Professional Networking through Social Media

As we inch closer and closer to graduation many professors are encouraging students to expand our professional networks to help improve chances of landing interviews and ultimately employment.  Since our topic for this blog post was open ended, I felt that reviewing social media as a networking aid would be beneficial.  I will attempt to pass on some advice with regards to how you manage your social networks.

There is no question that utilizing these networks allows you to easily expand your professional contacts and promote your own personal professional presence, used correctly they can be a valuable tool.

There are however some precautions you should take.  Before you begin looking or applying for positions its a good idea to clean up your social media accounts.  In a perfect world none of us would have to worry about the content on our media pages, but most of us have some pictures floating around out there that we may not be super proud of.  Either delete, or untag yourself in posts or photos that may be inappropriate, or just tighten up your privacy settings so potential employers aren’t able to access content of that nature. You may also want to review the organizations you have liked.  Unlike any that may be controversial.

Once  you have cleaned house, it’s time to redecorate.  Take a look at your accounts, make sure the information provided is accurate and current, especially your contact information.  Do not use a personal email address for professional contacts.  Make sure that if you leave a phone number your voicemail greeting is appropriate.  Utilize communities and groups that would allow you access to relevant employment information and opportunities.

The vigilance shouldn’t stop after you gain employment either.  All it takes is one bad post that gets seen by the wrong person to derail things.  The best practice would be to just strive to conduct yourself respectfully and professionally in all things you do, then you won’t have to worry about spending so much time altering peoples perception of you because its true.

Alright so there’s my two cents for what it’s worth :).

~Diana Lynn Schwartz

 

 

 

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Social Media and Sports

One of bloggers I chose to follow was Tristan Bishop, one of his recent blogs was “Winning the Social Media Superbowl”. In this blog Tristan uses images to connect the game of football to having a positive social media presence. He also compares social media marketing to running an offense and social customer service to coordinating a defense. In his blog he talks about “covering the whole field” and by that he went on to talk about sites and blogs, social channels and public conversations. Tristan also discussed that “offensively” you need to be able to promote and share your company’s products and ideas while “defensively” you need to be able to quickly respond to public customer challenges. And “recapping the season” is where you would asses where you are after a quarter, what did the company do well, where the company can improve and then set goals for the next “season”. This blog mad a lot of really strong connections between something I am familiar with, football, and not so familiar concepts such social marketing and social support. I thought this blog was really well composed and informational.

By Tallon Rood

TechComm reading surprises

I am a second year MET Student, and one of the blogs i chose to follow was rjacquez.com. I chose to follow this blog because he has been ranked within the top 25 techcomm bloggers of the year, as well as how his blog appealed to my interests. His blog stood out to me because his blog talks about new technologies and changes that are occurring within our world today. This drew my attention because i feel that by reading these blogs it allows me to gain more knowledge and information about the engineering world that i am working toward to take part in someday. When reading one of his blogs named “The New Moto x gives us a glimpse into the future of Mobile and Predictive Computing”, i found it interesting and true about why he was reading upon this information. This post talks about how most people when receiving an email, ignore all its contents if the user is not completely familiar with what the email is about. Then will most likely send it to spam without even reading anything besides the title or by skimming the email. The author then talks about how one day he received an email that he would normally send to spam but when opened saw a image about a smartphone that definitely got his attention. Which inspired him to look farther into the email reading captions that the picture was displaying and more. Then while reading he came across words and phrases that drew his attention such as “no touching necessary”. So overall his post explains how if you want a piece of technical writing to be appealing to an audience you need details and graphics that are going to grab the readers and want them to keep reading and researching about the topic that they are reading about.  Allowing more people to learn and want to read about what you as the author are trying to inform the world or a certain audience about.

Kaity Wolford