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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?

Study: Americans Getting News Across Several Social Networking Platforms

In the latest study from the Pew Research Center on the role of social media and news, Americans are learning about current events and affairs through multiple social media sites. In this US Today article, see which social media site leads the way.

"In studying news consumption at 11 of the most popular social media platforms, Pew researchers found that more than a quarter of U.S. adults -- 26% -- rely on both Facebook and Twitter to have news headlines delivered to their computer, tablet or phone, says the report, completed in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation."

Full article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/14/pew-study-social-media-news/3544443/

Ten Most Influential Tweets Named

People are breaking news, communicating from space, spurring country protests and changing the world with only 140 characters. See which tweets top the list according to Yahoo! Finance:

"Twitter (TWTR), which is set to start trading on the NYSE Thursday in the largest tech IPO since Facebook's (FB) disastrous debut, has transformed the way we consume information and communicate across every category of human interest. This includes everything from breaking news, politics and religion to entertainment, advertising and mass-protest organizing."

Full article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-10-greatest-tweets-of-all-time-203151120.html  

$350,000 Slap for Fake Reviews

 Putting fake reviews about your product or service can cost you dearly...and yes, there are ways to spot fakes. See this from the New York Times:

"New York regulators will announce on Monday the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties."

full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html?partner=rss&_r=2&