Besy Buy, iTunes, Target, Walmart and Whole Foods are among the names used to lure Facebook users into phony gift card offers.
If you're looking for work, clean up your Facebook page and watch your tweets.
Almost half of all employersare using social networking sites to screen potential employees, according to a CareerBuilder survey of 2,600 hiring managers.
The survey, which was done last year, found that 45 percent of the HR managers — more than double the number from the previous year's survey — were checking on candidates through social media sites. The majority were looking on Facebook (29 percent), LinkedIn (26 percent) or MySpace (21 percent) but they were also searching blogs (11 percent) and following jobs candidates on Twitter (7 percent).
Most said the social networking sites allowed them to determine how well a person would fit into their organization while others also saw it as a way to doublecheck professional qualifications or judge communication skills.
Of course, 35 percent said they find content that led to the job candidate not being hired. What were the offenses? Provocative and inappropriate photographs and, as you might expect, bad-mouthing a previous boss. Bad spelling and grammar also cost some people a job offer.
Robyn Crigger, a managing partner at OI Partners-Compass Career Management Solutions in Raleigh, suggested the following tips to get the most out of social media in a job search. OI Partners provides executive coaching, leadership development and workforce planning to individuals and companies.
- Compile a complete profile with searchable key words that detail the full range of your experience. List your accomplishments.
- Spread the word about your career status, and update your sites at least weekly. Let me people know of any freelance, contract or part-time work you're doing. If appropriate share links.
- Post recommendations from former bosses, clients and colleagues.
- Create a personalized website address on social networking sites that includes your name. Put this on your cover letters, resume and business cards.
- And remember to pay close attention to spelling and grammar.
Facebook is rejecting bit.ly URLs for me a number
others. Anyone know why? In fact, I could not even use the phrase bit.ly.
An online survey confirms that Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policies are not sitting well with its users.
Wake County science teacher Melissa Hussain is speaking out on the recent controversy over Facebook comments about her students, the South and Christianty that created a national controversy.
In an op-ed column today, Hussain, writes that she had been reacting to the "disrepectful behavior" of her West Lake Middle students because of her desire to keep religion out of a discussion on evolution. Hussain, who previously declined to comment, said she's a Christian but her students began to spread rumors that she's Muslim or an atheist.
Hussain writes that she hadn't realized that Facebook had changed her privacy settings to make her account public, allowing her students to see the caustic comments that parents had complained about.
Good things do come across Facebook pages.
Melissa Hussain, the teacher who got in trouble over comments on her Facebook page, has been moved out of the classroom and into the Wake County school system's central office.
As noted in today's article, Hussain was reassigned late last month to be the district's coordinating teacher for middle school science. The reassignment comes after Hussain had been suspended with pay for more than a month while the school district investigated complaints from parents.
Hussain had been an eighth-grade science teacher at West Lake Middle School until February. Parents had complained about comments such as her calling it a "hate crime" that students had left a Bible on her desk and that she wouldn't let the incident "go unpunished."