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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10 Recommendations for Successful Job Searching

Job searches can be intimidating if you don’t have the right set of tools and guidelines to help you. Checkout this list of ten recommendations for a better job search to help you in finding the perfect role.

1. Have an ATS Compliant Resume

Recruiters and hiring managers utilize Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to collect, sort, scan and even rank applicants during the hiring process. Much of this process is based on key word searches within a resume. When applying to a position ensure that the skills necessary for the position are accurately represented on your resume so that you will rank hire during this initial process.

2. Learn to Network

Networking is a critical aspect in finding potential employment. Having a large network of people to turn to for opportunities or recommendations makes the job search process that much easier. You never know when an opportunity may become available and its best to present yourself in a professional manner to be ready to seize opportunities when given the chance.

3. Be Employer Oriented not Needs Oriented

Although it would be nice to have a job that worked around your exact schedule and met all your needs this usually isn’t the case. Employers are looking for candidates that can adapt to situations and offer value to the company based on their skill set. It is best to land a job and work around the job rather than trying to find a job that will work with you.

4. Quality over Quantity

Sending out resumes in mass quantities may seem like a good way to land a position, but if you don’t have a quality resume employers aren’t going to give you a shot. It is important to develop a quality resume before sending it out.

5. Enthusiasm>Skills

Having a quality skill set that is pertinent to the position is a great way to get in the door for an interview, but interviewers are looking for candidates that are enthusiastic about the new position and opportunity. An employer is more likely to hire someone that is excited about the job and easy to work/communicate with rather than someone who is highly skilled but may be difficult in other areas of business.

6. Consistent Job Search is Insurance for Future Success

Consistently updating your knowledge of the job market and being ready to quickly apply to jobs you want ensures success for the future. It is better to be searching for a job while you still have one instead of when you’re out of work.

7. Invaluable Assets Can’t be Dismissed

Making yourself a valuable asset at the workplace ensures you son’t be dismissed when cuts need to be made. Whether it’s your consistent rate of success, your ability to fix office supplies, or picking up lunch for team members, you are more likely to be kept on if you demonstrate value.

8. Information is Power

Before applying to a job or getting an interview always research the job market and company you are applying to so you are prepared for the interview process and can ask questions of your own. This also allows you to fit key words into your resume that are specific to the indsutry.

9. Never Stop Learning

Always continue to be seeking knowledge when it comes to the job market and gaining skills. The more you know, the more of an asset you will be.

10. Credentials

Throughout your life and career you should be looking to pick up credentials as much as you can. Whether its certifications, licensures, classes or anything else, the more credentials you have, the more opportunity there will be.

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Chicago’s Current Job Market – Looking Good for Recent Grads

A job search can always be an intimidating and frustrating task, but knowing the market will give you the edge that you need to secure the job that you’ve been looking for. Chicago is home to a vast number of industries including finance/business, health care, engineering, medication services, transportation and more.

Current Job Market

Currently the Chicago job market is growing faster than the rest of the United States. Between June 2018 and June 2019 the city added around 90,000 jobs with about 1.8% job growth per year. Two particularly strong industries at the moment are construction and manufacturing. With the job market constantly growing there is a developing need for office and residential buildings. A strong benefit of the construction industry is that it offers jobs in a wide array of positions including sales, management, legal affairs and more. Manufacturing has always been considered to be a staple in the city’s job market as it involves procurement, supply chain, engineering and sales and shows no sign of slowing down in the near future.

Tech industry

Recently, the Tech Industry has also seen a buzz in the Chicago area. Within the last year tech-related employment grew by nearly 6000 jobs, many of which are going to recent grads. Tech companies are looking for young graduates to provide a youthful spark within their companies. The highest employed positions were software and web developers, computer system and cybersecurity analysts, network architects and administrator and support specialists. Companies across industries are currently growing their tech teams especially within cybersecurity and looking for young grads with diverse skill sets to fill positions.

Good News for grads

There is more good news for recent grads as well. In an article posted by CBS Chicago, reporter Lisa Fielding states, “experts say the job market for soon-to-be grads is looking up. “What we’ve observed this year is that all indicators of hiring activity are up, which is really encouraging” said Northwestern University director of career services Lonnie Dunlap.” The article continues to state that many business-focused, engineering, journalism and communication jobs are seeing higher representation at job fairs and looking to recruit new talent. Although there is a high-demand for new grads, the competition for jobs is rising. There are many applicants that are not considered due to lack of preparation. For young grads making a decision on a career can be tough and many are eager to jump at any opportunity that arises, however, choosing a career is a decision that will last a lifespan and being prepared to make the best decision is key in landing the best job.

A 2019 figure shows that the average salary in the Chicago area is $54,160 outpacing the rest of the country with an average of $50,620. If you are looking for a job now is a great time if you are prepared to land the best position for you.

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Top 6 Biggest Mistakes You Are Making In Your Job Search

The Top 6 Job Search Myths

If you’re looking for job search assistance online, there’s no doubt you’ve read numerous conflicting articles pointing you in all sorts of different directions. Many online sources claim to have the “secret” that will help you land your dream job immediately. However, many of these secrets will only lead you into dead ends. Additionally, you have probably heard a lot of advice from your friends and families regarding how to conduct a job search. But what may have worked for one person will not necessarily work for everyone. In this article we will dispel the most common job search myths.

top five job search myths

1.) The Hidden Job Market

Ever been told that 90% of open positions go unadvertised? If that were the case, then how would they be getting filled? While it is true that some positions are never advertised publicly, the vast majority are indeed posted online, in newspapers and through other mediums. The “hidden job market” often refers to internal hiring practices. Oftentimes, these are not necessarily open positions, but rather new positions created solely for specific individuals. Besides, if so many of these job postings were hidden and out of reach, what would be the point in looking for them? Companies that are looking to hire top talent will advertise open positions in my different places in order to cast a wide net.

2.) You Need Experience to Get a Job

Do you ever feel intimidated with job postings requiring 3 to 5 years minimum experience in a specific field? Many job seekers, particularly new graduates, find themselves in the catch-22 where they cannot get an entry-level position because they do not have the required experience, and they cannot get the required experience because they are not qualified for entry-level positions. Don’t let these job requirements intimidate you. When hiring managers and HR personnel are writing job postings, they often write them based upon the individual who vacated the position they are trying to fill. However, no one comes into any job with 100% of the necessary experience. Don’t let experience requirements prevent you from applying to a position. First and foremost, employers are looking for someone ready to learn. If you can display that ability, you should have no problem landing an entry-level position. Remind yourself, everyone has to start somewhere.

3.) If I Leave My Job, I’ll Look Like a Job Hopper

In prior decades, it used to common for you to work for the same company your entire life. Oftentimes, it was the same company that your father worked for his entire life, and perhaps his father as well. However, as the economy becomes more and more dynamic, this trend no longer holds true. Many people are reluctant to look for something new because they believe they will be labeled as a job hopper — someone who keeps jumping from job to job without ever settling down. While this will look bad to your future employer if you can’t even hold down a single job for more than a few months, don’t be afraid to look for new opportunities after you have put in a few years in at your current company. Studies show that individuals who switch companies often end up with greater compensation in the long run than those individuals who remain with the same company. Additionally, the longer you stay with your current company, the more difficult it can be to switch. Today’s employers want to see a candidate that is adaptable, can thrive in difficult situations, is up to new challenges, and always looking to learn something new. Bringing diverse experience in numerous roles across different industries will help demonstrate these qualities.

4.) I Should Only Apply to Jobs I Really Want

While there is nothing wrong with a targeted job search, don’t be afraid to cast a large net. Too often job seekers apply only to specific companies or positions. However, this will severely limit the impact of your search. You may find yourself eventually landing your dream job, only to realize that you hate the company culture or that your responsibilities don’t match up with what you saw on the initial posting. Many of my clients have found themselves with wonderful jobs in roles that they never would have ever imagined doing just a few years back. You never know what might surprise you. Plus, casting a wide net will lead to more interviews. Even if you don’t think you actually want the job, I recommend going to the interview anyway. Not only will it give you interview practice, but you will also gain a better sense of what employers are looking for in candidates.

5.) It’s Best to be the Last Person Interviewed

The logic for this argument is, if you interview last, then you will remain fresh on the hiring manager’s mind, and they will be more likely to consider you over the person they interviewed weeks later. However, how will you ever be able to tell when is the best time to interview? Companies often leave job postings up long after they have already made up their minds. Once they find the right candidate who has accepted their offer, they stop interviewing all together. Why would they bother wasting their time on people they are never going to consider? When you see a job posting that interests you, apply right away. The more time you spend waiting, the more opportunities you are giving to other candidates.

6.) You Can Write Your Own Resume

If you change your own oil, can make a pair of shoes or cut your own hair, you may stop reading here. Resume writers have experience preparing effective presentations for thousands of people. A job seeker may write a resume every 3 to 5 years and during that time the rules can be completely change. Think about your annual salary. Writing a your own resume is like walking into a casino and putting your annual salary on the roulette wheel. With a resume writer, your up front risk is only the cost of the resume. Choose a resume writer with a long history of success and you will literally gain access to a wealth of knowledge that would be impractical to obtain on your own.

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