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Social Media Dos & Don'ts!

Social Media Dos & Don’ts

Social media is one of the most powerful forms of communication teens and adults use today. Here are some tips to help you use social media safely and effectively.

10 Social Media Tips for Teens

1.     Respect yourself. – Show off how great you are with class. You are a brand and should represent yourself accordingly on social media. Make sure your photos are appropriate. Do not post or text photos of yourself naked, dressed provocatively, or making obscene gestures. Avoid uploading anything you would not want your grandmother to see on the front cover of the New York Times! Social media plays a major role in building and ruining personal images. Be wise!

2.     Post with positivity – Keep it cool! If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t post. Avoid ranting or arguing with people on social media and posting when you’re upset. You may be upset with your mom but it would be very disrespectful to share your anger with the world. What do you think college recruiters or future employers might think about you disrespecting your mother on social media? No Bueno! Share positivity and good vibes on the web.

3.     No “twerking” videos please! – Just because you see a trend starting on social media, doesn’t mean it is something you should do. Do not post videos that portray negative images of you, your friends or family involving profanity, sex, nudity, crime, drugs, discrimination, violence, lewd gestures, or anything that could be offensive to the public. Keep your video posts kid friendly. You don’t want a video of you intoxicated and “twerking” inappropriately with friends to surface while you are campaigning for President in 20 years. Definitely not a good idea!

4.     Know your followersAllowing strangers to follow you can be very dangerous. Even if their account looks harmless, be aware that there are many fake accounts where creeps follow their prey. If you don’t know them, ignore them and don’t let them follow you. Also, use privacy settings to protect your accounts from being viewed by strangers. Proceed with caution!

5.     Be careful what you post for likesYou don’t want to end up “instafamous” for something that could destroy your future. Keep your posts positive, dignified and smart. Social media is a great way to build a web presence for future endeavors. Don’t compromise your future for “likes” or “followers.” Make your mark on the web, the right way!

6.    Play nice …Don’t cyber bully! No one has the right to harass anyone based on their sex, race, age, orientation, personal beliefs, values, etc. The impact of harassment is heightened and can have deadly consequences when acted out over the Internet. Avoid engaging in cyber brawls on twitter and status face-offs on Facebook. If you have a personal issue with someone, keep it off the Internet. If anyone is saying things about you on social media, report their account and let a relative know.

7.     Think before you post. – Nothing is ever truly deleted, so be very sure about what you post before you hit the “post” or “send” button.   Once you post a picture or a status it is stored on the site’s server and can normally be retrieved even if you delete it from your profile. So, be smart and post with care for your future!

8.     If you see something, say something! – Report anything inappropriate. Block or un-follow people that post negative comments on your timeline, make you uncomfortable or harass you in any way.

9.     Manage your use wisely – Too much of anything can become a bad thing. Is social media keeping you from getting work done? Try putting time limits on your social media usage to make sure it is not impacting your productivity.

10. Don’t post your every move – Leave some information to share with your real friends and family over the phone. Your best friend would probably want to know you and your boyfriend broke up before the whole world knows via your relationship status change. Also be careful sharing info when you are going out of town. You don’t want to alert a potential burglar that you will be in the Bahamas for a week with your family.

As a teenager it is important that you are aware, informed, and understand the risks that come along with using social media. Remember to protect yourself, censor what you post, and chose the crowd you associate with wisely.

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Looking for a job?….Resume Writing Tips!

We all have to have them and we all have to tend to them at one point or another… As pesky and cumbersome as it may be; it’s a job that must be done. Updating your resume… whether things are going right or wrong in your career; its something you will have to do at some point. If it’s got to be done, might as well have it done right. Here are a few tips to help out with that :)

1. Understand your skill set – You must understand your skill set. As common sense as this may sound, its definitely worth mentioning. Your skill set is what makes you qualified for a certain position or job. The better you can articulate your capabilities, the better your chances of convincing potential employers that you are the right person for the job. Far too often people leave off valuable skills from a resume, because they either don’t know how to articulate that it’s a skill they possess or they simply are not aware that its a viable skill. Before attempting to update or create a new resume you should jot down what your skills are. After writing the list, consider whether you feel the list accurately reflects all you are capable of or have done in your work history. Typically people have a set of hard skills and soft skills. You’d want to be sure to include both in your resume. Usually related hard skills can translate into soft skills when grouped together, so start with the hard skills first then tackle the soft skills next.

2. Show use of skill set in job history – As important as tip 1 is, this tip is just as if not even more important. Being able to articulate everything you are capable of means nothing if you can’t provide solid examples of when and where you have used those skills. When listing each company you’ve worked for you want to make sure you include the skills you have listed when describing what you actually did. This really connects the dots for those who are reading your resume and removes any doubt or confusion as to whether or not you actually possess said skills. You’d especially want to be mindful of this when using popular buzzwords that are common in the industry for which you are seeking employment.

3. Don’t be too wordy – Don’t be too wordy in any section of your resume. Typically, people can go overboard with the amount of verbiage they use when listing previous jobs and what they actually did at these jobs. When listing employment I like to list the name of the company, dates I worked there, position held, a brief description of what my role was and then 4 to 5 bullets which illustrate EXACTLY how I used my skills to to do my job. In the name of writing sentences that are to the point; each bullet does not have to be a complete sentence. However, each bullet point should be written in a way that suggests you have a command of the English language and that you are an effective communicator. :)

4. Tailor your resume to the potential job – It’s good practice to tailor your resume to the job you want. When submitting a resume for a particular job you want the resume to paint the picture for the person reading it. If you have access to a job description or have a good idea of what the potential job entails, its good to keep that in mind when tweaking your resume. Your previous experience should spell out what makes you capable of doing the job in which you are seeking. This is even possible when seeking a job in a different industry.

You may not have targeted a particular job but maybe you have targeted a specific industry. It really helps understand the industry you and have a really good idea of what potential recruiters are looking for. Keeping that in mind, you’d use vocabulary and phrases that speak to what they are looking for.

5. There should be no grammar and/or spelling mistakes – This particular tip is self explanatory. There should be no spelling and/or grammatical errors in your resume whatsoever. Poor grammar and misspellings suggest lack of attention to detail and carelessness in general. ALWAYS have your resume proofread before sending out. Because you wrote the resume, your eyes may miss errors. Therefore, its best to get someone else you trust to read it over as well. Also, if you are not sure of how to spell or use a word correctly please avoid it. These kinds of errors stick out like a sore thumb and serve as unnecessary detractors. There is never any excuse to have spelling errors or grammatical errors.

Hopefully these tips were helpful… this is part 1 of a two part series. Part 2 will contain writing samples and before and after samples. Stay tuned… Happy resume writing :)