The Impact a DUI Charge Can Have on Your Job Search

Michelle Suiter is a contributing writer at Katz & Phillips, P.A. If you need advice from an Orlando DUI Lawyer or want details about Florida DUI penalties please visit their website.
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With the rise of social media sites and the access they provide to customers, many companies are now seeking new employees that have a good track of being socially responsible. Businesses these days need employees they can trust and, as such, are conducting more thorough background checks than before. What can seem like a minor mistake in judgment, such as drinking while driving, can have serious ramifications later when it comes time to search for a new job.

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Due to the recent economic downturn, there are lots of seasoned workers who lost jobs that are seeking to get back into the workforce. This makes it even more difficult for the younger generation, often with little or no work experience, to break into a career. Finding a DUI on an employee’s background check could negatively impact the chances of landing the ideal job. Continue Reading »

Social Media Changes the Job Market

Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, which provides aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn a MAT degree and teacher certification online.  Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.

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Applying to college and looking for a job are not as straightforward as they once were. Individuals, schools and companies all have a presence on social media, which means more information is available to everyone. All of this additional information is incredibly valuable to job seekers and college applicants, but also poses its own set of challenges around applicants’ privacy and what they make available to those evaluating them.

For high school students applying to college, social media can be a tremendous resource. Most colleges maintain Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and blogs that prospective students can follow to gain a different perspective on a school. These constantly updated resources provide a glimpse into daily life at a college that you would not find in normal admissions materials. In addition to each university’s own resources, sites like Zinch help high school students connect with admissions offices and scholarships, and make the process more personal. Continue Reading »

The Power of an Online Reputation

Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, which provides aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn a MAT degree and teacher certification online.  Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.

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Word-of-mouth used to be the primary way that a business’s or individual’s reputation could be enhanced or damaged. But with the growth of social media, like Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter, almost anyone has the power to affect the reputation of even the largest companies. Continue Reading »

Vizibility Can Help You Distinguish Yourself Online

Posted May 24th, 2011 in Employment, Job Searching, Personal Branding, Privacy, Reviews by admin

Erica is a Journalism student at Emory University. She is the Co-Founder/Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Emory branch of HerCampus.com, a national magazine for college women. She loves to write and is passionate about all things related to the media–her life-long interest. Her motivation and enthusiasm has landed her at BizBash Media in New York City, where she is serving as an Editorial Intern before heading back to Atlanta for her junior year.

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If the hiring director at your dream company were to search your name on Google,  what would they discover? Would they uncover some questionable pictures of you on Facebook out at a chic club? Or maybe an inappropriate comment you posted on a friend’s wall years ago? Perhaps they would come across information about other people with a similar name, or worse—find nothing to suggest that you’re even a real person.

I decided it was time to check out what my possible employers were finding out about me on Google. I opened up my browser, went to the search engine, and just typed in my name. Simple enough, right? Continue Reading »

Don’t Believe Your Own Hype | In Love with Insincerity, and Yourself on Social Media

Posted March 17th, 2011 in Etiquette, Facebook, Networking, Personal Branding, Social Alerts, Twitter by admin

Alban is a contributing writer at Home Loan Finder, a home loan rates comparison website. Alban is passionate about social media and their opportunities.

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Believing in yourself is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn in life, because you have to bewilling to bet on yourself, even when no one else will. However, there is a big difference in believing in yourstrength, your abilities and your determination, as compared to believing you are the person you portray yourself as on social media.

If you really were the person you appear to be on Facebook for example, you’d never sleep – with thousands offriends, hundreds of causes to like and events to attend; how could you? Luckily Facebook isn’t real life, andthere is down time, unfortunately no one wants to hear about that, so you don’t tell them.

What Happens on Facebook

There is no doubt that high school friends and long lost lovers have been able to reconnect over the internet andsocial media. However, there cases are the exception, not the rule and most of the interaction you will see onFacebook will be superficial and insincere. Before you stop reading, consider that this post isn’t to denounce theuse of Facebook, but to help you see it for what it really is, rather than being lulled into the belief that it is real,that all 948 of your Facebook friends will be at your side in an emergency, and that life really is all about thesnapshots and 140 or 420 character summaries you send out to the world. Continue Reading »