Social Media and your Job Search

Be careful what you post! Whether or not you know it, employers are Googling you. You need to be aware of who you are connected with on various social media sites and what others can or cannot see on your profile. 

Whether you are employed or unemployed, it is important to be cognizant of what your social media profiles can say about you. If you are employed, you have to be careful about what you say about your work place, colleagues or business related to the company or it’s clients. If you are complaining about your business or posting that you are looking for a job or out partying, an employer can have cause to fire you.
The same goes for if you are unemployed and looking for a job. Employers take into consideration your pictures, your wall posts and much more when evaluating whether or not they should want to hire you or even interview you. The best course of action is to make your profile confidential on Facebook while you are looking for a job so that something you said or posted doesn’t come back to haunt you.
On the flip side, it helps to have a COMPLETED Linkedin profile while job hunting. If you have a well thought out, well written profile on Linkedin, that might give an employer the extra push they need to consider interviewing you or hiring you for a job. This is especially true if you have good recommendations on your profile. Be careful though, because if you misspell things on your profile, have an incomplete profile, have inaccurate information on your profile or grammatical errors, that can hinder an employer from hiring you.
Bottom line, think before you post and if you do post, ask yourself if that post is something that would make a potential employer want to hire you.

Breaking down your salary

A lot of job seekers do not realize the importance of knowing their salary and how to break it down to a potential employer in an interview. Whether you are working with a recruiter or applying directly with a company, it is your responsibility to clearly communicate your current salary. If this is not clearly communicated to the employer or recruiter during the interview process and/or on the application, you can easily have your offer rescinded if the numbers don’t match up.

Example: If you tell a potential employer that you make $65,000 a year, when in reality, you have a base of $60,000, a bonus of $3,000, and $2,000 worth of overtime, you can have your offer rescinded when the employer or recruiter goes to verify this information.
The way to avoid this is to clearly breakdown your salary on the application into: Base + Bonus + OT + any additional benefits that might be monetary in nature such as 401k or profit sharing contribution.
Not every application gives room to break this all down, so in a worse case scenario, only list your base salary and then clearly explain if/when asked the breakdown of your salary in more detail, but DO NOT just lump everything together on an application without a clear breakdown.
By doing this you will avoid any confusion regarding your compensation and will ensure your offer is secure once it is made to you.

10 ways to make yourself indispensable in the Workplace

1) Whoever you work for, make their life easier
2) Conduct yourself with impeccable integrity which includes to do what is asked of you, but more importantly, do all of the things you know you should do, but were not asked to do additionally
3) Listen to what is being asked of you/Answer the question that is being asked of you
4) ALWAYS be reliable and on time
5) Be the type of person who your boss could trust to run things while they are out of the office
6) ALWAYS be the one that others go to for help and be helpful at all times
7) Anticipate the needs of your boss/Take initiative
8) Know your product, know your client, and know your services better then everyone else in your office
9) Always be learning-this includes taking continuing education classes and keeping up with the latest trends by reading articles, journals and books in your industry
10) ALWAYS display a pleasant attitude and be the type of person that others want to be around