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Stop Hiding and Use Facebook to Help You Get Hired

| Student Blogs | September 9, 2014

Facebook Lock

This article was originally posted to my blog.

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I think we’re all aware by now: most employers will check your Facebook and other social accounts before hiring you. In fact, 64% of bosses admitted to doing so, and 44% of them said that they have changed their mind based on what they’ve seen online (CLOmedia).

So we know our Facebook profile carries a lot of weight as to whether we get hired or not; cool. The problem is, most people have approached this ‘problem’ the wrong way.

Everyone has rushed to make their profiles as private as possible. I’d say about 10% of my contact list has even gone as far as changing their name, just so employers can’t find them. While this may be an effective hiding strategy, you need to ask yourself this question: you are competing for a position with tens, hundreds, or even thousands of other people. Do you really want to be hiding?

When employers go to check your social accounts, it’s clear that they have a need to find out more about you. Hiding your profile does not help them satisfy that need. Furthermore, it will leave them wondering why they weren’t able to find you. What are you hiding? That’s not something you want to leave up to their imagination.

Instead, I’ve taken a bit of a different approach; one where I want employers to find me.. Here’s an outline of my strategy:

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Career Centre Cheat Sheet

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | April 14, 2013

For each workshop I talked about in my posts, there are a number of links to resources – some of which are used directly in the workshops. Check out the links below for lots of helpful information and tips:

Career Centre

Career Planning

Job Search and Networking Strategies

Interview Success

Resume Writing

Cover Letter Writing

 

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Career Planning – Do You Know Where You’re Going?

| Student Blogs | April 14, 2013

The final workshop in this series that I’ll be talking about is the Career Planning Workshop – the first workshop I attended, and maybe the most helpful out of the five (although they were all really, really helpful).

For some students, career planning doesn’t happen until third or fourth year when things are wrapping up and they realize the “real world” is a lot closer than it’s ever seemed. Whether being too busy, too stressed, or just unaware of the amount of work involved, it’s not uncommon for serious career planning to be shoved to the side.

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Job Search, Networking, and Interview Success

| Student Blogs | April 14, 2013

You’ve written a great resume and cover letter for a position, and now you’ve landed an interview. Or maybe you haven’t quite gotten that far, and are wondering how to find positions in the first place.

That’s where the next two workshops from the Career Centre come in: Job Search and Networking Strategies, and Interview Success.

1. Job Search and Networking Strategies

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – and networking certainly helps you to know a lot more people. This workshop is designed to give students an outline of strategies when it comes to making connections and networking, as well as how to find that next great position. As a first year who is new to networking professionally, this workshop (as well as the BMO Networking Workshop that was also posted through Navigator) was a great way to learn about how networking, well, works!

At this workshop you’ll receive a book from the Career Development Centre that specifically talks about job search techniques and networking. Here are a few hints to get you going:

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing

| Student Blogs | March 25, 2013

It’s been a busy couple of weeks (no doubt for the rest of you too) but I’ve completed my Career Development Certificate and I’m finally here to share my experiences with you. So let’s start with two workshops that are useful for everybody:

1. Resume Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to do exactly what it sounds like – help you write a resume, and an effective one at that. I found this workshop especially helpful as someone who’s been in the same job for 3+ years – if you haven’t updated your resume in a long time or don’t have one, you’ll find this workshop really helpful. The free workbook they give you has tons of tips and examples to make resume writing much less of a headache.

It was also helpful to have someone leading the presentation who understood what employers are looking for and to get you to think about the employer’s perspective – if you wouldn’t want to read it, neither would they!

Here are a couple of simple but key tips for writing your resume:

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The Career Development Certificate – What and Why?

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | January 12, 2013

What is the Career Development Certificate?

The career centre offers 5 core workshops geared towards career development:

  • Career Planning
  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Success
  • Job Search & Networking Strategies.

Once you complete all five, during any point in your studies, you’ll earn the Career Development Certificate. So how does it work?

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Getting Started with Laurier Navigator

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | December 17, 2012

Laurier Navigator

What is Navigator?

Navigator is an easy-to-use online resource that can help you:

 

  • find and sign up for career centre workshops, networking events, etc
  • find Laurier Alumni associated with ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge)
  • make career centre appointments for advising, resume critiques, etc

Where do I find Navigator and how do I use it?

If you’re not already acquainted with Navigator, here you go: https://navigator.wlu.ca/login.htm

You can also get to it on the WLU home page by clicking Campus Life > Career Centre > Job Postings which will direct you to a page that has access to Navigator. 

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Taking Advantage of Laurier’s Resources

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | December 9, 2012

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It seems like everybody’s got full plates these days. You’ve got school assignments, exams, work, time with friends, hobbies, and everything in between to worry about, and then as if that weren’t enough, there’s all that figuring out what you want to do with your life stuff.

What can I do with my degree? What kind of jobs can I get? What kind of jobs do I even want? Where do I get started? Who do I need to know? What do I need to know? Where do I start figuring all this out?

There’s so many things to thing about – so many jobs out there, so many career paths to take – and the options can be overwhelming.

Luckily for us, Laurier has plenty of resources to take advantage of. Maybe you’ve heard of them before, maybe you’ve attended some workshops or events already, or maybe you just haven’t started looking into it. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, there’s still plenty of options.

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