How many job seekers out there have turned to social media sites like Facebook or Twitter to help them in their job search? More and more people are using these sites to at least network with people in their field. But job seekers need to be wary of what they put on their pages, because depending on the content, it can hurt rather than help.
Last year there was a story in the news about a woman who called in sick to work one day so she and her friend could spend the day at the beach. Her friend took photos and posted them to the woman’s MySpace page; the woman’s boss saw them and she got fired.
Frankly, when I read some of my job-hunting friends’ tweets and status updates I want to cringe – they’re too personal, too graphic, or too blue (as in language). Job seekers need to be aware that potential employers can – and do – look at social media sites when investigating employment candidates. Recently a study showed that 45% of employers checked out prospective employee’s social networking pages. Remember, unless your Facebook profile is private and your Twitter updates are locked (and sometimes even if they are), the world can see your updates, and on Twitter, anyone who knows your user name can see your tweets.
To help my friends and readers avoid such pitfalls, here are some tips for job hunting via social media. They’re really more common sense than anything else – as (mostly) grown-up type people, we should know these things already. But sometimes a refresher course is necessary. Now, keep in mind these tips are just my opinions based on observation – I am not an expert, nor do I play one on the internet. On to the list: Continue reading
So it’s a new year, and we all know when a new year approaches, we start making resolutions. Well, a few years ago I decided the only resolution I was going to make was to stop making resolutions. Hahaha. But this year I have several things I want to do, and I am really hesitant to call them resolutions, because they’re really not. There are a few things about myself that I want to improve, and other things I simply want to do. Since I like starting things at the beginning – like, Sundays, the first day of the month, New Year’s Day – I figure January 1st is as good a day as any. Except when it falls on a Saturday. And there are still Christmas cookies and chocolates to be eaten. So I’ll move it to January 2nd. Or 3rd. Whatevs.
So, here are a few of the things I want to improve and that I want to do this year, or at least start, in 2011.
- Lose weight. Now, I realize that everyone and their grandmother make this resolution every freaking year but really, let’s be honest – how many actually stick to it? Anyone? Yeah, I thought so. But if you noticed, I wasn’t exactly jumping up and down over here yelling, “Me! Me!” either. However, I am determined to do it this year. I have a lot of weight to lose and at my age it’s not just about looking better, it’s about being healthier. I have a plan that I think will work for me, and I’m going to do my best to stick to it. Hopefully my blog post dated January 2, 2012 will see me talking about at least a 75-pound weight loss.
- Get my jewelry business going. For those who don’t know, for the last several years I’ve been making beaded jewelry, mostly for myself, my family and friends. I even made the earrings and necklaces for the bridal party for my friend Lori’s wedding in October. Everyone always tells me I have talent, and I know I do. But for some reason I drag my feet about it. I get bogged down in everyday minutiae and just don’t seem to have time, or energy, or even desire, to drag out my beads and supplies and work. But I know I can at least make a little extra money off of my jewelry and who can’t use some extra money? Plus, it’s a creative outlet and as a creative person, I need that. Desperately.
- Write a novel. It’s every writer’s dream – we all know we have a novel in us, and for most of us it’s just a matter of getting it out. I was watching a repeat of the Oprah show with JK Rowling and she was a lot like me – except for the kids, of course, and she lives in Scotland. And divorced, and she’s skinny and has a really cool accent and…well, maybe she wasn’t a lot like me, but I can relate to her story. My point being, I actually have a novel that I started working on 26 years ago and never finished. The parts I have done have been written and rewritten and rewritten over the years, but I never got too far in. I’d like to work on that this year and maybe actually finish it. It’ll take some discipline, which, unfortunately, I am sorely lacking at times. But I have the whole story in my head – it’s just a matter of getting it down on paper. Or on screen. Or whatever you call typing it up on the computer.
- Blog more. Hey, here’s one I’ve actually started! Yes, I have like, three blogs and I want to write in all of them! I love words…I have always written little stories and such and thought blogging would be a good way for me to exercise that creative outlet, but unfortunately I, more often than not, found myself with nothing to write about. At least not anything that I thought anyone but me would find remotely interesting. So I kind of stopped blogging for a while. In fact, this is the third incarnation of this blog, after I blew up the first two versions.
- Get married. Okay, I’m including this one only because I posted it on my Facebook page earlier today. I think it would be insanely cool to get married at 11:11 AM on November 11, 2011. Now, the only problem with this one is, I am not currently dating anyone, nor do I have any prospects. It’s kind of hard to get married to yourself, although it has been done but it makes you look like you’re the ultimate loser. I mean, really, spend all that money on a beaded white dress and throw a huge-ass party – for yourself? Unless there’s a handsome man pledging his undying love for me that goes with it, no thanks. Am I crazy? Probably, a little. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to put it out there, you know? Maybe something will happen.
There are others, but I don’t need to mention them now. These are the major ones anyway, for the most part.
So now that it’s January 2nd, and it’s kind of late, I think I will get out my healthy eating recipe books and start making my grocery list for later today, then hit the organic market (part of my plan – eat organic!). And maybe the gym. Yes, I joined a gym. I’m definitely crazy.