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Employees Admit Social Media Is A Waste Of Their Time [Infographic]

Employees Admit Social Media Is A Waste Of Their Time [Infographic]

A growing number of people are tweeting and using Facebook from the office, but that doesn't mean they think it's a good use of their time. Or company resources. In fact, according to a new survey, a majority of American workers (51 percent) think using social media at work hurts productivity. The survey... Read More »

Nearly Half Of Employers Ban Workers' Use Of Social Media [Infographic]

Nearly Half Of Employers Ban Workers' Use Of Social Media [Infographic]

It's no secret that Americans "like" social media. About 56 percent -- or nearly 175 million -- have a profile on social-media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. But, many employers are leery -- if not, panicky -- about their employees' use. In fact, a whopping 42 percent have prohibited workers from... Read More »

Cool 'Tech' Jobs: 5 New, Fast-Growing Careers That Pay Well

Cool 'Tech' Jobs: 5 New, Fast-Growing Careers That Pay Well

If you're like many Americans lately, you've probably struggled to find a job. But there are some cool, interesting and high-paying jobs in technology that offer lots of opportunities. In fact, many employers complain that they're having difficulty filling these jobs. Why? In large part it's because some of... Read More »

Reddit IAmA: Where Ordinary Workers Get Grilled And Enjoy Internet Fame

Reddit IAmA: Where Ordinary Workers Get Grilled And Enjoy Internet Fame

It's one of the most common questions people ask: "What do you do?" It's American's fascination with work that's at the heart of an increasingly popular feature on social-news website Reddit. Called "IAmA, AMA" -- as in "I am a (fill in your occupation), ask me anything" -- it allows Reddit users, known as... Read More »

Employer Ordered To Rehire Workers Who Badmouthed Boss On Facebook

Employer Ordered To Rehire Workers Who Badmouthed Boss On Facebook

Holli Thomas had a simple request. She wanted to know if the Bettie Page store where she worked in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood could close an hour earlier than its normal 8 p.m. closing time. Thomas and other workers at the vintage clothing store -- named after the iconic 1950s pinup model --... Read More »

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Should some members of Congress get their way, employers will soon be banned from snooping in your Facebook page. Two lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require applicants and employees to divulge personal online information for social-networking sites, including... Read More »

4 Ways To Stand Out In Your Social Media Job Search

4 Ways To Stand Out In Your Social Media Job Search

If you're looking for a barometer of how fast job seekers are taking to social networks, it's worth noting this: Three years ago, when Brad and Debra Schepp compiled the first edition of their book on the ways in which people were using social media networks to conduct a successful job search, they had... Read More »

1 In 3 Employers Reject Applicants Based On Facebook Posts

1 In 3 Employers Reject Applicants Based On Facebook Posts

If you've ignored career experts' advice to be careful about what you post on social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, this new survey may frighten you. In a survey of some 2,300 hiring managers, nearly 40 percent said they screen potential hires using social media, and many say they reject job... Read More »

How Social Media Can Kill Your Chances of Landing That Job [Infographic]

How Social Media Can Kill Your Chances of Landing That Job [Infographic]

With so many people jumping on the social-media bandwagon, employers increasingly are using such tools to weed out job applicants. Read More »

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How to "Tweet" Your Way to the Top

A friend of mine recently landed a new job with a sports news outlet. The employer who hired him followed my friend's sports tweets on Twitter for several months and was very impressed by the sports knowledge he conveyed via his tweets. My friend was called in for an interview and hired a few days later. Read More »

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: 5 Fast Pros & Cons of Twitter

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: 5 Fast Pros & Cons of Twitter

New Yorker writer George Packer, aged 50, recently blogged the following to the world: "Every time I hear about Twitter I want to yell 'Stop'. The notion of sending and getting brief updates to and from dozens or thousands of people every few minutes is an image from information hell." Packer refuses to... Read More »

President Seeks Someone To Tweet

President Seeks Someone To Tweet

If you like to tweet and and you are into social media, you might want to apply for a job as President Barack Obama's personal tweeter. According to a mass email sent to a listserv by Mia Cambronero, the president's current social networks manager, the job entails maintaining and updating Obama's personal... Read More »

If I Cannot Find You Online, Do You Exist?

If I Cannot Find You Online, Do You Exist?

The Internet has become a constant in our world of change. We leverage it for staying in touch with current events, our friends, and even our favorite shops and restaurants. We expect current information from all these locations to be readily available whenever we need it. Read the full story >> Read More »

Facebook Can Be A Job Killer

Facebook Can Be A Job Killer

It was a straightforward question from a young reporter who I have been mentoring, "Is there anything on my Facebook page that would hurt my chances of getting my next job?" And, unfortunately, the answer I gave her was "yes". Pictures of partying and provocative poses, which may be fun and seemingly innocent,... Read More »

Can You Land a Job on Facebook?

Can You Land a Job on Facebook?

Can your status updates on Facebook influence people, get them to take action, build relationship, or evangelize a brand or idea? Can it help you get a job? Consider this. Last week a viral chain letter was sent to all women with active Facebook profiles suggesting they create a status update simply mentioning... Read More »

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