7 Things Good Job Seekers Do on Social Media

jobseekerSocial media is the “in-thing” now. People take it seriously, including hiring managers. Any smart job seekers would pay more attention to their social media accounts. It is now regarded as part of job search in this digital era. Of course, most people know how to use social media in their personal lives. However, in the professional world, it is different. There’s a huge chance that your social profiles are being checked by hiring managers.   Here’s your to-do list to upkeep your social media accounts:

1. Active user on a few social media platforms There are so many social media platforms nowadays. Don’t be present on all of them. It’s better if you are active only on 2 or 3 platforms. Make well-crafted and up-to-date profile on those accounts you are on.  

2. Keep (or make) it clean Have you ever posted something harsh or offensive? Delete it immediately, even after a long time. You need to make sure that your public information stays clean. Keep in mind not to post any random or rude status ever again.  

3. Bundle all of your accounts Manage your social media accounts together. Have it connected to one another. Also, never forget to add some links on every single accounts to other websites that is linked to you or even showcase your biography/portfolio (if any). It will be much easier for hiring managers to learn more about you.  

4. Show some professionalism You might go by a popular nickname that your old buddies gave to you. But please, use your real name on all of your social media accounts. You don’t want to be called by that silly name forever, right? Also, use a recent and proper photo for your display picture. Make sure that the photo could define your competency and friendly attitude.   5. Consistent personal branding So, you a serious person on LinkedIn, but often shares hilarious memes on Facebook. Your personal branding isn’t consistent then. From now on, start to posts similar things on all of your social media accounts. Yes, it sounds like a plan. Remember, don’t go easy on social media anymore.  

6. Schedule, if you’re too busy With many things to do, it is no wonder that we keep forgetting to update our social media accounts. Some of us left it deserted, and that’s not a good sign for any hiring managers as they could be assessing based on your not-updated info and social reputation. Luckily, there are plenty of social media management tools recently. Buffer, Hootsuite, IFTTT,SocialOomph, TweetDeck, SocialFlow, ArgyleSocial, you name it!  

7. Stay in touch with people you know, and get to know people you don’t know There are a lot of people who are currently already connected to your social media accounts, but you probably only interact with only a few (family, significant other, best friends). Greet your old pals and maintain good relationships with them. Social media made it a lot easier, right? Apart from people you really know, there are some people on your social media that you don’t have any idea who they are. Don’t remove them! Instead, if you see any capable person on the list, why don’t you send a personalised message to them? Count that as digital networking.   More and more people realise the power of social media. It’s natural that job offers might come from social media.


This article first appeared on TBC HR Consulting’s website at www.tbchr.com 

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The future of learning: Coffee Chat with edu-explorer Dr. Ashley Tan

Welcome to the first post in our ed-tech Coffee Chat series! This week, we will be featuring Dr. Ashley Tan, a prominent and well loved figure in Singapore’s ed-tech scene.

Education consultant and facilitator of professional development on technology-enabled learning and systemic change.
Dr. Ashley Tan: Education consultant and facilitator of professional development on technology-enabled learning and systemic change.

Dr. Ashley Tan is no stranger to most of us in Singapore’s ed-tech scene as up till the 30th July 2014, he was the Head of the Centre for e-Learning (CeL) in Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE) strongly championing enlightened adoption of technology and proper pedagogy in Singapore’s world-class education system. Dr. Tan was also awarded the Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and a brief chat with him with him will very quickly reveal both the depth of his knowledge as well as his immense passion for empowering educators with the latest ed-tech practices!

Dr. Ashley also did a really cool interview with me on Coursepad early last year! It’s a real blast from the past to check it our now!

Do follow Dr. Ashley Tan on his really cool blog on his “edu-adventures” at ashleytan.wordpress.com – the Coursepad team does and i’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

1. What is your biggest gripe with the state of education technology at the moment?

I should first point out that “educational technology” is a sociotechnical phenomenon. It is about how people leverage on technological tools. The tools might enable people to do things more efficiently or effectively, but it is up to people to adopt, adapt, or augment the tool use.

My biggest gripe is that people tend to use new educational technologies to do old or out-moded activities. For example, what do mobile devices, PowerPoint, overhead projectors, whiteboards, blackboard, and cave drawings have in common? Presentation and content delivery.

Presentation and content delivery are not wrong in themselves. It is the co-opting of newer tools to do the same old thing that is the problem. Newer and more powerful tools should instead be used for learning that is discovery, game, problem, or creation-oriented. These tools should be used to enable change, not maintain the status quo.

2. What one thing has you most excited about the future of learning?

The trends in technology-enabled education all point towards greater individualization of learning.

All of us learn differently, but schooling treats us all the same. Schools were designed to support the industrial age and have processes akin to inputting raw material, transforming said material, and quality control. Relatively few do well in school and those that do learn to game the schooling process, e.g., being book-smart and getting tuition for formulaic test strategies.

The information age is about living in world that is VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. It is about going beyond the industrial processes and producing individuals who are adept, possess initiative, and have the know-how and the know-who if they lack the know-what.

Current and future technologies will enable such individualization of learning. Consider what is already happening. Non-English speakers who play online video games learn English from native speakers they interact with in gaming worlds. Learners who want to know what their favourite K-Pop group is singing, how to perform a particular dance move, or how to prepare a dish are flocking to YouTube where informal instructors teach them the things that school does not have the inclination or bandwidth to do.

YouTube, Wikipedia, and social media tools are all part of the Web 2.0 phenomenon (user-generated content) that is contributing to the individualization. The next phase is Web 3.0, the semantic web. Web 2.0 is pull-oriented; we have to look for information we need and it is not always easy to find. Web 3.0 is push-oriented; intelligent systems know what we need and relevant information is pushed to us.

An alpha preview of how Web 3.0 might work is how Amazon predicts what you want to buy (or buy next). Imagine being a learner and having meaningful choices and challenges offered to you because an intelligent tutoring system monitors your progress. That is the future of learning.

3. What is one thing you would like to tell our audience?

You might start with standardized and compulsory schooling, but you must break out of it and demand your own education. If someone else cannot help you get an education, you can find or make your own. Evolving technologies will only make it easier for you to to do this.

Thanks so much for the interview, Dr. Ashley! We wish you all the best for your future endeavours!

Dear readers, is there a question you’re dying to ask ed-tech professionals and experts? If so, let us know (via a comment or email) for our next ed-tech coffee chat and we’ll get all your questions answered!


Kevin & Team Coursepad

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