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 My trip to the store……
There was a bit of confusion at the store this morning.When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, “Strip down facing me.”
Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card. I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.
They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!

Top 100 Socially Networked Cities

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Can’t believe that Santa Ana, CA is only on 74th place and Atlanta on #2. I have been to more and bigger social network events in Orange County than when I lived in Atlanta. Then again Atlanta has many church sponsored networking events (… hence “Bible Belt”).

The Not So Social Social Media World Of LinkedIn …

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… or why do some people hide their identity behind the veil of anonymity?

Everybody has seen or experienced this who maintains an active LinkedIn profile.

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Under the section > Who’s Viewed Your Profile? < you may see an entries like:

  • Someone at … (fill in any company name) … and maybe a general geographical area where this person may be located
  • Anonymous LinkedIn User
  • Someone on LinkedIn

Sometimes I wonder what these people have to hide behind their anonymity. Isn’t social media supposed to be open?

I can honestly say that I will never hide my identity.  If you are trying to find out who I am then it is only fair that I know who has that interest in me.

Even I might not be the biggest fan of Facebook I have an open Facebook account. In a matter of fact I maintain 2 accounts. One professional that is completely open and one private one only close family and very good friends have access to. The point I want to make here – I like the Facebook approach. Anyone I have not connected with ( I hate the term ‘befriended’) can only see my profile to a certain extend.

Maybe LinkedIn should establish a similar feature. Then again whatever I have on my profile can be seen and read by anybody. I have nothing to hide and if so, I would not put it on my profile.

Isn’t it only fair when I ask that I would like to see who is viewing my profile?

Else you are only a “Peeping Tom”!


Have You Ever Worked With Recruiters?

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Over the last 3 years I have learned more about recruiters than I ever wanted to know.

During my search for Director of IT position I have dealt with many different type of recruiters and there are almost as many as sand on the beach. The lessons I have learned are as followed:

1.) Often they contact you when you post or update your resume on one of the many job boards. First line of contact is email. If their name sounds Indian or something foreign that is hard to pronounce often they know nothing about the job except what is written in the job description. They use the shot gun or fish trawler approach. Try to get as many candidates as possible that fit some or most of the keywords on the job description

2.) If contacted by phone and there English is worse than that of a newborn baby same as above applies. They most likely found the job posted somewhere else and don’t know more about it than you would after reading the job description. Often you probably would know more since you might be more familiar with specific job/position related terms.

3.) If told to send your resume immediately, basically right now (why haven’t you sent it already? you should have anticipated my call.), because it is an urgent requirement in 99.999% of the time they have know connection with the hiring company and they want to be the first to present a number of candidates.

4.) Ask questions about the position and its requirement. If the recruiter cannot answer your questions he has no affiliation with the hiring company and does not know more about it than you do.

5.) Try to stay with a retained recruiter. This means they are the sole firm trying to find the right candidate and you won’t compete against hundreds of other applicants that have been screened rather poorly. Usually a retained recruiter has met with HR or the hiring manager for this position and knows a lot about the position and the organization and what candidate fits the best. Not only based on skills but also based on personality and cultural fit.

My advice is and it has so far been my best experience:

  • Establish a personal relationship with a recruiter. If at all possible meet the recruiter in person. Only this way they get to know you and can tell whether you are not only a skill fit for a potential position but also a personal and cultural fit for the hiring organization.
  • Maintain and grow your network.
  • Do not neglect your network.
  • Brand yourself and demonstrate your skills through social media like Twitter, Facebook or through blogging or a combination of the fore mentioned.
  • Stay in touch with people you worked with in the past, like peers, colleagues, superiors or supervisors, alumnis, old friends you have not heard of in years.
  • Attend Social Media Events, like Meetups or Tweetups

KEEP THE WORD ALIVE THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB!!!

NEVER NEGLECT OR ABANDON YOUR NETWORK!!

I have had some great experience with recruiters but also some bad and frustrating ones. Don’t let the bad ones discourage you. There are some excellent recruiters and recruiting firms out there.

I encourage you to share the experience you have made with recruiters in the Comments Section below.


The “#outsourcing Daily” is out

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Social Media Overload

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One popular Twitter celebrity named Bill Zucker (Twitter account: @billzucker) said it in a great song:

Between Facebook and Twitter my life is in the shitter!

Who else feels like this? To be very honest I often do and I contemplated already several times whether whether I should quit my online presence.

Considering all the useless stuff that infiltrates my computer every day, very often it is just a waste of time. Over the years I was somewhat successful to weet-out most of the SPAM mail I receive in my active email box but subjected myself now to receive the same crap willingly through Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, LinkedIn and the latest Buzz – Google Buzz. Of course we cannot forget the Blogs we publish or subscribe to.

The scary part of it is that we seem to become addicted to it and if we don’t check our feeds at least several times a day, post a tweet or a status update we feel a certain guilt for neglecting our online presence.  We are afraid we will miss something or we will lose followers/connections.

MLM’s or Affiliate Marketers are flooding our feeds with useless marketing campaigns on how to become rich quick or how to increase you follower count by thousands a day.

There is not a day on which I don’t receive a Facebook request to join a certain group, fan page or cause and it becomes more than just annoying.

Between useless uninformative Twitter Feeds,  Facebook status updates, join or follow requests and my regular email it easily can become Social Media overload and I have days I just feel overwhelmed.

Oliver Schmid

Twitter’s New ReTweet Feature

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I am a big fan of TweetDeck and hardly ever use the native Twitter Web Interface. Every once in a while I go there to check my followers or to see who’s Twitter List I made.

When I called up my account this morning I had a notification that Twitter made me a Beta-User to test a new feature related to Re-Tweets of my followers.

Now every time I am following a person I can decide whether I would only like to see this person’s own Tweets only or whether I also would like to see anything they re-tweet (RT).

I also can go back to anybody I am following already and change my preference in regards whether I wouldlike to see this person’s re-tweets or not.

By default, if no selection has been made, you will always see the re-tweets of the person you follow. Right now I have not seen the actual value for myself on this, but I think it is a great feature and I can see that some tweeps just don’t want to see all the RT’s of everybody they are following. This way your timeline gets less cluttered.

Thank you Twitter for another great feature.