Are Social Media the Reason You Can’t Get a Job?


Title kind of gets the point across pretty clearly, doesn’t it?

See what I mean about inappropriate photos?

Here are some of the things you may be doing unwittingly that DON’T make you look like a good candidate:

  1. Inappropriate profile pictures. It’s the oldest one in the book, but still super widespread. Pictures of you flipping someone off as your Google+ / Gmail logo? Probably doesn’t make you look very professional…. just saying. (Oh, and same goes for pictures of you looking drugged in lingerie on Facebook.)
  2. Vulgar comments. Do you want the first impression your potential future employer has of you to be a public tweet claiming women “are ho’s and good for one thing only.” ? Pretty self-explanatory, right?
  3. Iffy Humor. I once found a LinkedIn profile with this position listed: Hot Anal Sex at Over the Counter from 1969-1969. Yes, it did make me crack up since it was so out of place, but it definitely made me reconsider reaching out to that candidate!
  4. Links on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is meant to be a professional platform, so I don’t recommend including links to personal websites or social media profiles that aren’t professional. ie, don’t include your Twitter profile where your personal URL leads to a website of you nude modeling (well, unless you’re only applying to modeling gigs!)
  5. Privacy. Yes, you are entitled to is, so use it. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t need to have access to your Facebook profile (which we do if your privacy settings are set to public, ie for anyone and everyone to see), so if you even suspect there may be something in there that doesn’t look professional, you might just want to set it to “friends only.” No, this does not make you look suspicious — people are entitled to privacy. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have somehing to hide.

I know all of this sounds pretty common sensical, but it’s actually quite common and you may be sending out some of those negative signals without meaning to. Couldn’t hurt to double check just to make sure, right?

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Your Very Own (Virtual) Tour of Google (they have deer!)


Yup, you guessed it: today Google unveiled a virtual tour of it’s Data Center in Lenoir, North Carolina for the public to discover what their mysterious data centers actually look like. That’s not all Google revealed on its blog today though. There is also an album of breathtaking photos of Google’s data centers taken by the talented Connie Zhou. Here are my favorites — you can check out the rest on their new site Where the Internet Lives.

Douglas Country

Douglas County, Georgia

Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

Hamina, Finland

Fiinish Googlers ice fishing outside what used to be a paper mill in Hamina, Finland

 

 

 

Google Tour ;D


My friend Mako, an AIESECer from Japan, is visiting the USA for the first time so my awesome friend Shirley, User Insights Analyst at Google, graciously obliged and showed us around! ^^

Here are a few pictures of the campus — enjoy ❤

Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Ca

The gift shop sells Android cookie jars! =3

Gift Shop

There’s even a lawn filled with statues dedicated to each Android update — can you name them all?

Statues of the OSes

Ever seen a conference bike? Wonder if they use these a lot… OXD

Conference Bike!

The Cool Kid’s Quick Guide to the Bay Area


I’m coming home for a nice, week-long business trip next week and showing my bosses around, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compile a handy  little guide for all my international friends who want to know what locals like ;D

Here’s the loot, in no particular order:

  1. In n’ Out Burger. Californians’ pride and joy. A must see, and must taste ;D

    California’s best burger! Well, until…

  2. Five Guy’s. It recently (as in within the last 6 months) replaced In n’ Out as California’s best burger. Worth a try, no? You get a BIG burger, can choose tons of toppings (I like avocado and A1 sauce =3) and unlimited peanuts!

    Decisions, decisions…

  3. Google. Do you know someone who works at Google? Odds are you do. A LOT of people work there. Take them out to lunch and talk them into giving you a tour so you can check out those ping pong tables and try out the Google Earth mini-room yourself ❤

    Wouldn’t you like to have lunch there?

  4. Santana Row in San Jose. Cool shops (Japanese stuff, The Container Store, etc.). Tons of stores (shopping!). And Yard House. If you’ve never heard of Yard house, make sure you go there! They have more beers than you’ve ever seen on a single menu, and all their food is local and organic. You can thank me later =]

    Told you it’s awesome

    PS: get there early. It gets VERY packed.

  5. Verde Tea Cafe. THE best milk tea you will ever have! Don’t know what milk tea is? All the more reason to go! I recommend the brown sugar or red bean, and do let them know if you only want 1/2 or 1/4 sugar ❤

    Om nom nom

  6. Ray’s Sushi. Great quality sushi at an affordable price. What else could you ask for? You’ll probably need a car to get there though, so get a rental or convince a kind tourist to help you out ;D

    Just seeing makes me really really want to go back ASAP!

  7. Frozen Yogurt. In case you haven’t noticed, there are A LOT of Asians in the Silicon Valley, hence the milk tea. Another yummy food they’ve converted Nor Californians to is frozen yogurt. I recommend Yogurtland.

    Did I forget to mention the really cute Tokidoki cups?

  8. Japanese Friendship Gardenin San Jose. I like this park because it’s always bright and sunny, it’s usually relatively quiet and peaceful, and it’s just beautiful =]

    So beautiful ^^

  9. Santa Cruz. Drive over there (or take the 17 bus from San Jose) and stare at the hippies, pot heads and surfers (oh, stereotypes!)… or walk around the beautiful city for a nice, relaxing afternoon in the sun.

    Didn’t I tell you it’s a gorgeous city to visit?

  10. Last but not least, check out Haight-Ashbury. It’s one of San Francisco’s young, quixotic streets. You’ll find lots of very California things there: tattoo and piercing parlors, marijuana shops, and even cookies shaped like genitals! Did I mention my generation’s veeeeery open-minded?

    The Haight in all its glory

Now go off and enjoy your trip! Let me know what you liked and share your pictures ❤

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