How to Leverage Social Media in Your Career

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We’ve all been witness to how quickly social media can bolster and subsequently destroy someone’s career. Justin Bieber was discovered on MySpace, while Twitter has forever blemished Anthony Weiner’s political career. Every day people are also impacted by their online media presence, but usually in less viral ways. If your primary focus is protecting yourself from a social media gaffe, you’re on the right track but you’re missing some integral ways social media can help you as well.

Facebook

facebookMany people feel that because Facebook is a personal platform, its accoutrements shouldn’t impact the professional realm. I remember the good ol’ days when you needed a college email account to join Facebook and my mom didn’t “Like” every photo I posted.  Unfortunately, we now live in a different reality and you have to adapt. Most recruiters and hiring managers will check Facebook. A few strategies to avoid any mishaps include strengthening your privacy settings and censoring your posts. Much to the chagrin of many, this means removing any revealing selfies, blatant “party pics” and statuses that are polarizing or offensive. If you’re in the heat of a job search, you can even disable it until you’ve secured a position.

Can Facebook help me? You bet. Facebook is filled with people who support you. Don’t hesitate to share accomplishments, projects and goals. Additionally, it’s a great relief to me as a recruiter when someone’s Facebook I’m following up on isn’t littered with obscenities.

LinkedIn

768px-LinkedIn_logo_initialsIf you don’t have a LinkedIn, you’re missing a huge opportunity to promote your services, meet like-minded professionals and learn about career opportunities. More than just a virtual resume, LinkedIn is a great place to share articles that are relevant to your industry and post some blogs yourself without the hassle of a separate account or website. It’s supposed to be interactive, so use it for more than just the profile!

Can LinkedIn hurt me? In short, yes. Make sure that the dates on your LinkedIn profile and the dates on your resume match up. Use a headshot that is professional and flattering. And for goodness sakes, check the spelling on your profile backwards and forwards.

Twitter

indexThanks to the advent of screen shots, an ill-thought-out tweet lives on forever. You should review your privacy settings and stay vigilant about the information you disperse on Twitter. I recommend going back over the history of all your tweets and removing any that are off-color. Are they funny in the right context? Maybe. But consider whether or not your quick-wit is worth losing your job.

Can Twitter help me? Of course! Use this platform to share valuable information about meetings, events, and news. You can also advertise your skills and follow/interact with others in your industry.

Snapchat

240px-Snapchat_LogoMany of us have been burned by that friend who took a screenshot of the ironic and contorted face you sent in jest and then immediately shared it with the group chat (haven’t we?). Spoiler alert: that will always happen. Be judicious in the illustrations and photos you send through this platform.
Can Snapchat help me? Actually, yes. Many professionals share trade secrets and information about their businesses via the “My Story” feature. Send people to your website. Share a beauty tip. Promote your brand.

Instagram

instaI appreciate the privacy features on Instagram and find that typically people are more circumspect about what they post here. However, be wary of posting too many selfies as it can imply narcissism.
Can Instagram help me? Well, where would the Kardashians be without Instagram?

In summary, you have a virtual reputation that is very difficult to mend once tarnished. In addition to protecting it, spend some time strengthening it as well.

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An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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An employee’s health has a tremendous impact in their productivity at work. That is why educating employees on staying healthy and taking care of themselves is necessary in the workplace. Making healthy decisions such as smart eating choices, incorporating exercise in their life style and maintaining a good mental health through stress management programs are critical for employees and organizations. Healthy employees promote success and provide a return on investment for the company. In order for companies to promote health and wellness within the organizations they should keep in mind the following initiatives:
Create innovative programs that are fun for the employees. Exercise challenges are very attractive and fun to develop. A very popular practice is providing a pedometer so employees can measure the number of steps or their walking distance per day.
Promote healthy meals for company events and meetings. Whether it is a company meeting or a fun event, companies should encourage employees to eat right by offering healthy and tasty options.
Create a healthy environment. Designate areas that are smoke-free in and around the company’s premises. This will protect all employees from being exposed to secondhand smoke and will protect those who are allergic to smoke.
Provide incentives. Let employees know that good healthy choices are rewarded by giving them gifts such as gift cards to sports stores or  healthy grocery stores, healthy food baskets, gym memberships, etc.
Communication. Provide different sources of information with wellness initiatives. Use social media posts and websites about fitness and nutrition to educate employees on the latest information on wellness.
Commitment. Most importantly, the development of a comprehensive wellness program is only possible if there is a commitment from top management and willingness from employees to get involved.

Written by: Ana DavisAna Davis

Ana was born and raised in Colombia, South America.  Ana has been in the United States for eighteen years and is now an American citizen.  She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources and Management.  Ana’s wealth of knowledge comes from a background in international business, human resources and finance.  Her community involvement spans from serving on the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes, Greer Relief Agency, The Greer Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Human Resources Association (SHRA). Ana has been with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2004 as a Recruiter and was promoted in 2010 to the Human Resources/Business Manager. She is a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, SC and is married to Jerry Davis.  Together they have one son Chase (23) and twin daughters Kayla and Jessica (16).

I Wish That Everyday Could Be Like Christmas!

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! The decorations are always beautiful, the time with family is wonderful, but if we were to be completely honest, one of our favorite parts of Christmas is the presents! Looking back over the past holidays, I think we could all agree there is that one favorite gift you will always remember and always cherish! Here are some of our staff’s favorite gifts they ever received on Christmas!

The best Christmas present I ever received was my cat Eddie. He was a gift the year I graduated from Wofford. He loved Christmas because he would sit under the tree on the fuzzy tree skirt for hours and would get lots of turkey treats from my mom. He died 5 years ago but he’s still my #1 favorite present of all time! – Karen Truesdale

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The best Christmas present I ever received was a blue Volkswagen Beetle. And by the expression on my face below, you can tell I was completely surprised! I was 15 years old, had just received my permit to drive and had not even begun to think about what kind of car I wanted. Little did I know, my parents had bought the car 6 months ago and had been hiding it in their friend’s garage that whole time. I loved that bug and enjoyed it for 5 wonderful years! – Shawn Kinard

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My best Christmas gift was in 1973. My parents told me we did not have a lot of money for Christmas and not to expect a lot from Santa that year. When I got up that morning, the only thing I saw was this really cheap blue raincoat. I knew we did not have a lot of money but my goodness – a RAINCOAT – come on! They could see the disappointment on my face. My mom told me to at least act like I was happy about it and let my dad take a picture of me with my new coat on. She told me to put my hand in my pocket and smile and I DID! There was a key to a 1968 Pontiac Firebird. It was red with a black vinyl top and black interior. I loved that car! That is still my favorite car from the several cars I have had since then. – Tanya Henderson

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Although I think they’re pretty common now, the “My Size Barbie” really spun my wheels as a child. I loved all Barbies, but a 3 foot tall Barbie was something to really treasure. I think they were over $100 when they came out in 1992 and I was devastated when my mom told me that they were too expensive. On Christmas morning there she was beside the Christmas tree. Because I’m a tall person in general, she wasn’t technically “My Size,” but that didn’t take away from the excitement. I wasn’t one of those who kept her in pristine condition either so over the next three years, she rode beside me in the Barbie Jeep, had her hair cut and ultimately lost the princess dress and wore my own favorite outfits.-Hannah Barfield

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My grandfather used to tape record us opening up presents on Christmas morning back in the early 1980’s. I grew up in an extended family home living with my parents and grandparents. Back in 1992 when we lost my grandfather we all felt very sad. I remember the family feeling the loss of the family patriarch and sadness throughout the day. As Christmas day went on, my mother and I found the cassette tapes that he had kept and played them for the rest of the evening. This was the best present that I could have ever had. It was a step back into my childhood.- Michael Bays

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The Christmas morning I remember most was when I was probably 10 years old and received a saddle from Santa. I had been horseback riding for about 2 years and continued to do so throughout high school – so receiving my first saddle was a big deal! I remember it hanging over the back of a chair in our living room, chestnut leather shining in all its glory! I was so excited. – Courtney Mebane

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My favorite Christmas gift was when I received a Sport 4-wheeler when I was about 15 years old. Unfortunately for my parents, this just opened the door to me spending about every weekend racing up and down tracks and trails in the woods. – Zandr Tesolowski

What is your most favorite present you have ever received for Christmas?

Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!

Have you ever been to a Clemson University sporting event and seen their mascot, the Tiger? Ever wondered what it’s like to be in that suit? Michael Bays knows! He was the Clemson Tiger back in the early 90’s. He has been with Godshall for 4 years now, after working as the Director of HR at another company for the previous 5 years.

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1. How did you discover Clemson University?

Being from Pennsylvania, people have a hard time understanding how I came down to the South. My sister was accepted to Clemson and played in the marching band, so as good families do, we planned 3 trips a year to watch her march at Clemson games. Of course, I was hooked after experiencing their spirit, the great weather, and all the football traditions! It was unreal!

2. How did you become the Clemson Tiger?

I got a job moving equipment for the Tiger Band my freshman year and was able to meet the current mascot at that time. We became friends and he let me put on the suit and work a baseball game. I decided to go to tryouts in the Spring and was offered the job. We had to put together a skit, perform at a baseball game, do push-ups and interview with prior mascots.

3. What was life like as the Clemson Tiger?

I was very honored to be the Goodwill Ambassador for the school, traveling across our state for appearances as well as having the best view for every sporting event. There were times when I would fly in a private plane to IPTAY meetings with our coaches or drive miles upon miles to be at various events. There is only 1 student out of 18,000 enrolled that gets to experience college the way I did. I got to do this for 3 years! I still have the career push-up record for football games!

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4. What was your favorite thing about being the Clemson Tiger?

Smiling faces! It’s amazing how people let their guard down when you approach them in the suit. People hug you, high five you, and parents even throw their newborns in your arms for pictures! There is no better feeling than making someone’s day. You get to do this all of the time! Once you are a Tiger at Clemson, you are always the Tiger. People still introduce me as “The Tiger” to their friends.

5. What are some of your greatest memories as the Tiger?

Too many things to name!
• I once switched outfits with USC’s “Cocky” at an appearance. It was amazing how people loved me just a few moments ago, but hated me the next.
• I used to march on the field during the opposing team band’s half time show.
• I loved showing up to classes as The Tiger unannounced.
• Once I had my roommate dress up as the Tiger for a Halloween Party at a friend’s house and I arrived with him in a ball cap and a hoodie where nobody recognized me. All of my friends were approaching him and talking to him as “Mike” thinking it was me in the suit. At this point, I took off my hat and hoodie and shocked everyone who knew I was the Tiger. My roommate stayed in the suit and in character all night!

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6. Any advice or tips you would give to future Clemson Tigers?

Enjoy the ride, make people smile and remember that the former Tigers are watching you closely and critiquing you. I still go back and judge tryouts and actually do some training with the current mascots. Like I said before, “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.”

Were you ever the Tiger while you were at Clemson? We’d love for you to share your stories!
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