Job Tips For the Class of 2020

Get ready grads. This will be a challenge. Here are the rules to follow. Learn them well and you will get your reward – a new job.

Job search tips for the class of 2020

Grads’ Guide to Finding a Job

Congratulations! If you are reading this then you probably just graduated in one of the weirdest climates in modern history.

Also during this time, you’ve probably gotten hundreds of emails, seen dozens of social media posts and heard loads of people say that these are “uncertain times.”

Well… yeah, these are uncertain times.

It’s too soon to guess what some of the prolonged effects of the pandemic will be, and it’s hard to determine when everything will get back to normal. As you plan for the future and your career, this uncertainty can weigh heavily on your mind. Allow us to put some of those fears at ease.

Sure, nobody quite knows what the future will hold, but if you follow these tips you can rest assured that you will be prepared for anything.

1. If You Can, Get on Unemployment Soon

If you are out of work, consider filing for unemployment if you can. First off, getting on unemployment can be an arduous and a time-consuming tasks, so the sooner you start, the sooner you will start collecting.

It’s hard to say when you will land your dream job, so make sure that you are financially safe and sound in the meantime.

2. Hire a Professional Resume Writer

To be frank, many employers won’t even see your resume if you don’t have it professionally done. Many companies use software that filters out resumes that lack the qualifications and keywords they are looking to see, and will even filter out poorly formatted resumes. Professional resume writers know this which is why they make sure that the resumes they build will get through the filter and into the hands of an employer.

If you want to speak with a professional resume writer, talk to us for a free consultation! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume-writing professional! All services can be rendered virtually with no in-office meetings.

3. Network Your Butt Off

Even though you are no longer a college student, you are still part of an illustrious network of alumni. Connect with some of your former classmates, professors and faculty advisors on LinkedIn. Once you’ve built a solid following of connections, search through their connections for people that you would love to work with or work for one day. From there, ask your friend if they’d be willing to make an introduction for you.

That’s right, you’re networking with industry professionals all from the safety of your laptop/smartphone.

If you have an industry professional whose brain you’d love to pick, consider scheduling an informational interview with them! Informational interviews are great way to get expert job advice, and build a lifelong connection with an industry professional!

While on LinkedIn, share articles, comment on your connections’ posts and apply for jobs!

4. Prepare For the Virtual World

Although the pandemic has put many things on hiatus, the job world still continues to spin. In order to keep work flowing while maintaining social distancing, many companies are conducting their work virtually, and have no plans of changing this in the future. With that being said, you need to prepare to conduct job interviews virtually, and to work from home effectively.

For virtual interviews, you still need to dress up nice, and you need to prepare a professional backdrop for your interview. You don’t want the interviewer to see a bunch of Pink Floyd posters in your background or your dad walking around in his undies in the background.

5. Remember, Looking For a Job is a Full-Time Job

If you want to land your dream job, you need to treat your job search like a 40+-hour per week job. You need to use your creativity and your proactivity to look for work. This means reading articles about your industry, talking with career professionals, growing as a professional and, of course, actually applying for jobs.

Be creative with how you apply and hunt for jobs to help you stand out above the competition. Make sure you broaden your horizons so that you are allowing yourself to find all of the jobs you are capable of performing.

6. Stay Positive

It is so easy to fall into the pit of despair while looking for a job. Remember, you’re not going to get an offer from every job you apply to. Heck, you might not even hear back from every job. However, you WILL eventually find a job that you will be proud to have.

Keep your chin up, and keep moving forward.

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

Dos and Don’ts For Quitting Your Job

It’s time to leave your job. Whether you worked there for only a few months or for a significant portion of your life, it is important that you leave with grace to keep within good standing with the company.

Just because you are moving on to a new journey in your life does not mean that you should throw away the growth and experiences you attained while working at this company. Be kind, be courteous, and don’t burn the bridge.

1. If You Can, Give at Least Two-Weeks Notice

Once you know for sure that you are going to be leaving your company, you should let your employer know. It is customary to give your company two-weeks notice so that they have time to prepare for your transition.

With that being said, you don’t want to give notice that you are leaving too early. If you are planning on moving six months into the future, you can keep it to yourself until the time gets closer. Unfortunately, some bosses may terminate your position early on because they know that you won’t be there for much longer. They also may hold off on promotion and raises for the same reason.

Sometimes it isn’t possible to give two-weeks notice, but that’s okay. For example, a few years ago I had a coworker come into work saying that Friday was going to be his last day (he told us on a Wednesday). His father had suddenly fallen ill, and he lived in South America. My coworker was moving back home to help take care of his family, and time was of the essence. Because he was upfront and honest about why he was leaving so suddenly, he still kept within good graces with the company.

2. Be Kind and Humble/ Don’t Burn the Bridge

This is not the time to tell your boss that you always thought that they were a jerk, or to finally tell one of your coworkers to “Go to Hell.” Also, if you are leaving your job for a much better job, don’t rub that into your coworkers’ faces.

Just because you are leaving does NOT mean that these people will no longer be a part of your professional life. You should make sure that everyone with whom you worked closely becomes a connection on LinkedIn. If at all possible, ask your supervisors if they’d be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. I still have a letter of recommendation from a boss I had nearly five jobs ago that I still use on job applications.

When it comes to your coworkers, these are people that might help you find work later down the line, so don’t burn this bridge either. Tell them that you enjoyed your time working with them, that you wish them all the best, and to keep in contact.

3. Be Honest About Why You Are Leaving

When you go through a break-up, you immediately are struck with the question “Why?” To some degree, the same thing happens to your boss. They want to know why you are leaving, and if there is anything that they can do to get you to stay.

Give the honest reasons for why you are leaving. If you are leaving due to a problem you encountered with the work environment, let your boss know. They can potentially fix this problem so that no other employee needs to deal with it.

If the reason why you are leaving feels overly personal, you can keep it vague. For example, a relative of mine once left a job because they were moving after a bitter divorce. She didn’t want her personal business to become office gossip after she left. She told her employer that she was moving, and kept it at that.

4. If Your Boss Wants You to Stay, Hear Them Out

If you are leaving your job for a new job, it is probably because they are either paying you more money and/or giving you work you prefer. Once you tell your boss that you are leaving, they might make you an offer to get you to stay. This offer may include more pay, better hours, new benefits, or even promotion.

Even if there is nothing your boss could possibly offer to get you to stay, hear them out. It’s important to stay respectful. Simply tell your boss that your new opportunity is too good to pass up and that you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Also let them know that you are grateful for your time with the company.

5. If Possible, Suggest Someone to Replace You

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

6. On Your Last Day, Celebrate With Your Co-workers

This may sound a bit silly because you don’t want to celebrate the fact that you’re gone. However, you should celebrate your time with the company and this new stage in your life.

It is customary for some jobs to throw a “going away” party for coworkers that are leaving. However, don’t expect to get one. If you do get one, be grateful and thank each person in attendance.

On your last day, you could bring in doughnuts or pizza for your coworkers. If you have a lot of coworkers and a limited pizza budget, you can instead suggest that you all go out for drinks or dinner after work.

This celebration is a great way to leave a final good impression with your coworkers and supervisors. Remember, you may need these connections in the future. You may even want to work for this company again later on in life. Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to leave a sour taste in their mouth if you have the option to leave the taste of a doughnut instead.

7. Don’t Feel Guilty About Leaving

When you work at the same job for a long time, they can start to feel like family. Many of us make the best friends of our lives and even meet our spouses through our jobs.

However, at the end of the day, it is still just a job.

Most companies realize that they are a stepping-stone in your career and not the end of the journey. Although it is okay to get emotional about your departure, don’t let your feelings for your coworkers or job keep you from what is best for you and your career.

Through the magic of social media, you can still remain friends with your coworkers virtually. You can also exchange phone number so you can still see each other after work and on weekends.

8. Get Ready For Your Next Step

Now is not the time for tears, but for excitement! You are about to embark on this next step in your life, and you should put your best foot forward! If you are looking for a new job, that starts with a sharp resume! Consult with a professional resume writer to ensure your resume will be noticed by the companies where you want to work.

How to Deal With Office Gossips

It’s uncomfortable when someone spreads rumors. What should you do? How do you handle it? Read on for valuable tips for dealing with office gossips.

The Best Ways to Deal With Office Gossip

As your coworkers gather around the water cooler, you’re bound to hear someone say, “Did you hear about Mark,” “Can you believe what happened to Lauren,” or “What do you think is going on with “Jamie?”

That’s right, you have just stumbled upon some office gossip. Although some juicy gossip can buy some short-term entertainment, it can cause some irreparable harm to your workplace.

Office gossip cannot only lower morale, but it can cause people to lose their jobs. If you hear some coworkers gossiping, follow these steps to keep the situation from getting worse.

1. Quell the Situation With Your Words

When you hear one of your coworkers starting to gossip, there are things you can say to quash it in its tracks.

Some things you can say include:

  • That’s none of our business
  • We shouldn’t talk behind their back
  • That’s their business
  • I don’t want to talk about that

After you saying that, try to change the subject to something work related.

2. Tell Your Coworker About the Gossip Being Spread About Them

Even though you don’t want to hear about any office gossip, there is a chance that it will be spread regardless. If this happens, you should tell your coworkers that someone is spreading a rumor about them.

Depending on the rumor, this could be awkward, but tell them that you are coming to them as a concerned coworker and that you would want them to do the same were the situation reversed.

3. Got to Your Supervisor or Confront the Gossipers

Once you’ve told your coworker about the rumor, encourage them to speak with a supervisor about the situation. Also, discourage them from confronting the gossipers directly if they seem hotheaded. If your coworker can settle the situation civilly with the gossipers, that’s optimal, but if it will turn into a screaming match, it’s best to avoid that entirely.

If the rumor is toxic, personal, or career-threatening, you should go directly to your supervisor. Starting a rumor about someone being in an elicit or illegal activity is not something to take lightly.

4. If the Rumor is True, Act Accordingly

If you tell your coworker about the rumor spread about them, there is a chance that you’ll learn that the rumor is true.

Most likely, if the rumor is true, you should still encourage your coworker to either confront the gossipers or go to your supervisor. However, in some scenarios you might want to consider other options.

If you learn that your coworker’s well-being is in danger, you might want to consider that they speak with the Human Resources Department, or even the police. For example, if your coworker is involved in a sexual relationship with someone at the company, encourage them to disclose the situation to HR. If you learn that their life is in danger for one reason or another, go to the police. If you learn that they have severe depression and that they are growing unstable, encourage them to consult HR and look into seeing a therapist.

You might also learn that your coworker is involved with something illegal, and are unwilling to stop. In this situation, you should bring this information to your supervisor.

5. What if Someone Starts a Rumor or Gossips About You?

If you have an office bully, there is an entire other article you need to consult. However, if you learn that someone has started a rumor about you, we recommend that you do the following:

First, you should record the instance. Log when you heard the rumor, who you heard it from and what the rumor was.

Second, you should tell the person you heard it from that the rumor is false and to stop spreading it.

How to Deal With a Personal Conflict at Work

The workplace is not place for a bully. Here are some suggestions for dealing with workplace abuse.

How to Handle a Problematic Co-worker

At some point in your life, you have probably dealt with a bully. Unfortunately, the bullies we face in life sometimes go beyond the playground as they make their way into our professional lives.

Problematic coworkers can pester us for several reasons. They can be verbally abusive, they can obstruct our workflow, they can sexually harass us and they can physically harm us.

What is important is how we face this issue. The last thing you want to do is make the situation worse, so make sure you follow these steps to help make your work environment less toxic.

1. Stay Calm

If you have an office bully, your first thought might be to act rashly. If you fight back by giving them a taste of their own medicine, the repercussions can be catastrophic. You don’t want to lose your job or worse because you were defending yourself from a bully.

Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and move forward with the following steps.

2. Keep a Paper Trail of What is Happening

If things get to a point where the two of you are sitting in your boss’s office discussing what happened, you don’t want it to turn into a “he said, she said.”

Keep a paper trail of the abusive behavior. This means keep screenshots of messages, emails, and audio recordings of conversations if you have them.

If you can show that what they said was a pattern of abusive behavior rather than a one-time lapse in judgment, your supervisor will be more inclined to do more to remedy the situation.

Even if things don’t get to the point where you need to talk to your supervisor, you will want to keep this paper trail in case problems arise with this coworker once again.

3. Speak With a Coworker That You Trust

If there is another coworker that is close to the situation and that you trust, it is important that they are an ally in this situation. Confide with them about what happened. There is a chance that they have also experienced this behavior from the coworker in question and are willing to come with you to talk to your supervisor.

4. Speak With The Person in Question

Before you confront the supervisor with this issue, you should first talk it out with the bully in question.

There is always a chance that this was a misunderstanding that can be settled with an apology and a handshake. Tell them what they did that upset you and how it upset you.

Please note that if this person has been abusive toward you, you should go directly to your supervisor rather than trying to talk it out with them.

5. Speak With Your Supervisor if Things Are Beyond Your Control

Situations with workplace bullies fall into two groups: situations that require intervention from your supervisor, and situations that don’t.

You should talk with your supervisor about the problematic coworker if their behavior is abusive, dangerous, disrupts workflow or if you tried to handle it with the person in question privately, but the problem persists.

Your supervisor will appreciate you trying to handle the matter yourself, but they also want you to come to them if there is a problem that requires their intervention.

6. What to Do if The Person in Question is Your Supervisor

Sometimes the workplace bully is your boss. With that come several other fears such as losing your job or being chastised by the entire office. However, this same step-by-step plan still works even for supervisors, but with one exception.

If you speak with your supervisor, but the problem persists, then you should talk to your boss’s boss. Yes, more than likely your boss has a boss. Your supervisor more than likely has a supervisor the looks over their district. Do some research to find out who they report to, and come to them with the issue.

If you are struggling to find out where to start, here are ways to file a formal complaint.

For example, when I was 16 I had a problematic boss. He was verbally abusive, his behavior kept me from doing my job, and his negative behavior affected the entire business.

After speaking with several other employees who had issues with the person in question, we took the issue to the CEO of the company who terminated our supervisor. It turns out that the CEO was well aware of the supervisor’s behavior, and our collective testimony was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Sure, reporting your supervisor might seem daunting, but the worst thing that can happen is that you end up leaving a job at a company where you were harassed and abused. Although not optimal, it is still better than continuing to work alongside a bully.

What if Someone Accuses Me of Being a Bully?

If you are accused of being an office bully, your first reaction might be to respond with anger.

Don’t do that.

Getting mad and retaliating is an almost definite way to get yourself fired or at least penalized in some way.

Listen to why you have been accused of being a bully, and think back on the instance(s) with a different perspective. Ask yourself if you could see why that behavior could be considered toxic or hurtful. Talk about the problem with the person in question and try to constructively forge a new work environment with them.

Remember, this could all be a misunderstanding, and you can shake hands and walk away. If you were in the wrong, this is an opportunity to grow as a worker and as a person. If you were in the wrong, apologize and thank them for bringing this to your attention after assuring that you won’t behave like that again.

How to Land a Job at a Tech Company With No Tech Experience

You don’t have to be a tech genius to work for Apple, Amazon or Google. You just need to have marketable skills and a desire to work for the best.

How to Work at a Tech Company Without Tech Experience

Working for a big tech company has a lot of advantages. You will feel a bigger sense of job security, there might be better health insurance and the company may offer benefits unavailable at most other companies. A lot of people, you included, would be lucky to land a job at one of these companies.

There’s just one problem: you don’t have any tech experience.

Fear not! Even without tech experience you could still land a great job at a tech company. You just have to know where to start!

Find the right company

Even during the pandemic, lots of tech companies are hiring in droves. Amazon alone is looking for about 100,000 workers for their delivery and distribution centers.

Do yourself a favor and find a suitable job search site so you can start looking for a solid job at a tech company! You can also do the research by going directly to the main site for jobs for specific companies.

Find a job with them that you ARE qualified to do

Even though they are tech companies, not all the jobs at a tech company are in the tech industry. All companies need help with marketing, clerical work and general staff. Companies like Amazon need help with distribution, logistics, and analytics.

According to an article from, about a quarter of all jobs at job Microsoft and Intel are NOT tech-related.

Find a job with one of these companies that you are qualified to do, and start applying!

If you aren’t qualified, get qualified!

Okay, so going back to school is not for everyone. However, you need getting a certification to qualify for a job may be easier than you think!

Find out what you need to learn and check out GetCertified to learn more how to get certified in everything you need!

Also, there’s a chance that you already have the experience necessary for your resume, but you don’t know it!

Stand out with the best possible resume!

There are jobs out there that would be lucky to have you; you just need to put your best foot forward, and that starts with a great-looking resume. If you need help crafting your resume or cover letter, we can help! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume-writing professional!

How to Nail Your Phone Interview

With the increase in remote work, telephone interviews are becoming more common. Learn tip and tricks for making the phone interview go smoothly.

How to nail the phone interview.

Tips for Phone Interviews

Even when the whole world isn’t under quarantine, some businesses still conduct most of their interviews over the phone. Even though a phone interview seems like a just like a normal interview but over the phone, there are things that you need to do differently in order to nail the interview.

Schedule the Interview For a Specific Time

If a company says that they are going to call you “on Tuesday,” ask for a more concrete time to speak with them. Not every place will be able to give you a definite time that they are going to call you, but you can get a general time like “after noon” or “toward the end of the day.”

Make Sure That You are Somewhere Quiet

If you are doing a phone interview, you are probably doing it either from home, your car, or your current job. If you are doing it from your current job, tell your supervisor that you are expecting a personal phone call and will need to step aside. You do not need to explain what the call is. Also, if you’re making the call at work, make sure you are somewhere private. Don’t interview for a new job in front of everyone at your current job. If this means you need to leave the office and take the call outside or from your car, do that instead.

If you are taking the call from home, make sure that you are somewhere private and quiet as well. If you have roommates or family at home, tell them that you are about to have an important phone call and cannot be disturbed.

Take a Deep Breath And Chill Out Before the Call

When you are interviewed face-to-face, you are being judged not only by what is on your resume, but how you look and present yourself. Since the interviewer cannot see you, they can only go off what is on your resume, and how you sound. If you tend to get nervous, take some time to calm down before the interview. You don’t want to sound panicked or frazzled over the phone when you are talking to them. Speak slowly to avoid slurring your words.

Prepare For Technical Difficulties

Technology tends to fail at the worst possible moments. Before your interview, make sure that your phone is charged, and that you have solid service. If you have a laptop, bring it just in case. If the phone call is not working, you can send a quick email explaining the problem, and see if you can set up a call via Zoom or Skype because you have your laptop on you. Remember, you don’t want the most memorable thing about the interview to be that they could barely hear you and it wasted both of your time.

Put the Call on Speakerphone and Take Notes

If you are being interviewed in person, taking notes is always a good idea. This does not change just because you are on the phone. Put the call on speakerphone, and take notes during your interview.

Use All of the Same Best Practices For Normal Interviews

Just because you are doing a phone interview does not mean that you shouldn’t conduct yourself as you do in a typical in-person interview. Follow all of the same best practices we have discussed in previous articles on how to nail interviews:

How to Productively Work From Home

More workers than ever are working from home. While this can be appealing here are some tips to make working at home productive.

How to Work From Home Like a Pro

During this pandemic, there’s a good chance that you just started working from home. If you’ve never worked from home before, this transition might feel a little bit weird. As such, it might be hard to stay productive. Along with your family and/or roommates, you have all of your home’s distractions that can keep you from your work.  

There are things you can do to stay productive, and avoid distractions. Remember, this pandemic is going to end, and you want to prove to your employer that you are just as much of an asset at home as you are in the office.

Don’t Drop Your Day-to-Day Standards And Routine

Since you are working from home, you no longer have to worry about the commute to work. This means you can sleep-in a bit longer. However, you shouldn’t drop your normal routine entirely. The pandemic will eventually end and you will eventually go back to your normal routine. As a result, if you change your routine, it will be hard to go back to it once the pandemic is over. Don’t sleep in to excess, and don’t drop your morning routine.

Furthermore, don’t drop your standards too much for how you dress and present yourself. Shower and shave just as frequently as you did before. Also, just because you can work in your pajamas doesn’t mean that you should. First, you need to make sure that you look presentable for video-conference calls. You don’t want your coworkers to see you in your Scooby-Doo pajamas or your bathrobe. Studies also show that dressing properly for work makes you more efficient.

If you typically wear a suit to work, you obviously don’t need to wear a suit in your home every day. However, you should dress nice enough so that you look presentable, but are still comfortable.

Choose Your Working Area Wisely

When you heard you were going to be working from home, you probably immediately imagined yourself on your couch with your laptop typing with your right hand and surfing Netflix with your left. This is not a good idea.

Sure, some of us can stay productive while the TV plays in the background, but this isn’t the case for all of us. Also, if you sit in your couch you are much more likely to fall asleep and have an unexpected midday nap. If you have an office at your home, that might be your best bet. If not, the kitchen or dining room table is fair game as well.

Make sure wherever you work is both quiet and private enough for you. If you are going to be in video-conference meetings, your coworkers don’t want to hear “Tiger King” on Netflix in the background, or see your kids running around like crazy.

Discuss Your Work Needs With Your Family/Roommates

Even though you are at home, you are still on the clock. Just because you are home it doesn’t mean that you can goof around with your family and roommates during working hours.

Before you start working, let your family and roommates know how long you will be working, and that you cannot be disturbed unless it is an emergency. There’s a good chance that someone else in your home will also be working, so make sure that the two of you can both do your jobs to the best of your abilities without getting in each other’s way.

Make Your Work Space Your Own

Your home is filled with distractions and temptations that can keep you from getting your work done. However, there are things at home that can make for a happier and even a more productive work environment.

Since you currently don’t have any desk mates or nearby coworkers, you can play some music while you work. You can also stock your area with all of your favorite snacks and refreshments

 If you have a cat or a dog, feel free to invite them into your office to give you some company. You might get lonely or stir crazy by yourself, and studies show that animals in the workplace can help reduce stress and up office morale!

Let Your Employer Know Your Needs

Since you are stuck at home, you probably have a lot more at-home responsibilities that take up your time. Laundry might be piling up, you need to shop for groceries, you need to cook more, and you need to clean more. As a result, your normal hours of operation might not be feasible any longer.

Let your boss know what times are going to work for you and if your schedule can be flexible. The worst they can do is say “no.” If they do say “no,” figure out how you schedule your at-home responsibilities around your work schedule. Maybe you can spend your breaks switching out the laundry loads or throwing some chicken in the crockpot. 

If you can adjust your hours, you can work later, and go to the grocery store or do some cleaning during the day!

If You Are Not Working, Stay on the Job Hunt

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Why is it Important to Have a Positive Social Media Presence?

Maintaining a professional presence on social media is becoming more and more important. Follow these tips and tricks on how to keep your online presence clean while still having an outlet to vent.

“Big Brother” is Always Watching You on Social Media

It goes without saying that having a presence on social media has become more of a necessity than a luxury at this point.

Sure, Facebook is still the place where you go to see your friends obnoxiously post pictures of their kids; Instagram is still the place where you post pictures of your food and look at memes; and Twitter is still the place where you learn what celebrities and influencers are up to. However, your own presence on all of these platforms reflect who you are to not just your friends and family, but also potential employers.

According to an article from CareerBuilder, about 70% of employers snoop through the social media profiles of their job candidates. With that being said, are you comfortable with potential employers seeing everything on your social media accounts?

If the answer to that is “no,” fear not! There are several things that you can do to help clean up your social media presence, and how to keep some things private.

Google yourself

A good way to start off this exercise is by Googling your name and seeing what comes up. If you have a relatively common name, maybe through your hometown or state after your name to help narrow down your results.

Once you find results related to you, take a close look at them. Ask yourself if these are the results you would want to see if you were hiring yourself. Articles about your achievements, examples of your work, and links to your social media profiles are all great things.

I Google myself regularly to make sure I maintain a positive image online. While looking one time, I tracked down an old blogging profile I made back when I was in middle school. It was full of typos, cringe-worthy things only a dumb pre-teen would say, and absolutely nothing of benefit to myself albeit a few laughs. I was able to have it taken down in a matter of minutes, but if that would have been the only thing a potential employer had to gain information about me, I would have been in trouble.

If you find anything negative, you can typically get it taken down relatively quickly. You might need to remember some old log-in information, or send a few emails, but it should be simple. Once you’ve done that, you can ensure that only positive things pop up when you are Googled. Trust us, not Googling yourself can be one of your biggest mistakes in your job search!

Why Not Just Go Completely Off the Grid?

Your first thought might be, “Why not just shut down all of my social media accounts so they can’t see anything?”

Sure, if you delete your social media presence entirely then potential employers won’t have anything of yours to see. However, that is not necessarily a good thing.

If you do not have any social media presence, it means you are not networking online, which can turn off a lot of employers. Many jobs require that you send them a link to your LinkedIn profile when you apply, and not having one can get your resume tossed in the bin before you even get a chance to interview. At the minimum, you should at least have a LinkedIn profile for employers to see.

If you are looking for a job in media, you should have accounts across the board: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn. Not only do you want to show that you can network on these platforms, but also that you know how to use these platforms as that may be part of your job!

What Should I Post and Avoid Posting

When it comes to what you can post, ask yourself if what you are posting will be jarring or alienating to others before you post it. Major updates in your life, pictures from vacations and events, and check-ins at your usual hangouts are all absolutely fine. Problems typically come into play when you start posting opinions on social media that shake the proverbial hive.

None of this means that you aren’t allowed to keep posting and sharing your thoughts and feelings on social media; it just means that you should be more sensitive of other thoughts and feelings on social media before posting.

For example, you can show support to causes and candidates that mean a great deal to you, but you should avoid personally posting about most things that are political and religious. Political posts and religious posts can be problematic for employers even if they agree with your stances. Once hired, you will be a representative of their company, and they don’t want your posts to alienate clientele with opposing viewpoints.

Keeping Accounts Private

If posting your in-depth thoughts on subjects like politics or religion on social media is important to you, there is a way to still make it happen. You can make another account with no affiliation with yourself. Don’t attach your name or any of your contact information to the account, and use it to offer your opinions to your audience.

Many people have an Instagram or Twitter account that is only used for posting memes, getting political, or for promoting their side hustles. None of these things need to flood your personal profile, so keeping these separately is a great way to keep your professional image untarnished while still allowing you to have an outlet.

Posting on LinkedIn is Different From Posting Elsewhere

LinkedIn is for business and for updates in your professional life. Your vacation to Cancun, your nephew’s Bar Mitzvah and your thoughts on the newest Toy Story movie do not need to be on LinkedIn.

The main things you will be doing on your LinkedIn are making connections, keeping your page up to date, and exploring work opportunities. However, there are opportunities to post on LinkedIn. Articles related to business, professional growth or your industry can and should be shared. post the article with your own thoughts on what is being discussed. By doing so, you’re inviting others to join the discussion. Once others start to comment, their connections will begin to see your post, and your network will then continue to grow!

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How to Follow Up on an Interview

You just aced a job interview!

You leave the office feeling so good about the interview, and you cannot wait to hear back. You know that you should follow up, but how should you do it and what should you say?

You know you need to say something, but you don’t want to come off as too cocksure or disinterested. It’s like having a great date. You want to see the person again, but you don’t know when to reach out or what to say!

In this article, we will discuss some methods of how to follow up with an interview, so that you can start your new job!

The purpose of the follow up

The reason you are following up with the company is to thank them, and to get more information. What is this information you may ask? You are looking to see if there are any updates in the interview/hiring process, and you are looking to see if they want to schedule a follow up interview with you. If in your previous interview you were told that you may speak with another person at the company before a final decision is made, see if you can get that interviewed in the calendar!

When to send a follow up

In general, you should follow up within 24 hours of your interview. At this point, you are still fresh in their minds. However, at least wait until the following day to send them a follow up. If you send one from your car in the parking lot of the building where you were just interviewed, that’s way too soon.

Should I do an email or phone call

If you have been communicating with the company mainly through email, then you should send an email. If you have mainly been communicating via the phone, give them a call. However, make sure that you follow up with the person that interviewed; not necessarily your point point of contact.

For example, if you were mainly communicating with a talent acquisition company or a hiring coordinator, but you interviewed with a manager of a company, send your follow up to the manager. They are the one who is going to make the ultimate decision.

Prepare what you want to say in your follow up

It’s not a bad idea to have a notebook on hand with a few talking points nearby if you’re following up over the phone. If you have any questions about the job, additional comments about your experience, requests for another interview, or anything else you might need.

When you send an email to the recruiter, make certain to go over every word. You can tell the interviewer how much you enjoyed the interview, where additional information can be found, and if there is anything else you can tell them or send them. Quite often, job recruiters will ask for examples of your work or references after an interview.

During your follow-up interview

At this point in the process, you are probably starting to get very excited. When you get to the second interview, most people will tell you that this means you 100% got the job. This is not necessarily true, so you need to be sure you nail this interview.

You are going to behave very similarly to how you did during your first interview.

Often times, you will be interviewing with somebody other than who you interviewed with the first time. Make sure that you know your resume backwards and forwards as they will more than likely ask you specific questions about something on your resume.

Dress up to the same degree as you did in your first interview if not a little nicer. It is important for them to see that you can pull yourself together more than once.

At the end of the interview, ask for a timeline. Ask them when they are looking to make a final decision, and when that person will start. Ask them if you can have one of their business cards so that you can send them a thank you the following day.

Concluding the follow up

Remember, if they asked for a follow-up interview with you, it means that they are interested in you. You haven’t necessarily landed the job yet, but you are a bit closer.

Sending a thank you or a follow-up message after an interview is both good manners and also a best practice when it comes to searching for a job. Follow these steps, and you will impress employers and yourself!

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Emotional IQ and the Workplace

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and canʼt and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” Robert Frost

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isnʼt said.”Peter Drucker

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”Plato

Building up your emotional IQ

I love quotes. Even the simplest thought can sometimes cause the most profound reflection. Since quotes are a form of communication, there is also a special double return about quotes on communication for me. It’s like getting both butter pecan and chocolate chip ice cream in one sugar cone.

Naturally, communication hits a very important sweet spot in the professional environment as well. While things like verbal, listening and writing skills are paramount, there are also four supportive communication skills that could also be essential to a successful job search. According to Martin Yate in his essential tome, “Knock ʻem Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide,” these skills include grooming and dress, social graces, body language and emotional IQ.

Granted, it is a bit easier to assess the more representational of these skills. If your clothes are pressed and your hair is neatly combed, you are bound to make a better impression than if you walk into an interview in your pajamas while sporting a serious case of bedhead. A confident stride, firm handshake and relaxed eye contact with your interviewer are also going to be a lot more effective than a halting shuffle and a downward cast in your demeanor. The more at ease and confident you are with yourself, the better you will represent yourself.

Emotional IQ skills

Emotional IQ seems a bit harder to categorize. Unlike general intelligence, there is really no way to test or scale emotional intelligence. Thus many psychologists and scholars tend to argue that Emotional IQ is not an actual thing, but merely a descriptor of interpersonal skills that go by other names. Those skills would include:

  • A. Emotional Awareness or the ability to be conscious of and give a name to how you are feeling in any particular moment.
  • B. Emotional Control or the ability to reign in any particular emotion and thus be able to apply it to oneʼs responsibilities and tasks.
  • C. Emotional Management or the ability to regulate your emotions and to help others to do the same.

Despite the fact that some studies have found no bridge between emotional intelligence and job performance, some employers have incorporated emotional intelligence tests into their employment processes in the belief that they help determine leadership qualities. Thus, it is probably helpful to at least be aware of those attributes.

Personal growth

As with anything, I believe that such awareness cannot only help with a job search, but with personal growth as well. As a creative person, I find I can occasionally act with tense and frustrated emotions when confronted with unknowns and stressful situations. To be conscious of that and to begin to be able to temper and control those feelings would be a great benefit in all situations for me.

I am sure that there are things that, upon reading the above list of traits, you feel that you could effectively adjust yourself to achieve more success. For as famed motivational speaker Brian Tracy says, “Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

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