3) Digital Life

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These are some of the things I’ve learned about living on the net so far:

  • The net will teach you everything and anything, and all it wants in exchange is everything you are and all your time.
  • You don’t owe the internet your time. Your time is yours, whatever time you give the internet is a gift.
  • The internet does not know this, and it will never learn.
  • Time is the most precious thing you have. More than money, or land, or prestige, or any valuable thing you can think of, a life is measured in time. The sooner you walk away from a useless fight, the more of it you get to have.
  • The net is not made of computer, wires, tubes, or dump trucks. It’s made of humans and their desires. The net doesn’t make social problems. It amplifies them until they can’t be ignored.
  • The net never forgets. Forgetting is a gentle process of thought and learning which the net can’t do. Losing things, which the net does plenty, is different.
  • Don’t internet angry. If you’re angry, internet later.
  • There are always too many emails. Also, blog posts, tweets, breaking news items, youtube videos, and Facebook posts.
  • It’s ok to take breaks. In fact, it may be essential to take breaks…read more

Social Media And The Job Hunt: Squeaky-Clean Profiles Need Not Apply

A young friend who just scored her first internship at a NYC recruiting firm recently told me that she’s uncomfortable with her new job description. Instead of filing and sitting in on interviews, she’s spending her summer days in a high-walled cubicle poring over the social feeds of countless candidates applying “mostly,” she says, “for low- to mid-level financial and legal positions.” Her new bosses seem impressed with her comfort with the technology and are pleased with her vetting of new hires, but she describes the task as akin to “stalking crushes on Facebook,” something she’s “gotten embarrassingly good at in college.”...read more

How to Create the Ideal Social Media Resume

For most people, the biggest challenge when perfecting a social media resume is giving up the outdated idea that your Facebook profile or Pinterest page are still personal to you and your friends. Unless you set the highest privacy standards (not recommended — you’ll give the impression that you’re hiding something), anyone can look at the bulk of your pages. Remember that this is a good thing! When someone searches your name, your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles will likely be high ranking hits, and you want prospective employers to click through them and explore at will, because what they find will impress them and convince them that you are a person they want to work with...read more

More useful resources:

  • 10 Surefire Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Twitter Noob: So, you’re ready to Tweet, right? You’ve realized that Twitter isn’t just people sharing what they ate for breakfast and that there might be some real value to engaging with the 100 million active users that might give you valuable insights about your products, services, and competitors. Before  you jump in and start tweeting away, here are seven tips that can help you avoid looking like a newbie and (hopefully) avoid some common pitfalls...read more
  • How Employers View Your Online Presence: It’s common to hear, these days, about how important a strong online presence can be in a job search… and it is! It’s highly likely, in today’s job market, that at some point in the hiring process, a potential employer will look you up on LinkedIn and “Google” your name to see what they find. What they find can have a tremendous impact on whether they proceed with you further… or not...read more
  • Escape your search engines filter bubble: Different people are getting different results. Avoid this by using DuckDuckGo (source wikipadia). DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the “filter bubble” of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term. DuckDuckGo also emphasizes getting information from the best sources rather than the most sources, generating its search results from key crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and WolframAlpha...read more
  • Want that dream job? Get your online presence in shape! Do: Proactively represent a positive image. Imagine being in a room with all 120 interns and having your most inappropriate Facebook photo show up on the projector...read more
  • 10 ways you’re annoying your friends and followers on social media: Social media rearchitects itself very quickly… our ability to change behaviours is not nearly as fast. This timing dichotomy results in seemingly appropriate behaviours that come off as thoughtless or self-serving. New tools and capabilities in social media have created new norms, some good, and others that unfortunately encourage repugnant behaviour...read more
  • Social media is the ideal way to get a job, but you can also ruin your chances: Its a tough lesson and some of us are learning the hard way. Speak to most professionals with a LinkedIn account and they’ll tell you they’ve had “odd” or “inappropriate” messages from young people interested in jobs and internships. One of the most common complaints is young job seekers being too “pally-pally”, and coming over as cocky. Friedgut (a financial educator for young people and director at BlackBullion) warns jobseekers to avoid impersonal blanket emails, and keep the tone humble if they want to avoid leaving a sour taste in prospective employers’ mouths. “When you email someone, clearly explain who you are, and let the employer know what’s in it for them. If you do that you’ll have a better chance of getting a useful reply,” she says...read more
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 year: By claiming your web presence, you’re protected from other people, with the same name, claiming it before you. You also gain control over how you’re perceived online, and thus what employers find out about you when they conduct their search...read more
  • 5 Tips for improving your CV: Along with your birth certificate and passport, a CV is perhaps the most important document in your possession. The course of your career and personal life is determined by how effectively you are able to present your background and skillsets. The following 5 step quick guide will help you to optimise your existing CV and make it easier to read...read more
  • 4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume: As a freelancer or job seeker, it is important to have a resume that stands out among the rest — one of the more visually pleasing options on the market today is the infographic resume. An infographic resume enables a job seeker to better visualize his or her career history, education and skills...read more

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