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The LinkedIn Resume: 5 Ways to Impress on Social Media

April 29th, 2014

Linkedin_ChocolatesIs your LinkedIn profile ready for recruiters?

The days of handing in a paper resume directly to a manager are gone (though definitely bring in copies for your interview) and recruiters are taking to social media platforms to see if a potential hire has what it takes. One of the most popular go-to sites is LinkedIn, the business playground of social media and a soap box for you to sell yourself. It’s the age of the living and breathing resume that allows for constant updates, ultimate stealth mode of job searching, seeing who has checked out your profile and the chance to get other people to endorse you for your skills. Is your profile ready?

 

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Searching

1. No typos or grammatical errors. 

Is something spelled wrong? Should there be a comma there? If your profile is full of silly mistakes then you are simply asking to be written off. Take the time to read through your profile and make edits as necessary. Have someone else proofread it as well.

2. An elevator pitch. 

Use the summary box as a place to state why you’re different, your value and what unique skills you bring to the table. Use keywords that recruiters will be looking for and tailor it specifically to the field you want to get into.

3. Have a great (and professional) photo. 

Your LinkedIn profile picture should not be of you hiking in the mountains, participating in a food-eating contest or cuddling your cat. Invest in a proper headshot against a complimentary, simple background. Dress professionally and smile.

4. Google yourself. 

Not only will your LinkedIn profile show up, but so will your other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. These are not off-limits to recruiters. Go through your social media profiles and make edits where needed: un-tagging or deleting photos, editing tweets or status updates and comments on ridiculous things.

5. Clearly present experience. 

Your LinkedIn profile is the story about your work history. Take the time to explain what you know and defend your skills and experience. Don’t be shy; take credit for your accomplishments.

Do you have other tips for creating a great LinkedIn profile? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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Social Media & the Workplace – 3 Tips for Success

March 26th, 2014

We live in a world driven by technology. Our Twitter accounts and Facebook pages have us connected almost instantly across the world, but with the freedom that social media platforms provide, it is essential to understand how these technological resources should and should not be used while at work. In this blog post, we identify three tips for appropriate workplace social media activities.

Three Workplace Social Media Tips for Success: 

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 1. Keep it professional: Social media is a great resource for doing some networking, getting your news, and just about everything in between, but keep in mind that as a professional, everything you post on your personal pages could come under scrutiny at work. Keep your content appropriate and friendly, never complain about work, supervisors or coworkers, and use it as an opportunity to convey positive messages.

 2. Utilize it on your own time: Social media platforms are literally available at our finger tips, and while they are easily accessible, this doesn’t mean that they should be accessed any time you feel   like it. Try to keep your online activities work related while at the office, and if you do feel the need to update a status or send a tweet, do so only on breaks.

3. Be familiar with your company policy: Every company will have a different set of rules in relation to their social media activities. The best way to prepare yourself is to have a thorough understanding of your individual organization’s policies. If your company has a ban on all social media sites, don’t risk updating that status as it could cost you your job.

Social media is exciting; it allows us to remain constantly plugged into the world and those around us, but keep in mind that there is a time and a place for everything, and social media may not always be an appropriate workplace activity. Use good judgment and always be professional, and you will be on your way to social media success.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

Photo Credit: Jason A. Howie

Employees & Job Applicants – Law Changes in Recruiting & Hiring for 2013 (Part 1)

August 12th, 2013
Do you know California law?

Do you know California law?

Searching for quality employees can be a tough feat and as if it wasn’t already a challenging process, the addition or revision of recruiting and hiring laws within the state of California make it even more difficult.

In this multiple post series, we will introduce the changes that occurred in the recruiting and hiring laws during the 2013 calendar year. This includes but is not limited to, new wage information rules for temporary service employees, hiring reporting and more. Today, we begin by introducing the changes relevant to the ever growing technological resource we know as personal social media accounts.

Social media is part of our everyday lives, and while every professional publication or development seminar has told us the importance of keeping our social media profiles professionally acceptable, the idea of social media privacy rights are often times overlooked, until now.

Effective as of January 1st, 2013, employers must follow new rules in relation to requesting social media account information from job applicants both internally and externally.

Social media accounts as defined by the law are “an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet web site profiles or locations.” This can include, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vine, Path, Foursquare and any other site including one or more of the aforementioned aspects of online information. As an employer or hiring manager, you should be aware of the following changes when conducting interviews with potential employees and/or candidates.

Personal account login information: According to California state law, it is now prohibited to request or require the personal login information to any social media platform associated with a job applicant. Accessing an applicants personal social media profile is strictly prohibited.

Access to personal social media: While conducting an interview, it is now disallowed to request that a candidate access their personal social media pages or profiles in your presence. This is important to keep in mind when talking with new applicants as it is considered a violation of privacy.

Disclose any personal social media web addresses: According to the new hiring and recruiting laws of California, it is illegal to require job applicants and current employees to divulge any personal social media handles, web addresses or usernames. This includes Twitter handles, Facebook addresses, Instagram pages and LinkedIn profile links among others. Keep in mind that exceptions to all of the above mentioned changes can occur in relation to workplace investigations and office issued communication devices.

Understanding California recruiting and hiring laws is an essential component in effectively managing growth within the workplace. Here at Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we have a vast knowledge of California employment laws and programs and are prepared to use that knowledge to benefit you and your business. Contact us today to learn more and be sure to check back next week for part two of our blog post series on law changes related to recruiting and hiring.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 4008.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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Image is Everything: Social Media and the Job Hunt

May 10th, 2012

You know what they say: Image is everything.

You got the degree, the experience, and the motivation to move forward and establish your career.

You hit a home run on the resume and even dazzled prospective employers at the interview. They’re ready to hire you to represent their company.

Then they Google your name and the first picture that pops up is you doing an Ultimate Beer Funnel challenge.

Clearly, despite all of your preparation and experience, you are not ready to be an employee at XYZ, Inc. Or at least that’s what the executive who wanted to hire you thinks now.

Social media has really revolutionized the way we interact with one another and nothing is all that private anymore.

Here are some tips on how to avoid a social media-induced disaster when it comes to landing and sticking to that job you want.

  1. Make sure all of your privacy settings are up and updated regularly. This is pretty simple and it can keep some photos of you from being found. It may also be wise to set your settings to where you need to approve a picture’s tag before it appears on your wall or timeline. And check those setting regularly! There have been times when a sites updates have wiped out certain settings you thought you had all along.
  2. A good rule of thumb? Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see. Think about those disapproving looks parents give when you do something a bit extreme. Now apply that to some of the things you may write online.
  3. Assume you can be found even with the best of security settings. I don’t think anyone expects you to live like a saint, but if you’re on the kitchen floor and clearly hanging on for dear life, you’ve gone a bit far.
  4. Don’t be afraid to direct employers to the professional networking sites. LinkedIn has become a great resource to show off your professional side. Posting links to things relevant in your field also makes you look knowledgeable beyond the classroom.
  5. They notice how you type and they remember it. This goes for how you spell words and how you use those words. Vulgar language is bad. What’s worse is if you misspell said vulgar language. Remember that how you type in the social sphere says how you might use language in public, and as a representative of the company.

Just remember, the things you write online are there for the world to see. Even if you have your privacy settings on total lockdown, just remember that there is someone who can take a screen snap shot and then link your name to that.

For more information, contact Josephine’s Professional Staffing to get more tips on how to deal with social media do’s and don’ts when looking for work.