• Social Media and Your Career

    Recruiting employees is one step in the management staffing process. Social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter give the manager information to qualify candidates for the job. The hiring manager may review the candidate’s profile, references, contact list, group membership, and involvement in groups. References give the manager an idea of who is in the candidate’s network. The manager can determine what the candidate contributes to the group by reading his or her questions and answers.

    How important is social media in your job search? The 2010 Vault Social Media Survey asked 3,500 job seekers and 150 recruiters about their experiences. The results are found in the presentation, “Social Media and Your Career: What You Need to Know.”

    After viewing these slides, how will you change your profile?

  • Love What You Do

    Some of the great products developed by Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs include the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad. When Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc., I thought of one of his quotes about loving your work from his Stanford commencement speech in June 2005.

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” (Note: You can watch his speech on YouTube.)

     But, how do you find out what you want to do? One way is the use the O*NET Interest Profiler. It can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. Complete the O*NET Interest Profiler and answer the following question.

    What did you find out that you like to do? What kinds of career do you want to explore?

  • Management as an Occupation

    Managers plan, organize, lead, staff, and control the operations of an organization. Even though managers have similar duties and responsibilities, those duties differ depending on the specific industry or specific department within an organization. Recent college graduates with a bachelor's degree might be hired as a management trainee or assistant manager. Those who reach the top level of management are among the highest paid employees in the Unitied States.

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. In it, you can find the training and education needed for a specific job. Also, the earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions are discussed.

    After reviewing the management jobs lised in the OOH, choose one, read about it and telll us what you like about it.