applying for jobs and social media

In today’s job market, companies aren’t just looking at your resume when you’re applying for jobs. Many of them are also doing Google searches of your name, and seeking out your social media profiles. More than ever, it’s important to remember that whatever you put online is not considered private, and to post accordingly.

However, more and more people are finding their jobs on social media as well. Social recruiting is a growing trend, relying on the digital word of mouth workplace that social networks provide.

Here are some tips to keep in mind about social media during your application process:

1) Know What Recruiters are Looking For

According to a 2015 survey from Jobvite, 92 percent of recruiters use social media as part of their recruiting process. Primarily, recruiters are looking at LinkedIN because it’s business-oriented, but many also check out their applicants on Facebook and Twitter. Before you get too nervous, though, consider this: most recruiters are not looking for reasons not to hire you. Instead, they’re checking specific factors that are important in the hiring process:

  • Length of time you’ve been in your current job, and past jobs
  • Information about volunteer work and community involvement
  • Appropriate engagement with current events
  • Shared connections/acquaintances in common

However, the Jobvite survey has some great advice on what not to post on a public social media profile:

  • Pictures involving alcohol and marijuana consumption
  • Inflammatory statements where you pick a fight with your followers
  • If you’re in communications or marketing, you should an active social media presence

2) When Possible, Make Your Profile Private

Most social media networks let you decide how much information you share with people who are not your friends or aren’t following you. This is easiest with Facebook, which lets you choose the privacy setting of your entire profile, and also each individual post. However, other social networks have similar options: on Instagram, you can enable a privacy setting so that no one can follow you without first obtaining your permission.

Although it’s not a completely failsafe option, making sure your profiles is definitely recommended, especially if you like to post pictures or posts about your personal life. Just remember that if someone is the friend with one of your friends they still may be able to see pictures of you and that friend together.

3) Consider Having Separate Personal and Professional Accounts

It may be harder to keep them straight, but if you want to be sure you have an active social media account that companies can review – and you hope they do – consider having two accounts. You can use one to post the kinds of things your friends would find boring that is easy to find using your name and tied to your professional email address. You can another one using a nickname or part of your name to post those funny and not-very-flattering pictures of you on the roller coaster at Disneyland.

4) Applying for Jobs on Social Media

There are many ways to look for jobs on social media, most of which depend on the platform you’re using.

  • On LinkedIN, you can specifically search for jobs; you can also join groups associated with your industry. Many professionals post jobs in these groups
  • On Google Plus, you can join communities according to your interests and industry and search for job postings there
  • On Twitter, Instagram, Google and even Facebook to some extent, you can search for jobs using specific hash tags, such as #jobs #jobsUSA, or several hash tags, such as #tech #jobs.

As social media continues to become a growing presence in our lives, it’s natural for our online personas to become part of the job application process. By becoming familiar with the ways to use social networks when applying for a job, you’ll be more likely to land the position you’re looking for.

Valentine's Tech Gifts: Smartbed

Although there are many lists and gift suggestions about what to buy your loved one, this Valentine’s tech gifts list is a little different. Instead of buying your partner something they use without you, how about investing in a gift you can use together? These four ideas all earned notable praise at the 2017 Consumer Technology Association (CES) exhibit in January. Best of all, they’re all something that will benefit both of you. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that.

Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed

Valentine's Tech Gifts: SmartbedWinner of the CES 2017 Best Of Innovations Award for home appliances, this smart bed takes your mattress to the next level. For years, Sleep Number beds have allowed you and your partner adjust the firmness and angles of your mattress separately. The new smart bed now takes all those controls and adds Using SleepIQ technology. The bed adjusts to make you more comfortable. If your feet are cold, it will warm them up. Best of all, if your partner starts to snore, the bed will raise automatically their head to reduce the volume, keeping them from waking you up and helping to maintain a lasting relationship.

LeEco Smart Bikes

Made by LeEco, a technology super company out of China, these new smart bikes might be just the thing for couples who like to ride together. The bike includes a built-in Android computer mounted on the handle bars. It has turn by turn navigation options, plus music playback and walkie talkie capabilities, so you can track down your riding partner after they’ve veered off the trail in search of a jump. The LeEco Smart Bike will also log your rides, lets you share that information with other people and keeps track of goals you set.

 

Polaroid Pop Instaprint Camera

For the retro technology lover in your life, the Polaroid Pop will be a welcome gift. Polaroid has managed to bring back its popular instant camera with a new twist. Now you can snap a digital picture and print it instantly using their hand-sized updated version. The Polaroid Pop has a touchscreen, flash, and HD video capabilities. Best of all, you also have the ability to save the pictures to a drive to upload to social media later. What better way to document your romantic getaway?

Nabi Aristotle

Although a baby monitor wouldn’t usually make the list of Valentine’s tech gifts, the Nabi Aristotle is not your normal baby monitor. Functioning similarly to Amazon’s Alexa, this new gadget from toymaker Matter will not just let you know when the baby’s crying – it will automatically try to soothe the baby back to sleep so you can stay snuggled up on the couch. The Aristotle will also answer questions from you or your kids; order more diapers when you run out.

Whether you prefer staying in or going out to spend time with your loved one, these gifts give you fun ways to spend time together that both of you will enjoy.

affordable smartphone

Major technology companies like Apple have helped to make smartphones more prevalent than almost any other piece of technology. Oftentimes, it’s harder to get by without a smartphone than without your wallet.

With a smartphone, you can take a picture, read your emails, and check your bank balance. You can keep up with social media, get directions to your job interview, and – increasingly – pay for what you’re buying. Once you’ve made the switch from a “dumb phone,” they’re hard to live without. According to DigitalTrends.com, more than 1 billion smartphones sold worldwide in 2015.

However, some of the best smartphones come with a high price tag, making them hard to afford for many people, especially those with multiple family members. In an attempt to reach more potential users, Google is rumored to be getting ready to launch a new affordable smartphone option for the U.S. Originally launched in India, Google’s Android One has two different versions, which cost $100 and $200 respectively.

How to Find an Affordable Smartphone

For consumers seeking a quality operating system that syncs with other products they use – i.e. iTunes, Google play, Gmail, etc. – it can be tough to find a quality phone that costs less than $400. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are some of the ways companies and consumers are finding ways to make owning a smartphone more affordable:

Monthly Payment Plans

Cell phone providers now offer the option to buy a smartphone on a monthly payment plan. In the short term, this can make it more affordable for buyers who don’t have the cash to for the full price up front. However, it can mean that they’re ultimately paying more for the phone over the long term.

For many years, phone service providers like Verizon and Sprint have offered discounted smartphones as an incentive for signing up for a two-year contract. Prices for these contracts vary, but can often cost users more than $100 a month for data, texting and phone services. When compared to prepaid plans that offer the same services without the contract, it’s apparent that the cost for the smartphone is built in.

Advertising

One of the newest ways companies are seeking to lower the price of smartphones is via advertising. For example, you can buy a Motorola Moto G4 on Amazon for $149 in exchange for seeing ads on the lock screen.

The lowest priced smartphones come with less features than their more expensive counterparts. The biggest difference is the amount of memory on the smartphone, which ranges from 8 GB to 128GB. The amount of memory affects how many apps the smartphone can run and how quickly, and how much storage is available for media, such as pictures, videos and voice recordings.

Used Smartphones

Many users save money by buying their smartphones used on Ebay or Craiglist. Apple also has a certified refurbished program. The program offers refurbished smartphones, laptops and other Apple technology at a reduced price with a limited warranty.

The Other End of the Spectrum: The LEAST Affordable Smartphone

Alternatively, the most expensive smartphones cost many thousands of dollars.

Solarin, a smartphone with an Android operating system designed by an Israeli startup, costs a whopping $14,000. Solarin is currently the most expensive smartphone on the market. The biggest selling point, says the company, is the phone’s security technology and privacy. It’s also water and dust resistant, and can operate for up to 31 hours before it needs to be charged.

Although finding a quality affordable smartphone takes more research, there many options available for those who are willing to look.

Learn IT Skills

How to Pay for New IT Skills

Posted by Morgan Fraser | Articles

As the global economy shifts decidedly toward technological innovation, the number of jobs in the technology sector grows. Even within existing sectors, the chance of landing a job if you have IT skills is much larger. Companies large and small need website developers, security specialists and networking specialists. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to gain IT skills without draining your bank account.

Scholarships

If you want an IT career that requires a college degree, there are a number of scholarships available. There are scholarships based on merit (or academic achievement); monetary need; religion; region; and everything else you might imagine. There are even scholarships for left-handed people!

Scholarship engines like goodcall.com can help you find scholarships that you qualify for. Guides like this one from moneysavingpro.com provide advice on how to successfully apply for scholarships.

Coding Programs

Many IT jobs don’t require two- or four-year degrees. Instead, employers are interested in whether you have a certificate and/or working knowledge in the skill they’re seeking. Instead of paying for a full college education, you can go straight to learning the specific information you need. For example, codeschool.com lets you take courses and earn certifications based on what you want to learn. Best of all, you pay one low yearly fee for access to all their classes.

Ask Your Employer

If you’re looking for new opportunities but like working for your current employer, considering asking them if they would be willing to pay for you to learn new skills. Many companies have budgets set aside specifically for employee education. It’s often more cost effective for them to hire within the company instead of taking a risk on a new hire. If you have already shown that you’re a hard worker and they value your contributions, they may be willing to foot at least part of the bill for you to expand your skill set.

Hire an Expert

If you already have a working knowledge of the skills you want to learn, you can hire someone to give you private classes to take your knowledge to the next level. Although a much more informal arrangement, this approach can work well to hone skills and move from simply being familiar with a program to becoming an expert. This is particularly helpful if you need to know a specific way to apply the knowledge but but don’t need to know everything about the subject.

Trade

Although this route will not work for most people, it’s possible to trade with an expert in the field if you have IT skills they want to learn and vice versa. This is much more informal than a certification program. If you already have a working knowledge and are looking for ways to learn how to apply what you know to a specific scenario, learning directly from an expert is a faster, more streamlined option.

There are a number of ways to learn new IT skills without breaking the bank. All it takes is creativity, research and drive. By tapping into available resources, you can learn new skills,increasing both your career opportunities and your earning potential.

2017 new technologies

As 2017 begins, it’s natural to look forward and wonder what the new year will bring. In terms of technology, a number of advancements are already taking shape that are destined to bring massive change to the way the world runs. Keep an eye out for these new technologies in 2017:

Self-Driving Vehicles

Automation and artificial intelligence are leading the way in new technologies in a big way. Tesla has already equipped its newest models with the ability to drive themselves; also, many freight companies are starting the process of integrating self-driving vehicles to haul goods across the country. Many argue that automated cars are better drivers than humans; this year, those theories will be put to the test.

Wireless Everything

We’ve become increasingly less “tied down” for years now. Remember when telephones were connected to the wall, or when you had to stand and walk over to the TV to change the channel? Nevertheless, wireless technology continues to advance. You now have the option to don wireless headphones to listen to music, or to use wireless chargers to recharge your phone.

Even more important, many companies are seeking ways to provide wireless internet access to parts of the world that previously didn’t have any. This doesn’t just mean remote areas and countries, either – Google Fiber is seeking ways to extend internet access within cities, too, via wireless hubs instead of hardwire connections.

Green Technology

Green technology continues to build momentum, using natural or renewable resources to provide energy without creating waste. These new technologies range from solar-powered roof tiles to hand-powered phone chargers that charge your cell phone as you crank them.

More and more people seek ways to consume less energy. As a result, technology developers are gaining in popularity and market share. Aside from building self-driving cars, Tesla is most well-known for its development of new technologies in this field. These range from electric cars, to batteries that power whole houses, to solar-power-collecting roof tiles, and more. In fact, Tesla made more money in the third quarter of 2016 than the entire oil industry made in all of 2016.

Mobile-To-Everything Pairing

Smartphones continue to gain not just in popularity, but also in necessity. In many ways, it’s now easier to get along without your wallet than it is without your smartphone. You can pay for your Starbucks coffee; send money; and get through airport security with your phone. Some social networks are pretty much worthless unless you’re using them on your phone. As the Internet of Things gains ground, you’ll be able to make sure your stove is turned off with your phone. You can check your refrigerator to see if you need to pick up milk on your way home. Also in 2017, you’ll be able to sync your phone to your TV. You can share not just the screen, but also TV shows and videos.