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Professional Diversification Online: Using Facebook to Promote Yourself

August 8, 2011 2 comments

facebook eric chaump professional diversification social media network personal brandingOkay, before we really get into this, I want to make one thing very clear.  I’ve heard this phrase a number of times throughout my personal branding endeavors and I want to share it with you.  Facebook will not help you get a job, but rather will help you lose a job.

What does that mean?  When you apply for a job, employers will likely Google your name in search for your Facebook page.  Why?  Because that’s where people post all kinds of stupid stuff (we all do it, so don’t deny it), like inappropriate photos, misspelled status updates, and profile information that’s completely irrelevant.

It’s time for your Facebook to “grow up,” but it isn’t going to be easy.  People are so attached to the way they do Facebook now that they don’t want to change.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

Since most of us already have a Facebook account, I’m going to help you change it to be more professional.  Here’s how:

1. Grab Your Vanity URL

To get your vanity URL, go to Account Settings and change your Username.

2. Choose A Professional Profile Picture

Ideally, you want to make your profile picture the same across all your social networks.  Use the one from your LinkedIn or Twitter account.

3. Get Rid Of All The Inappropriate Pictures

This is the biggest reason why people lose jobs on Facebook.  They’ve got pictures of themselves double fisting drinks at the club or peeing in the bathroom at a house party.  Save them on your hard drive and remove them from your Facebook.

4. Fill In Your Basic About Me Section

When you edit your profile information, you’ll see a number of tabs on the left hand side.  Under Basic Information, you’ll see a section for About Me.  Here’s where you want to copy your about me statement from your LinkedIn or page and paste it in.  You can change it up a little if you want it to be more personal and fun, but make sure it remains appropriate.

5. Fill In Your Education and Work Information

Be sure to fill in your education and work, because that’s probably the most professional piece of information on Facebook.

6. Fill In Your Interests

Next, you should find a section for Interests.  Where else do you have a list of interests?  Your LinkedIn profile.  Go there and copy them over to your Facebook.

7. Fill In Your Contact Information

The last piece of information you want to fill in is where people can get a hold of you and where else people can find you.  Make sure you provide your email address, link your Twitter account as an IM Screen Name, and links to your LinkedIn and in the Website section.

8. Continuously Observe “The Mosaic”

As @drbret would say, make sure “The Mosaic” is appropriate.  What is “The Mosiac” you ask?  Click on your actual profile.  Scroll up and down and just browse.  Don’t click on anything.  This is “The Mosaic.”  Do you see anything inappropriate?  If so, you need to fix it.  Make sure your continuously observe “The Mosaic” because it changes over time.

9. Go Mobile

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Finally, just like any other social network, try getting the Facebook mobile app.  For the iPhone, the app is terrible, but it gets the job done.  It allows you to check your feed, respond to messages, and chat.  Unfortunately, it’s really slow and doesn’t always update properly.


Life Events

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is a big day for me. Later in the afternoon, I will be saying “I do” to a very special woman. Yes, that’s right, I’m getting married.

This past week has really given me an opportunity to think about my life events; the ones that have already occurred and the ones that are yet to come. So what I’d like to do is share with you some of my past life events:

  • First day of Kindergarten.
  • First kiss.
  • First day of Middle School.
  • Making the basketball team.
  • Winning the 15-Year-Old All Star State Championship.
  • First day of high school.
  • Making the baseball team.
  • First paycheck.
  • First car.
  • Going undefeated in league play during my senior year baseball season.
  • High school graduation.
  • Acceptance into the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • First internship.
  • College graduation.
  • First “real job”.
  • Acceptance into the MBA program at UNR.
  • Buying our first house.
As well as past life events, we all have future life events that we all get to look forward to, like:
  • Getting married.
  • First promotion.
  • Having children.
  • Retirement.
I know my list is short and I left it that way for a reason. I want you to share any others that you’re looking forward to in your future in the comments section below!

Office Mistake #4: Sleeping on the Job

June 28, 2011 2 comments

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Do you ever walk by someones desk, cubicle, or office and happen to notice that they are asleep?  We’ve got a couple people where I work that you are almost guaranteed to see them sleeping.  Some of them are actually really good at it.  There’s one person who can actually fall asleep with his hand on the mouse and his face pointing toward the computer screen.  You wouldn’t even know he was sleeping unless you walked up to him and asked him a question.

On the other, we’ve got a person who actually looks dead in his chair.  His chin rests on his chest, his glasses are about to fall off his head, and his arms hang down at his sides.  About a year ago, the company hired a new guy in our department.  About a week into his employment, he walked by this persons cubicle and freaked out.  He came into my coworkers cubicle, who sits next to me, and said, “I think he’s dead!”  My fellow coworker laughed at him and said, “No, he’s just sleeping.”

Yes, it’s quite funny to talk about our coworkers who just can’t help but fall asleep at work.  As long as it’s not you.  And in fact, you probably don’t want to be the one that falls asleep at work, because it could lead to getting yourself fired.

So how can we prevent ourselves from falling asleep on the job?  Consider these six tricks:

1. Get yourself a pair of headphones.

This is my favorite way to avoid falling asleep at work.  First off, you’ll need to make sure it’s okay to listen to music in your work environment.  If it is okay, make sure you listen to music you enjoy though, because music you dislike will just help you fall asleep.

2. Take a break.

For those of you who are workaholics.  First in the door and last to leave.  Take a break!  It’s okay.  You should be allowed to take breaks at work, as long as you don’t abuse them.

3. Take a walk.

Consider taking a walk during your breaks.  Get outside and get some fresh air.  It will help you re-energize and stay awake.

4. Turn your lunch break into a power nap.

Most of us get an hour for lunch and most of us bring our own lunch to work.  How long does it actually take you to eat your lunch?  Maybe 15-20 minutes?  Consider taking a power nap for the remaining 40-45 minutes.

5. Pay attention to your sleep patterns.

Most people need about 7-8 hours of sleep every night to function properly during the day.  I personally need to sleep at least 8 hours every night.  Any less and I’ll be dragging the entire day.

6. Take it easy on the caffeine.

I was once a caffeine addict, so I know how hard it is NOT to have an energy drink or cup of coffee when I’m feeling sleepy.  Caffeine is great when taken in small doses, but excessive caffeine consumption can give you a quick buzz, but can actually leave you sleepier than before?

Do you fall asleep at work?  Do you know people who fall asleep on the job?  What tips, tricks, or other techniques would you suggest?

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