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Big Idea 2013: Genuine Communication

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Not many articles motivate me towards a blog response, however, this one did… “10 Things You Should Never Say at the Office” click title for article.

After reading it, I realized the terms are forms of “Disingenuous Communication“.

It seems people use “buzzwords / buzzterms” to avoid real topics and/or actions required.  Buzzwords make avoiding accountability easy because they fill our communication with”fluff”.

They detract from the real issues and allow people to avoid reality in what’s being communicated.  For example, when someone says “It is what it is” … what they are really saying is “I don’t know”… but few people in the workplace want to admit they don’t know something. “Fluff” terms keep them from having to.

I gave it more thought and wondered “How could I say what I mean… without using any of these terms?  What other terms are there?”  How could I be a more genuine communicator with my co-workers, customers, candidates and clients?”

Well, for one, I could simply say what I mean… we all could.

Here are things to say instead of the buzzwords/terms on the left:

Leverage –  “Influence” “Bargain” “Take Advantage” “Debate”

Reach out – “Call” ‘E-mail, “Communicate” or “Contact”

It is what it is – “It’s unfortunate”  “It’s a slow process” “It’s Challenging” “It’s Pointless” “I don’t know why it’s happening”

Viral –  “Popular”, “Mass-Marketed”, “Everyone’s doing it”, “Everyone is aware of it”

Game changer – “This Changes Everything” , “Stop and listen to what I’m about to say because it will change the way you live your life or do your job”

Disconnect – “I don’t think you understand”  “It appears you’re not listening”  “You must not have heard me”

Value-add – “You will get more with this option and here’s why”  “It’s advantageous” “The benefit to you is… ”

Circle back – “I will call you back”  “I will find out and get back to you”

Socialize –  “Tell those who need to know” “Communicate” “Mass Market”

Cutting edge – “Advanced”, “Recently released or developed” “I don’t know all the details, you should probably Google it”.

Hope you enjoyed this lighthearted post, let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Happy Networking,

Terry aka “TerryJobs”

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(C) 2005 – 2012 Copyright // The Job Spot Blog, Job Spot Seattle, Social Media Teach // All Rights Reserved

Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip

“Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip; Each Site You Use, a Layer.  Leave a Layer Out and It’s Not Everything it Could Be.” –  Terry Hall

How Companies Can Use Pinterest For Job Posting and Recruiting

I first tweeted about this new concept to my Twitter followers early in February 2012  here and here.

I recently tested a new way of sharing Jobs on Pinterest

What I discovered is a fresh new way to post jobs and recruit talent!

I posted an open “Infographics Designer” job I found on Indeed.com. The position (image below, at post end) is in Seattle with Harvey Nash.

The image shown is the only format I’ve been able to “pin” because its the “norm” for job postings.  Although the format works for job board websites, it isn’t visually stimulating enough to impact the Pinterest audience or cause them to “re-pin”.

How can a job post “pin” on Pinterest be improved?

Employers could create job postings in infographic format, using minimal wording, bright colors and bold graphics. Then pin it to Pinterest as a re-pinnable image.

THAT would be the ideal job posting to “pin” on Pinterest!

Why?  Because not only would the format be visually pleasing, but it could bring greater interest & visibility to jobs not ordinarily so popular.

This could also generate revenue for Pinterest because they could charge a small fee to companies for using the site to post jobs. For now, “pinning” to Pinterst is free for all users.

This is a new concept, but I hope it catches on!  Let me know what you think.

– Terry
http://socialmediateach.com/

>>> Click on the below job posting image to see all the jobs I’ve posted on my Pinterest Boards. <<<

If You Can Get a Date, You Can Get an Interview…

If you can get a date, you can get an interview.  If you can get an interview, you can get a job!

Have you ever had a date progress to a long-term relationship or marriage?

Think back; how did you meet that person –  how did it progress to dating?

Likely, its attributed to being available and receptive.

The same is true for getting an interview or job.  Opportunities don’t present themselves unless you make yourself available and receptive to them.

When coaching clients, I often compare interviewing to dating and jobs to committed relationships and marriage.   Dating can result in committed relationships and/or marriage.  Interviews can result in jobs.

The dating best practices found in the previous link are nearly identical to these job search and interview best practices:

1.   Stay positive, regardless of the outcome. Every interaction is an opportunity.  If the interview doesn’t result in a job, that’s ok.  The more you interview, the better you become at interviewing.   Its a learning experience.

2.   Look your best. Wear what makes you most confident and makes you look your best.  Do your hair, shave, trim your nails and tone down jewelry and fragrances.

3.   Relax and have fun.   Enjoy yourself.  Don’t force an outcome. Having a sense of entitlement or expecting something to result from the interview creates tension and can lead to hurt feelings.   Consider each interview a networking opportunity.

4.  Compliment. Within reason.  Don’t try to hard.  You could end up looking desperate or insincere.

5.   Be interesting and engaging. Stay knowledgeable about relevant news and events of interest to your industry or target company. Build rapport and find out what the other person enjoys doing.

6.   Be honest and forthcoming. With a caveat:  Don’t give too much away. Answer what’s asked of you, then stop.  As in dating,  its not time to share your life story or detail why you’re leaving your job.  Don’t scare them away.

7.  Plan Ahead and be timely. Who’s the interviewer?  What’s their background?  Research the company and their role in the company.  Make sure you have the right address and print the driving directions, job description and your resume the night before.  Your internet could go down the day of the interview!  Give yourself travel and parking time.  Don’t be late.

8.  Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. Give and get support by networking with other job-seekers, encourage each other, share leads, share tips, share challenges, exchange ideas and learning opportunities!

Whether searching for dates or jobs, you’ve probably registered on dating websites and job sites.   Though helpful in your efforts, alone, they won’t get you noticed in a sea of available fish.  It takes more than just a website to make things happen.

When you make meeting new people a priority, you improve your odds immensely.    (click the link for tips on meeting new people)

How do you “Get a Date, Get an interview… Get a job?”  Get out there and make yourself available and receptive to new opportunities.

As Always, Happy Networking!

Terry

How Would You Promote Your Social Media Brand as a Guest Blogger?

My Newest Guest Blogger - "Kitty"

Bloggers & Blog Owners,

I’m considering guest bloggers and guest post submissions for both of my blogs:

WoVEN
Job Spot

My two-fold question is for bloggers and blog owners.

1. Writers/Bloggers:

How would you promote your brand in a guest post for another blogger’s site?  In other words, how can you leverage the power of Social Media via guest blog posts?

2. Blog owners:

What would you offer in exchange for guest posts to your blog? ie., draw traffic to guest brand, blog, cause, website, or other.

 

I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas!

Happy Networking,

Terry

Twitter (Civilian) & Twitter (Military)
Job Spot and WoVEN

If you’re interested in submitting a guest blog post for WoVEN, please post a comment, or e-mail me via either of my websites.

Copyright 2005-2010 – All Rights Reserved (WoVEN Blog, Women Veterans Empowerment Network, Job Spot Seattle and The Job Spot Blog)

Oh, Social Media! LinkedIn Network, Now “Followers”

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Did I miss the memo? I must have, because my Linkedin “network”  has changed to “followers”.  I noticed today, while scrolling my groups “members” tab.

Maybe I just didn’t see it before, but I’m sure I would have.  It would have been nice to get a “heads-up” before changes were made.

At least Facebook hasn’t jumped on the “follower” bandwagon… I checked today; my “friends” are still “friends”… that’s a relief!

Don’t get me wrong, followers are fabulous! I’m a follower of many on Twitter; celebrities, social media moguls, stores, brands, sports teams, companies, and average people with random or entertaining tweets.

But Let’s Be Real: @ChrisPirillo @Ellen_Degeneres, @ChrisBrogan, @AplusK or @LadyGaga don’t consider me part of their “trusted, professional network” just because I’m one of thousands (and thousands) of followers.

That being said, my followers aren’t all a part of my “trusted, professional network”, but who cares… I’m not on Twitter to “build a professional network” … I’m on Twitter to “tweet”!

My LinkedIn Network is relationships developed over many years; a trusted network, built from in-person, and/or mutually professional interactions.  In my opinion, the term “followers” dilutes the value of a professional network, something LinkedIn built its brand on.

About.com ‘s Definition of Followers: “Followers are the people who have agreed to receive your Tweets through Twitter. If you add someone else to the list of people you read, you “follow” them. Popularity on Twitter is often measured by the number of followers a person has.”

Is LinkedIn about Popularity? I think not. I don’t wantpopularity” on LinkedIn; I want to be a valuable and respected networking resource for my connections.

Like Twitter, Linkedin has its place; I use both for different reasons.  It’s pointless (and confusing) that Linkedin adopted a term that makes Twitter uniquely appealing to its users.

That’s just me, anyone else care to chime in?

Happy Networking!

Terry

Tweet Jobs & Social Media w/Terry

My LinkedIn Profile

What’s Your Social Media Mix?

 

My Off-Line Mix

How many social networking sites have you joined and which do you use most often? (Daily/Weekly)?

I’ve joined 100’s of networking sites since 2004, and use 20 (+/-) frequently.

My social media mix includes: Linkedin, Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, Google, Plaxo, Yahoo!, Twitter, Ning, Digg, YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, Photobucket & Flikr.

If you’re an avid networker, you’ve probably joined more than one social networking site in the social media ecosystem. 

If so, please reply to any or all of the following questions:

1.   How many networking sites have you joined?

2.   Which do you use and/or participate in often? (daily/weekly)

3.   What’s your favorite social networking site(s)?

4.   What keeps you engaged?  (ie., entertainment value, relevance, number of active networking participants, return on time investment)

Thanks & Happy Networking!

Terry

http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/

Tweet Jobs w/Terry

I’ve posted this question on LinkedIn and on my website:  Job Spot Blog

My LinkedIn Groups:

Job Spot Seattle &  Job Spot USA

http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2060226

http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=1236757

Job Spot Yahoo! Sites:

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Job_Spot_Seattle

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Job_Spot_West_Coast/

—- Background —-

I share public responses on my blogs, networking groups and/or social networking site groups to help members and/or readers make informed decisions about the social media.  

I’m working on a social media project.  Public responses may be mentioned in my final work and on my websites, blogs or networking sites and groups.   

Responses to this question are available to the general internet public.

If you want to remain anonymous, please don’t answer publicly.

For a list of my networking groups, blogs, and social networking memberships, please visit my website @  http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/