Think Twice Before You Put Content Online…

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When you are looking for a job, hoping to survive a merger or yearning for a promotion at work, are you extra careful with what you put online?

You may think you post appropriate content on professional sites or social networks related to work, like LinkedIN, but be aware that your entire online presence is open to being considered by potential employers, new management or anyone looking to promote an employee. A Google or Bing search can uncover a great deal of your online activity.

Think about the last time your favorite sports team lost the big game or the referees made you mad. Did you comment about that anywhere online?

Do you think Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s new baby name is ridiculous and went on a rant about it online?

Were you mad about Paula Deen’s racial controversy and indulged in some negative comments on Twitter?

Anything inappropriate you write or post online can come back to haunt you professionally. Your reputation can be built up or put down by the way you engage online. Social networks and blogs are a great way to show your expertise, knowledge and ability to communicate well with others. If you do it right, you can easily enhance your credibility.

Be conscientious of how you present yourself to others online. 

By |2013-06-25T12:20:45-05:00June 25th, 2013|career consultation services, Job Search, Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on Think Twice Before You Put Content Online…

Thank You Note Secrets

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When you are in the process of interviewing for a job, don’t forget a very important step… the post-interview Thank You note.

In this competitive job market, people write Thank You notes more than you may think. In order to stand out from the crowd you have to write, not type, a killer Thank You note. While a bad Thank You note will most likely not reverse the opinion of the interviewer, a good one may make a difference.

First, let’s start with a few things you should not do in a Thank You note after a job interview.

Don’t be too generic– Could someone who didn’t even participate in the interview have written this? If your answer is yes, start all over.

Don’t forget to proof read– Besides obviously spelling the interviewers name wrong; are their typos or grammar mistakes in your note (like there are in this sentence)? If so, you run the risk of looking sloppy and/or unprofessional.

So how do you write a Thank You note that makes a lasting impression?

Don’t be afraid to reference a comment made by the interviewer– For example, “You mentioned your group has been extra busy since the merger and I appreciate you spending an hour of your time with me.”

Offer proof of your qualifications and experiences– Reference specific details from the interview that remind the interviewer how your skills could help the company.

If you want the job, it’s worth the time to handwrite a Thank You note.  A well written Thank You note will help improve your chances of moving forward in the interviewing process.

By |2013-06-11T13:10:57-05:00June 11th, 2013|Interview Prep, Job Search|Comments Off on Thank You Note Secrets