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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.

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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Job search: Your secret weapon

We’ve heard, (and given), a lot of job search advice over the years, often related to effective networking, staying organized, using technology, or preparing strong application materials. However, there’s a major aspect of the job search that is often overlooked by job seekers and career professionals alike – the power of an active support network. In this case, we’re not necessarily talking about your professional network, although there could be some overlap. Your support network includes trusted friends, family members, mentors, professors, classmates, and colleagues who may or may not know much about your field or your industry, but are personally invested in you and your success. These are the people who have come along side you to brain storm about choosing a major, stay up late to chat about whether or not to accept this internship or that, and go out of their way to encourage you when your job search is taking longer than you anticipated. These are the folks who may seem nosy, at times, checking in on you about your future plans and calling to make sure you’re eating well and getting enough exercise! For the most part, they are well-meaning; in fact, they are your secret weapon when it comes to your job or internship search. (more…)

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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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Quick Tips for College Freshmen: Use free and reduced-cost resources

In our last tip, we encouraged using your faculty’s office hours. Let’s keep with the theme of using the resources at your finger tips. With a little bit of research, you’ll likely find a LOT of very helpful resources on campus, and best of all – they’re probably FREE! Resources vary from campus to campus, so ask around at your institution. Here’s a sampling of the types of services that are likely available for you:

  • Your recreation/wellness center probably gives you free, or low-cost, access to fitness equipment, the pool, and a variety of wellness classes.


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