Are Your Social Media Habits About to Cost You Your Job?

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Based on an article on Careerbuilder.com (Number of Employers Passing on Applicants Due to Social Media Posts Continues to Rise, According to New CareerBuilder Survey), 51% of employers who research candidates social media profiles reject the candidates based on what they’ve found. This is up from 43% in 2013 and 42% in 2012. The trend is on the rise.

Some hiring managers will actually ask for your social media passwords so that they can see everything about you. There are new stories on a regular basis (see Employees Behaving Badly – The Social Media Edition).  What also impacts people are negative posts (or photos) posted by others where they were tagged in the photo.

What does all of this mean? Clean up your profiles, use caution when posting pictures/comments and be aware that nothing is “secret” these days.  The general rule of thumb is that if there is a picture or post that you would not want your mother to see, don’t post it!

Some things to consider:

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6 More Android Apps for Job Search & the Perfect Resume

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Smartphones have become one of the leading “devices” for job search. Your chances of getting an interview are significantly increased if you “get there first” (as in getting your resume in front of the hiring manager). While computers are faster and more versatile, they are not always convenient when you get a lead. Your smartphone, on the other hand, is almost always with you. This is a follow-up to one of our most popular posts – 6 Great Android Apps for Creating the Perfect Resume and we’ve got 6 more great Android apps to help you “get there first” in your job search.  Hiring managers get several hundred applications/resumes for jobs that are posted. If yours is not in the first 50 or so, it is likely you won’t get an interview

Following is another sampling of great Android job search apps.

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Tweet Your Way to a New Job – Twitter for Job Search

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Who would have thought that Twitter could be leveraged for job search? When I first joined Twitter almost 9 years ago, Twitter was fairly new and very limited in the way it was used. Times have changed, and Twitter has become a great way to search for a job and get job leads.

Why, you may ask, would you want to use Twitter in your job search? Well for one, you get information “real time” in many cases. One of the more important theories of job search is to “get there first” as this gives you the best chance. There are several ways to leverage Twitter:

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Enhance Your Education to Enhance Your Career

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Obtaining an MBA is becoming increasingly popular these days. And it makes sense – an MBA can fast-track many people to a coveted position more quickly than without. Many companies won’t even consider a potential employee if he or she hasn’t attained an advanced degree. The pressure to get an advanced college education is as high as ever and many people realize that enhancing their education is a key to career advancement. The rising cost of education as well as a competitive job market have raised some concerns among would-be students but you can mitigate these risks by entering a field with excellent job growth, good compensation and a high current need.

There are a number of tips and strategies that will help you maximize your education. Here are some effective ways to enhance your business education and get your career moving forward:

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5 Things Job Recruiters Won’t Tell You

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Job recruiters are always looking for new applicants who could potentially fill open positions for their clients. Job seekers sometimes do not understand that, although a recruiter will help you find a job, they actually work for the hiring company. If you’ve not worked with recruiters before (or you’ve not had much luck), there are a few things you should understand:

  • Recruiters try to find the best candidate for their client (the hiring company/manager).
  • They will send as many qualified candidates as possible (you will be one among many).
  • “Best in show” gets the interview (more on this below).
  • Don’t harass them.  They will be the first to contact you if you get an interview (or, better yet, an offer).
  • Recruiters are experts on “how to get a job” and what their clients look for in candidates. Listen to what they have to say and take their advice.

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