The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media

 

As social media has evolved into its current ubiquitous form, an online wealth of personal information has become easily accessible by millions of users – including employers. Though these platforms can be great ways to stay in touch with old friends and connect with users from around the world, remember that what you say and do online is evocative of your personal brand – it shows others who you are as a person. How do you want to portray yourself, especially when potential employers are watching?

Organizations are becoming increasingly active on social media. Whether it’s vetting a job candidate or checking up on a particular employee, social media can have an effect (either positive or negative) on one’s current or future career. Below we outline a few rules to help keep your social media accounts professional and work appropriate.

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Adjusting to Your Post-Graduate Life

From a college perspective life in the real world seems exciting, filled with opportunity, independence and best of all, no homework. It’s a chance to start making some real money, live on your own and begin a career. How hard can it be, right? You’ve nailed the job interview and moved into your new digs, so now what? Shifting from being a student into a full-time employee is a big transition and can be a bit overwhelming. After graduation you are thrown into the real world hoping that you have gained enough knowledge, training and experience to survive and thrive. Take some time and make sure you are doing these things right and the adjustment will be swift.

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5 TED Talks for Being a Smarter Worker

TEDTalksTop100For those of you who don’t know about TED Talks, TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread worthwhile ideas. Whether you are feeling stuck in your job, just starting your professional career, or looking for a leg up on the competition, here are some TED Talks for all of those twenty-somethings who are just learning to be workers.

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Liking the Work You Do

When reading career advice it is easy to come across one basic concept over and over again: love the work you do. Young adults hear this when they are told how to pick college majors, when choosing internships and finding that first job after graduation. However, this advice for young adults is not always reasonable or practical when you are under a mountain of student loans.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Summer Internship

internship3.jpgThis summer, thousands of students around the world will be spending their summer break working at an internship. These experiences sometimes get a bad rap for offering little more than tasks that no one else wants to do in an office. In reality, internships can be as rewarding and exciting as you want them to be. Since a number of schools are requiring internships as a prerequisite for graduation, it’s in your best interest to get as much from this professional experience as possible. With that in mind, here are some tips for making the most of your summer internship.

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Healthy Tips for Work

healthy.jpgIt is easy to form unhealthy habits at the work place, especially if you work in an office that requires you to sit all day. The best trick for dealing with bad habits at work is to prevent them. When starting a new job, first figure out a daily routine to keep you healthy. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  1. Take a break.
    Find moments during the day when you can stretch your legs. It’ll help clear your mind and allow you refocus for the rest of the day.
  2. Be conscious of what you eat.
    Some offices always have food around, and it is easy to slip into unhealthy eating patterns (especially if you are sitting at a desk for 8 hours of the day).
  3. Figure out quick ways that help you de-stress.
    Knowing at least one way you can take a break from the stress of work for under 15 minutes can be a huge life saver and day booster. This can be taking a couple of minutes to enjoy your coffee or taking a walk around the block. It doesn’t matter as long as it works for you.
  4. Stay hydrated.
    This means drinking plenty of water throughout the day, not just soda, coffee and tea.
  5. Snack Healthy.
    Having regular snacks while at work is a common deterrent for being bored, stationary and/or solitary. Just make sure that the snacks you bring are healthy and tasty like your favorite fruits and vegetables.
  6. Bring lunch from home.
    A healthy brown-bag lunch can give you complete control over what you consume for your midday meal.

5 Tips for Using LinkedIn Effectively

linkedin.jpgClaiming to be “the world’s largest professional network,” LinkedIn has become a valuable tool for young professionals and job seekers. Allowing you to create a separate professional social network, LinkedIn has many opportunities to promote yourself while making connections with others in your field. To better utilize LinkedIn, follow the basic steps below.

Setting Up a Profile.

 

Before you can use LinkedIn you need to create a profile. Use the profile to define yourself while showing what you have already done and what you are looking to do in the future. Do not be afraid to share more than your work  experience, such as a blog or volunteer positions, as long as they correspond to your professional ambitions. Remember to keep the information clean and well edited.

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5 Reasons You Should be Getting an Internship

internshipInternships are short term experiences that can give you real life perspective on the different careers you would like to pursue. Potential employers, and increasingly schools themselves, are insisting on internship experience before you graduate. Not convinced about the importance of internships? Here are 5 reasons why you should have one before you graduate. 

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