A little privacy please! - Privacy settings for FaceBook

August 17, 2009 on 1:37 pm | In Job Hunting, Social Media | No Comments

I read an article the other day regarding a woman who was fired on FaceBook. She apparently posted a comment about how much she hated her job (and boss), and called him a “pervy wanker”.

Not a good idea to post something like that on the internet, right?! You’re probably thinking that perhaps she had privacy settings in place so that only her “friends” could see the post. Wrong. Not only were these settings not in place, but her boss (the pervy wanker) was a FaceBook friend, and responded to her post. (yes, she was fired)

So here’s a suggestion when it comes to privacy settings on FaceBook. Create “Friend Lists” and determine what content can be view by each friend list.

  • On FaceBook, click on “Friends” | “All Friends”.
  • Click the “Create New List” button to create new friend lists. I would recommend creating a list for Close Friends, Acquaintances, and Co-Workers (but whatever works for you).
  • Add each of your friends into one of these lists. (there’s an “add to list” option next to each friend)
  • Modify your privacy settings - First, make sure personal information is viewable by friends only. Then Choose “customize” and at the bottom you have the opportunity to exclude friends (or in our case, friend lists).

You can allow friends to view personal content, but exclude groups containing your co-workers, boss, grandmother…

For more information, visit the resource center at www.cnvideoresumes.com

What do you say in your Video Resume (or Video Introduction)

August 12, 2009 on 1:36 pm | In Job Hunting, Social Media, Video Resumes | 1 Comment

Video Resumes (or Video Introductions) are becoming more and more popular on social media sites. A typical person is 7 to 10 times more likely to view a video than they are to read an article or profile, and much more likely to remember what they see. So it’s a great way to introduce yourself on your LinkedIn profile or FaceBook page.

A good video introduction last about 1 to 2 minutes, and gives an overview of you, your skills, your experience, and what you bring to the table.

Here are a few suggestions for when you’re considering what to say:

  • Start by introducing yourself.
    Establish who you are, your core competencies, and why they should continue to watch. (in 20 seconds or less). Get their attention!
    Mention your college degree if you have one, and include your GPA if it’s above 3.0.
  • Describe your skills and experience.
    • Discuss your greatest strengths and give examples.
    • Briefly give a few examples of your favorite successful projects and experiences.
      Each example should end with how everyone lived happily ever after, and how this experience can benefit a new employer.
    • List any recent relevant training or certifications, and any volunteer work you’ve done, or relevant organizations you belong to.
  • Summarize why you’re a good candidate in one sentence.
  • Thank the viewer for watching, and invite them to contact you to discuss your mutual goals.

Here are some general tips on how to say it:

  • Keep your sentences somewhat short. Your tone of voice has more inflection at the beginning and end of a sentence, so run-on sentences can sound very “dry”.
  • Keep in mind, this is video, not paper. Do not just read your resume on camera. Tell your story. If you can demonstrate your skills, feel free to do so.
  • Use the STAR methodology to help “tell your stories”. (Explain the Situation / Task, discuss the Actions you took, tell about the quantifiable Results from your actions)
  • Make sure the information you’re providing is genuine, interesting, and relevant to the type of job or industry you’re interested in.

Good luck! For more information and to view sample scripts, visit the resource center at www.cnvideoresumes.com

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