Think before you post

Social Media BirdEmployers are getting smarter and using social media to check out potential hires even BEFORE deciding on who to interview.  Think about what is on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Linked In and YouTube or any other social media site about you.  Would a potential employer viewing the posts think you would be a good fit for their organization?  Maybe, maybe not…

“I start my new job today but I absolutely hate working at day cares, Lol it’s all good I just really hate being around a lot of kids.” was a post from Kaitlyn Walls on Facebook that cost her a much needed job.  The employer called her and told her not to bother showing up to start work that day.  Think before you post.

As we have told our kids, consider anything you post on social media to be on a BIG billboard that your family, friends, teachers, employers, etc. drive by and read everyday.   Before clicking enter and posting make sure you would be proud if they all saw it, because chances are they will.  This caution applies to everyone.  Think before you post.

Click like if there has been something you posted to social media that you shouldn’t have.

The almighty Google has spoken

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It is not that important where you went to school, what your grades were or even if you know how to do the job, according to Laslo Bock, Head of HR for Google.  They are only indicators.  It really boils down to your resume.

The interesting article is titled “Google’s Head of HR: It Doesn’t Matter Where Candidates Went to College” on Entrepreneur’s website.  There are however four key qualities that Google seeks when hiring:

1.  Cognitive ability, or basic problem-solving skills

2.  Emergent leadership, meaning a willingness to step up and back as needed

3.  “Googleyness” — the company’s term for a cultural fit

4.  Intellectual humility

Many applicants have tried gimmicky strategies to get noticed but really, Bock says, “Just put your best work on your resume and we’ll take a look at it.”

Google has been named the “best place in the world to work” by GPTW.  Do you feel you work at the best place in the world?  If so, please comment about your workplace.