Social media, friend or foe?

Just as social media sites can help you get a job, they can also be your catalyst to life in the slow-lane – unemployment!

If you don’t have tight privacy controls on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts, do us a favour and think twice before posting photos of your boozy weekend shenanigans.

Without visibility restrictions on your pages, all it takes is a quick Internet search and wham – your boss knows why you rocked up to work bleary-eyed and pale-faced on Monday morning.

The same goes for trash talking your boss in 140 characters or less – #justdon’tdoit.

But it’s not just about what content you post online that can be your foe in the job game, it’s about abiding by your company’s social media policies. This could include logging on to you Instagram or Facebook account during work hours. Guilty much?

At work you get paid an hourly rate to do just that, work! So don’t abuse your organisation’s super-fast Internet speeds by spending your time scrolling your flatmate’s news feed.

As always, there are two sides to every story. Just as social media can be your undoing, a strong and positive social media presence can be the element that gets you over the line in a job interview.

Consider, for example, a candidate who is presenting for a role at an animal shelter. A well-constructed and presented profile, with images of said candidate canoodling cute and fluffy animals – and importantly – following the shelter’s social media accounts, will go a long way to helping them secure the job.

Snoopy employers also like to see pictures of family dinners, travel, inspirational quotes, recipes and suitable page “likes” when they look up their employees and potential employees.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, is a great way to find jobs and connect with like-minded professionals.

It is NOT a platform to engage in idle chit chat or share the types of photos we talked about earlier. LinkedIn is in a league of its own, so we have created this cheat sheet to get you sorted.

Overall, it’s important to ensure you’re always reflecting the best version of yourself – online and offline. Tidy up photos, don’t bag your boss and adjust your privacy settings if need be.

And if you’ve already forgot the above, here are three top tips to set yourself up for success on social media.

Tip 1: Have a look at your account from your employer’s point of view – if you were hiring for a role, would you hire yourself?

Tip 2: Now that you know potential employers are going to look at your profile, make it the best you can. Think about what will make you stand out from the crowd. If you have any interests or volunteer work that relates to the sector you’re aspiring to work in, list it.

Tip 3: Use social media for company insights, giving you an edge at your next interview. It’s easy to browse a website and reel off a few stats in the interview, but if you start following a company you will be up-to-date with recent news, changes and other relevant information.

 

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Interview, Job Search, Resume

Own it! Tips to be an awesome boss without losing your authority

There’s a fine line between being a leader and a dictator. While you definitely don’t want to be channelling Hitler, being a buddy-boss won’t do you any favours either.

As a great leader, your employees should enjoy working under you, but that doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to laziness and throwing office parties every other day to gain their respect and loyalty.

Employees don’t want a buddy-boss; they have enough amigos! So the second you’re seen as an equal, you relinquish your rights to leadership.

As the commanding officer of your ship, your job is to lead your company and your employees to reach their highest potential. As part of this, you need to recognise and reward great work, and hold your employees accountable for their professional expectations and obligations.

If you find yourself at the helm of your company, follow these tips to be a cool boss (while avoiding the buddy-boss persona):

Be human:

You don’t have to search far to hear horror stories of bosses who make their employees use paid leave for a doctor’s appointment, even when they have time owning. Bad bosses tend to be inflexible clock-watchers with no sympathy for legitimate tardiness or illness. As long as the employee isn’t taking advantage, awesome bosses have open door policies and an understanding of life’s dilemmas.

Be encouraging:

Everyone likes to be told how awesome they are every once in a while. You know how it goes, pay credit where credit’s due. But in the interest of being liked, it’s tempting to shower you minions with praise and, as a consequence, gloss over the negatives. If you do this, you’re at-risk of becoming a buddy-boss. Being a good manager is about coaching your employees on areas of improvement, as much as it is for praising what they already do well.

Be an advocate:

As the chief problem-solver, it’s your job to stand up for your people and advocate for what they need, whether it’s more resources, professional development, or raises. Helping your team get the tools and support they need is part of your job description – even if it means standing up to your boss!

Be a kick-ass recruiter:

You can’t run a kick-ass team without having the best of the best behind you. When it comes to building your team, you have to hire people who have both the ability and the willingness to do the job well. Likewise, if you have a lazy, unmotivated employee, it’s your job to work with them to see if they can improve. If not, be prepared to give them the boot. The rest of the team will admire you for your tenacity and commitment to the team as a whole.

Be an expert:

You need to tune in to trends and shifts in your field. Network with thought leaders, attend key conferences and read industry news. By keeping abreast of what’s happening and who’s who in the zoo, you’ll be able to share the latest knowledge with your team to plan for the future.

Believe in yourself:

There’s no doubt about it, being a boss is a hard gig. But if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect your employees to? People often think being the boss is about having the corner office, the Porsche, the big house and the perks. In reality, real leadership is about creating a vision that others can see and believe in too. It’s not about how far you’ve gone and how many people you have under you – it’s about showing creativity, innovation, and integrity in what you do.

Bad habits bosses hate

Whether you’re new to the role or a seasoned employee, the last thing you want is a reputation around the office as a habitual hassle. Bosses are human too, so chances are they have pet peeves that you could be committing without even realising it.

To stay on your boss’s good side, read on to find the six things that drive bosses and colleagues crazy. If you’re guilty of one or all of these crimes, stop being a repeat offender and break your bad habits immediately!

Number 1: Tardiness

Just as no one likes a clock-watching manager, no one likes employees who habitually roll in to work late. Sure, we’ve all been caught in a traffic jam before, but recurrent bouts of tardiness show your boss you’re just not that into your job.

Number 2: Whingeing

Too hot, too cold. Work sucks, you hate your team, you’re tired and stressed. If you find yourself complaining about everything and everyone, it’s time to suck it up and stop whining quick smart. Even if you don’t radiate positivity by nature, no one wants a Negative Nancy in their office. Workplaces with a positive atmosphere are the most conducive to productivity, so unless you want your negativity to spread like wildfire, save it for later.

Number 3: Zoning out

While some meetings may be a complete yawn fest, it’s important to maintain a professional demeanour no matter how long the meeting drags on. Suffice to say, your boss will notice if you aren’t taking notes, if you’re constantly checking emails (or worse – swiping left on Tinder), or if you’re not contributing when you should. Pay attention for the duration of the meeting so you’re not caught off guard if you’re called to answer a question or provide input.

Number 4: Under-dressing

The dress code in most modern workplaces doesn’t require suits, ties and high heels anymore, but tracky-dacks and backwards caps is taking things a little too far, even for causal Friday. While some offices don’t mind jeans, it’s always better to dress at least one level above what’s required. You will feel more professional and people will admire you for your corporate fashion sense.

Number 5: Texting too much

These days, everyone usually keeps their phones on their desks, sneaking in the odd text or checking their Facebook feed throughout the day. But don’t make a habit of it. Your boss will notice if you’re constantly preoccupied with your phone when you’re supposed to be working. Keep your phone use to a minimum, and turn off that Rocky ringtone!

Number 6: Eating too loudly

While the waft of canned tuna is acceptable in today’s health-conscious office, scoffing your food loudly is a no-no – especially if you sit within close proximity to the boss. The same goes for chewing gum, don’t do it! And while we’re at it, no one, we repeat, no one, likes