Tag Archives: LinkedIn

Is LinkedIn your Rolodex?

In the old days, one would go to a networking event, exchange business cards, and put the business cards in their Rolodex. The business landscape has changed a lot since then. It is a much more fast paced environment.

Today the common practice is to gather business cards and almost immediately connect online. Connections made off line continue online. And if you’re a really good connector, continue offline again.

We’re curious to know how quick you are to react when it comes to building your network.


Job Hunting Using Social Media

Ask anybody how they got their last job, and the typical answer would be  networking. That definition can be blurred now, from offline networking to online networking. As we know there are many useful tools out there for job seekers to help in their pursuit of new employment. This infographic from Jobvite shows some interesting statistics about the social network job search.

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source: Jobvite

Dear Facebook: help me get a job

More and more savvy job seekers are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to help them find a job. Most people associate LinkedIn with job searches more than Facebook, but this infographic shows some interesting statistics that may surprise you.  MBA Online have put together this intriguing infographic on Social Job Search – Can Facebook Get You a Job?

How did you find your last job?  Feel free to share in the comments below how much of a role social media played in your last job search.

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Social Job Search
Infographic courtesy of  MBA Online

Social Media Day 2011

Happy Social Media Day (#SMDay) !!! On this day, all over the world, people are  going to MeetUps, TweetUps, and parties, all in the name of celebrating social media. Social media for me is all about connecting with people and building community. What does is mean to you?

Our lives have changed in the past few years as social media has become another way for us to interact with friends, colleagues, clients and anybody else out there who is listening.

I use social media pretty much every day. I have a fair amount of knowledge on the subject. I’ve spoken on a panel about social media for small businesses. I’ve advised business owners on social media strategy. I’ve been interviewed about social media policies in the workplace, and just yesterday I advised a business colleague about social media strategies, tools and etiquette.

In our conversation yesterday, she asked me if our company had a social media manual, a ‘how-to’. It was a good reminder for me that I haven’t written one yet. I have verbally trained staff at our company how to use certain tools, etiquette, strategy etc.  But I admit, I have not written it down on paper.

I firmly believe that companies should have a social media policy set in place. We have our new employees read and sign the policy during the onboarding process. Our employees use social media to connect and reach out to their networks. It is part of our corporate culture. Many companies still have yet to embrace social media because they don’t know where it fits in with their corporate culture.

Understanding the value of social media in the workplace is the first step. Creating a policy for existing and new employees is next. Writing a social media manual, and integrating that into the onboarding and training process is the next step for our company. I guess I better get writing.

~ Jessica Rozitis

photo credit: Lee Hopkins

Job Seeker Safety 101

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So, you’ve uploaded your resume to various job board websites, created online social media profiles for all industry leaders to see, and applied to every opportunity that interests you.  You’ve managed to be accessible to almost all the employers out there.  “This must lead to a new job!”, you might think.  That might not be all it leads to….

Not only have you made your work history and educational background available to hiring managers, you’ve made your personal information readily available to scammers.  On the surface, it looks like you are just going through the common job search process.  Fact is, potential employers only really need your name and phone number or e-mail address to be able to contact you.  Providing them with your street address, apartment number, and worse – Social Insurance Number is just plain dangerous.

As a recruiter with McNeill Nakamoto, I view countless resumes online and a surprising number of them have personal information included that makes identity theft too easy for criminals posing as potential employers.  Scammers have been known to simply use the information you provided on your resume or online profile to access your banking information, make duplicate government documents, and much more.

There are more complex tactics that every job seeker should be aware of… Some con-artists pose as hiring managers and email applicants who submit their resumes to legitimate job postings.  By hacking into a hiring manager’s email account, they can respond to applicants – confirming that they have won the position, and then ask the unsuspecting candidates to provide personal information, government ID numbers and banking information.  Read This! Job Seeker Identities at Risk

Moral of the story – Think twice before sharing personal information online.

~ Alana Savage

What’s your Social Media recipe?

Social Media is about exactly that, being social. What’s the point in doing it if you aren’t comfortable to show who you really are.  At McNak we have truly fallen for social media.  We think it has brought out more of our authentic self than we could initially have imagined.

What’s your recipe for social media in its abilities to show who you really are, or are you not yet ready to share?  Mat Wilcox, CEO and founder of  public relations and social media firm Wilcox Group says “if you are not in social media you are a dinosaur and missing key opportunities and potentially doing your company harm.”