Social Media

How to Look for Work Without Alerting Your Boss

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Job hunting takes time. A lot of time. So trying to plan your next move while working full time is, to put it mildly, a challenge. It’s complicated by the need for discretion: When you’re looking for a new job you don’t want to jeopardize your current one by having your boss find out about your search. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but one many people will have to face at some point in their career, especially today,… continue…

Tech Titans Participate in #IceBucketChallenge

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What do Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, and Dick Costolo have in common, besides running massive tech companies? All three participated in the #icebucketchallenge, an attempt to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just in case you haven’t logged into Twitter or Facebook over the past few days and seen dozens of people participating in the challenge, here’s how it works: you announce that you’re supporting the need for more awareness,… continue…

Turbocharge Your Time Management With These Tips

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By John White Are you currently attending or considering going back to grad school while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life? If so, welcome to my world! With two small children, a full-time position in sales and marketing, an executive MBA program, and blogging for various media channels, I am crazy busy these days. I have been forced to learn how to effectively manage my time. I have done so by having valuable conversations with my mentors,… continue…

Remember: Employers Can See What You Say Online

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Tip of the Day When you’re using social media, remember that what goes online has a nasty habit of staying online, even if you think you’ve removed it. That can make your job search more difficult, since many employers check out candidates by looking up their social profiles. Some companies use tools to scrape the Internet for everything you may have said or done online over the last several years. They can find examples of professional honors and charitable work,… continue…

What Weird Al Sees May Surprise You

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Some might say that nothing demonstrates the power of social media more than Weird Al Yankovic’s album “Mandatory Fun” hitting the top of Billboard’s chart. But that would be cynical. After all, a lot of work goes into making goofy things great. The folks at the Verge put together this video featuring excerpts from eight of Weird Al’s older parodies, synced up with the work that inspired him. It’s cool to see how well they fit together. If nothing else,… continue…

How to Make Yourself Poachable

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There are few things more flattering than getting an unsolicited call from a recruiter. Not only does it affirm your reputation—not to mention your skills—it’s likely to put you in a strong negotiating position when the time comes to respond to a job offer. But if you’re not getting those calls, there’s a chance you’re doing too good a job of keeping yourself to yourself. People get poached for a number of reasons, and pure skill is only one of… continue…

‘Knozen’ App Lets You Post Co-Worker Ratings

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Do you have a clear idea of how your co-workers view you? If you don’t, you might soon, if they take up Knozen, an iOS app–an Android version is in the works–that lets users rate their colleagues anonymously by displaying images of two people and asking yes-or-no questions such as “Which person is friendlier?” or “Who is more likely to leave work early for a date?” Click here to see iOS jobs. Sounds dicey. But the company says at least… continue…

Why You Should Be Using the Social Web Right Now

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Whether you want to establish yourself as an authority among your peers, connect with like-minded IT professionals or draw the attention of technology employers, tweeting and blogging is a smart way to get yourself noticed. “It’s an indirect way to brand yourself and tap into the intellectual community,” says Lorrie Thomas Ross, founder and CEO of Web Marketing Therapy in Santa Barbara, Calif. Besides that, it can help you get your work done, she notes. Since social media is about… continue…

Apple’s Magic EarPods and the Dangers of Rumor Frenzy

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Last week, an anonymous note on the Secret app—which is rapidly becoming the medium for Silicon Valley denizens with something juicy to spill to the world—suggested that Apple’s upcoming EarPods would feature sensors capable of detecting heart rate and blood pressure, as well as iBeacons “so they don’t get lost.” The idea of a new-and-improved Apple product equipped with biometric sensors, arguably the hot technology of the moment, sent the tech-news world into a brief tizzy. But now a Tumblr… continue…

Recruiters Challenge Candidates on Social Media

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As employers increase their monitoring of social media websites, job seekers worry about how their search could be affected. And now there’s a new rub: While it’s not unusual for recruiters to request social media connections, some are demanding them as a condition of representing candidates. In this week’s Hangout, Dice News Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto and Managing Editor Mark Feffer discuss what to do if a recruiter requires you to connect, and examine whether your social media behavior can… continue…