The dot com bust was year 2000 and the year of doom and gloom was 2008 through roughly 2010. The housing bubble crashed and now we are facing student loan bubble that may burst as well. Are we fully recovered? Time will tell, and we may have another bubble that may burst next few years. What about our new graduates? How are they going to survive? Are we going to have any jobs in the future? First we have social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and so forth. Many Americans are addicted to these sites and these sites have been time black-hole. So what is social media?
From geek.com, here is the simple explanation of what is Social Media:
“The breakdown is the clearest I have yet seen of how something like Twitter differs from Facebook or LinkedIn. Twitter is for telling people what you are doing at any given moment (eating a donut), Facebook is more for sharing what you like in general (I like donuts), and LinkedIn is for sharing what you’re good at (skilled with donuts). Yet all rely on the sharing of information in different ways to remain relevant and keep people using them.
So, the next time someone asks you what social media is, or how two services differ, save this image and pull it up on your phone. They’ll understand much more quickly and you won’t be standing there trying to find examples that work to show the differences. Alternatively, memorize the donut analogy and look clever at parties.”
Also, how do we take advantage of using our social media?
I would acquire/get an account with top 5 social media sites not in a particular order;
5. Google +
Then setup above sites the way you can convey who you are going to be. If you are into Information Technology, setup the above sites geared towards that. If you are into Medical Technology, I would then set it your sites pertaining to Medical field. Simple, right? Not yet, also create/add a group of friends and family to support your causes. This way, you are going to be locked in to your desired results. Please, do not use it for silly strange, weird personal sites that does you no good. I have seen people use it to post some not so professional information that may be used against them. Now a days, employers now can able to see who you are and what you do to determine if you are the right fit for that organization. You have to remember, Facebook and the majority of the social media sites as well as all of the phone carriers have made the agreement with the Government and the Corporations to turn over all Civilian information. It simply means, if you are using Facebook or your favorite IPHONE, it is no longer private. The Government has the right to search any information you decided to put on your Facebook to IPHONE text messages if you are doing something fishy. Search Edward Snowden on Google about project Prism. He is the NSA-leaker who blew the whistle on the purpose of Prism program in America.
Here are examples of new social media enabled resume:
Check out top right of both resumes, notice the social media icons.
Use your social media to your advantage and wisely. We are in the era of George Orwell’s book 1984. Be smart about what you post on Facebook and other social media. Instead of social media being used against you, use these social media to your advantage to get what you want. – SjC