A few months ago, Vala Afshar, an exec at Enterasys, was looking to hire a director of social and digital marketing -- a position that came with a six-figure salary. Afshar made news when he said he wasn't accepting resumes and would only consider candidates who contacted him via Twitter.
There were 500... Read More »
By Aaron Guerrero
You may be a social media junkie, hopping from one site to another. But if your employer suspects you check your friend's Facebook wall more than your work emails, he may be entitled to make you hand over your passwords.
Lawmakers across the country have begun weighing social media privacy... Read More »
In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board said an employer broke the law when it dismissed an employee who criticized it on Facebook and in an email, and who encouraged employees to unionize. The NLRB ordered the employer to reinstate the employee to his old job with back pay. The employee had... Read More »
By Jen Glantz
The days of lengthy cover letters and bulleted resumes are fading as employers ask job applicants to present their case in a modern and challenging way -- by describing themselves and why they are a perfect fit for a job in 150 characters or less. Borrowing from the style of Twitter (which maxes... Read More »
For Chicago sports reporter Susannah Collins, it was an unfortunate slip of the tongue. During a live televised report outside the Chicago Blackhawks locker room, Collins said of the team: "Despite the fact that they've had a tremendous amount of sex in the regular season."
That was how she started a sentence... Read More »
Today's job seekers feel almost obligated to use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter lest they be viewed as Luddites. But they're also hearing that social media may not be as effective as has been hyped. What social media strategies actually work in landing a job? Read More »
Dozens of employees of HMV, the bankrupt British music retailer, have been fired. News of the layoffs was first leaked on Twitter, appearing on HMV's official Twitter account (@hmvtweets) by a rogue Tweeter. The posts, which have since been removed, gave a blow-by-blow account of what was happening as the... Read More »
Though Facebook still dominates the social-media landscape, Google Plus is quickly gaining a following among savvy job seekers who view the service a useful tool for job search. In fact, with some 343 million members, Google Plus has surpassed micro-blogging site Twitter and is second only to Facebook in its... Read More »
You might remember in early 2012 the report of an employer who was demanding that applicants turn over social media passwords. Suddenly, employees came forward with similar stories, prompting Facebook to threaten suit against employers who violate user privacy. Since then, states have jumped into action.... Read More »
Could I really find a job if I had a better Twitter bio? Or beefed up my Facebook presence? I have to admit I hoped the answer was no. I've largely avoided Facebook and Twitter even though I've had accounts for years. Here's why:
I never know what to say.
I'm uncomfortable being so public.
I'm not... Read More »
When it comes to career advice offered on Twitter, there's no shortage of so-called experts. So whom do you turn to? AOL Jobs has compiled this list of the 13 best job experts who routinely dispense insights into landing a job or a new career through Twitter, the popular microblogging social media... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Social-media websites aren't just for catching up with friends anymore. Many companies have embraced social media as a tool to reach their consumers, and job seekers can take advantage of this information feed. While professional-networking sites such as LinkedIn may seem like the obvious... Read More »
By Chelsea Emery
Never mind coal. There may be pink slips in some holiday stockings this year.
The end of the year can be a dangerous season for employees. As companies make last-minute attempts to adjust payrolls or to meet earnings goals, layoffs tend to pick up. Read More »
By John Rogers
LOS ANGELES -- For the most part, the work of the people who file the invoices for the TV sets that arrive from China and the cars that come from Japan goes all but unnoticed as those products and countless others make their way across the United States.
Not this week, however, after about... Read More »
Officially, it's illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant workers, but in practice, pregnancy discrimination is common, according to the Employment Opportunity Commission statistics. Brandi Cochran, a model on "The Price Is Right" game show from 2002 to 2008, claims that she is part of this... Read More »
Nearly 50 years ago the U.S. passed the Civil Rights Act, outlawing segregation and banning gender and race discrimination, and in so doing, it remade the country forever.
But on the score of creating a more equal and integrated workplace, how has the country actually fared? How much has really changed?
Not... Read More »