Six Social Media Posts That Can Get Your Rejected for a Job by Corey Hubbard

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When looking for a job, you want your resume to present you at your very best. But what about your social media accounts? In our social media-obsessed world, your image in social media is just as important as your resume. Recruiters today will view your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram accounts in their attempt to get to know you better. Your social media accounts are extensions of yourself and if they like what they see, they’ll most likely call you for an interview. While it seems easy to maintain a respectable image on social media, it’s also easy to make mistakes that can jeopardize your job search.

Here are six social media posts that you should avoid while looking for a job:

Post inappropriate comments, pictures and videos

The general rule is, do not post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. I’m talking about nude and semi-nude photos, sexy videos, inappropriate angry outbursts, comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity, etc. Be responsible because your image is on the line and your future employer is watching.

Post nothing

It’s a bad sign if employers can’t find you online or if you’re not posting anything online. It suggests that you’re hiding something or you’re a terribly boring person who has nothing to show. The solution is to start posting. Post a picture of your cat or even the beautiful view outside your window is a great start. The key is to appear active online.

Post everything about your life

On the flip side, employers also don’t want anyone who posts all their private thoughts by the minute or hour. A little privacy helps. Posting constant status updates on Facebook is annoying not just for some of your friends but for prospective employers as well. Oversharing is worrisome because prospective employers may see you as someone who has the propensity to share confidential information.

Post any disparaging comment about your previous employer

Bad-mouthing a former boss can turn off future employers. It shows bad judgment and says so much about your character. Employers prefer people who can make good decisions. Remember that it’s important to be aware of your own emotional response not just in the outside world but in social media as well.

Post a picture of yourself drunk or doing drugs

You might think it’s cool or even funny for your friends to see you drunk or enjoying recreational drugs, potential employers will most likely reject you. Although a few snapshots of you in intoxicated condition certainly don’t mean that you won’t be a good employee, employers would rather stay on the safe side and look for an applicant who strikes them as someone responsible, self-disciplined and conscientious.

Post any politically incorrect statements

Any statement that is disrespectful or objectionable to a particular group of people should be avoided. These include racist, bigoted, homophobic and sexist statements, biases against religion, and other discriminatory comments. ranks best accounting internships of 2018

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Six Things to Cut from Your Resume (And Two You Should Add) - Corey Hubbard

By Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town

Most people spend hours tearing up resumes and sweating over each and every word until the ideal picture of themselves shines through, which, ironically, might only reflect the stylized version of yourself that society wants to see. This is all played out in much more dramatic fashion for women, who remain a minority in the tech industry and as such are exposed to assumptions and negative stereotypes on a regular basis.

So how do you do justice to your intelligence and ambition without accidentally objectifying yourself? Aside from removing that personal headshot, here are six things to absolutely cut before applying to your next job:

1. The Buzzwords

Billowing, grandiose, and superlative language is all empty from the perspective of a recruiter or a hiring company.

2. General Descriptions of Duties

Going fully objective may come across as too ice cold, too rudimentary. You want to write about how you innovated the position you held by finding unique ways to solve problems. If you need to be slightly creative in this regard than go for it – it’s better than listing rudimentary duties.

3. Basic Software (like Microsoft Office)

Why state the obvious when you only have 30 seconds to make an impression?

4. Don’t Use Paragraphs

The most frustrating thing for a recruiter or boss is having to read through sentence after sentence to get to the point. It shows you are not clearly focused as an individual and therefore not cut-out for the position.

5. No Hobbies or Interests

Assuming it’s not your first job in the field, anyone with a little experience should have more valuable things to add than what they like to do on the weekends. If you want to keep the conversational tone flowing, putting a Skills section below your work experience is a better fit.

6. A One-Size Fits All Resume

A study from CareerBuilder found that most employers (61% to be exact) want to see a resume tailored to the specifics of the open position. Getting into specifics by showing how your skill set matches the particular responsibilities of the job will set you apart like nothing else.

What Helps My Cause?

Like every industry, the world of tech is all about skills. All kinds of skills. But how do you get them in there?

  1. Divide and Conquer. The first thing you need to do is make a ‘Professional Skills’ section AND a ‘General Skills’ section (which emphasizes the soft skills like communication and diligence)

  2. Super-Short Objectives Statement. Focus on a one sentence phrase that defines what you are looking for in the job.

The Stakes Are High

A dream job only comes around once in a blue moon, and you want your resume to be that deciding factor in calling you for an interview. We also know that being true to yourself as a woman in the tech industry means carefully avoiding stereotype potholes that give the wrong impression. Start making the right impression by taking these things off your resume and adding these two!

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The bill formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is likely to result in an influx of cash back to US corporate headquarters. But tax reform implications for the technology industry could extend far beyond finances. What else will technology companies need to consider about their value chains and market expansion as a result of these tax code changes?

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Three Lessons Inspired by the Life of Michelangelo by Corey Hubbard

Three Lessons Inspired by the Life of Michelangelo

by Corey Hubbard - Man About Town

Michelangelo once said: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

And aim high, he did. He was a true Renaissance man who mastered many different fields. He was an accomplished sculptor, painter, poet, and engineer. His famous works, like the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the grand statues of David, and the Pietà, all expressed deep emotionalism, realism, and intensity never before seen.

He remains relevant today not only because of his glorious creations, but his work ethic continues to provide valuable insights and inspire us today.

Here are some life lessons we can learn from the great Michelangelo, the greatest artist of all time:

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1. Quality is in the details

The works of Michelangelo are known for their extraordinary attention to details. You can see it in the complex folds of the Virgin’s robe in the Pietà, in the veined hands the statue of David, and in the elaborate ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The ability to pay attention to the smallest details is important because it allows you to reach a level of excellence not easily achieved by others. If you carry this into your work—whether you’re in customer service, marketing, and more—then you have a chance to create something of real quality.

2. Step out of the box

Michelangelo was passionate about sculpture. It was his true love. When he looked at a piece of marble, he could already see the statue inside it and all he had to do was to chisel away to set it free. His love for sculpture did not stop him from painting. He worked on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with little knowledge of frescoes. He ended up employing the same meticulous attention to detail, discipline, and radical insight and created two of the most astounding frescoes the world has ever seen: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. If you want to expand your knowledge, step out of the box and push yourself. You might discover a hidden talent.

3. Believe in teamwork

In creating his masterpieces, Michelangelo was never quite the romantic lone wolf everyone thought him to be. He drew sketches, created miniature models, and directed a team of artisans to help bring his vision to life. Experts believed that he worked with at least 12 other painters to complete the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This is a prime example of teamwork. Other people are on the team supporting and helping each other to achieve success.

What have you learned from Michelangelo’s life and incorporated into your own?

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5 Trends HR Pros Are Preparing For in 2018 by Corey Hubbard

By Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town

Human Resources is one of the most exciting domains to be working in these days. With such fluctuation in the type of work available (remote vs in-house) and a slowly diminishing gender disparity (thanks to more women entering skilled positions), it looks like 2018 will be another interesting year for HR departments across the world.

Here are some of the major trends to look out for as the year unfolds:

  1. Retaining Talent Via Recognition Software

Companies are well aware that employee loyalty is a tenuous rope that could snap at any moment. According to data compiled by HR Drive, as much as 75% of employee turnover could be prevented. When you consider that losing an employee costs the employer $15,000, the incentive to hold on to talent is real.

Recognition rewards are now in action for many companies, the goal of which is to provide small cash rewards to an employee when they have done something out of the ordinary. While it certainly keeps people motivated in their current position, whether it keeps them from looking for another job is still unclear.

  1. More Flexibility

While remote workers often have the luxury to plan their own hours, this open orientation to productivity is being applied more and more to in-house staff as well. The flexibility to work from home has been seen across a number of companies – as has the tendency to hire more freelancers. What does this mean for position responsibility? Plenty of change in these waters too, as traditional positions are being replaced by hybrid jobs based on an individual’s talents and proclivities.  

  1. Better Pay for All Talent

Wages are going up for the most in-demand talent out there, and that has a trickle-down effect on all employers and employees. In order to keep their top talent, many of whom are looking to get the best work/life balance for themselves, companies are offering all kinds of benefits they would never have had to make in the past.

  1. Analytics is Taking Over HR Too

Every industry will benefit from big data analytics – and HR is seeing the change as we speak. One excellent example can be seen in the way Salesforce used HR talent analytics to help them hire web developers. HR analytics isolated key gaps in the talent market that had been overlooked by other employers, and Salesforce was able to fill their positions expediently and with low cost.  

  1. Accountability Scores

What is HR other than an exploration of accountability in business? The #MeToo movement has galvanized female minorities in the workforce to demand better ethical standards and a positive working environment for all. HR departments must take a more proactive approach to setting and enforce workplace standards for existing employees and future hires – an approach that can start with the government's definition of sexual harassment.  

HR Will Help Guide the Future

One thing is certain about the role of human resources in 2018: it will be a stabilizing force in what is otherwise a very turbulent time for companies navigating work from home packages and female employees dealing with the menace of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Step Up to Your Dream Job with these Successful Interview Tips by Corey Hubbard

by Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town

Dream jobs come around once in a blue moon. If you’re one of those job seekers who are hesitant to apply for a job that you think is out of your league, you are not alone. Many people are intimidated by applying for a position that they think is above their job description, even though they may have for most, the prospect of landing an interview creates a lot of anxiety.

A job interview — regardless of the position — is a learning opportunity for both parties. It’s a chance for a prospective employer to get to know you, and it’s your opening to advancement and new directions for your career.

Advancing your career is about taking calculated risks. A job interview for a position that might feel like a challenge is a manageable risk. It just takes a bit of extra preparation.

Maintain Your Talking Points

If the job description names specific skills that the company is looking for, keep those at the front of any discussion. Highlight your experience in the required area and wait to demonstrate your other skills after you get hired. If a company wants to know about A and B, then the interviewer may not be very concerned about C.

Even if the required skills are not your strongest points, find a way to draw the focus back to your experience in those areas. As long as you keep the interview focused, you can increase your odds of successfully competing with every other candidate.

Know the Field

If a job opportunity is truly one that you are passionate about pursuing, then it is worth a little pre-interview homework. Chances are you may know someone with similar experience in the field. Talk to them about the job, what it may entail, and other specifics. Be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge during the interview with competent answers and knowledge.

When you can’t talk to someone about the job, do your research. Take the time to explore online resources like career sites, department of labor job descriptions, and the company’s own website. Go into the interview as an expert on the company and you’re sure to impress everyone.

Keep the Right Attitude

No matter how must research and preparation you do, an interview for a position that’s a bit outside your comfort zone can still be worrying. The most important consideration is to strike the right balance between confidence and vulnerability. Put your knowledge on display, but be open and honest to the prospect of developing your skills, learning additional concepts, and advancing your career with a new opportunity. Keep these ideas at the forefront of your talking points along with job skills.

Not everyone is perfectly suited for every job position. The key during an interview that may be a reach is to show a prospective employer that you have been successful in prior learning situations. Be ready with an example of how you tackled a new skill or problem and how you managed it successfully.

Hiring managers have a nose for honesty, and the last candidate they are looking for is a know-it-all. If you’ve prepared for the interview, your abilities will show through and your new employer will appreciate your openness. Keep your eagerness in check, too, and save the exuberance for a private celebration with friends when you land the job.

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