We explored many different tools in this weeks assignment. The article “Back to School: A Blogging How-To” touched on different ways to approach your blog. Blogging is not only a good way to get yourself out there for employers. You can use your blog to impress your classmates during a school project. The article also touches on how much easier it is to incorporate schoolwork into your blog, because then you’ll never lose it. The article explains how during the semester things are busy; therefore, it’s hard to meet for group projects. You can use various collaboration features on WordPress so each member of the group can go online and do their part. This weeks assignment also connected us with our professional Twitter accounts. I believe that this connection will give employers a positive outlook on not only us, but our blogs as well. After graduation I think these tools will continue to help me. As a Criminal Justice major I need to be involved in technology updates, and know how to use different widgets. My Feedly page will be a really cool way to keep up to date on the latest news. I can add different types of news, or anything to my page to keep updated.
This week’s assignment made me realize how certain professional social media accounts can create job opportunities. This week I created a separate Twitter account, unrelated to my personal account. On my new Twitter account I only followed specific people. I didn’t follow The Kardashians, or Justin Beiber simply because how do I benefit from following them? I followed other professional account’s like Delaware Online, or CNN. By following these accounts I will begin to learn whats happening in the world which will help me in my major. Also when employers see who I’ve followed they will think differently of my online presence. This Twitter account will definitely give employer’s a positive outlook on who I am. In the video, “Overexposed” the boy didn’t get the job because he was posting inappropriate pictures online. This goes to show how easy it is for an employer to research who you are. One post from your night out on the town can make or break your job opportunity.
While I was creating this blog page I started to get a little confused. This confusion led me to my professor who I knew could answer my questions. While my professor answered all of my questions, I also informed him of another blog page I have. He asked if my name was connected to this other blog site, and what kind of blog it was. My other blog is a personal blog and my name isn’t connected to it. Although my name isn’t connected to my personal blog, I wouldn’t necessarily want a potential employer to see it because its personal. He told me that when potential employers are deciding whether or not to hire someone, they often google their name. My point is you have to be careful what you put online. Any social media account you have could be detrimental to your future job. Staying completely professional online is key when job hunting.