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Make the Most of Each Post

Social media is becoming more and more important for networking and connecting with potential employers. The purpose of these posts are to share information and connect with our intended online community. So why do some posts go viral while others are swept under the rug?

An essential part of posting in order to build your online presence is the time that you choose to post! Pay attention as we unveil the ultimate guide to getting the most traffic out of each post and how to be heard.

  • LinkedIn: Let’s start with your most professional profile. 7-9 AM and 5-6 PM Tuesday through Thursday is the optimal opportunity for networking and getting noticed among potential employers. Leave LinkedIn alone between 10 PM and 6 AM, especially on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Facebook: The best time to post to Facebook is on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM, with the worst time being after 4:00PM and on the weekends.
  • Twitter: Tweeting between 1-3 PM on Mondays is optimal Twitter traffic time, but any time between 9 AM and 3 PM Monday through Thursday will get noticed by your fellow tweeters. Twitter traffic jams occur after 3 PM, meaning those posts aren’t going to be getting very far with your intended audience.
  • Pinterest: The newest queen on the social media scene is Pinterest. So how do we make sure our pins receive royal attention? Pin between 2-4 PM or after 8 PM-1 AM when all the online night owls congregate. Saturday mornings are peak pinning time. Avoid those Pinterest boards between 5-7 PM.

We observe excellent audience interaction on Mondays for our UW Oshkosh Career Services’ social media sites. What works best for you?

This infographic from Mediabistro sums up the prime times for posting to all your different social media sites!

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How Career Services can help YOU rock that job interview!

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Do your palms sweat and your heart race when you think about that next job interview? Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Fortunately, Career Services is here to help. Let’s begin with some basic interview tips given by New Grad Life blog. Once you’ve got these tips down, then you can put them into real-life use with our office-held mock interviews and even virtual interviewing! Career Services is here to help you, a UW Oshkosh student or alumni, rock that next job interview.

5 Crazy Job Interview Tips That Work From NewGradLife.BlogSpot.com

While these may seem like strange, pre-interview routines, they actually do work and will help you to land the job of your dreams:

1.) Look at Facebook

This is actually two strategies in one. First of all, check your Facebook profile out and make sure that your own profile is set to private and there are no embarrassing photos of you tagged on the site. If there are, untag yourself from those photos and ask your friends if they would please refrain from tagging you. If possible, get the photos taken down. Double check as well that status updates you’ve posted aren’t embarrassing. If they are, delete them.

While this won’t completely remove the record of those photos, it does make it harder to find. That in turn means if you ace the interview, your interviewer is less likely to find embarrassing material online which will make them think twice about calling you back for a second interview.

The second half of this technique is to find out the name of the person who will be interviewing you and look up their Facebook profile. Get as much information as you can about the person since this will be helpful to you to throw into the conversation when you are meeting with them. Showing an interest in something the person is interested in is a sure way to get yourself remembered out of the hundreds of interviews the hiring manager has to conduct.

2.) Prepare a folder to fiddle with

Yeah, it sounds strange, but this is a great pre-interview technique that can come in handy. Often, you will be asked to wait for a few minutes before your interview. Most times, it’s just because the person interviewing you is busy or wants to make you feel as if you aren’t the most important person for them to meet. However, on occasion, this is actually a test. They will secretly observe you to see what you do when you are waiting to be interviewed. If you have a folder with your papers in it, you can spend the time appearing to organize yourself so you ace that test.

3.) Put water behind your ears and on your wrists

This is actually something to do just before the interview. Duck into the bathroom and dab a few drops of water behind the ears and on your wrists. These are areas where you have major arteries and some experts claim by putting water in those locations you can help to calm your nerves by cooling down quickly.

4.) Write a list

This one is actually not such a strange pre-interview routine, but it does work wonders. You’ll inevitably be asked to tell the interviewer about your proudest achievements, your best qualities and your worst qualities. Most people just wing it when they walk into the interview. However, since you know these things are likely to come up, pre-empt them by making yourself a list of things you can answer. Just make sure to pause for a moment when answering so it appears natural and not rehearsed. Speaking of that…

5. ) Rehearse in front of a mirror

While a common pre-interview routine is to rehearse by having a friend or family member go through a mock interview with you, a strange pre-interview technique which actually does work wonders is to rehearse on your own in front of a mirror. Your face will often speak louder than your words, so you want to take the time to make sure when you answer questions, you don’t telegraph you aren’t comfortable answering those questions. By rehearsing in front of a mirror, you can avoid that problem completely.

On-campus Mock Interviews

With mock interviews, students are able to meet with actual employers to conduct a fake interview. Although the position the student is applying for isn’t real, the practice and experience is. And who knows, if an employer really likes a mock candidate, that person may be called upon for a real interview! After the mock interview, employers give each student feedback such as what they did well and what can be improved.

Career Services offers general mock interviews and major-specific mock interviews. Employers are carefully picked to match the students’ potential pool of employers in real life. Ultimately, mock interviews are a win-win for students and employers. The students get the experience of interviewing while employers get to meet potential employees.

Students are encouraged to attend one of the Boost Your Interviewing Techniques workshops prior to participation in mock interviews. Also, professional dress is recommended and preferred, but appropriate dress is required. This basically means no t-shirts or ripped jeans. Treat your mock interview like you would a real interview. Students can register for mock interviews in Titan Jobs.

Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach

We are living in the future with such advanced technology that you can opt to practice your interviewing skills virtually in the comfort of your own home. You must be wondering “how?” With Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach, job seekers can practice and develop their interviewing skills. They see videos of tough questions from professional interviewers, which they must answer on the spot.  A webcam records their answers, so they can see exactly how they will look and sound when they go to their first interview.

Interview Coach is widely used by individual job seekers as well as the career centers of colleges, universities, and related organizations to help their students and clients prepare for job interviewing. As a UWO student or alumni, you have access to webcams and the Interview Coach software through Career Services! Webcams can be checked out at our front desk for one week and Perfect Interview can be accessed through Titan Jobs under the Additional Resources tab upon logging in.

Whether you need help brushing up on your interviewing skills or need help building those skills, Career Services is here to help you excel as a professional. Stop by our offices today for resume help or general career advising.

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Vote for your favorite CFOTF t-shirt design!

This year’s Career Fair on the Fox t-shirt is a sky-blue with yellow, orange and black bubble lettering. What will next year’s design be? YOU choose! Just log in to Facebook, “like” our Facebook page and then “like” your favorite photo in our “CFOTF T-shirt Design 2012-2013″ album.

Our Career Services street team will be in Reeve Union Concourse on February 28 and April 19 with FREE t-shirts and Jolly Ranchers. You can vote at that time to receive one of these cool blue shirts, or simply drop by our offices in the Student Success Center suite 125!


Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. This design will be camouflage playing off of Wisconsinites’ love of the great outdoors!

Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. This design features Foxy our mascot!

Possible t-shirt design for Career Fair on the Fox 2012-2013. Purple and orange t-shirt with a play on words!

Wisconsin Career Development Association’s Conference in Madison

By Cassie Curry

On Wednesday morning Chrissy Lambie, Angela Victor and I met bright and early at the fleet vehicle site. After being shocked into a state of alertness by the smell of the biodigester and Starbucks, we headed to Madison for a morning of professional development.

While in Madison Chrissy, Angela and I attended the Wisconsin Career Development Association’s conference on technology in the job search. The focus was on five areas including: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and email/online job applications.

Sarah Barber and Kelly Cuene researched and presented on the topic. Sarah is the special projects manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Kelly is the assistant director of advising and career planning at UW-Madison.

UWO Career Services already uses and educates students on the above five technologies, but Sarah and Kelly were able to share some of the feedback they have received from employers regarding the use of these technologies.

The staff at Career Services is dedicated to getting their students the best and most up to date information. As a staff, we have professional development goals, which can be met by attending conferences, workshops and educating themselves through books and social media. These goals are in place to make sure the students continue to receive the best information when they visit Career Services.

Feedback from employers

LinkedIn

  • When job searching please connect to the company you are interviewing rather than the individual interviewing you.
  • The only time you should connect with individuals is if you already have a relationship with them or you are having another connection introduce you.
  • If you have no connections to an individual and don’t know their email address, don’t list them as a friend on LinkedIn just to get the connection. This is awkward; the point of LinkedIn is to connect to people you know with similar professional interests.
  • Don’t forget you can job search on LinkedIn!

Facebook

  • It is very important to connect with the company rather than the individual person.
  • Employers will be checking out your Facebook page. Make sure your privacy settings are high and your profile picture is appropriate.
  • Don’t delete your Facebook profile at the beginning of your job search. Your potential employer will wonder about the content you deleted.

Twitter

  • The importance of Twitter in your job search depends on your industry.
  • Following a company on Twitter can be a great way to research that company.
  • You can connect with both organizations and individuals on Twitter.
  • Make sure your Twitter profile is filled out and you are posting about things relevant to your industry. You want the organization to follow you too.
  • If you are majoring in a field like marketing or journalism you should be using Twitter actively. Your Twitter handle should be at the top of your resume!

Skype

  • Skype can be a green and inexpensive way for companies to interview students, but most companies are still worried about the technical difficulties that can arise.
  • UWO Career Services frequently offers Skype interviews. There is usually a Skype opportunity during mock interviews as well.

E-mail and Online Applications

  • Know that you will probably be applying to jobs online and communicating with employers through email; this communication should be as professional as a research paper. You are not texting!
  • You will probably be filling out an online application. Even most fast food restaurants require online applications.

Meet Cassie Curry, College of Letters and Science career adviser for UW Oshkosh, on YouTube!

8 tips for a professional LinkedIn profile

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)
Linked in is the well-known dark horse of social media. We all know it exists, but few use it to its full potential. This is a major mistake. When it comes to marketing yourself, most people go straight to Facebook because of its considerable user base, but demographically speaking, LinkedIn is ahead in the social media race with over 135 million users worldwide, 77 percent of users are age 25 and older, and the average household income of users is $109,000. If you want to get serious about social networking, ditch the Facebook playground and graduate to LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a network of professionals who are the movers and shakers of their industries. Yes, Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools, but LinkedIn users are known for their no-nonsense sentiments when it comes to their jobs, industry and social network. So keep in mind that while it’s fun to post silly pictures on Facebook and tweet about what you had for lunch on Twitter, the conversations on LinkedIn are more focused on cultivating partnerships and advancing business.

LinkedIn tips:

1.)    Complete your profile

Did you know that your Linkedin profile generally ranks in the top five Google search results for your first and last name? Make sure your profile is completely filled out, because first impressions are everything. Skimping on your personal profile will decrease your value, so take the time to tell people what you’re all about.

2.)    Connect with everyone

When it comes to making connections, get out of your comfort zone. Connecting with people you already know and trust limits your network. Remember: There are 135 million members out there to connect with! The more direct connections you have, the larger your network will be, creating more business opportunities in the long run.

3.)    Customize your URL and websites

Customize your URL and websites to reflect your name. You can do this by finding the “edit profile” option from the “profile” tab at the top of the website. If you have a blog or website to add, scroll down to the “additional information” section of your LinkedIn profile. Click the “edit” button. Select “other” in the dropdown menu and customize its name. A customized website name will inspire others to click through your sites.

4.)    Spice up your image

Your profile now needs some pizzazz and style. A bland, lifeless profile turns off potential connections, so let your personal creativity shine through. Use stories, video recommendations etc. to tell others who you are, what you’re all about and how you can help them advance professionally.

5.)    Recommend others

Recommend others as much as you can, and they will reciprocate. The more you give, the more you receive!

6.)    Join groups

Join LinkedIn groups that will put you in touch with other experts in your industry. Try your hand at starting your own group and establish yourself as an expert in the field. Like a mini-social network, these niche groups will encourage discussions, spread your message and connect you with important people.

7.)    Optimize your search ranking

Many people use LinkedIn to search for experts in their field, a new job or connections. This is where optimization in keyword search is crucial. It takes time and effort to reach the top, but imagine how cool it would be if you rank number one when someone searches for “social” or “management” for example. A way to start is by incorporating your desired keywords into your headline, current work experience, past work experience, summary and specialties.

8.)    Add Apps

Lastly, add applications such as Twitter, WordPress and calendars to your profile. This will promote your work and improve your profile’s overall visitor experience.

 


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