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The Social Chicks fly again!

Tonight at the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce, our first monthly session on social  media topics for business. Tonight is full, but catch us next month!

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Help Wanted: Construction and Trades

One of my two jobs is marketing for a renovation company. Right now we are looking for skilled tradespeople for window installations and bathroom and kitchen renovations. However, in the past we’ve noticed that this category of workers is notorious for less-than-professional applications when applying for jobs.

Perhaps because it’s a blue-collar field, construction job seekers think it’s okay to be casual when applying for work. However, I think a general rule to abide by is this: whatever level of professionalism you use to apply for a job, that will be the type of employer you attract. If you want a good employer who treats you right, you need to present yourself professionally. Whether your skills are in trades or any other industry, you may not necessarily be an excellent writer. But whether your writing skills are great or not, always have someone look over your resume and cover letter. Get someone with excellent writing and grammar skills, or go to an employment centre and ask someone to review your work. You’ll end up with a much more attractive job application that will get you in the door at more companies you apply with.

I found this great article with some good examples of what do to and what not to do, as well as some general tips. The only thing I disagree with is checking your spelling and grammar using your computer’s spell-check. I’m not saying that’s not a good idea, and you should use your spell-check, but another set of human eyes can catch mistakes that you as the writer (and your spell-check) may not.

The Canadian economy is on the upswing, so there will be more jobs and work to be had. Applying for a job in any field should always include a professional resume and cover letter that has been reviewed by that valuable second set of eyes!

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Transparency in your online communication

Since Northern Voice last weekend, I’ve been thinking alot about transparency in a person’s online life and how that translates into “real life.”

Recently, I read this article on what not to share online:

8 Shocking (and Hilarious) Social Media Gaffes

“There is no such thing as a private or personal profile and then a professional one. If it is on the Internet, it ALL better be professional, period.”

I sent this article to a friend, wondering if it was just me that thought the eight things seemed a little overboard, and she summed it up pretty well:

Scare tactics. And, essentially, survival of the fittest, no? If you’re an idiot, people are going to find out.

At Northern Voice, Saturday’s keynote speaker, Chris Wilson spoke about transparency and how you should be free to be who you are both online and off. I particularly loved this quote he shared:

Years ago, I chose to live my life with the kind of transparency that would create real connections to real people and ever since then my life became fantastically uncommonly amazing.Yes, it leaves me incredibly vulnerable, but it also creates an amazing amount of safety for me. Having real connections with real people means that I have an enormous group of people who would take a bullet for me.The only regret I have is that I didn’t do it sooner.

-Tara “@missrogue” Hunt

I couldn’t agree more. Now, if all your Facebook photos are of you getting sloppy drunk in a bar, that says something. But if you are open about who you are and what you believe, I think it shows your online connections who you are as a person. There’s real value in that. Especially in an online world where people sometimes don’t meet face-to-face, or conduct business via email or text. You can miss out on that human element of who you are interacting with on a regular basis. That honesty and transparency is what makes online communication real, and hence allows people to translate those relationships into “real life” relationships.

Besides, it’s not about who might see what you post online, it’s about who you are. “If you’re an idiot, people are going to find out.” I find it boring when people are consistently portraying their lives, their families, their homes and so on as perfect. No one is perfect, and we all know it. I also don’t believe that everything you post online should be professional. Only posting things you would want your mother to see? Really? No one lives like that in their personal life, why should it be that way online?

I hope that as time goes on people realize that online communication can be “real” communication, and realize the value in transparency. It’s true that it’s survival of the fittest. If you are an inspiring person in your personal life, it will show online, and vice versa. As they say, you take the good with the bad, and accept people “warts and all.”

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