Think Twice Before You Put Content Online

When you put content online it can live forever.  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?  What about the items that have been there for a while?  Do you review your profile and timeline and remove things that could hurt your chances of getting the job?

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What Did 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 on that anywhere online?

What about COVID-19 and wearing masks? How about the stay-at-home orders? Did you comment or rant about something related?

Were you mad about the latest racial controversy and indulged in some negative comments on Twitter?

Did you post about the celebration with bottles of alcohol in your hands when the stay at home order lifted?

Were there layoffs in your company or unfair treatment of individual employees you complained about? Or maybe you were an essential worker and complained.

What You Put Online Is Visible To Employers

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an opinion, just that whatever you are posting is visible to those checking out your profile and could make a difference in how they think of you.

Anything inappropriate you write or post online can come back to haunt you professionally. Your reputation can be built up or squashed by the way you engage online. According to Caroline Vandergriff in the post, Beware on Social Media: Old posts may come back to haunt you, “Big errors can cost you. Old posts could come back to haunt you when it comes time to apply for college or look for a new job.”

Put Content Online2018 Career Builder survey found that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and at least 43 percent use it to check on current employees. They reported that the top behaviors that create a bad impression were:

  • Provocative or inappropriate photos
  • Posts about drinking or using drugs
  • Discriminatory comments about race, gender or religion

So think twice before you hit enter. Comments with profanity, mean posts about other people, complaints about work, and comments about partying are just a few of the things posted on social media that can come back to hurt you in the future.

What You Put Online Can Show Your Expertise

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 and always ask yourself, is this something I would want a potential employer to see? If it isn’t, then maybe you shouldn’t be posting it.

Do You Need Help With Your Job Search?

If you need help updating your resume or practicing for an interview during these hard times, consider reaching out to me, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find to assist you.

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By |2020-06-25T10:05:01-05:00June 25th, 2020|career consultation services, Job Search, Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on Think Twice Before You Put Content Online

How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

When thinking about how to formulate your perfect elevator pitch, consider what will peak someone’s interest and cause them to them take action. The truth is, it’s how you make people feel that makes you memorable.

Does your current elevator pitch inspire action? Here’s how to put together a new elevator pitch that sparks some interest and feeling…

“So, what do you do?”

“I’m a… (insert your job title)”.

“Officially, my job is to… (insert your job description clearly, i.e. market to investors, refine my client’s job searching skills, save company’s money with their health insurance, etc).”

“Which is a fancy way of saying… (insert your emotional job description, i.e. find wealthy people and encourage them to fall in love with our properties, help people land their dream careers, navigate through the health insurance mess so companies don’t have to, etc.)”

Keys to creating a job description that people will actually want to hear:
– Use phrases that get straight to the emotional core of what you do.
– Sneak in a little of your own personality to peak some interest.

Examples of those phrases include:
“Which is a fancy way of saying…”
“Which really means…”
“More simply put…”

Suggestion:
Put together a few scenarios and try them out. See which ones make the biggest impact and go from there.

Want some more help?
We can help you formulate your elevator pitch.  Schedule a session with Career Find before your next event.

By |2015-12-08T14:10:03-06:00December 8th, 2015|career consultation services, Elevator Pitch, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Below are 10 things we feel are key to making your professional future and life a lot easier:

  1. Know how to explain ‘what you do’. Refining your elevator pitch does take practice. It was also change throughout your career. Be so good at explaining what you do that people never forget it.
  2. Know your career non-negotiables. Be really be honest with yourself about what you need out of a career, make a list and don’t waste your time on jobs that don’t line up.
  3. Jump off a cliff every once in a while. Push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career.
  4. Learn how to take criticism. It is important to take criticism seriously and not personally. Knowing where you are not meeting expectations will allow you room to grow professionally.
  5. Learn to say No. Sometimes this can be the hardest word to say to your boss.  Knowing when and how to use this word when it is necessary, may save your sanity.
  6. Know how to negotiate. In most cases, this is the only way you are going to get what you deserve and want.
  7. Find a to-do list system that works for you. Whether you need 30 post-it notes or a list synced on all your devices, learn to manage your workflow.
  8. Know when you are the most productive. Use your energy levels to your advantage. Don’t spend your peak mental hours on wasteful things.
  9. Know how to manage stress. Stress can ruin your life if you don’t cope with it. Learn what helps you de-stress and make it part of your routine.
  10. Make a career emergency plan. What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? Instead of panicking, get started on an action plan.
By |2015-10-14T12:15:50-05:00October 14th, 2015|career consultation services, Career Success, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on 10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Skills that Pay the Bills

How valuable is the time you spent putting together your resume? Some companies are questioning how efficiently the traditional resume and cover letter realistically portray the applicant.

When hours are spent formatting your resume and then sending it out to your contacts, the goal is to land you an interview. In order for your resume to work for you, you have to accurately represent yourself through descriptive hard and soft professional skills.

How do you accurately highlight your hard and soft skills? Start by making a list of your hard and soft skills. Here are some examples:

Soft Skills:

Leadership

Teamwork

Flexibility

Hard Skills:

Degree in School

Training Certificates

Proficiency in Foreign Language

Creating a resume that accurately reflects who you are and what you bring to the table is a very difficult art. When it is done successfully, you will separate yourself from everyone else and your resume will rise to the top of the stack.

At Career Find, we work very closely with you in our Resume Critique service to make sure your resume effectively communicates your worth. If you are trying to get your first job out of college or are interested in moving into a c-level position, our expertise can set you apart from your competition.

Contact us today for a free 30-minute resume consultation.

By |2015-05-14T09:42:30-05:00May 14th, 2015|career consultation services|Comments Off on Skills that Pay the Bills

How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

When we start a new job, we have a bright outlook and hope that we will enjoy the new daily routine most days. In reality, not all jobs turn out to be so wonderful. How can you tell if you are just in a rut or if it’s time to look for a new opportunity? If you can check off the following 5 job problems, it’s time to start looking.

You have a case of “the Sundays” every night of the week…

Even people who love their jobs can suffer from the “Sunday night blues”, dreading the week ahead. If you dread going to work every single day of the week, this is a sign you need to consider your options.

There is no chance for advancement at your company…

You might just be unhappy at your current position and need a new challenge. However, that new challenge may not be available at your current company. If you have inquired about another internal position without successful results, it’s time to start looking for another opportunity.

You need more flexible hours and the company cannot accommodate…

Everyone has life changes. Do you need more personal time to care for an aging relative or a new baby?  Whatever the case may be, flexibility at work is important for a healthy work/life balance. If your job is unable to accommodate this temporary need, you may have a choice to make.

You are underpaid with no change in sight…

When you are hired with the promise of increased pay and it doesn’t happen, you will find yourself in an unfortunate situation. Don’t stay at a company that undervalues your worth and gives you the run-around.

You don’t get along with your boss…

Whether your boss is inconsistent, a micro-manager or an evil dictator, lots of people can tolerate a great job with a bad boss. However, if you don’t enjoy any part of your job and you can’t tolerate your boss, it’s time to look for another opportunity.

If you can check yes next to all of these job problems, it is absolutely time to take a look at your options. Taking a leap into the job market can be scary. Don’t face it alone. Call a Career Coach today to help you get on the right path to job fulfillment. 

By |2014-05-20T12:54:46-05:00May 20th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

Getting Stuck? 3 Ways to Boost Productivity

Has your workload increased due to a promotion or surviving layoffs? How are you handling your extra workload? How do you manage to not loose your mind in an office overload?

Check out these 3 ways to boost your productivity…

  • Embrace your productivity methods – How do you like to get organized in order to complete tasks? Whether you are the sticky-note queen or the stack master, when it comes to productivity there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Keep track of your progress and efficiency with the technique that works for you. After completing a few tasks, if you think there is room for improvement, don’t be afraid to try a new organization technique.
  • Prevent brain ADD – It’s easy to get off task, especially when you have so much on your plate. Often, where there is an excessive amount of tasks on a to-do list, people completely stray into non-productivity. How do you take charge of everything in your head? Start by writing down all of your ideas, to-dos, and tasks to complete. By doing so, you clear you psychic desk and bring immediate relaxation to your jumbled brain. Then, start with what is most important or something you can do quickly to begin checking off your list.
  • Don’t be afraid to take breaks – Just because you have an overwhelming amount on your to-do list doesn’t mean that you can’t take a break to clear your mind. Schedule a walk or get a pedicure at lunchtime. Commit to clearing your calendar for even an hour. You’ll feel re-energized when you head back into the office.

For help and more ways to improve your productivity, call Career Find.

We can help with all of your career needs.

By |2014-04-28T17:05:23-05:00April 28th, 2014|career consultation services, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on Getting Stuck? 3 Ways to Boost Productivity
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