Who Are You? It’s a simple enough question, but the basis for each of the decisions you will make during your life- especially during your career. It’s just like the monotone lectures that our high school guidance counselors used to give us: “Who you are will determine what you do”, or in the words of Shakespeare “Know thyself”. Yet, even as I struggled through my first resume, I realized that the problem wasn’t that I didn’t know myself – I had been around for long enough to know my likes and my dislikes. So what was the problem?
Twitter is one of the major social media tools out there, but do you know how to use it to enhance your career and nail your dream job? Below are 8 simple ways you can use twitter both personally and professionally to enhance your career in any industry.
As if it weren’t already the Swiss-army knife of all social networks, Facebook adds on yet another function to its laundry list of features: “Social Jobs”. Facebook teams up with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in a partnership aimed to help America’s unemployed find jobs with the help of social media. The idea behind using social media to advertise employment opportunities is its potential for widespread influence; since Facebook is such a high traffic website, employers have a better chance of finding the perfect fit in such a large pool of potential candidates. The Facebook Social Jobs page features a search bar similar to those on other job search websites. The user fills in keywords and chooses specific job categories, and then the system finds open positions that match the user’s request. Facebook combines information from other renowned websites’ databases. This is in line with its goal of becoming a one-stop, all-encompassing resource.
Quality job descriptions attract quality people. If your company’s job descriptions don’t stand out from the typical page-long bullet lists that oversaturate Craigslist, you’re not going to catch the attention of the most qualified individuals for an open position. While writing a compelling job description will require more thought than writing the ordinary bullet list-styled description, the payoff will be worth the extra time you put in. Your company will receive applications from talented, creative individuals; the type of people who ignore boring job descriptions out of fear that the work environment will be equally boring.
Facebook is not just America’s favorite social network, but also America’s favorite workplace. In the latest fifth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 50 Best Places to Work unveiled by the online jobs and career community Glassdoor, Facebook, the social media giant, was named the best company to work for in 2013.
Dan is stuck. He wakes up every day and faces a daunting task – job hunting. Like a door with no hinges, he can’t close on any job interviews. Sighing deeply, he stares at his computer screen, “should I try again, or just spend the rest of my day watching Netflix and playing Counter-Strike…?”
It’s interview time. You have all your questions prepared and all your answers ready to go (or so you think). You feel confident, motivated, and you’re focused. The interview is going better than expected when all of a sudden the interviewer throws you a curveball. Your face goes red, your palms start to sweat, and you can’t seem to get out any words. A pause of a mere 10 seconds feels like an eternity.