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RCC Blog: Young Professionals' Corner

What is the deal with thank-you notes?

A thank-you note is one of the most effective tools to get you to stand out in a pack of job candidates, especially if you all share similar qualifications. While writing a thank-you note only takes a few short moments, the people who really want to make a great impression actually take the time to write one after an interview.

In many cases, employers tend to favor those who mail in a hand-written thank-you card. For new college grads particularly, sending a thank-you note after an interview not only shows your dedication and interest for the job, it also illustrates a profound level of professionalism on your behalf.

And when I say take the time to write a thank-you note, that doesn’t translate to typing it out and sending it in an email.

In most cases, what happens when someone receives an email? They skim through it in seconds and with the simple click of a button, it’s placed in their delete folder, gone forever. Sure, send a short email right after, but always follow up with a hand-written card—no matter how ugly your handwriting may be.

In contrast, what generally happens when someone receives a note or card in the mail? They take the time to feel the material of the paper, to analyze the writing, to fully engage in the letter, and often times, it will end up on the person’s desk or bulletin board, not in some trashcan or paper shredder.

So, what’s the big deal with thank-you notes? For one, it’s the polite thing to do. Also, it’s an extremely effective device used to make one stand out from the crowd. Lastly, it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile in everything you do.

 

Drumroll please… YouTube names the top ten videos of 2013

It appears that people around the world all want to know one burning question… what does the fox say. You heard me right; the number one viral video of the year is “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis, a comedy group of two brothers from Norway. In just over a three-month span, the clip has racked up nearly 300,000,000 million views! What’s even more mind blowing is that the media mogul, YouTube has seen a 50 percent increase in traffic flow from 2012 with over 6 billion hours of video watched each month.* Video courtesy of YouTube

Read more to see which other trending videos made the top ten cut according to YouTube.

* http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/top-youtube-videos-2013_n_4426047.html

2014 Social Media Trends and Predictions

Some unlikely social media platforms predicted to gain popularity in the New Year.

Watch out Facebook and Twitter! According virtualsocialmedia.com, Myspace is making its way back into the mix of popular social media sites and the pin board-style photo-sharing website, Pinterest will be a necessity for those companies wanting to boost their name brand and expand customer base in 2014.
 
Read the full article here to see which other business boosters and social media fads are expected for the upcoming year.

RCC Blog: Young Professionals' Corner

Career Starters: How important is your e-Image?

In this current day and age, you need to be extra careful about what you post online. While a photo of you engaging in a beer keg stand may seem humorous and commended by your friends, the same image can be extremely distasteful to a potential employer and may harm your chances at nabbing that dream job. Employers in all industries are now going to extreme measures to see what they can discover about you beyond your professional appearance, top-notch interview skills and excellent resume and work portfolio. Oftentimes, if an employer discovers your professional appearance doesn’t align with the image that you display outside of the workplace, you’re not getting hired!

Steps on how to manage your e-Image:
1. Google yourself at least once a month: Make sure nothing that can potentially damage your reputation pops up, and if something does, take the proactive measures needed to have the harmful content removed.
2. Evaluate and examine all your social media profiles regularly: Did one of your friends reference you in a post regarding something explicit or illegal? If so, immediately have that person delete the inappropriate innuendo.
3. Be aware of everything you post online: Remember that whatever you post to the web will be there forever… you heard me right, FOREVER. 

So, the next time you’re about to hit the send button, take a pause and think to yourself, would your 80 year-old great aunt approve?