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5 Social Media Habits That Can Keep You From the Job

Social media – Where we get our personal news, latest trends, and information on various topics. Five years ago, many social outlets were still a work in progress, used mainly by college students, and, today, users range in age and occupation, making more than half of the American population avid social media users. Due to this, many companies have decided to join the movement in two major ways: 1. Creating social accounts for their business, and 2. Using social media as a way to screen potential new talent. Recruiters use this tool to contact potential candidates who they think seem qualified for a position, as well as to scope out current applicants before bringing them in for a formal interview. Because of this, job seekers need to understand how their accounts play a huge role in today’s hiring process, and how to use these profiles in a positive way, hopefully, landing the job – Here are a few tips how:

Display Your Best (Professional) Life
Facebook users are guilty for uploading any and all photos from their latest adventure. While, in many cases, they are just trying to share these experiences with their followers, the photos shared should be carefully picked before posting. While we do not tend to see an issue with these personal pictures, potential employers may see them as unprofessional, lowering your ranking in the candidate pool. And, if a friend tags you in these, simply remove them from your profile, so others won’t have a way to view. In the same vein, this sentiment also applies to cussing on your personal posts – Leave the unflattering photos and lingo at home, and you will be golden.

Update Your Information
If you are a devoted social media user, be sure to keep your personal info and bio relevant. Seeing as LinkedIn is the largest recruiting tool, as well as one of the most widely used social media outlets, update your profile to reflect your recent and best work. An additional tip to help you “wow” potential employers, ask former colleagues or managers to write you a LinkedIn reference – Due to how influential word of mouth is in the social world, this is a surefire way to get you noticed.

Grab a Dictionary
As simple as this sounds, grammatical errors are a quick way for potential employers to click “next” on their candidate list. In the professional world, misspelling words will quickly make you appear unorganized and / or uninterested in the work you are producing – If you aren’t going to use spellcheck on an Instagram post, then what will assure them you won’t do the same in an email or important document. Always double check your posts to seem as buttoned up as possible.

Go Private
The most obvious way to avoid the three points above is to set all of your accounts to private. Adjusting your privacy setting to allowing your friends only to see your posts will eliminate the step of censoring everything that hits your page.

Due to how prevalent social media is in our day-to-day lives, from wishing a follower happy birthday to being an influencer, it is so important to understand how social media can make or break your professional career. By companies adding in this step to the recruiting process, it is easier for them to quickly identify those candidates that hold the same values as their organization. Job seekers, keep these tips in mind and remember to maintain your profile in a way that you are proud of!

5 Social Media Habits That Can Keep You From the Job

5 Ways to Overcome Job Burnout

Career burnout? Unfortunately, many of us have been there. This condition can be triggered by various factors, such as stretched bandwidth, the feeling of being unappreciated, and being apart of a toxic team / work environment. Not only do you start to feel perpetually exhausted and overwhelmed, both at the office and in your personal life, but you will also see the actual work you are producing to be unimpressive and lesser in value due to lack of motivation. The longer you continue on this path, the stronger you will see these negative side effects set in, likely making you more miserable at your job than even the days before. The idea of job burnout was acknowledged decades ago, however, it has proven to be much more prevalent in the recent years. Because millennials are working at a much faster rate to obtain senior titles and become visionaries in their industries, it is predicted that burnout rates will be higher in the foreseeable future – In order to lower this statistic, here are 5 tactics to hopefully lessen the chance of this happening to you:

Set a Schedule
As much as we want to impress our colleagues and clients, it is important to maintain a balanced schedule. Every morning, lay out the tasks you have to complete that day, leaving ample time slots for meetings. Once you have a realistic overview, determine the time (within reason) you need to leave that evening and stick to it – Emails will be there in the morning. This provides you with a full day of work and to-do’s, while allowing you sufficient personal time at night. While this may not remain consistent everyday, it is a great routine to develop to ensure you are maintaining a work-life balance.

Find What Interests You
A common factor of workplace burnout is doing a job that you do not enjoy. While many of us want to stick it out and show resilience, there comes a time when you need to voice this concern and work with your supervisor to find projects that interest you. Approach the conversation by presenting responsibilities that better align with your strengths, showing how you can be an asset in this area of expertise. Looking forward to work everyday is an obvious motivating factor in creating great results.

Mix-Up Your Work Space
While it seems simple, providing a change of scenery at work has proven to be successful in delivering bursts of productivity. This could be moving your workspace in the office, opting to take your computer outside during different times in the day, or even just rearranging your desk – However you choose to do it, mixing this up will hopefully eliminate the “boring” factor from your day-to-day routine.

Get Some Sleep
Sleeping 8 hours a night allows our bodies to rest and rejuvenate, ultimately getting the creative juices flowing in our minds much easier at the start of each day. Working until two in the morning may give a quick sense of accomplishment, but it is short lived when you do this every night – The more you complete deliverables within unreasonable deadlines, the more your coworkers will expect this for every project. Take time to set realistic expectations of when your tasks will be completed, and utilize working hours to do so. Also, don’t forget to tap into your team when you need help – Delegating assignments to them will, not only benefit you, but will also help them grow in specific areas.

Vacation days are allotted to employees for a reason – Use them! While taking a month-long holiday may not always be feasible, identifying a long weekend to recharge may be the ticket. You could even take advantage of work travel, and tack on a short vacation post meetings. Nonetheless, scheduling “me time” gives you something to look forward to and opportunity to turn your out of office on.

These 5 steps will hopefully reintroduce the exciting elements of your career, and inspire you to continue working towards your goals. While a lull is expected at every job, it is important to recognize these times, and remember to power through by implementing these tactics.

5 Ways to Overcome Job Burnout

Why leaving your job with a professional notice matters, whether it’s been short-term or long-term!

As our society moves more and more toward communicating through email, text messaging and other forms of e-communication where we are not face to face it has appeared to become easier and easier for people to seemingly dismiss the traditional professional notice. We’ve seen candidates resign by sending a text, by leaving a letter on a bosses desk with no other communication, by firing off an email or by simply not showing back up. It’s unbelievable to me what has become acceptable to some people. I would strongly caution anyone from thinking that it’s ok to resign in any of these ways or to not offer a professional 2 week notice.

Burning a bridge when leaving an organization is never something you want to do. I have seen numerous scenarios where someone has left unprofessionally and it has come back to haunt them years later when they were interviewing for a job they really wanted, but didn’t get because their reputation had been damaged by an unprofessional exit. Lou Holtz, the legendary Notre Dame football coach, has three things he’s committed to doing in all aspects of his life.

  1. Doing the Right thing
  2. Doing everything to the best of his ability
  3. Showing people he cares

I love these pillars to live by and there is a reason his #1 commitment is to “do the right thing.” If you’ve made a decision to leave job, then do the right thing even if the company you’re leaving may not have. Even if you have only been there a few weeks or months it’s not ok to email that you’re resigning without giving a professional 2 week notice. If you have only been in the job for a short time the chances are high that they won’t want or need you to work out the 2 weeks, but again do the right thing and offer to complete that transition period while stating that if they don’t need you to stay your preference would be to wrap up as quickly as possible. The first step once your decision is made should always be to set up an exit meeting with your manager and present an official letter of resignation.

Before having this conversation, take time to think through how you want to deliver the news, and tell why you are moving on. It is important to be honest and constructive while also showing gratitude for the opportunity they gave you and the experience you’ve gained while there.

During this discussion, you will want to present your two-week notice. The reason for this letter is to provide written documentation, which HR typically requires, that you are leaving your current company, as well as confirmation of when your last day would be. Again, convey two weeks and be willing to honor that, but you can discuss a shorter time frame.

Properly organizing this letter is important, so you do not convey too much or too little information. It doesn’t need to be lengthy. Put the date at the top, address it to your boss, make your resignation statement inclusive of your appreciation for the opportunity and then type your name and sign it. If your boss inquires as to why you’re leaving, which they always should, then you can decide whether or not to get in to the details of your decision. There are too many reasons for someone leaving for me to give counsel on that, but always keep your comments professional and give feedback from the perspective of wanting to be constructive. I would also strongly counsel against taking a counter-offer, which is a whole other conversation, but if you think your boss will push on that and you prefer to avoid that confrontation simply include in your verbal statement that you’re resigning that you have put a great deal of thought and consideration in to your decision and you would ask that the company respect your decision and not enter in to a counter offer discussion.

Once this conversation is complete, the hard part is over! You will have successfully resigned with poise and professionalism. While moving on from a job is very common, it is always wise to leave on good terms with your former employer. Remember that your reputation, track record of professionalism and your integrity will follow you throughout your career so do the right thing!
Why leaving your job with a professional notice matters, whether it’s been short-term or long-term!