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Clean up the mess!

The two last blog posts focused on the classic steps and tools for your job/internship search. Let’s now get back to serious stuff and be ready to rock your social applications!

Before sending out your applications (résumé, cover letter, etc.) think about what the recruiter will do when (s)he receives it. Unless (s)he has an awfully low Internet connection_ in which case receiving your email must have been the miracle of the day, I bet (s)he will search you online.

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How to protect your data (very) quickly

Here is a click “how to do” post regarding the protection of your data for the main social networks (well, the main ones that I use).

1) Facebook : limit access to your data from the « settings » on the top right corner of your page

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Get your weapons ready!

Following up on the “Job/Internship search”, the article of this week focuses on the essential tools you need to prepare before starting the application process.

Now that you know where you want to work and what you want to do, you need to get your application tools ready! My first advice when preparing your personal toolbox is structure. It may not sound sexy, but structure really is my motto. And if this is not the first article you read from this blog, you already know that bullet points are my friends and explicit sentences are the best.

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Prepare your application’s toolkit: step 1, 2 and 3

2012 is over and, for some of you, so is your final semester of classes. And what are your plans for 2013? Finding a long-term internship? Finding your first job? Or maybe you’re already employed but looking for a new position. The most important thing during your job search is preparation.

This article is the first of the series and focus on the “pre-work”. Know what you can do, what you want to do and where you want to do it before starting your job search. See it like an test question: you must understand the question clearly before offering a relevant answer!

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Best ways to protect your privacy and secure your personal branding!

While writing my next article on Linkedin functionalities and the best ways to use them to promote yourself, I thought of another article I posted a few month ago. So, as my next article will come out on Wednesday, I decided to re-post this previous article on Social Media, and its multiple dangers: the security over personal data, the risk that a potential recruiter would find personal information… and the best ways to secure your personal brand!

As a Gen Y, I obviously have a specific vision and opinion on Social Media; in my mind, there is nothing dangerous as long as you know where you’re going!

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He saw me. He liked me… He called me!

Hello everyone!

I hope your week started well. Ready for the second part of my story? Here it comes!

As I wrote last week, I was contacted by a recruiter after he saw my profile on Linkedin and Viadeo (French platform). Why did he call me and how was he able to do so? First, he had access to enough information that convinced him that my profile was matching his criteria. Then, he had access to my contact information. If he had not been able to call me right away, with my page open right in front of him, I am pretty sure he would just have closed the page without even trying to send me an email.  This is why being public and reachable is essential.

For those of you who created and completed their profiles on professional online networks, here are today’s steps: being public and reachable!

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Get a job with social media!

There are several ways to search for jobs. You can send résumés and cover letters to targeted companies, respond to job offers you found in newspapers or on job search websites, network all around, and… promote your online profiles.  Believe it or not, getting a job thanks to social media is possible! How do I know it? Well, I got my first job that way!

Quick recap: I graduated in December 2011 and started looking for jobs right away. I did everything the books said: target the position I wanted to get, target the industry I wanted to work in, target the companies I was interested in and then get in touch with them with a specific message. I sent a lot of applications that way but … nothing.

The problem? Companies receive tons of applications every day! They see thousands of résumés and read (when they read them) hundreds of cover letters. And most of the time, your résumé will just cross their desk from the printer to the trash with nearly no stop in between.

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Taking Classrooms into the 21st Century

In September of this year, the White House launched the ‘Digital Promise’ initiative, a national center dedicated to improving the implementation of technology in schools all across the US. Though technology has advanced tremendously in the last 20 years, education has not kept pace with these innovations. The Digital Promise seeks to remedy this discrepancy, transforming the way we teach and learn in the process.

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Chicken about Social Media?

Two weeks ago was Bastille Day in France (July 14) and I went back home to spend some time with my family for the occasion. I was planning on a sunny weekend, walking on the beach, toes in the cool water. Well, reality was a bit different: four days of rain = inside the apartment under a blanket! And obviously, that gives time to “chit chat”. As always, my parents started to talk about Social Media and its multiple dangers: the security over personal data, the risk that a potential recruiter would find personal information, pictures…. Well, I agree that internet is a pretty good place to ruin your presentation if you’re not careful.

I am a Master student and I therefore have a specific vision and opinion of Social Media; in my mind, there is nothing dangerous as long as you know where you’re going!

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We are the “Connecteds”!

Before Social Media, customers had an indirect relationship with the brands: they saw advertisement on billboards or television; they received brochures and bought products from large retailers, such as supermarkets. They were Marketing consumers, whether they welcomed it or not.

Today’s population cannot be reached by such advertising methods and what divides that population is not gender or race anymore, but generation. This new generation is Gen Y (born between 1976 and 1999), children of the Baby-Boomers_also called the “Millenials” or the “Connecteds“. I am one of them! Most of us do not watch commercials or read supermarkets’ brochures anymore. I surely don’t… What about you?

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