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Does Your Social Media Business Bio Contain These “Must Have” Ingredients?

10-06-2014 final 187440476Take a “working tip” from Richland College’s POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication course on what you should do to improve your business social media bio:

Regardless of whether you are using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or other SM sites, follow this link to read Courtney Seiter’s excellent post on several important points to include in your SM business bio.

Because each site has its own unique characteristics, the web site Unbounce has created a terrific best practices reference chart to help you make the most of your bio information on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. They also recommend reviewing your SM bios every 3 months to ensure they are still relevant.

Finally, you will want to make sure your bio is free of any spelling, grammatical, or logical errors—did you use the word “form,” when you should have used “from” or “do” when the logical word should have been “due”?  Check and re-check for errors that scream “careless or unprofessional”!

If you want to improve your communication skills and learn more about how to use Social Media professionally, consider taking one or more courses in the BOSS program at Richland College.

Richland College, which is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road, offers both online and on-campus courses. For more information contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.

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I Have A Job Interview—But It’s On Skype! Now What Do I Do???

As technology continues to move forward at a dizzying pace and as companies search for more effective ways to reduce or eliminate soaring travel costs, new strategies are being used for the time-honored task of interviewing potential job candidates.

In the past, the expense of bringing out-of-town candidates in to be interviewed could prove quite costly to companies. One web tool that is gaining acceptance to help in this process is Skype. Skype software, which has a free version, allows human resource personnel and other hiring managers to interview potential job candidates without the candidates having to leave the comfort of their homes—literally!

In her article “6 Steps To Prepare For A Skype Interview,” Debra Wheatman provides readers with several key technical steps to keep in mind when preparing for virtual interviews.

In addition to researching the prospective company and preparing impressive responses that emphasize how great an employee you would be, follow these technical steps to get the most out of Skype software. You should go over these steps at least one full day before your scheduled interview to make sure everything is working properly. You should probably do a final spot test an hour or two before on the day of the actual interview.

1.  Make sure your system is equipped with a web cam and a microphone. Download and configure the free version of Skype software to your computer if it isn’t already loaded on your system. You can visit Skype’s web site at http://www.skype.com.

2.  Test the sound and video on your system to be sure your head and upper body are visible and that the volume is satisfactory. Enlist the help of a good friend or family member to help with this process.

3.  Make sure the viewing area is neat, clean, and professional looking. The last thing you want to have the interviewers see is an area that looks cluttered and sloppy. Remember the walls and area behind you as well!

4.  Position the lighting to make sure that it is complimentary to you. Be on the lookout for unflattering shadows or glares that make it difficult to see you. Again, the help of a friend or family member can help you here.

5.  Wear clothing that is flattering. According to Ms. Wheatman, you should stay away from clothing that has patterns or that is light in color (or white). Instead, wear darker colors that convey a more professional look. Dress as if you were actually going to a face-to-face interview (at least from the waist up)!

6.  Develop good eye contact with the camera. Ms. Wheatman offers readers the suggestion that you should not focus your glance at the image of the person on the screen. Doing so will make it appear as though you are looking down. One trick that she offers is to tape a photo of somebody next to the web-cam lens.

7.  Finally, on the day of the interview (and well ahead of time) she advises the candidate to take precautions to eliminate all potential noise.

Following these technical tips can help you interview successfully in the virtual world of job hunting! For more details, visit her blog at http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/6-steps-prepare-skype-interview/.

For more information on BOSS software offerings, the BOSS degree and certificates, and how the BOSS program can help you with your career, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.