Strategies for navigating the current job market – Part IV – Social Media
Part 4 – Social Media – Love it or hate it?
Social media is a part of life as we know it today. You need to use it wisely as more and more employers are using it to ‘check-up’ on you as one of the first stages in the job selection process.
My recommendations are to keep your business and personal profiles separate. Have a business and personal page or use separate sites for each. As an example, have a presence on Facebook for your personal activities and have a business profile on sites liked Linked In or GeoSpatial Connect. Keep all your profiles free of discriminatory or negative comments. There is an old adage that holds very true for social media
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?
That does not mean you cannot have an opinion on this but just plan what you say for maximum benefit remembering what goes on social media can follow you around for a long time. Keep the business profile up to date as employers may be looking for people well before they advertise a role. Include a current professional smiling photo as this will enable the employer to connect with you well before an interview.
Many social media sites have special interest groups for your area of expertise i.e. GIS, Surveying, Cartography, etc. Linked in allows you be a member of up to 50 groups, so check them out and join the active ones or the ones on your region. You may even think about creating your own.
Once again, get involved. Create discussions, comment on other discussions and provide advice. Connect with peers and potential employers and you never know what may come of building that online relationship.
Where you can find GeoSpatial Connect on social media:
LinkedIn, Facebook, Google +
Find Your Lost Android Phone With New App By Google
Until now there was no native Android app to assist you when your phone got lost. Both iOS and Windows phones had such a functionality from the beginning but Android users had to use 3rd party apps like Android Lost to locate their smartphones. Not anymore… Last week Google announced Android Device Manager, a new website and an app coming later this month that will help you find your lost Android phone or tablet.
Many users crises this kind of apps but I guess it’s just because they expect it would actually make a thief bring the phone back to their door… No, it will not prevent anyone from steeling your smartphone, and if he knows what he’s doing it will not help much afterwards but what it will give you is possibility to remotely clean your phone from every sensitive information which is much more valuable than a phone itself. It will also give you approximate location of device and ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even if it’s been silenced.
One would say it is not much but it’s enough to truly help you. Last winter I’ve been jogging with a friend in a park. When suddenly he realized he had lost his white iPhone in the snow. We’ve tried to find it but we simply couldn’t. Once he came back home he tried to locate his phone on the map with Find My iPhone but the phone didn’t have a network connection. In the morning he checked again and apparently the phone connected to the network for a short period of time a few hour ago. It was still in the park. My friend found a guy who rents a metal detectors and he had his phone back in one hour. After whole night in a snow it work perfectly fine.
source: Android Official Blog