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Shame on America! December 19, 2010

Posted by jvmullin in Job Searching, Job Searching.
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I say shame on America and they way it treats the unemployed. The way they have duped the unemployed this recession to save money in the long run.

Shame on America for telling lies to lull the people into a false sense of improvement to get them to spend more so that Corporate America can keep raping the people.

The economy  is not getting better and unemployment is again on the the rise. If you are on unemployment do not fall for the dupe of working part time as it will come back to haunt you in the end. It is a ruse to get you to work part time so that at your annual they will look back at the money you made working part time and cut your benefits.  It will also effect your EB as it will make you ineligible for it.

Shame on America for having greater respect for a pre-owned quality BMW or Mercedes than for an unemployed American!.  Shame on Corporate America for their policy of unemployed need not apply! Shame on America for thinking that the unemployed are damaged goods or to treat us like we have the plague!.

You certainly needed us when we were using our skills and knowledge to make you a fortune just to have you cast us out like the daily trash. Shame on you!!!

There are two things that you can never take away from us and hear me closely! You cannot and never will be able to take away our knowledge and our skills they are ours and ours forever.  We will persevere and we will prevail some how as that is the American spirit and when we do look out because we also do not forget. We will boycott every company that participated in the unemployed need not apply. We will rally others to do the same. We will teach you the power of the people!  Through blogs such as this one and other avenues in social media will will  let the world know the immoral acts that you prevailed upon us.

The one thing that you corporate morons still have not learned yet is that it isn’t you at the top that makes the company and it isn’t the building , the location nor the machinery it is the people that are your best assets and that make or break a company.

So as I am sure many unemployed are totally feedup and frustrated with the attitude of corporate America and others . So again I say SHAME ON AMERICA!

Social Media and the job search September 13, 2010

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Are you using social media in your job search?

If so which ones are you using?

LinkedIn Twitter Facebook MySpace etc.?

Do you know how to properly use them?

Do you  know the power they can have if you do use them correctly?

I am amazed at how many job seekers do not know the power of LinkedIn or how to use it to their advantage. I have a lecture that I provide on the very topic and the look of amazement that I get and the comments that I get after the lecture are mind boggling to me. But people are are grateful for me providing them the information.

One of the most powerful job alerts that I have found does not come from the job boards. It comes from Twitter. Well not directly, it is called TweetsMyJob and you have to have a Twitter account to use it. You can get it from TweetsMyJob.com.

There are books out there on the subject of using various social media and the job search. Some are good and others just glance over the topics without getting into much detail.

I think the detail is needed as to why you should be using this and how to use it and why it is important to use it correctly.

The one thing about my lecture is can be used for job search and then doing business after you land. It is about the power of networking and how it fits into todays and the future way of doing business.

So which do I use and why should I be using them? Well that is a personal preference as I see it. I can tell you that the top three as of this post are LinkedIn Twitter and Facebook in that order.

HR and recruiters are using these three more and more to find qualified candidates. Why? Because it is cost effective for them and easier to eliminate thousands of unqualified resumes. So shouldn’t you be learning how to use these three?


LinkedIn(LI) is a professional networking site for business and people in business. The language used and the discussions should be kept in a professional manner. There is an etiquette to networking and it adds to the power of this site.

Use all the features of LI in a way that adds to your value. How does one do this? Join groups relative to your profession. Select discussions that you are a SME at and provide alot of detail in your discussions. In the answers section you will want to do the same thing. In the books read section it shows that you are keeping your skills current by reading up on books related to those skills and your profession. Do not forget to select recommend, do not recommend or no comment and add your comments about the book. The ease of reading or the difficulty. Why you liked or did not like the book.

Applications that you will find useful. If you have a WordPress Blog you can easily link it to your profile through the WordPress application. You can use Slide Share or  Google Docs to share documents or presentations.


Twitter is not the same as texting to your children on your smartphone. You have the ability to follow who you wish and to control who is following you. You have the ability to connect to people you never thought would be possible.

The advantage of Twitter is that it teaches you how to converse in a 140 characters or less. It teaches you to be brief concise and to the point. Ah! but you will be surprised in just how much you can say in 140 characters.

Twitter is a vast number of communities and like all online communities it takes time for everyone to get comfortable with you and to learn who you are. So how can  you help them? You can help them by retweeting the tweets that you agree with or that you think make a point along with your way of thinking. You can help by ensuring that your Tweets have intellectual content to them.

An example of this would be that if you Tweeted a message that really didn’t have much meaning it sounded like a statement to be making a statement. As a reader you say what does that mean? Does it really mean anything?

I say use intellectual content because without it it is just words for the sake of words. Intellectual content gives your words power and this will attract people to you and they may want to follow you.

Ask questions or start discussion. You will have to learn to use  hashtags (#) for this. You can search subjects using hashtags. Search for people you know or want to connect with.


This to me is more social than professional but HR and recruiters are using it to find candidates as well. There are business pages that if they are a target company you can like those pages so you can keep up with what is going on.

If you are job seeking you may want to make your profile both family & friends and professional.

So I suggest to job seekers who are not using these or are not using them to there fullest potential to find out how to. As this is where you will be found and your next job may very well come from.