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Social media can be a useful tool for managers when hiring, promoting or even assigning new projects.
Your job candidates or high potentials look great on paper, and present well in person, but does their professionalism extend to their online presence? Consider checking out their social media profiles and potential “digital footprint” on other sites as well.
A manager that I met at a woman’s networking event last month told me that she always “Googles” her candidates as part of her hiring process.
She explained, “They may ace my in-person interview, but how else can I truly tell if they are as responsible and mature as they convey in person? Easy, I check them out online!”
She said she specifically scours their Facebook and Twitter pages to see if they have provocative selfies alone or with friends and questionable activities or posts, and whether they’ve ever spoken badly about their current employers.
The other day I was in the kitchen making lunch, when the building shook. I immediately asked my colleagues in the back office if they were OK – as the accompanying loud “thud” I heard sounded like it came from their offices.
They were both OK but looking out the windows.
I joined them in time to see a truck slowly moving forward, away from the lower ledge of our building that it had just backed into – pieces of our building’s white ledge crumbling down on his truck, which now had a huge gash on its top.
Wow. He had just hit our building hard enough to make it shake, rip up his roof, and make plaster crumble down on his truck. Surely he would park and enter the building, to call the landlord — taking responsibility for his accident, right?
Are courtesy and professionalism just facades that you show in the office, or a true reflection of the authentic you? Let me share a true story …
An embarrassed coaching client, a top sales representative at her firm, once told me that she’d learned an important lesson about professionalism the hard way.
She was running late for a lunch meeting with a potential new account — someone she’d carefully wooed via phone and e-mail. The account, if she landed it, would be the most lucrative one she’d ever had … and it would put her in line for a much-coveted promotion.
The restaurant my client had picked was in one of Chicago’s busiest, trendiest neighborhoods. She circled the block four times, looking for parking. The time grew later and her temper grew shorter.
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
Some people are combative, some are over-reactive, some are immediately on the offensive, some are evasive, some are defensive, and some have a private little meltdown in the supply closet or bathroom — then emerge pretending there is no such thing as conflict.
Will you let conflict in the workplace make your “9-to-5” a misery, or can you rise above it — or perhaps even channel the conflict into something positive?
After all, conflict in itself is not inherently negative, it merely signifies differences in opinions, beliefs, philosophies, and methodologies.
If you think of conflict as a catalyst for improvement, you’ll be well on your way to mastering it and reducing the level of stress that it can cause.
This Thursday, June 26, is National Handshake Day. So, time to ensure that yours is the best it can be.
Handshakes have been around practically since the birth of civilization, and were originally a way to prove that you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new.
Now, many people avoid handshaking for fear of catching and spreading germs. In the world of business, however, it’s usually impossible to avoid handshaking.
The handshake is still based on trust, and showing people that you trust and want to connect and build a relationship with them.
Research backs that up … A 2012 MIT study “The Power of a Handshake: Neural Correlates of Evaluative Judgments in Observed Social Interactions” concludes that “strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.”
If you’re looking for a job, having an impressive handshake also can win over your interviewer.