This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your Social Media Accounts

from Fast Company Recruiters and hiring managers sifting through your social media accounts before giving you a call is nothing new, but their vetting process might be more rigorous–and idiosyncratic–than you think. When it comes to scoping out candidates with an ideal social media presence, here’s what recruiters are actually looking for when they scope you out. EQUAL PARTS ATTITUDE AND APTITUDE Ariel Lopez, founder and CEO of career platform 2020Shift, says employers tend to look for a 50/50 split between “attitude” and “aptitude” when scanning job seekers’ social accounts. “Someone that has the skills but someone that I like […]

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How Not to Get a Job

from NYTs What do a fragrance designer, New York City cop, bed-and-breakfast manager and youth hockey coach have in common? Each of them recently applied for an account director position at my public relations firm, along with 500 others whose experience and skill sets ranged from vaguely on-point to off-the-charts irrelevant. Auto collections manager? Home health aide? Visual merchandiser? Count them all in. It’s not that my postings on Indeed, LinkedIn and other career sites weren’t explicit in outlining desired qualifications. I added instructions urging candidates to contact us only if they had backgrounds in journalism, P.R. or law. There […]

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Career Experts Make Over These Mediocre LinkedIn Profiles

from Fast Company Meet Sarah Sedo, who according to her LinkedIn profile is a food service manager at The Big Carrot. If you’ve never heard of The Big Carrot and aren’t sure what a food service manager does, Sedo’s profile won’t enlighten you right away–because, as personal branding expert and Fast Companycontributor Kristi A. Dosh points out, “Sarah has allowed LinkedIn to automatically populate it with her current job.” That’s a common mistake, says Dosh. “The headline, to me, is your chance to showcase your personal brand and really stand out in search results.” Those are two distinct yet related […]

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LinkedIn’s CEO Thinks His $1.5B Buy Will Make You Smarter

from Wired ONLINE JOB-TRAINING SITE Lynda has built a library of more than 6,300 courses that teach business and technology skills from better navigating Excel to using design software. And now that library belongs to LinkedIn. The $1.5 billion acquisition, which is the largest in LinkedIn’s history, is part of CEO Jeff Weiner’s master plan to make LinkedIn not just a resume repository, but a place for professionals to manage their careers and, increasingly, learn new skills—especially in the world’s fastest-growing economies.  In the last year, LinkedIn has more than doubled its Chinese user base, but still only 9 million of […]

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Why LinkedIn is Important to Your Career

from SEJ While it may not be the sexiest of social media networks, LinkedIn is definitely the most important one for professionals. With more than 277 million members, there’s no denying LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. In fact, professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at an astounding rate of more than two new members per second. And that’s just the beginning of LinkedIn’s potential. A whopping 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates. Moreover, LinkedIn’s growth in web traffic grew by 34.51 percent in 2013. In short, LinkedIn use is not only increasing with millennials, it’s also become the […]

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At Universities, a Push for Data-Driven Career Services

from Bits Blog Officials at the University of California, San Diego, had sparse information on the career success of their graduates until they set up a branded page for the university on LinkedIn a couple of years ago. “Back then, we had records on 125,000 alumni, but we had good employment information on less than 10,000 of them,” recalled Armin Afsahi, who oversees alumni relations as the university’s associate vice chancellor for advancement. “Aside from Qualcomm, which is in our back yard, we didn’t know who employed our alumni.” Within three months of setting up the university page, LinkedIn connections […]

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