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11 Ways To Optimize The Use Of Social Media In Your Career Development

11 Ways To Optimize The Use Of Social Media In Your Career Development

Social media can be a major career hindrance if used wrong, but it can be equally helpful if you make proper use of it. Here are 11 things you can do to utilize social media for your career

1. You Can Hide It From Prospective Employers

The first thing you need to do is avoid any negative consequences from social media. If your accounts have any unprofessional photos and status updates, you can look into each services’ privacy setting to lessen the chance that an employer will find something that makes you un-hirable. Another strategy is to shift your name on those social media outlets slightly so that employers who search for you are less likely to find what they’re looking for.

2. You Can Create Separate Accounts For Professional Purposes

If you want to keep your current accounts focused on social relationships, you can create new accounts dedicated to social media for your career. Create social media accounts exclusively dedicated to your professional development and you’ll show potential employers that not only do you not embarrass yourself on social media, you utilize it to demonstrate your strengths.

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3. You Can Position Yourself As An Expert

If you devote enough time to your social media presence and write intelligent posts about your industry you can cultivate a following that recognizes you as an expert in your job field. If an employer sees people coming to you for advice, they’ll immediately understand why you would be an invaluable hire.

4. You Can Follow Potential Employers

Some of the best place to suck up are interactive social media outlets. Tweet praise and constructive criticism to accounts for businesses you want to work for and professionals you admire. It’s a great way to show your value in 140 characters or less.

5. You Can Follow Industry Websites

Each career path has its share of sites that outline the proper steps towards achieving your dream gig. Follow those websites so you can get updates every time they post new tips.

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6. You Can Follow Your Peers

Social media is a great way to make connections, even with people who live thousands of miles away. Building up a big network is paramount to finding big success in your career of choice.

7. You Can Follow Your Professional Idols

Learning from the best is a great way to use social media for your career. As fans of the people who inspire you, you probably already have a desire to follow them. Make it a mission to read the updates of successful people and heed their advice so that someday you can achieve an equally lofty status in your industry.

8. You Can Join Online Communities

Some of my biggest career leaps have come from being a part of Facebook groups. Communities like Facebook4Freelancers were invaluable in jump starting my career as an independent writer. Your industry almost definitely has communities that serve the same purpose. Look for Facebook pages and groups that will connect you with thousands of like-minded people in a single click.

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9. You Can Have An Online Portfolio/Resume

The biggest boost to my freelance writing career has been my freelance writing portfolio, a website I can point interested parties to so they know if they’ll get what they’re looking for. Portfolios aren’t necessary for every field, but there aren’t many arenas where having your resume readily available isn’t a huge advantage. Social media services like LinkedIn are solid places to host your portfolio or resume.

10. You Can Report Career Changes

Keep your professional connections updated about where you are on your career path. Regular reminders of your success could persuade them to find a spot for you within their companies’ ranks.

11. You Can Research Different Career Paths

If you’re not sure exactly what you want to do yet, social media is an excellent service to help you find out. Follow people and companies that inspire you; their advice will likely lead you in the right direction.

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Featured photo credit: Jason Howie via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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