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Getting FIRED over FACEBOOK?!

Posted on August 17th, 2011 by Anna in Resources

Yes, it’s possible! The Federal Trade Commission approved the creation of a “Social Intelligence Report” that your employers, or potential employers, can look at to determine what you’ve been up to and whether or not they want you for the job.

These reports generally flag four things you need to make note of to keep yourself safe, and hireable: racially insensitive remarks, sexually explicit materials, flagrant displays of weaponry, and other demonstrations of clearly illegal activity. The best thing you can do is to keep away from posting about these things on any and all social networking sites you might be on. Don’t do them in the first place, and don’t post about them, even if it’s something your friends are doing without you. They’ll check out your friends list and if you have too many “sketchy” people there, that’s a red flag for them too.

Also remember, this applies to ALL social networking sites. Not just Facebook. Tweets on Twitter are now being archived in other places as well, so be sure to keep your posts clean! As PC Magazine says, if you don’t want your dear old sweet grandmother to see it, don’t post it. Duh.

According to a 2009 survey from CareerBuilder, 45% of employers use social networking sites to screen potential hires. 29% through Facebook, 26% through LinkedIn, 11% through blogs, and 7% through Twitter.

18% of employers found something positive on social networking sites to encourage them to hire someone, while 35% found netagive things to keep them from looking at a candidate again. Notice the large gap between the two, and how relatively low they both are, the positive especially? Make note of that and don’t forget it.

There are five things that are sure to get you fired, or never hired in the first place:

1.) Digital Dirt – self-incriminating photos, or a blog about your drug habits and the night you went clubbing with some friends that went horribly wrong.

2.) Terrible Troll – Scrolling through tons of social media and leaving pointless comments everywhere you can, including as many curse words as possible. This makes it seem like you have nothing to do all day, and an employer might think you’ll spend your workday doing nothing. There’s also a reason curse words are called curse words. No one wants to hear them, so keep them to yourself, please. 

3.) Big Mouth – Talking about how much you hate your current or past boss(es). Your potential boss will wonder when (not if) you’ll start to bitch about them online, and they certainly don’t want to be seen in a bad light themselves. Just put yourself in their shoes. Would you like it if someone started talking trash about you online? The same thing is true for your friends. Even if you’re “just joking” it’s not cool to talk trash about anyone, regardless of what you’re saying. A future employer will take that as a sign that you might start doing that to your coworkers, setting the stage for a broken workplace.

4.) Copious Contacts and Comments – Having a lot of “sketchy” people listed as friends and subsequent “sketchy” comments from them. You don’t need to “friend” everyone who asks to “friend” you. Especially if you don’t know who they are!

5.) Keeping all comments negative, including things that should be positive like awards you might have won, or the fun you had on your date last night. You did have fun, right? Just remember not to go into too much TMI when you talk about that cute girl from down the street!  

Also keep in mind that some sites like Facebook don’t let you delete your profile. You can “deactivate it”, but that doesn’t delete it permanently. The only thing you need to do to get your profile back again is to sign in. It’s that simple. So before you decide to get a Facebook account, keep things like that in mind.

 Wondering what all these social networking sites are that I’ve mentioned?  Want to know the best ways to navagate through the digital world so you can get to the other side unscathed? Check out this article for additional information: Social Networking 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389428,00.asp Even if you’re familiar with these sites already, it won’t hurt to give this article a quick read through. You never know what you might learn!

 The info for this blog post came from www.pcmag.com and www.mindflash.com.

Teen Librarian Job Opening

Posted on January 10th, 2011 by ccheever@private.bpl.org in Resources

The Boston Public Library is accepting applications for a Young Adults Librarian II position in the Mattapan neighborhood branch.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in library science from an accredited library school
  • Two years of pertinent professional experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work
  • Extensive knowledge of young adults’ literature and work; demonstrated knowledge of the techniques of programming for young adults; demonstrated interest in young adults and in library work with young adults
  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon first day of hire
  • Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) check with the City of Boston

Complete job description and application available here or through the Boston City job center.

Deadline for application: January 31, 2011

In compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Laws, Equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.

HELP WANTED – School Year Jobs with the Boston Youth Fund – Apply Now!

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 by ccheever@private.bpl.org in Resources

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A JOB FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR?

The Boston Youth Fund (BYF) will be funding a limited number of school year positions at several community-based, faith-based and City of Boston Agencies. Jobs include childcare, administrative, tutoring, and many more. Boston Youth Fund school year jobs pay $8.00 per hour for a maximum of 10 hours per week.

School-Year Program Eligibility Requirements:

Teens interested in applying for BYF school-year employment must be:

  • 15 years old on or before Sunday November 14, 2010
  • Full-Time City of Boston resident
  • Currently enrolled in High School or a young person in a GED/alternative education program
  • Legally permitted to work in Massachusetts and the United States

Application Process:

  1. Review the list of worksites that are accepting school-year applications (see link below).
  2. Decide which worksite that you are interested in applying to.
  3. Download and complete the BYF application for school year employment.
  4. Bring the completed application to the worksite that you would like to apply to.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please review your application carefully before submitting it to a work location.
  6. Make sure to follow up with the worksite regarding an interview for the position.
  7. BYF Application Deadline is October 15, 2010.

Download & Print School-Year Job Application with a list of the BYF partners that will be accepting Boston Youth Fund Applications through October 15, 2010.

Boston Youth Zone

Career and Job Fair

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Akunna in Resources

WHEN: Tuesday, April 6 5:30p-6:30p

WHERE: Adult Learning Program at English High, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

WHAT: Employment, training, and volunteer opportunities. Bring multiple copies of your resume, dress professionally

Visit www.jobnetboston.org or www.jpndc.org for more information about vendors.

Questions? Call 617-522-2424 ext. 274 or 617-635-5201

G.O.T.C.H.A. Youth Job Rally

Posted on February 17th, 2010 by Akunna in Events

TOMORROW, February 18, from 2-5p at the State House, join other youth to bring attention to the need for youth employment.

 More information here: https://gotchayouthjobs.org/