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Blogging Essentials Presentation

WorkshopI’ve recently collaborated with Emma Salkild to run a workshop for Leichhardt Council about blogging.

Here is the Blogging Essentials Prezi deck  that covers everything you need to know to research, set-up and run a blog.

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Is Social Media narcissistic?

Social Media T-Shirt

“Some of the youth of today have a higher level of narcissism than perhaps the youth of the past, but one needs to take into account the developmental context to this…Narcissism is a normal stage of life that people often grow out of and it’s not the end of the world if children or youth are going through a narcissistic stage” – Dr Ranil Gunewardene

Watched a pretty interesting episode of Insight last night about narcissism. As a father-to-be and a Digital Producer it raised several interesting questions about parenting and social media.

Social networks are often referred to as been narcissistic. Users can portray themselves in a much grander, more positive but delusional light. I’m sure everyone follows someone who over shares ‘look at me’ photos, checkins or status updates that are nearly always of them having a great time or boasting about their successes. I may even be guilty from time to time.

Surely the positives of social media out way the negatives. One person on Insight suggested that Facebook is sometimes the only social interaction for people who work in offices. I know without Facebook I’d have no idea what my brother was up to in Munich. Arguably, without LinkedIn, I wouldn’t have my current job. Twitter is such a convenient way to stay up to date with the latest news and I use FourSquare to find/share good coffee shops and restaurants. Social media is about prioritising the good stuff from all the crap on the net. Yes it can be used for evil in the wrong hands but most of the time it’s a great lifestyle enhancement tool.

The picture above is from a T-Shirt design that you can buy from Despair.

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Is Facebook Open Graph Doomed?

Facebook Dislike button

Facebook recently announced a raft of take-over-the-internet updates at their yearly conference – F8.

A significant update is an auto-share feature that will mean everything you read on certain sites will be shared with your Facebook buddies. Instead of selecting the Recommend or Like button on every SMH article that you want to share you will just tick once the Add to Timeline button. It will share anything you do on the site like comment, watch videos, listen to music or any other interaction.

This has a few potential issues including the embarrassment of viewing articles you probably shouldn’t. My beef with the feature is that social media isn’t about sharing everything – it’s about sharing the best stuff. Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Last.fm, FourSquare, Yammer, Google+ shine light on what your network likes. This is the underlying strategy behind the Google +1 button and Facebook’s social ads and sponsored stories. Turning Facebook into a stream of people’s entire online activity will dilute it’s value.

Auto-sharing won’t do Facebook any favours in winning over privacy skeptics either. Who wants to be thinking – is this site on my timeline? Have I shared this article already? What if I want to add a comment to a story I’ve already shared automatically?

What do you think? The Like button is possibly the most passive/meaningless way to share content but is auto-sharing going one step too far?

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How to work with recruiters

Careers - Road Sign
I returned to Australia after a two year stint in London almost a year ago. One of my first to-dos was to get a job. Part of the rationale behind coming home was talk of an ‘Australian digital boom’. So I thought it would be a good idea to contact as many recruiters as possible. Here are five tips on working with them.

Get recruiters to work for you

At the end of the day recruiters just want to fill their client’s available position. They get a commission for making placements. They don’t get paid for suggesting how you can improve your CV or career progression. Recruiters are in the box seat to provide this type of useful advice but you often have to push them a little.

Don’t be fooled

Be careful not to get sucked in when talking to recruiters about potential job opportunities. It’s in their interest for you to love their client and the job on offer. They will ‘talk up’ (much like a car salesman or real estate agent) any job they think they can place you in. Do your research. Work out if the job really is a suitable and worthwhile opportunity.

Use LinkedIn

As soon as you have found out the company that the recruiter is representing do a search in LinkedIn to see if you are ‘connected’ to anyone who has worked or currently works there. Ideally, you want some first hand insight on what it’s like to work there before you interview.

Be straight up

Don’t try and a be too tricky with recruiters. They have more experience than you in placements and negotating salary packages. Be direct with the type of role and salary you are chasing. Only go through one recruiter for each role – there is a first come, first served unwritten rule obeyed by the recruitment industry. They get really annoyed if they are guzzumped and some even try and get the client to pay the commission if they feel they had dibs on a successful candidate.

Get a second opinion

I met with a recruiter once who basically said I had no chance of getting a job at a big agency. He might have been having a bad day but he really laid into me. He doubted the quality of my work experience and the salary I was after. Needless to say, he was wrong. A year later he sent me an apologetic email and asked if I was interested in new opportunities. I didn’t reply.

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