Archive for February, 2016

What You Post Today, Will Affect You Tomorrow: A Social Media Lesson from Yelp

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=fired+by+social+media&oq=fired+by+social+media&gs_l=img.3..0i24.988.3554.0.3753.21.9.0.12.12.0.88.596.9.9.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.21.632.okZh9zbDtwk#imgrc=JBBqGfFgm_IlmM%3AIf you have been keeping up with the latest Technology news, you have probably heard about the dissatisfied Yelp girl. If you haven’t, the Yelp employee (Talia Jane, 25) was a Customer-Support Representative based out of Silicon Valley. She wrote a very detailed, emotional blog called “An Open Letter To My CEO” – which went into depth about the San Francisco housing crisis, her emotional stress, poor wages paid by her employer, and a little bit about her career aspirations.

“So here I am, 25 years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week.”- Talia Jane

After the blog was posted, Talia Jane was let go from her position at Yelp almost immediately. There has been a lot of discussion on social media the matter. Most of the talk is being based around tech wages, Millennials, and whether or not the girl should have been let go at all. All of these discussions are valid, but there is one discussion in particular that should be duly noted. It is VITAL to always stay professional on social media, even if you believe you have a valid point to make regarding your employment.

This situation is a prime example of letting your emotions take hold of your career. Talia went from having a job that paid the bills (kinda), to not having a job at all. In her case, she is getting a lot of attention but that isn’t the case for everyone who declares war on a company through social media. In fact, if you break any HR policies by talking negatively about your company or providing “insider information”, you can even get sued.

Misusing social media will not only affect your career today but tomorrow as well. If you speak negatively online about people or companies, remember that other will see this. Future employers will be unimpressed, recruiters will see it as unprofessional, and you could damage a potential job interview before you even have a chance to speak with the company.

If you are feeling frustrated with your work, take a step back and look at the big picture. Whatever your problems is – you don’t like your job, your boss is rude, you don’t like the person who sits near you, etc. is it really going to help if you post about it online? Even if your account settings are on lock-down and are private, nothing is private online. Someone, somewhere, could find it . . . leaving you one screenshot away from dipping into your savings.

Whatever your problem is at work: think through it; or talk it over with someone who is separated from the situation, and think about your career logically. Acting in the moment doesn’t always help (though sometimes we admit it does feel good). Even if you can’t fix your problem and want to leave, put in your two weeks’ notice the appropriate way. This way, you can use your current company as a reference.

Everyone has positive and negative situations they have to handle at work. What are a few professional tips you have to relieve stress? Tell us about them by commenting below.

 

 

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5 Things to Consider Before Going to Graduate School

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=graduate+school&view=detailv2&&id=4D91943D621318C5EA7306554192E62F8258C0CA&selectedIndex=4&ccid=cbtWnUhS&simid=608048412289664117&thid=OIP.M71bb569d485259504d2ceae60c13de18H0&ajaxhist=0Are you considering going to graduate school to enhance your career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math industries? There are a lot of factors to consider when making this decision. Are you going to work and attend school? Or maybe pull out student loans to cover the cost of living while completing the classes? Do you have the time to give up to 30 hours a week to go to classes and study? These thoughts and more may be racing through your head right now. There are a lot of factors to consider, but below are 5 key considerations to think about when deciding if you’re ready for graduate school.

First and foremost, really consider if you have the time to go back to school. If you find that you don’t exactly have time to even think about the options, you may need to wait to go back to grad school or you will have to make some serious schedule adjustments. Think about your future: are you about to make any other major life changing decisions? Marriage? Kids? Get a game plan together for the next few years of your life so that you don’t overbook and ultimately overwhelm yourself.

Now that you have planned out a general timeline (life happens), think about what you want to go back to school for. Where are you in your career and where do you want to be? When you go back to graduate school, you will want to gain knowledge that is going to enhance your career and you want to get the most out of the experience. Do your research and compare different programs that are offered at different schools in order to pick one that will work best for you and cater to your specific career needs.

Once you have decided that you are dedicated to the idea of going back to school, you need to prepare yourself for the GRE or GMAT Test. Some schools will use your scores as a determining factor of whether or not you are accepted to the program of your choice, while some just see it as a formality. If you think that you can just “wing-it” and show up for the test, think again. This test will take months of preparation. To give you an idea, The Princeton Review states that the minimum score you can make for the GRE is a 130 and an average score is 150.8. The GMAT ranges from 200 – 800 and two thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. If you want to insure that you are accepted to the program of your choice, the more effort you put into this process, the better.

Once you have completed your GRE or GMAT, you will need to consider how you schedule your classes. Planning out your semester around your work load can be difficult. Are you going to go to classes on week nights so that you have your weekends free? Or another option is to take your classes every other weekend, so that you only have to go to school twice a month and you don’t have to work after you get off work. Make sure and complete the research in advance in order to maximize your time management. What type of schedule you pick will be determined by what program (and school) you decide to enroll in. Even though you will be pulling some late nights or working weekends, the perks of going to school and working at the same time is that you can apply what you are learning immediately to your work. This will not only give you more knowledge but experience as well.

If you think that you can’t possibly manage school and work, another option is to take off work for a couple of years to focus on your studies. You can pull out student loans to pay for your school and dip into your savings to maintain your life style. This is a risky move because debt will pile up but you will have more time on your hands to focus on your studies. Ultimately, plan a schedule that will work best for you and help you succeed.

The last thing to consider before going back to graduate school is Certifications. Since you are a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Industries, sometimes a certification is all you need to advance in your career. Certifications are cheaper and a quicker option, but they aren’t always the answer. Sometimes, you need the graduate school degree. If you’d like to learn more about certifications, check out our blog The TRC Professional Solutions Team – Talks Certifications to learn more.

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