Getting employed

As a junior in college, a lot of my free time has been spent thinking about what I’m going to do post-graduation in less than two years. Conversations with my peers seem to revolve around internships and goals and what comes next. The other day, I saw an article in my Twitter feed that was really helpful and informative called “The ultimate social media guide to getting a job.” It started off with a  statistic: 93% of employers say they search your social media profiles when considering you for a job. Then, it lists different tips for each social media site and how to make them professional and pleasing to potential employers. This is a topic that is very important to students my age. We are constantly on social media. Our online footprint is greater than any generation that came before us, so it is important to make sure that these profiles aren’t going to hurt us when searching for a job. Here are some of the tips that they recommend in the article:

For Instagram, they recommend a username that includes your name and your profession, write a professional bio and add a link to your website or the companies website. You should post photos at conferences and photos that show your abilities. When it comes to networking via Instagram, you should follow prospective companies, use hashtags that the company uses and interact with industry professionals.

Many of the tips they recommend for Instagram are the same for Twitter. It is important to tweet articles relating to your profession and add your opinions about the article.

Facebook requires a little more polishing. Many of us have had a Facebook profile for several years, so it is important to delete old or inappropriate statues and photos. Post a professional photo and cover photo, and hide your political beliefs and religion to remain neutral. Connect with potential employers, join groups, and interact on a regular basis.

Check out the article to find more tips for Blogger and Pinterest! Always remember on any social networking site to think before you post! If you wouldn’t want a future employer to see it, it is best not to post it at all. Social media can hurt you when job searching, but if you act professionally online and follow these tips, your social media sites will only enhance your chance at getting hired.


Kerner Commission Report

In the 1960s, the United States was a country divided. Segregation was beginning to occur, and many Americans were unhappy, to say the least. Throughout the long, difficult years that led to equality, there were many violent riots in American cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Newark, N.J. President Lyndon B. Johnson decided something needed to be done about these riots and violent acts, so he developed the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, or the Kerner Commission, in July of 1967. Johnson’s goal for this commission was to investigate the cause of these riots and recommendations for what to do in the future. He developed three basic questions that he felt needed to be answered: What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again and again?

The Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (or Kerner Report) was released to the public on Feb. 28, 1968. The document was 426 and became an instant hit. Over two million Americans bought copies of the report. The report found that frustration from the lack of economic opportunity is what caused the riots to break out. They also placed a large blame on the government for failed housing, education and social service developments. Another target of the report was the mainstream media. The report claimed that the media was focused solely on white people and white perspective. The report recommended that the African Americans have more equal treatment in the media so they feel like a part of the community instead of outsiders. It also recommended billions of dollars in new programs to help fix the problem in American cities, which LBJ promptly ignored.

I do believe that the main cause of these riots was racism. When people are oppressed for too long, they eventually snap and tend to react in a violent manner. The Kerner Commission Report was an excellent idea with the best of intentions. I believe that President Johnson attempted with this program to make an effort to prevent more riots from occurring. Thankfully, we live in a world today where racial segregation is no longer prevalent.

2014 Grammy Awards

Tonight is the live broadcast of the 2014 Grammy Awards! Performers and songwriters will have their talents recognized tonight and the change to win music’s most prestigious award. This year is the 56th year of the Grammys, and they have certainly evolved over time. Today, the Grammys have their own Twitter account that has 1,248,347 followers. Fans will be able to tune in around the world to the red carpet and then the broadcast and voice their opinions via social media using the hashtag #GRAMMYs. Record breaking numbers tune into the show-in 2012, it pulled in 39.9 million viewers and in 2013, there was a slight decrease to 28.37 million viewers. In recent years, the Grammys, like most award shows, have become and interactive television broadcast. Opinions will be shared every second tonight on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Viewers will be able to communicate with other viewers and sound off on whether or not they agree with the artists chosen to win each trophy.

Social media makes award shows more interesting to watch. One of my favorite things to do is “live tweet” award shows. I share my opinions on outfits, performances, and the chosen winners. Major award shows like the Grammys have adapted to the growing social media platforms. They are interactive on Twitter with their followers and they promote the use of their hashtag to encourage viewers to watch and share. This is necessary to the success of the broadcast. If the Grammys did not adapt to growing technological advances, they would lose viewers. Watch with me tonight at 8pm on CBS and share your thoughts on your Twitter! Don’t forget to hashtag #GRAMMYs!

Online Journalism

This semester, I am enrolled in a class called Online Journalism. During this course, I will be updated this blog biweekly about topics like social media, news stories and other various topics relating to journalism and the media. I am eager to being working in this class. We will be learning about web design and other interesting topics. I don’t have much experience in the web design field and it is always beneficial to expand my skills. Overall, my posts will be relating to social media and Public Relations, and other things relating to the mass communications field.

I am a Public Relations major and I am always interested in the ways social media and technology affect our society today. I am fascinated by how much technology and media have changed our society in such a short amount of time. In my lifetime, social media has been developed and expanded rapidly. My parents grew up in a time when the internet did not exist, and now it is something that we use every day without even realizing it most of the time. The internet and social media are so second nature that we do not even realize how connected we truly are. In August 2012, I went on a cruise with my family and wasn’t able to use my smart phone for a week. It was so nice to not constantly be focusing on my phone and to be able to spend real, quality time with my family without worrying about what was going on everywhere else.

I will be updating this blog regularly about everything going on in the media.