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Online ‘mood’ predicts unemployment spikes

SAS, UN discover that social media chatter can provide advanced warning of unemployment increases – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg

“At a time when our need for policy agility has never been greater, our traditional 20th century tools for tracking international development cannot keep up. Too often, by the time we have evidence of what is happening at the household level, the harm has already been done … And the irony is that we are actually swimming in an ocean of real-time information.”

With that statement in a November 2011 address, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared the need for more sophisticated methods to understand, in near-real time, what is happening in the world. United Nations Global Pulse was created to research ways analytics can make that possible.

The world has now reached the point where billions of digital comments are posted daily on public Web forums, blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. These public comments express sentiment about employment, transportation, cost of living and anything else that’s on people’s minds.

If we collect and analyze all of these public comments with respect to current events (financial crisis, natural disasters, sporting events), clear and common sentiments begin to emerge…

via Can a country’s online ‘mood’ predict unemployment spikes? | SAS.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter – How Recruiters Use Social Media

POSTED BY  ⋅ JULY 9, 2012 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

By now, we’ve all heard about how employers scope out the Tweets and Facebook profiles of job seekers to winnow down the field of applicants. But job seekers may be surprised to hear just how many recruiters now use social media throughout the hiring process. Perhaps more surprising still, most recruiters are apparently checking for … Continue reading »

Smartphones and Workalcholism

POSTED BY  ⋅ JULY 3, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

With today’s technology, the traditional 8-hour workday is becoming obsolete (and nearly impossible). Smartphones, which give us easy access to things like social media, texting, and e-mail, are making it easier and easier to stay connected around the clock. Unfortunately, it appears we are becoming addicted to being plugged into work 24 hours a day, … Continue reading »

Pinterest | 5 Ways to Use in Job Search

POSTED BY  ⋅ MAY 16, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Most people use it to pin pictures of pretty clothes, interesting home decor, and drool-inducing food, but we’ve got another idea — use Pinterest for your job search. Here are five ideas of how to do just that: 1. Find Companies You Want to Work For 2. Put Your Resume on Pinterest as a Portfolio …Continue reading »

Free Online Unemployment Search Organizer

POSTED BY  ⋅ MAY 11, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

One of the requirements for those collecting unemployment benefits is keeping track of your work search. That’s not always easy. A recent StartWire survey of 25,000 unemployed workers reports that: 25% of job seekers had their work search records audited by state unemployment agencies Of those that failed to provide documentation, 75% had to re-pay … Continue reading »

Land a Job with 8 Social Media Strategies

POSTED BY  ⋅ MAY 1, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Social Media Strategies from Linfield College Sign up for a Twitter account. Companies often tweet job openings, and find a sizeable pool of applicants within several hours. They also tweet valuable inside information that can help job seekers tailor cover letters and resumes. In addition, some career development offices at colleges tweet local job postings. … Continue reading »

Keep your friends close, but your prospective employees closer | Facebook, LinkedIn Used for Screening

POSTED BY  ⋅ APRIL 18, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

: Social media circles can reveal a lot about a candidate. With the pervasive, worldwide adoption of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, job seekers know that the all-important first impression is potentially made well before the first interview. But just how many hiring managers browse social media profiles, and what types of … Continue reading »

Recruiting | Europe | Social media cannot yet compete with existing recruitment channels

POSTED BY  ⋅ APRIL 6, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Social media are more and more used for recruitment. But some recruiters are still doubtful. The debate is hot. Hard facts are needed. StepStone recently carried out a survey to collect information and statistics about this increasingly popular use . The key findings (extracted from the report) Organisations use social media mainly for recruitment About … Continue reading »

Social Media | How they can helph College Students in Job Search

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 31, 2012 ⋅ 7 COMMENTS

“A groundbreaking survey from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found that recent college graduates, like many others across the United States, are struggling in today’s job market. Only a little over half of recent college graduates are working in full-time jobs. Additionally, half are working in jobs that do not … Continue reading »

Social Networks | Is Your Profile Helping for Your Job Search ?

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 31, 2012 ⋅ 3 COMMENTS

Here are a few things to consider in determining what kind of online persona you currently have or would like to have: 1.) Use Google to search for your name. 2.) Close all accounts that you don’t use anymore. 3.) Create a separate accounts for personal use and one for professional use. 4.) Make sure … Continue reading »

Job Interviews | Some Employers are asking for Facebook and email passwords

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 7, 2012 ⋅ 10 COMMENTS

Daily Mail – Setting high privacy controls and de-tagging yourself in photos may not be enough to keep potential employers from having concerns about your social media self. Rather than trying to get around the pesky password protections of Facebook and email accounts, certain government agencies and colleges are cutting straight to the source. Some … Continue reading »

Smart Social Media Helps Jobs Find You | More Than 15% of Workers Get Hired Through Social Networks

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 2, 2012 ⋅ 9 COMMENTS

Smart Social Media Helps Jobs Find You – George Anders – Harvard Business Review How does a customer-service expert in Seattle catch the attention of a hot San Francisco startup in San Francisco, 700 miles away? The answer these days is likely to involve networking and brand-building on social media’s “fun” sites — even the … Continue reading »

Following Up After an Interview with Social Media? | CAREEREALISM

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 29, 2012 ⋅ 4 COMMENTS

Everyone has their own personal social media policy. One friend of mine told me that he was a “Facebook prude and a LinkedIn whore.” In contrast, I’ve met people who won’t even consider accepting a LinkedIn invitation until they had at least a 15 minute conversation. Many LinkedIn trainers tell people how to run their … Continue reading »

Using Social Media for Hiring Can Get you Sued | Reuters

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 27, 2012 ⋅ 5 COMMENTS

In order to protect your business from lawsuits, remember these three things: 1. Know what you are entitled to know: You may learn information about a candidate from social media that you cannot ask about in a job interview. For instance, a posting on a candidate’s profile may reveal his religious beliefs. But beware – … Continue reading »

How National Public Radio Uses Social Media to Recruit [Video Interview] | The Undercover Recruiter

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 27, 2012 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

We recently had a chat with Lars Schmidt who is the Director of Talent Acquisition at NPR (that’s National Public Radio), based in Washington, DC. In these changing times for recruiting, Lars, who is the founder of @NPRJobs and #pubjobs, believes in proactively driving social recruiting strategies. In this interview, Jorgen Sundberg, founder of Link Humans, found … Continue reading»

Starting Your Career: Use Social Media for Job Interview Prep | CareerBliss.com

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 27, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

A few days before the interview, you should get copies of your resume together and start thinking about responses to common interview questions and questions of your own to ask the prospective employer. As you prepare for the big meeting, don’t overlook social media. These days, employers spend a lot of time looking at your social … Continue reading »

The Top 3 Mistakes Job Seekers Will Make on Facebook Timeline

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 26, 2012 ⋅ 8 COMMENTS

More than 18.4 million Americans have used Facebook to find a job. Facebook Timeline poses new obstacles for current adults looking for work. How can the Timeline mess up an existing job search? Here are three things job seekers should avoid doing on Facebook Timeline. It should be abundantly clear that Facebook Timeline is different, … Continue reading »

Social Media Jobs and Salaries Guide

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ⋅ 4 COMMENTS

Introducing the new Onward Search Social Media Jobs Salary Guide – a comprehensive look at the best job markets, the most in-demand job titles and salary ranges for social media professionals in the top 20 U.S. cities. This free guide makes it easy to take your social media career to the next level, so download … Continue reading »

LinkedIn | Most overused profile words | Most Important Part of Your Profile | Mistakes Killing Credibility

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 15, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Most overused LinkedIn profile words of 2011: creative, organizational, effective – PC Advisor If you were really as “creative” as your resume claims, you’d use different terminology to showcase your skills, according to LinkedIn’s 2011 list of most overused words and phrases. The online professional network, whose membership has ballooned from 85 million a year … Continue reading »

How Job Seekers Are Using Mobile Apps [INFOGRAPHIC]

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 15, 2012 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

The jobless rate is hovering above 9%, and job seekers have to be more savvy than ever to land a job. In fact, 77% of job-seekers are using mobile apps in their search. Why mobile? For one thing, people almost always have their phones on them, which means they can get job leads on the …Continue reading »

91% of Employers Check Job Seekers’ Social Media: Infographic | The Savvy Intern by YouTern

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 15, 2012 ⋅ 5 COMMENTS

According to a survey of 300 hiring professionals conducted by Reppler, a social media monitoring service for managing online presence, a job candidate’s social network is thoroughly examined during the hiring process by 91 percent of employers and recruiters. Consider the findings from the survey below: The most utilized social network to screen candidates is … Continue reading »

 

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