooping on candidates' social media profiles, or worse still requesting Facebook passwords as part of their hiring processes.

And looking at the positive role a candidate's social media profiles can solidify the decision to hire in a way that's had little if any media coverage.

I leave you to dwell on the tweaks you might want to make to your social media profiles before you progress too far along the job hunt path...

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