With Google+ on track to reach 400 million users by the end of 2012, it’s time to get on the bandwagon. However, I am not urging you to join for the sake of having another Facebook to keep up. No, I advise you get involved with Google+ as a means to present your best assets to jobs.
While LinkedIn is still a valuable asset for those who are unemployed and networking, Google+ has the potential to reach a broader audience, and present you in a more well-rounded light. The top three attributes an employer is looking for are technical skills, interpersonal skills and strength of character; Google+ can help you present this.
Google+ brings together the best of Facebook and LinkedIn. You can upload photos, giving employers a snap shot of who you are, present your accomplishments in an organized way, and then direct them to your other social networks. With your Google+ profile on a resume, you can rest easy knowing your potential boss is seeing the most employable side of you.
The most important aspect of Google+ as a resume extension is the portfolio feature. Here you can input links to work you’ve done, and various accomplishments documented online. Although this seems more helpful for writers or designers, anything that has been published on the web will give you credibility.
Blogs – shows your personality, talent as writer, and that you can juggle a job and personal development at the same time.
Submitted photos – Even if the job has nothing to do with photography, a well taken picture presents another side of your personality. If you’ve ever submitted pictures for a contest, you can most likely find that online.
Photo accounts – if you are a photographer and keep a photo account like Flickr, include that.
Articles/guest posts – even if you only wrote an informal guest post for a friend’s blog, or an article for the school newspaper, it adds up.
Awards/honors – for example, if you were on Dean’s list in college, try to find it online. Many schools publish that on their website.
If you treat Google+ like a professional network from the start, you can build a well rounded snapshot of yourself. LinkedIn is known as the professional network, but Google+ has it beat in the photo department. According to a study conducted for Careerbuilder.com, “More than half of the employers who participated in the survey said that provocative photos were the biggest factor contributing to a decision not to hire a potential employee.”
By creating a profile that you can trust your potential boss looking through, and providing it to them in the contact section of your resume, you can avoid this dilemma. Define your best self through the photos. Try to include:
Work photos, if you have any of you in a work situation or with co-workers
Active photos, such as hiking pictures
This is a smart way for you to direct a potential employer in the direction that will best represent you. Everyone has so many social media accounts, and Facebook should be at the bottom of the list for employers. Here you can add your Twitter account, LinkedIn, Quora. Any other account that you know will best represent you should be included.
45% of employers are screening potential candidates via social networks. Use Google+ to direct a potential employer in a positive direction. Google+ has the potential to represent you as well rounded, smart, and current. By showing your best, most employable side, your employer can trust you with their reputation.
Bio: Jessica Sanders is an avid small business writer touching on topics from social media to telemarketing. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including medical billing software for b2b lead generation resource, Resource Nation.
Technology has become an integral part of classroom life. While students certainly reap the benefits of having a wealth of information at their fingertips, teachers like you can also capitalize on technology’s many uses.
New and veteran teachers alike can utilize the Internet to build their Personal Learning Networks, gaining classroom know-how and connections that will help advance your career.
What is a Personal Learning Network?
Unlike your classroom, your Personal Learning Network (PLN) is available to you seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It consists of all of the educational sites that you join to have discussions with other educators and find classroom resources.
You can participate in scheduled chats on Twitter, write and comment on educational blogs, and join websites that offer discussion forums and other resources. Not only will you gain valuable pedagogical knowledge, you will be able to bounce your own teaching ideas off of peers and administrators.
Twitter is one of the best tools for building your PLN. It is a social networking site that allows you to post and receive messages. The messages are called “tweets,” and when you send a tweet, everyone who subscribes to your page (your followers) receives it.
Since Twitter is massive and you may have some difficulty finding the types of groups that you would choose to follow, twitter4teachers was created to organize accounts based on subject areas. The topics include early childhood, English as a second language, 21st century learning and much, much more. You do need an account in order to participate in discussions, which is free and easy to setup. TeachHub also offers scheduled weekly chats for teachers.
Blogging has become incredibly popular in classrooms. With a blog (or “web log”), you can write ongoing commentary related to a specific subject. There are a number of websites that offer free blogging tools, like WordPress and Blogger. Teachers can set up blogs to stay connected with parents and students. You can also benefit from reading and commenting on others’ blogs.
For example: USC Rossier offers information on continuing education, classroom management and other aspects of education on their blog; Teach.com cover the latest educational news; and Certification Map has teacher profiles and other interesting tidbits.
A note about blogging: As With anything that you post to cyberspace, be mindful of what you write on your blog or as comments on the blogs of others. Once you post, you leave a “cyber footprint” that others can view (including students, parents and administrators).
Pinterest is an online pinboard on which you can share and discover lessons and resources. Many schools and organizations have Facebookpages that can be useful for organizing or even just socializing. Teach Hub, as mentioned earlier, also offers education news, teaching blogs and lesson plans. And remember: More invaluable resources are just a Google search away!
Once upon a time, networking meant going to conferences and getting out there and meeting people. LinkedIn, however, has made networking on a global basis much easier and effective, allowing users to network with people worldwide from the convenience of their own home or office.
LinkedIn has quickly established itself as one of the top social networking sites for individuals and business owners who want to network with others, to widen their customer base, and to keep on top of what’s going on in their respective industries.
Succeeding at marketing with LinkedIn requires time and effort and trying the various methods for marketing with the popular social networking platform is important to find what works for your business.
1. Sell Your Skills.
Whether you opt for an individual or a company profile, your profile is the best way to market your product or service and to sell your skills. A LinkedIn profile is essentially an extended resume that includes a photo and recommendations from others. Fill it out completely to get the most of it from a marketing perspective.
2. Have others Sell You.
One of the most effective ways to win new business is to get recommendations from colleagues and current and former clients. LinkedIn allows you to request recommendations for each position in which you’ve worked and for your college experience. To take full advantage of marketing on LinkedIn, gather as many recommendations as you possibly can.
3. Position Yourself as an Expert.
LinkedIn offers an ideal platform to position yourself as an expert in your field or industry. In addition to individual profiles, LinkedIn allows users to post company profiles. Ideally, if you run a business, you’ll have one of each.
People want to work with experts in their respective fields. To build your credibility and share your expertise, become active in answering questions in LinkedIn’s “Question and Answer” section. Every question you answer will become a permanent part of your profile, allowing connections and others to see your wealth of knowledge.
Be sure to also join related groups and start answering members’ questions.
4. Network Offline.
Networking online provides great convenience, but sometimes you just can’t compare it to face-to-face networking. Find networking events in your city by looking at the “Networking Events” on LinkedIn. Major cities, like Los Angeles and Cleveland, also have their own listings of networking events.
You may also want to host your own networking event, which you can then market on LinkedIn.
5. Link to other Social Networking Accounts.
Keeping on top of all of your social networking accounts can be challenging, but LinkedIn makes it easy to merge your Twitter account and your blog with your profile. You can sync your Twitter account and your blog with LinkedIn, so both are automatically updated when you publish something new. Signing up for syncing takes less than a minute. Interested connections and others can then easily click on your Twitter address, your website, or your blog to learn more.
LinkedIn can prove an extremely valuable marketing tool, if you’re willing to get involved and be proactive. Take some time to look through the website, to read what LinkedIn recommends for what works and what doesn’t work, and invest the necessary time to craft a strong professional profile and to establish your expertise to enjoy marketing success on LinkedIn.
WordPress is one of the most popular and widely used blogging platforms in the world. It is being used by millions of people already, and everyday new users are signing up.WordPress can be used for creating many different types of websites/blogs, and can be useful for people from different professions too.
WordPress Portfolio Themes are a great way of customizing your blog into a portfolio, thus helping photographers to showcase their work in a nice way. Online portfolios not only help photohraphers showcase their creative work to the world, but they also allow making an online reputation.
Making a portfolio website using WordPress is extremely easy, thanks to all the WordPress Portfolio Themes and plugins out there. This user-friendliness makes WordPress a great choice for making a portfolio on.
So in order to help you find the right kind of theme for your portfolio, today we have a huge collection of some of the best and most amazing WordPress Portfolio Themes present out there. Check them out and pick the ones you like the best! Here goes the list.
Social media tools, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, can be valuable resources in not only networking with people you already know, but also with expanding your network to others. The old adage about it’s not what you know, but who you know is alive and well in the world of work, so use social media and your connections creatively to find and secure a job.
Social media, though, also has dangers for the young professional. Savvy young professionals know there are social media guidelines that must be followed.
For some, a personal page on a social media site, a blog or a website may include information that isn’t necessarily appropriate for the workplace. Before interviewing, go through and analyze your online presence to determine whether a manager or recruiter would be accepting of the comments and images you have posted. If it doesn’t pass the “gut check,” then it’s best to remove that content.
You may think about searching for your name (and variations of it) on Google to ensure everything online reflects favorably upon the image you are trying to project to prospective employers. If you find content you’re not particularly proud of, develop a plan to mitigate the problems this content may cause. For example, you may ask the person who posted the objectionable content to remove it because you are searching for a job. If that doesn’t work, figure out how you will explain this content should a prospective employer uncover it. Some employers run these same Google searches as a part of their due diligence in the hiring process, so don’t be surprised if you are asked. It’s best to be proactive and prepared for such a situation.
Once you’re hired, there are other social media guidelines to adhere to. Keep in mind that your employer may have a social media policy in place. Some companies have very stringent social media guidelines and restrict or block access to sites like Facebook and Twitter. Others are more relaxed in their approaches to social media usage in the workplace. It is your responsibility to know your employer’s policy and abide by it.
Now is a good time to again review what online information is out there about you. You are a reflection upon the company for which you work, so try to remove any subjective content you find. You may also want to check your privacy settings on Facebook. Determine who can see you photos, your wall and your posts. Consider untagging yourself from any photos that don’t project a professional image.