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success-social-media-quoteA quote which I thought I’d share with you all.

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Effects of Social Media


Does social media affect the way in which we behave? Is social media influencing what we do and how we do it? Do you think social media affects you?

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without your smartphone…isn’t it? As saddening as it sounds we are becoming increasingly hooked to our mobiles, tablets and other  devices. Social media is often perceived as being a platform for teens, however this is no longer the case! In 2013, 71% of online adults used Facebook.

There are issues surrounding social media and how much it’s used, especially (it would seem) by younger generations as parents may worry about high usage of social media leading to poor spelling, grammar and textspeak. However, social media isn’t all negative as it offers many opportunities, if used in the correct way, and it provides us with a whole new way of communicating.

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Some social media sites restrict their users with a character limit. For example Twitter, which forces its users to post updates which are no longer than 140 characters long (including any pictures, links and hashtags). To begin with, when you start using Twitter, this can be an issue, however you learn to condense your ideas into 140 characters after using Twitter for so long. The character limit, however, results in people overusing textspeak; which involves a lot of abbreviating. For example; LOL which means laugh out loud, BTW which means by the way and so on…

Improving your writing

Gone have the times when you’d just write to one single person, as you can potentially reach hundreds, even thousands, of people with just one singular post. Therefore, the issue surrounding social media eroding our writing skills could be viewed as being a load of nonsense, because actually social media offers many great tools to improve writing skills, such as blogging. Blogging doesn’t just improve your writing skills, it also helps build your audience…social media has enabled writers to reach a large audience and fast!

Distinguish between Proper Grammar and Textspeak

Twitter encourages the use of textspeak because of the 140 character limit, however Facebook doesn’t have a character limit. Therefore, Facebook users can afford to use proper grammar; also as there is no character limit this would encourage users to use proper grammar (although I guess it’s a personal choice)! Meaning users of social media have to learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to use textspeak (such as abbreviations, slang etc.). Although blogs, emails and even some written papers can, occasionally, include some textspeak, slang or abbreviations, most writers know the correct way to write according to their audience, and they often do so.

Do we overshare on social media?

Social media has opened up people’s lives, as people post Facebook status’ about things they wouldn’t necessarily tell their friends face-to-face, or on the phone. This could, potentially, open up conversations in person, likewise using “social” media sites such as LinkedIn to display and showcase your expertise can also gain you connections in your desired area/field and potential employment. Thus social media isn’t as isolating as people may think!!

Positive effects of social media

  • Connects you to others, whether it is to talk about general interests or it is strictly professional.
  • Social media has enabled ‘normal people’, who wouldn’t have without social media, to become writers; to express their opinions, share their insights and experiences.
  • Connects like-minded people.
  • Possible job opportunities.
  • Oversharing can be useful, if the information which is being shared is useful.

Negative effects of social media

  • If social media is used in the wrong ways it can, potentially, stop you from getting a job. For example, posting pictures of you getting drunk on Facebook isn’t professional and so wouldn’t look great to anybody wanting to employ you.
  • Can become a platform for bullying, snide comments and generally putting people down; which is the perception some people have of social media.
  • Oversharing can become very irritating if the information which is posted is irrelevant to you, i.e. pointless Facebook status updates.

These are a few points on the effects of social media, out of thousands. So, if you’ve got anything you’d like to add feel free to comment below!

What other effects do you think social media has?

Let me know your thoughts, opinions and insights in the comment section below…as always I look forward to hearing from you!!

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Job seeking in a digital age | Guest blog by EmployCallumToday


How the digital age brings job seeking to your front door

The recovering economy means more and more employers are confident about recruiting but they haven’t forgotten the lessons learnt from several years of recession and with an ever-growing pool of talent competition is tough. Employers can no longer afford to take a first through the door approach so how can job seekers grab the attention of potential employers and secure their ideal job?

In today’s digital age, a perfectly crafted CV is still a valuable use of time.

The only difference is that job seekers no longer need to trail door to door to let employers know they are looking for work. Many businesses today reject printed CVs, especially recruiters who commonly adopt a digital-only policy.

Popular sites such as Monster, Indeed and Reed mean you don’t even have to send your CV out to potential employers because they can find you. Although the success rate of being head hunted is considerably lower than actively approaching your potential future employers.

You are your own brand.

Richard Branson recently said the best form of advertising is the free stuff. This is particularly relevant for anyone looking to develop a successful career because employers are increasingly checking up on candidates using social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. How often do you see friends complaining about their job and employer online? If you were an employer and saw negative comments such as those would you take another second to consider that person’s application?

On the other end of the scale, how often do you see friends and other people you’re connected with talking about subjects that are relevant to their careers? If you are looking for your next career step or actively aware of your career progression, it will add benefit to strategically tweet information and post discussions that relate to your industry. I.e. if you are a digital marketer you should already know that content is king and you should have a regularly updated blog about your career learnings, industry news and technological advances.

Think of the 7P’s of marketing –  if employers are using social media then you should be using it too providing them with physical evidence that you are who you say you are.

It’s not all about attention in your particular category but attention per say.

Word of mouth is the strongest form of publicity and you are ten times more likely on average to succeed in an interview if you are recommended by someone the employer trusts. So why are you not running around phoning everybody you know to tell them you are looking for work? Because you don’t need to. Social media is word of mouth publicity and you can talk to any number of people at the same time using it. Don’t limit your reach by targeting a particular audience, aim to attract that audience and other people who might know somebody hiring that might point potential employers in your direction.

Consider these three rules and you could well be laughing all the way to the bank:

  1. Visual content is more appealing than just text across all social media channels
  2. People like subtle humour, they like ‘clever’ and they enjoy watching people try (take for example Ron Burgundy’s ads for the new Dodge Durango.)
  3. Use the Like Vs. Share rule and invite your friends and connections to grow your audience (Just remember to turn information and statements into a question answerable by liking or sharing.)

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Images like this work well on Twitter where you can only use 140 characters and equally on other social media channels.

To find out more about Callum Davies or his digital marketing campaign to find employment visit www.employcallumtoday.co.uk or get in touch with him by emailing info@employcallumtoday.co.uk.

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Twitter Tools To Help You Track Your Twitter Growth


Ever wondered how much of an impact your Twitter account is making?

Well there’s no need to wonder any longer because these 3 tools will help you keep track of your Twitter accounts growth..

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LinkedIn Reaches 1 MILLION Users


LinkedIn has reached 1 Million users in New Zealand! LinkedIn currently has over 259 Million users worldwide. According to LinkedIn’s data the student marketing is increasing, with OVER 30 million students around the world signing up to join LinkedIn. This is most likely because LinkedIn can also be used to search jobs and universities. Businesses can benefit because people can find them on LinkedIn and connect with them, and so learn about their business etc. Building up connections on LinkedIn also helps you to increase your online presence as well as allowing you to build your professional brands.

As there are around 260 Million LinkedIn users it would make sense to tell you, or give you top tips, on how to improve your LinkedIn profile. So, here are 5 top tips to improve your LinkedIn profile:

  1. Make sure your profile picture is professional looking. An employer, or potential employer, isn’t going to want to see an image of you out on a Friday night with your mates.
  2. Use your full name as a LinkedIn username.
  3. Make sure you display your main skills and/or strengths in your title page or headline.
  4. Boost your bio; make sure you fill all of, or as many of the fields as you can; focusing on other jobs and projects you think are valuable to potential employers.
  5. Create relevant post; don’t post things which aren’t relevant to your industry.

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