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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Why a Personal Website is Essential for a Jobseeker

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Forbes article, when referencing Workfolio, noted that “56 percent of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool – however, only 7 percent of job seekers actually have a personal website.” The finding proves that a personal website for any jobseeker is essential. A personal website can influence what people find when they search for you online. Yes, you already joined plenty of social media tools, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. However, a personal website can be the “social resume”. Need more reasons? These are the reasons according to Predrag Lesic, the CEO of Domain.ME:

1. It helps you brighten your personal brand Every single brand does have a website, right? Thus, you need to make a strong online presence. “Today, a web presence is a measure of credibility and a powerful tool for communicating what you are all about to your target audiences,” Lesic says. “While it may seem unusual to consider yourself a commodity, as a job seeker, you are marketing yourself to meet a need. Like every good brand, your personal brand should live online.”

2. It gets you noticed Based on Domain.Me survey, 70 percent reported believing that employers review their online presence prior to an interview. In fact, a 2014 Jobvite survey of human resources professionals reveals that 93 percent of recruiters will review a candidate’s social media profile before making a decision, and that candidate information found on the Web influences their hiring decisions. “As employers increasingly turn to the Internet to identify and research potential candidates, you want to be searchable. Your Facebook page may entertain family members and friends, but it isn’t designed to highlight your strengths as a job candidate. Conversely, your LinkedIn profile, while providing professional credentials, can be dry and impersonal,” Lesic says. “Not only is your website a fully customizable platform to showcase your personal brand, the savvy you demonstrate in owning your Web real estate and building a site can impress potential employers,” claim Lesic. Once you own a domain of your choice – ideally, “YourName.com” or YourName.me – you can turn to various tools to populate and publish the site, such as WordPress, Wix, Squarespace or Jigsy.

3. It’s more than a résumé In Domain.ME’s survey, respondents were asked which is more important for long-term career success: a personal website or a résumé. The majority (63 percent) favored websites. “A website is interactive, evolving and dynamic,” Lesic says. “Your portfolio, writing samples, testimonials, images and more add color to your professional history. And your site’s design aesthetic and tone of voice help to convey your personal brand.”

4. It networks for you While in-person networking isn’t going out of style, digital networking can help make the job a lot easier. More than half of survey respondents believe their personal sites help them achieve professional recognition, connect them with a network of like-minded professionals and attract new customers. Do you already have a personal website? If not, why don’t you make one?

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

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Good news for Articulate users

iOS 9 made some changes that caused Articulate files not to play. To fix that, the Articulate files had to be updated.

What do you need to do to update the files? Nothing! When you upload Articulate files, we will automatically update them.

What’s more, we have updated all existing Articulate files on our system, so sit back and enjoy learning!

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Exclusive Workshop: Designing Blended Learning Journeys by Lori Figueiredo

Our Head Learning Strategist will be conducting an exclusive workshop in Kuala Lumpur soon! Find out more how you can get your content ready for mobile learning and get your team learning on the go.

Program Title: Designing Learning Journey Workshop
Venue:  Level 4, Pentagon Suite, Jalan Teknokrat 6, Cyberjaya, Selangor 63000 Malaysia 
Date: 24 & 25 February 2016
Time: 9am to 5pm 

Syzygy!® Series Cycle 1 | Developing your mindset as a learning journey designer

“We all have an innate ability to learn, adapt and continuously improve, as we have for millions of years.  This is called evolution.  We have a need to strive towards a meaningful purpose.  This is called motivation.  We achieve more when we work and learn with others.  This is called collaboration.”  Lori Figueiredo, Learning Strategist.

As learning designers, we will challenge our assumptions and existing mindset.  We will apply simple techniques to create high impact learning journeys that connect people with their natural ability to:
•    Improve their own performance
•    Achieve a clear purpose
•    Add value to their organisation’s performance

Over 3 weeks as we apply the step-by-step Syzygy!® design process you will create the learning journey for a real target group you need (or would like) to develop.  You will be guided through the design process:
•    Week 1 – 3: Using the mobile coaching app with content to LEARN, activities to DO and responses to SHARE with others on this course 
•    Week 2: Bring your work-in-progress to the 1-day workshop and get live coaching by Lori plus a chance to share face-to-face as a group
•    End of Week 3: Share your successes on a virtual call

Learning Objective
Using your real life scenario we will work and learn together to design the end-to-end learning journey for your target group using the Syzygy!® Approach.  You will immediately LEARN, DO and SHARE step-by-step the Syzygy!® design principles, tools and techniques that support learning in real life; in real time; in real teams.  

Expected Learning Outcome
You will design the learning journey for your chosen target group to build:
•    Their capabilities critical to achieve a clear purpose
•    A community that works and learns together
•    A culture of continuous improvement 

Course Outline
We will practice what we preach….  We will form our own learning team and learn as we work together through our 3-step design process:
•    Step 1. Imagine success; define the PEOPLE involved and their PURPOSE with breakdown of their performance outcomes critical for their success
•    Step 2. Create success; develop the end-to-end learning PROCESS as a journey made up of 70/20/10, learning PLATFORM (delivery mechanisms, materials and tools) & learning PRINCIPLES to ensure engagement and empowerment
•    Step 3. Celebrate success; outline mechanisms to assess, reward and showcase successes

Find out more about the event!

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Lori Explains: The Syzygy Achieve. Do. Learn. Framework

Problem: Lots of unnecessary crud in many learning/upskilling/onboarding programs. Unimportant and waste of time & resources for businesses. Cognitive overload and low engagement for learners.

Solution: A learning design expert that’s worked with many Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies—Lori Figueiredo will teach you her proven framework to “cut through the crap” (in her own words).

Evidence: She has developed solutions for Standard Chartered, Adobe, Symantec, Cisco and many others, with her framework as a core component. She’s saved these companies millions of dollars and plenty of confusion.

Outcome: Learn about the Syzygy Framework and some examples of it’s applications. For business managers, make better decisions in choosing programs; for trainers/L&D, design/structure results-oriented programs.

Audience: Business unit leaders, L&D managers, trainers.

Price: Free. Only 10 slots available per timing.

When (Malaysia/Singapore Time):

  1. 3 September 2015 (Thursday), 2.00pm to 3.00pm (GMT +8)
  2. 3 September 2015 (Thursday), 8.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT +8)

We’ll send out more information about how to access the webinar a few days before the webinar.

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Syzygy Framework Webinar September


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Why workplace learning sucks :( and how we’re fixing it

Do you know, 59% of companies still use paper files and Excel sheets to manage training?

Everyone knows that if you rely on manual methods, people doing the data entry are bound to forget, prone to mistakes, and resources can go missing.

Yet why? Why in this day and age, are people still doing this?LMS BuyerView 2015 Charts watermarked.001

It’s not like there’s nothing out there to help with this. There are tons of Learning Management Systems (LMS) available in the market, each with their own strength/weakness/features.

These are the top-requested functionality for LMS. Most just want storage, tracking, and reporting. This is almost universally provided by any LMS out there.

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Fundamentally there must be something wrong if there’s supply and demand but there’s no activity.

While working and discussing with our clients and partners, we found that the obstacle was really simple.

No one likes to do more work.

Especially if it doesn’t directly impact their bottom line.

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In many organizations, existing systems are not fully dysfunctional. To many managers, the effort to change the entire system seems colossal, and outweighs the benefit that comes with it.

They have train the team on the new system, come up and enforce compliance with new processes, engage learning designers to update the content, etc…

Many LMS out there are simply not able to provide an end-to-end experience that enables better learning management without overwhelming and hassling the people involved in this change.

Understanding this, we realize we cannot simply reach out to organizations as just a tech platform.

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Thus, we are now working with Syzygy! to provide an end-to-end mobile learning journey for management and learners alike.

  1. To start off, we will guide you through Syzygy!’s framework that identifies core behaviors and people to train, with a world-class learning consultant.
  2. Then, we upgrade your existing content to bite-sized, activity-based mobile learning.
  3. On the techy side of things, we will help organizations set up, launch, maintain their own training platform with their own smartphone app based on the Coursepad platform.
  4. To implement everything, we will help you through the launching, distribution, feedback gathering, and scaling it.
  5. All that, and we also train managers and team, to learn and apply the Syzygy! framework and Coursepad platform.

This is the future of learning, and we’re looking for early adopters to work closely with us to lead the way.

We are also looking for more partners to work with. We believe that we can help you scale more reliably with a smart and beautiful platform.

Wishing you well,

Chia Wei

Chia Wei & Team Coursepad

P.S. All the wonderful graphs are provided by Software Advice, a buyer resource for learning management systems, recently released a report on the top LMS buyer trends in 2015.

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Doing what you already know

“In 2004, nine hospitals in Michigan began implementing a new procedure in their intensive care units (I.C.U.)… Three months after it began, the procedure had cut the infection rate of I.C.U. patients by sixty-six percent. Within 18 months, this one method had saved 75 million dollars in healthcare expenses… This medical miracle was also simpler that you could ever imagine. It was a checklist.”

James Clear, Do More of What Already Works

The reason for it’s effectiveness was: Doctors were supposed to follow particular hygiene routine to prevent infection. Although these steps were known for years, some doctors occasionally skipped steps.

Thus, implementing the checklist reminded and kept doctors responsible for their hygiene, and it worked tremendously well.


This insight can easily be applied to many of our personal and business lives.

Sometimes we’re preoccupied with matters, or we think to ourselves, “It’s alright, this time it won’t matter.”

Skipping certain steps, especially steps that we think are mundane and carries little significance, seem like no big deal to us.

  • Think about your stack of business cards, of the people you’ve met a recent event. Have you followed with an email or a short message to them?
  • How about your team that you’re managing? Do you sit down at least monthly to have a short chat with how they’re doing, and make plans with them?
  • Do you sleep on time, drink water throughout the day, floss your teeth, and exercise regularly?

These are fundamental things that take a small part of our lives. Everyone knows that they’re necessary, yet many don’t follow through.

Actionable steps

Using technology, we can easily remind and hold ourselves accountable. Some people like to use Reminders, or set recurring tasks in Wunderlist.

A few of us in Coursepad use Coach.me and join a community of people trying to build certain habits.

In terms of fitness and diet, some people use MyFitnessPal.

Regardless of what you use, the point is to use external systems that are unbiased and not prone to our human whims.

Let us know what YOU use on a regular basis to build habits and keep yourself accountable!


P.S. We’re not affiliated with any of the above products. We just find it super useful.

P.P.S. Our next step: we’re building a learning system that uses AI to prompt, encourage, and adapt to individual learner profiles + business needs. We too want to make learning a habit for you and your team!

Contact me if you know a learning manager from an organization with more than 500 people, and are actively doing internal training.

Wishing you well,

Chia Wei

Chia Wei & Team Coursepad

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HR in Asia: Being Lifetime Learners Together with Coursepad

We’re proud and so thankful to be featured in HR in Asia!

Read the full article at HR in Asia.

Both leaders and employees need to be continuously learning, especially in this fast-changing and competitive industry. HR professionals must aim to create lifetime learners on their company.

Workplace learning has been around since forever, yet it’s not progressed. According to Kevin Chan, CEO of Coursepad, “Close to 90% of workplace learning is done via face-to-face classroom courses with only 10% of that being served as e-learning right now.”

As manpower costs rise and work environments require increasing knowledge capital, learning and development departments are being pressured to deliver solutions that deliver an optimal cost-benefit. Luckily, there’s a tool to help HR professionals for people development area.

Continue reading at HR in Asia: Being Lifetime Learners Together with Coursepad

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3 Things Coursepad Learned in 2014

Hey guys,

2014 has been a great year for Coursepad!

Here’s just a quick rundown on what we did and achieved last year!

  • We launched the 30 Day Life Upgrade for Robin Sharma, which is currently being used by thousands of users worldwide!
  • We exhibited at StartupAsia, Techventure, and NUS InnovFest 2014
  • We hopped over to Silicon Valley to learn from big boys in tech (Google, Facebook, Evernote), accelerators, VCs and other startups (learnt so much from Nitrous.io)!
  • We organized our very first sales event — Supersize with Coursepad — which was a huge success with more than 35 training organisations represented.
  • We expanded our core team to 10 very awesome people!
  • We improved our internship program, providing hands-on software and business training to our world-class interns (we even had our intern Louis who flew in all the way from France to join us)
  • We are working on 2 huge projects that will really change how two large organisations learn on the go!
  • We did a rethink + overhaul of our design and user experience

That’s really cool and all, but even more important for us is some key learning points we took from 2014. We are sharing this to let you guys know where we’re heading, and also hopefully help some of you who are going through these too!

What we learned in 2014:

1. Single-minded focus is key for Sales & Marketing (+ startup success)

While scoping out our target market in 2014, we decided that we needed to get the following market: HR managers of organizations that wanted to train their team in an easy way, and training consultants that wanted to offer more effective training solutions and higher value for their clients.

Turns out that wasn’t specific enough.

Our messages were still designed too broadly, and its effect was diluted. To cater to an audience covering most organizations, the stories and examples were too unfocused. We contacted all kinds of organizations without focusing just on one segment.

As a result, we didn’t really learn in-depth enough about a particular customer segment, and thus missed out very nuanced details about what they really want, how they work, messages that provoke them etc.

In 2015, we are aiming to create value for just a specific type of user. We really want a core group of users that love us, rather than a huge mass of people that are lukewarm about us.

Sam Altman, founder of YCombinator also emphasizes on this in the video below.

2. We said yes to too much customisation

In 2014, we felt really fortunate to get a few large projects from enterprise customers.

Being large organizations, they also had a strong vision and a long list of requirements. It may be an awesome and challenging adventure, but it also taxed our team heavily, and distracted many of us from actually working on building features and a product that was rapidly scalable.

Although exciting, the opportunity cost of having to delay your main product for just one or two clients pushed our general product launch back a bit and taxed the team. We’re going to be a lot more disciplined with our features + roadmap in 2015.

3. We had a lot to learn on software project management

As we went on with building customized apps and the main Coursepad app, we met with many bugs and feature requests.

Back in early 2014, we had a very compact team handling all our design and development work, and they were absolutely amazing at doing a lot of work with so little manpower. However as the year progressed and as we got more projects, it got harder to manage which features to build and which bugs to squash first. Even as we expanded our team, a lot of the work was done hit-a-mole style, where we did work that seemed the most important at the moment.

Although our team was technically capable, a lot of energy was wasted on managing the project and allocating resources to ad-hoc requests. Towards the end of 2014, we realized that we needed a better methodology and process of working, especially when we’re expanding our team.

In 2015, we are implementing the Scrum Methodology for a more tangible, flexible approach to tackle our design and development needs. We think it’ll work great because it allows the team to visualize and manage the work process and progress.

What do we have in store for 2015?

  • An overhaul for the UI/UX for Coursepad, including the back-end. It’s going to be super simple and easy to use!
  • Robust and accessible applications for iOS, Android and the Web.
  • Amazing value creation for our targeted users — we’ve got something in the works that we hope you can’t say no to!
  • Be the thought leader for mobile and elearning solutions that can spur better performance and success in our client’s teams.

Cheers to an amazing year ahead!

Wishing you well,

Kevin

Kevin Chan and Team Coursepad

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