Posts Tagged ‘work’

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.

6 Things You Should Do When You Have Nothing To Do

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the 6 things you shouldn’t do when you have nothing to do.  Now that we all know what we shouldn’t do when we have nothing to do at work, let’s talk about what you should do!  Remember, one of the keys to being successful is to stand out.  When business is slow, and everyone else is relaxing and enjoying the free time, it presents an excellent opportunity to stand out among your coworkers.  Here’s what you should do when you have nothing to do:

1. Ask a coworker if you can help them out.

Let’s say you’re a financial analyst.  Ask your fellow financial analysts if they need help catching up on some work.

2. Ask your boss if you can help them out.

If none of your coworkers need help, be the first person to ask if you can help your boss.  It may be a great opportunity to learn some of the things you might be doing in the near future.

3. Ask someone from another department if you can help them out.

If your boss has nothing for you to do, don’t do nothing!  Talking to people in other departments who might be busier than you and see if you can help with their work.  Remember, Professional Diversification is all about having a wide variety of skills.  This is a great opportunity to show everyone you can do more than what you do now.

4. Work on a special project.

If none of the above work out, start your own special project.  Work on something that you know will be beneficial to the company and then present it to your boss and other managers.

5. Clean up.

If nobody else needs help and you’re having trouble finding a special project, simply clean up.  Clean your desk, clean your work area, clean your whole office!

6. Stay even when your boss says you can leave.

If you’re boss says you can leave, don’t do it.  Sometimes it’s a test to see how committed you are.  Other times it’s not a test, but given the opportunity to stand out, I advise you stay and find something to do.

So next time your sitting at your desk wondering what the heck you’re going to do for the next 4 hours, remember what I’ve talked about in the last two posts and get yourself noticed.  If you have any others that you’d like to suggest, please share your thoughts below.

The Professional Dilemma: Work-Life Balance

April 11, 2011 3 comments

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It’s something we all have to deal with in life; balancing work with the fun stuff in life.  This dilemma really hit me hard recently when I bought a house with my Fiancé.  I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and I was prepared for that, but even being prepared wasn’t enough.  Buying your first house is extremely exciting and is something everyone aspires to do, but then what.  Now you’ve got a nice house, that’s completely empty because you may or may not be able to afford to buy furniture, TV’s, pool tables, decorations, and all the other fun stuff you get to buy for a house (we were fortunate enough to have family who helped us with that, so a big thanks goes out to them).  A few months later I started thinking, “Is this what the American Dream is all about?”  In order to enjoy all the things we love in life, we have to work and we have to work a lot (at least most of us do). Eight hours of your day is a long time when you think about it and weekends just don’t seem to be long enough. With that being said, my next question is…

Do you work to live or live to work?  I’ve heard this question come up quite a bit recently and I wanted to address it from my own personal standpoint.  When I first heard this question, it somewhat confused me.  I really had to think about it to understand it.  To help me better understand, I considered the question, “Why do I work?”  Do I work because I like what I do?  Do I work so I can someday afford a big house and nice cars?  Do I work so I can save up for retirement at a young age?  Then, I considered the question, “Is work getting in the way of the things that make me happy in life?”  Is work getting in the way of spending time with my Fiancé and family?  Am I giving up the opportunity to play golf or go fishing because of work?  Is work preventing me from enjoying my life?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to these questions and I don’t think there is one good answer.  The answer is dependent on your own personal standpoint and everyone has to decide for themselves how much work is too much work.  It all depends on what’s important to you, what makes you happy, because in the end, it’s happiness we’re all after.  Not money.  Not possessions.  Not cool job titles.  Happiness.  Take some time to decide why you work.  Once you’ve identified the reasons why you work, try to figure out if work is actually getting in the way of those things.  If this is the case, you may want to consider other options.  I’ll leave that decision up to you to better balance your work life and personal life.

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Related Articles:

Are you living to work? – Jenny Gallagher

Living To Work, Or Working To Live? – Tara Weiss (Forbes Blogs)