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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A Sweet Last Day at Contract Live


As anyone who read my last blog post knows, Friday was my last day at Contract Live. Before I share pictures from my going-away party, I’d like to briefly explain the reason for my departure.

The short of it is that it just wasn’t the right startup for me. My bosses and I agreed that someone else would be a better match for the startup and the position, so we’re leaving on very good terms =]

This was a very interesting first experience working in France: I got a great introduction into French startups, learned a lot about how things work here, and had a very intelligent boss to learn all sorts of things from. It may not be the best place for me, but I definitely don’t perceive it as time wasted and will keep some nice memories!

So now it’s time to get back out there and look for work =] Do let me know if you hear of any Bay Area startups looking for someone to come in and help with comm., social media and e-marketing, amongst other things O=]

I’m still waiting on pictures (and videos ;D) to come in from coworkers, but here’s a sneak peak and I’ll update this post once I have everything.

I hid Kinder Surprise (Yum!) eggs all over our office for everyone to find in an early Easter celebration! There was one hidden in the printer O=D

Bowser laid an egg!

Project Happy: I have 2 moments to share from today.

1.) I had tons of fun riding on the back of a friend’s motorcycle all over Paris. We drove alongside the Seine River to go to the Eiffel Tower =]

2.) That same friend told me I seemed like an energetic, smart kid and that I’d be going places, so he’d like me to hit him up when I decide to start my own business (I’m sooo flattered he thinks I have so much potential and have what it takes to create my own startup <3)

What about you? Tell me about a nice moment you had today =]

On Great Contest Ideas


I have to invite her, but where?

I stumbled upon something awesome today! Ben & Fakto (French startup I wrote about in my first Mash Up post) is giving away 3 bags of Deexies condoms for Valentine’s Day. Deexies is a social business that gives away a free condom to an NGO for each condom bought. With problems such as HIV and other STDs infecting millions in developing countries each year, what better way to enjoy some naughty fun than by having a clear conscience?

To help them in their selfless endeavor, Ben & Fakto will give away 3 10-count bags on Valentine’s Day to whoever posts the best photos. Here’s the deal: Fakto fell in love with a girl but has gotten trapped in the undesirable friend zone. Ben, loyal friend that he is, decided to help and is reaching out to all of you. He’s asking you to think up a romantic location where Fakto could reveal his affection to his beloved and snap a picture. Upload your picture here and get voting! The photographers who took the 3 most popular pictures will receive a cute bag of 10 Deexies condoms.

You can like Deexies on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Mash-Up 5 Startup Sneak Peek


I’m bummed I’m not attending Mash-Up #5 tonight, but I’m sick and need to rest and that’s that =/ It doesn’t mean I can’t be there in spirit though so, without further adieu… let me introduce you to the startups I thought had a little “je ne sais quoi”

The Ladies’ Choice: Cinélov’

They unfortunately don’t have a website, but boy did these ladies stumble upon a good idea! They organize outdoor movie screenings (nothing too innovative yet) where (wait for it!) viewers must pedal on bikes in order to power the projector. Neat!! I get to watch a movie AND burn off that ice cream? Sign me up ^^

For the Poor College Student: Voodiz

Don’t have the money to travel? No problem! Simply go on Voodiz, find a fellow student to host to make yourself a few $$, and then go get hosted yourself! And to get started on your adventure, like them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socialite’s Dream: Wakizz

Dream in tweets and Facebook likes, posts and shares? Flustered by the modicum of modes of expression on Facebook? Fear no more, Wakizz is here. You can now play referee and give your “friends” cards: red, yellow or green. Like we really needed another way of expressing ourselves ><‘ ::facepalm::

 

 

 

 

For the Beer-Hungry (Thirsty?): Gallia

Did you know that, up until recently, Paris was one of the few European capitals not to have its own beer? Such was the sad, sad case when Gallia disappeared in the 60’s. Frenchmen everywhere can square their shoulders and hold their heads high once more though, thanks to these gentlemen.

For the Artist in All of Us: Sound Connection

Music is all about sound and performance, so  how are you supposed to find band mates without both of those elements? Sound Connection goes straight to the heart of the issue: once their site is completed, they will have a sort of visual, auditory Craigslist for the French music community. Neato.

Vlog #3: Awesome Book I’ve Been Reading


The top 3 reasons David Meerman Scott’s The New Rules of Marketing and PR is awesome:

  1. It’s a great intro and manual for social media content marketing
  2. It goes over lots of social media such as blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc. and helps you determine which to use
  3. It even includes a guide to help you create your communications strategy!

Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out on Amazon (couldn’t add the Amazon display plugin since I’m on wordpress.com and not wordpress.org.)

Have you read it before? Let me know what you think, and don’t be afraid to recommend other books! (They don’t have to be about social media.)

How young is old? Making the most of the time I have, Part 2


Sorry it took me so long to get back to discussing this! I’m glad you guys liked my first post on this topic though =] Let’s continue our discussion…

PART 2 Where does work fit into all this?

The other day a friend of mine asked me why I work so much. I have savings and my parents are kindly paying my university fees and rent… so why do I always have a job? Food, clothes and movies don’t cost that much! (although university books do =/)

Is this the look of a workaholic? Working while others socialize

I guess there are 2 parts to this.

  1. Honestly, I just like to work. Internships and part-time jobs always teach me something. They stimulate me intellectually and make me feel good about being productive. I know this may sound strange to many people, but I just wouldn’t enjoy being a couch potato every once in a while if I wasn’t doing lots with the rest of my time. (Notice how this ties in to my other post about Growing Up Abroad ;D)
  2. Financial security. I have savings now, and I would like to keep it that way. I’ve seen what a depression can do the last few years and I want to keep adding to my little pile of gold, scrooge-style (that, and I do love to shop!)

Relating this back to getting old too quickly… is working part of living life to the fullest? Is it only taking away from the time I could be spending doing other things like traveling? It’s true that it has been taking time away from exercise, but I truly enjoy doing PR and social media for trint.me, a startup I started working for a few weeks ago.

My other job, BathFitter, I’m doing more for the money. I enjoy working there sometimes, but some shifts can turn out to be excruciatingly boring… Is that a good balance?

Should I quit my jobs and just enjoy life until I move to France?