Category Archives: Professionalism

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5 Strategies for Discovering and Cleaning Up Digital Dirt Hurting Your Job Search

oops keyGuest Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter.
Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

Social networking mistakes can really come back to haunt you when you’re job searching. Don’t think that just because you’re on Twitter and Facebook complaining about a boss—or posting less-than-professional status updates—that it means a current and/or future employer won’t see or read what you’ve put there.

You need to be aware that information that is put out on the Internet, in general, can potentially be seen by anyone. Don’t get caught thinking that just because it’s social media that it’s casual. Be protective of your social profiles, especially if you’re the type of person who shares personal information on Twitter or Facebook—and even more so if you complain about your boss, make negative or derogatory statements, or post anything that you wouldn’t want brought up during a job interview.
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Questions Answered: Should I date my co-worker?

Question: I’m interning at my dream company for the fall and spring semesters. Things have been going really well, but here’s my question. There’s a guy in my department that I’m really into. He is definitely interested in me, too. He is a full time, regular employee. I asked around and there doesn’t seem to be any policy against dating. Would dating him ruin my chances of getting a full time offer at this company? – Lyanne, Lubbock, TX

Answer: First, congratulations on landing an internship at your dream company. Any time we try to mix our work and personal lives, things can get a bit tricky. The first thing I would suggest is getting in touch with your Human Resources department to get confirmation that a dating policy does not exist. Also find out if there’s a policy against employees dating interns, which may be considered a different situation than employees dating one another. Next, check with your school to find out if there is a college policy about interns dating co-workers. You just want to check all your bases.

There are a few other things to consider, as well: (more…)

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Ready to Build an Effective Job Seeking Network?

Guest Author: Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.
Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

There are many important aspects to a job search—and networking is one of them. Knowing the right person who works within—or has strong connections to—a company can work wonders in helping you get your foot in the door.

While many seekers think that networking is a random act that involves telling people they need employment, connecting with the right professionals involves more effort. This is why it’s important to learn the steps of setting up a job seeking network.

Join Online Professional Networks

A great way to get connected to dozens—and sometimes even hundreds—of people is by joining online professional networks. Whether you find them via LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other online resource, they are typically easy to join and filled with people eager and ready to help others find great opportunities.
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Professional You – Dealing with workplace conflict, Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about the importance of asking questions and sticking to the facts when it comes to assessing workplace conflicts. Today, we’re wondering, how do conflicts arise? Common sources of conflict It can be helpful to ask yourself some simple questions to assess the source of the conflict: Is someone doing something they are NOT supposed to […]

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