Archive for August 2009

Be Aware & Beware: Employers use social media for background checks

August 25, 2009

Do you have a Facebook page?  Ever Twitter?  Are you on LinkedIn?  Better pay attention to what you post because it’s in the public square and everyone can see it.  Including employers who may be considering you for hire!  Read the following article from CareerBuilder for details.

Forty-five Percent of Employers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Job Candidates, CareerBuilder Survey Finds

Also, drop the silly college student email address and be sure to have a professional-sounding voicemail message.  Your friends might enjoy them, but employers will not be impressed by goofiness!


New Rules for Job Applicants

August 24, 2009

Today, all adults need to see themselves as job applicants, whether they currently have a job or not. Unemployment respects no one in this tough economy. You could be an applicant as soon as tomorrow, so it is important that you realize that the rules have changed. It’s an employers’ market, and hiring managers hold all the keys.

Read the whole article by Mary Hunt in

New Rules for Job Applicants

A Career in Video Gaming

August 20, 2009

Every parent’s dream–all the countless hours their son spent on Playstation and Wii pays off with a big-paying job developing or testing video games.  It’s possible.  Some manage to make it happen.

If this interests you, view this PowerPoint presentation from the University of Arkansas Career Center.

Video Gaming Presentation

Best & Worst Cities for Job Seeking

August 19, 2009 is one of the most helpful job search sites available, particularly with its Advanced Search feature.

They have produced an interesting chart of the best (Washington, DC–the ‘guvmet’) and worst (Detroit, MI) cities for job seekers.  See where your city comes out on the list.

Job Market Competition

The Twitter Song

August 18, 2009

An amusing little anecdote on the value of Twitter and how you need to get on ASAP!  Interestingly, there is some truth to this ditty–many CEOs and executives are ‘tweeting’ and it’s possible to make some unique and valuable contacts using this service.

“Tweet now or forever hold your peace!”