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7 Things Every Smart, Forward-Thinking, Student Should Do On Social Media

7 Things Every Smart, Forward-Thinking, Student Should Do On Social Media

By: David Griffiths

As a student, you probably spend the majority of your time working on assignments and studying for exams. In between that time, you probably spend a lot of time checking Facebook and other social networks. Did you know that there’s more to social media than just finding out what your friends are doing, and catching up on the latest celebrity goss? It can, for example, help you secure a job after graduation. Here are some tips to get you started Read more...

5 ‘Must-Do’s’ Before Job Hunting Online

5 ‘Must-Do’s’ Before Job Hunting Online

By: David Griffiths

These days great opportunities can be hard to come by. It’s no secret that hiring managers and recruiters are turning to social media platforms and the internet in general to screen candidates before making hiring decisions, so you want to ensure that you are always putting your best foot forward and one way to do this is by reviewing your online presence and most importantly, updating it. Read more...

Wow Recruiters On LinkedIn

Wow Recruiters On LinkedIn

By: David Griffiths

Recruiters constantly use LinkedIn to find potential employees. How can you ensure your LinkedIn profile stands out from amongst the crowd? Social Check recommends five ways to attract recruiters to your profile.
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Thinking About a Change In Career? Here Are 5 Steps to Find the Job You Want

Thinking About a Change In Career? Here Are 5 Steps to Find the Job You Want

By: David Griffiths

These days we are not bound by the constraints of one workplace for a lifetime. With contract and project based roles being all the rage, millennials are finding themselves changing jobs every two years, resulting in up to 25 job changes come retirement, as opposed to 11 job changes by young baby boomers. So if you’ve found yourself hating life in a role that you are no longer passionate about or are over the whole 9-5 thing, there is something out there for you, but you need to be your own CEO and get out there and find it! Read more...

4 Ways to Separate Yourself from Other Job Seekers

4 Ways to Separate Yourself from Other Job Seekers

By: David Griffiths

When you’re searching for that dream job, you need your application to stand out from those of other job seekers. Unfortunately these days it isn’t as easy as sending off your resume and then finding yourself working for that company in a few weeks. You need to remember that there are other candidates that have applied for the same job, potentially hundreds. With this being the case only you can make yourself stand out to hiring managers and recruiters. Here are 4 ways to stand out from other job seekers: Read more...

Jobseekers, Engage with Your Network to Stand a Greater Chance at Finding New Opportunities

Jobseekers, Engage with Your Network to Stand a Greater Chance at Finding New Opportunities

By: David Griffiths

You have just met a new contact at an event. You exchange business cards and when you return to your office you enter their details in your contact list and add them as a connection on your LinkedIn. For most individuals this method of networking is quite common. But what happens when you need the assistance of this particular contact in the future? Due to a lack of contact and the trust that comes with it, they will most likely be less inclined to want to help you.

Here are 5 things job seekers should do to build networked relationships: Read more...

4 Ways to Brand Yourself to Find Success

4 Ways to Brand Yourself to Find Success

By: David Griffiths

Being out of work and facing the prospect of long-term unemployment can be terrifying, but it’s no time to panic. Consider these 4 strategies to brand yourself to find success:
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3 Ways to Use Google+ In Your Job Search

3 Ways to Use Google+ In Your Job Search

By: David Griffiths

Google+ is still quite new, and a baby in the world of social networks. However, it’s maturing very fast. Because it’s owned by Google, it has many added benefits that you may not be aware of, and it’s a great tool to use in your job search. Here are some ways to get started: Read more...

A Common Sense Guide to Growing Your Network

A Common Sense Guide to Growing Your Network

By: David Griffiths

Social media has made it easier for us to find, connect, and interact with people in our industries. It provides numerous opportunities for us to grow our network, and can help us get that job easier.
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Separating Your Personal Life From Your Professional Life

Separating Your Personal Life From Your Professional Life

By: David Griffiths

Today, your boss, work colleagues, recruiters, and even clients are utilizing social media to discover more about you, and others in their professional environment. Creating a distinction between your personal and professional life, through monitoring your online profiles, and adjusting your privacy settings, is essential for your personal brand and reputation. Individuals should practice the following recommendations when communicating through social media: Read more...

How to Use Twitter to Find Your Next Job

How to Use Twitter to Find Your Next Job

By: David Griffiths

Yes, you can use Twitter to job hunt. LinkedIn is not the only social network for job seekers. However, because of Twitter’s 140 characters limit, a lot more creativity and strategy is required. You’re probably familiar with the usual ways to network on Twitter, such as following people in your industry and interesting companies, and creating a robust profile, but how do you move beyond that?


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5 Golden Rules to Achieve Success on Linkedin

5 Golden Rules to Achieve Success on Linkedin

By: David Griffiths

LinkedIn has proven to be an extremely powerful and professional social media tool. It gives you all the devices you need to showcase yourself in the most compelling way, to lead you to reputational success. Today we are going to discuss 5 key elements to achieve reputational success on LinkedIn. Read more...

Review Your Likes Before Your Employer Reviews Them

Review Your Likes Before Your Employer Reviews Them

By: David Griffiths

Your “Likes” say a lot about you as a person. If you are the proud owner of a public Facebook or Twitter account, then you must know that your online activity is currently on display for everyone to see. You might think that there’s no reason to worry about this, but employers think that it can be a problem. Read more...

Manage risk, consider protecting your tweets

Manage risk, consider protecting your tweets

By: David Griffiths

A single tweet could undermine your opportunities

The great thing about Twitter is that you can share your immediate thoughts with lots of people very quickly. Unfortunately, that is also one of the more harmful aspects of that platform.

The average person has tweeted hundreds, possibly thousands of times if they’ve been using the platform for more than a few years. That is a lot of tweets. This can make it difficult for a person to review each and every one, while also deleting the ones that they regret Read more...

The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn

The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn

By: David Griffiths

The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn

Creating a LinkedIn profile as a student can be somewhat daunting but there are real and tangible benefits for doing so. Read more...

How Online Resumes Play Into Job Searching

How Online Resumes Play Into Job Searching

By: David Griffiths

When you first start to consider getting your first job, your first thought is to write a resume. That is all well and good, but you should also consider creating an online resume. It’s quite different from the printed resume – which you submit to possible employers – because it covers all of your skills and experiences, without having to keep it short and within two pages. Read more...

How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked Before

How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked Before

By: David Griffiths


How To Make The Most Out Of LinkedIn If You’ve Never Worked Before

LinkedIn is for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked a day in your life because LinkedIn is about sharing your skills and showing your potential.

But how can you show your future employers what you are capable of, if you don't have a past employment background? Read more...

What businesses don't understand about social media but need to

What businesses don't understand about social media but need to

By: David Griffiths



Social media appeared en masse about 3500 days ago. In the blink of an eye, 1 in 4 people on the planet have embraced some form of social media.

What I think is interesting is businesses’ initial reaction to social media has remained largely unchanged: That social media presents a risk, a threat and therefore it needs to be managed by putting in place strict controls and policies across the organisation.
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5 Ways to Stand Out to Employers Online

5 Ways to Stand Out to Employers Online

By: David Griffiths

Unfortunately these days good jobs are becoming more elusive, selection criteria is more stringent and critically competition is greater than ever before. That’s why it is essential that job seekers put their best foot forward and take positive and strategic steps to stand out online to employers, whilst remaining honest and authentic.

Don’t worry, it sounds more challenging than it really is! Here are 5 ways to stand out to employers online (in a good way): Read more...

40% of Colleges in USA now check applicants’ social media pages before making an offer

40% of Colleges in USA now check applicants’ social media pages before making an offer

By: David Griffiths

An interesting survey has just come out of the US, showing how universities are now using applicants’ social media pages as part of their decision making process when deciding whether to offer a place to an individual at the university.

The survey of nearly 400 college admission officers across the US by Kaplan, one of the world’s leading admission test preparation companies, found that the percentage of admissions officers who visit applicants’ social media pages to learn more about them has hit a record high of 40% — quadruple the percentage who did so in 2008. Read more...

Navigating the Social Media Minefield to Build Your Online Personal Brand

Navigating the Social Media Minefield to Build Your Online Personal Brand

By: David Griffiths

Today, job seekers need to be mindful that job searching involves more than just sending out their resume. With 93% of recruiters using social media to vet potential candidates, it’s important now more than ever that job seekers are active online.

Here are a list of social media platforms that job seekers should invest some time in learning how to use, and put aside half an hour each day to participate on to build their personal brand and following: Read more...

How to Become an Expert in Your Industry in 2015

How to Become an Expert in Your Industry in 2015

By: David Griffiths

These days, irrespective of your industry competition is high. So how do you stand out and get people to listen to your views? Get recognised as an expert in your industry!

To be recognised as an expert, you need know a lot about your area of expertise. You also need to have the passion and determination to keep learning and be prepared to share that knowledge with the masses. Read more...

Leverage Your LinkedIn Profile to Find Career Success

Leverage Your LinkedIn Profile to Find Career Success

By: David Griffiths

Your LinkedIn profile is the one of the first things employers or hiring managers could come across when assessing your application to a role. So it’s important that you leverage your profile as much as you can to present a strongly as possible. Here are 5 tips to leveraging your LinkedIn profile to find career success: Read more...

How to use social media to create a strong online presence

How to use social media to create a strong online presence

By: David Griffiths

Websites such as ‘Seek’, ‘Monster’, ‘Indeed’ and ‘LinkedIn’, along with their apps, have made it easy for jobseekers to find vacant positions. However with this comes great competition and the added challenge of being able to stand out.

So what weapons do you have to make yourself stand out from other candidates? Is your online presence playing to your advantage? Here’s some great advice to get your social media profiles working for you, to set you apart from the rest so you get your dream job for 2015! Read more...

4 Steps To Get Discovered by Recruiters

4 Steps To Get Discovered by Recruiters

By: Olivia Salanitro

Job searching can be a time consuming activity, not to mention an anxious one. Soon, you’re a ball of stress dealing with cover letters, phone and face-to-face interviews. But picture this, a recruiter comes across your LinkedIn profile and calls YOU to see if you are interested in a new opportunity! Wouldn’t that be nice!
Now, I can hear most of you going that’s never going to happen to me. Well the truth is, you’re wrong; it could very well happen to you. Yes, it doesn’t happen to everyone. But you can take actions to increase your chances of being discovered. Here are 4 steps to stand out and get noticed by recruiters: Read more...

8 Ways Companies Can Make a Good First Impression with Content

8 Ways Companies Can Make a Good First Impression with Content

By: David Griffiths

How does your company engage with customers, clients and employees? Does it involve sending emails, blogs, posting on the company website and its corporate social pages?

Each of these forms of professional engagement says something about the business, so you need to make sure that the company is communicating its content in a clear and effective way. This is the cornerstone of the companies brand, and is the first impression you will give to prospective customers, so you need to think strategically before publishing your content.

Here are 8 great tips to ensure that you are making a good first impression via your company content: Read more...

You Could Be Giving Away More Online Than You Think

You Could Be Giving Away More Online Than You Think

By: David Griffiths

Today’s social media platforms make it really easy for us to build our networks and share our experiences, thoughts, insights, personal information and areas of interest. But could this be putting our future at risk?

What we post online today will be available for years to come, to be viewed by future employers, university admissions or even identity thieves. Here are some tips to help guide you through best-practice online: Read more...

David Griffiths talks digital personal brand

David Griffiths talks digital personal brand

By: David Griffiths

David Griffiths, Founder of SocialCheck.com joins the EchoJunction podcast this week to talk personal branding.

We discuss:

- What is a personal brand?
- The importance of first impressions – when someone googles you, what will they find?
- Why taking deliberate steps is key to managing your personal brand
- How rapidly things have changed – social media is only 3,000 days old!
- Why an audit of your online presence is important and some typical issues SocialCheck have found in their reports
- The perception that can be conveyed even if you post nothing online
- How 1bn of 4bn google searches every day are about an individual
- Best practice in terms of separating how you present personal and professional information about yourself, and on which platforms
- Why businesses need to be aware of the “cumulative personal brands” of their sales teams and employees
- The positive impact stemming from the image portrayed by David Thodey on LinkedIn when he was CEO of Telstra
- The very powerful impact if employee generated content is harnessed effectively

Plus lots more!
(including a very interesting prediction for the future)
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Uncovering the Mystery of First Impressions

Uncovering the Mystery of First Impressions

By: David Griffiths

You’re at a business conference and you see a stranger approaching you. Before they’ve even opened their mouth to speak, you’ve already formed an impression of them. Based on the way they walk, the expression on their face, the clothes they’re wearing, and their body language, you’ve already decided if this person is worthy of your time.
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5 Shocking Ways Your Facebook Friends Can Impact Your Job Search

5 Shocking Ways Your Facebook Friends Can Impact Your Job Search

By: David Griffiths

In life, the people you associate yourself with says something about you; this is also true online. Nowadays, more and more recruiters use social media sites, such as Facebook, to research candidates. Most of you are probably wary of the content you have on Facebook, such as your status updates and photos, but have you looked at your Facebook friends? Here are some reasons why you should Read more...

4 Surprising Reasons to Think Before Posting

4 Surprising Reasons to Think Before Posting

By: David Griffiths

“The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink,” said Erica Albright on The Social Network.

Our online posts are permanent, they can’t be rubbed out. Even after they’ve been deleted, a record of them could still exist somewhere. What we say online could have long-lasting consequences, so it’s a good idea to pause before posting, and think about what you’re posting. If you’re still not convinced, here are four reasons why you should think before posting:
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3 Good Reasons to Separate Your Personal and Professional Life Online

3 Good Reasons to Separate Your Personal and Professional Life Online

By: David Griffiths

Most of us spend the majority of our time at work, and many close friendships have been formed in the workplace. However, while it’s great to make friends at work, it’s also important to separate our personal lives from our professional lives. There are several ways to do this, some people use different networks - such as LinkedIn and Twitter for their professional life, and Facebook for their personal life. However you do it, it’s a good idea to separate the two. Here are some reasons why you should consider doing so, if you haven’t already: Read more...

10 Ways To Use Social Media to Build Your Online Reputation

10 Ways To Use Social Media to Build Your Online Reputation

By: David Griffiths

Building your online reputation isn't as easy as it may seem. It's more than just creating a website and posting on your social media accounts. You need to think about your area of expertise, how others will benefit from what you have to say, your readership and how best to engage with them. Here are 9 ways to use social media to build your online reputation: Read more...

3 Things to Consider When Looking For A New Job

3 Things to Consider When Looking For A New Job

By: David Griffiths

Looking for a new job can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Technological advancement along with the constantly shifting employment market are undoubtedly to blame and have significantly changed the job hunting process, resulting in this negative experience. The good news is that if you get on top of the new techniques and trends, your job search won’t be such a headache! Here are 3 things to consider when looking for a new job: Read more...

Students, Here are 3 Steps to Build Your Brand for 2015

Students, Here are 3 Steps to Build Your Brand for 2015

By: David Griffiths

Students, it’s never too early to pay a little attention to your personal brand.

You may think, well I have a long time to go before I need to worry about resumes and interviews and the job hunt in general. But your online presence begins from the moment your fingertips touch the keypad (or touch screen) so the earlier you start thinking about building a powerful online presence, the better. Here are 3 steps to get students started on building their personal brand: Read more...

4 Goals For Your Job Search in 2015

4 Goals For Your Job Search in 2015

By: David Griffiths

Most job seekers goals when it comes to finding new employment opportunities surround sending out 50 resumes a week, along with the hope of securing a job ASAP. But let’s be honest, is hitting that apply button over and over again really the most productive and effective way of finding a new job? Probably not. First of all it’s not fun and secondly a smaller group of goals are actually going to have a greater impact and stand a greater chance of success that a few big difficult goals. Read more...

5 Strategies to Engage When Hunting a New Job for 2015

5 Strategies to Engage When Hunting a New Job for 2015

By: David Griffiths

Looking for a new job can be a frustrating and time consuming journey. Especially on short notice! Don’t get caught in the woes of being unemployed, be determined and put these 5 strategies to play when hunting for a new job in 2014: Read more...

4 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Finding Work

4 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Finding Work

By: Olivia Salanitro

Each day recruiters apply the latest tools and technologies to vet candidates and make hiring decisions. It has become easy for job seekers to fall behind and feel lost when it comes to knowing what they should be on to be discovered. Job seekers, never fear, Social Check is here with 4 tips to increase your chances of finding work: Read more...

Build your personal brand to enhance your business

Build your personal brand to enhance your business

By: David Griffiths

These days it’s incredibly important that business owners not only invest in building their business brand but also their personal brand. Your personal brand directly impacts how your business is perceived, so you want to ensure that this is working for you, rather than against you. Here are 4 ways to build your personal brand to enhance your business: Read more...

Are you an Influencer or a Thought Leader?

Are you an Influencer or a Thought Leader?

By: Olivia Salanitro

Social platforms today provide us with multiple avenues to communicate and connect with people on a large scale, and give us with the means to become Thought Leaders or Influencers in our area of expertise. So what is the difference between a Thought Leader and an Influencer, and how do you go about becoming one?
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8 Steps to a Successful Career

8 Steps to a Successful Career

By: David Griffiths

There are eight simple steps that once mastered will help you achieve the success that you deserve. These can be applied to any industry, field, occupation and career level. Here are 8 steps to a successful career:
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9 Things Never to Include in Your Online Profiles

9 Things Never to Include in Your Online Profiles

By: David Griffiths

Many articles detail what is essential to include on your online profiles, but very few highlight what should NEVER be included.

We’re not always as truthful as we would like to be online and our profiles are one of the most common places that reflect this. Ensure not to include:
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6 Social Media Mistakes That Can Impact Your Job Search

6 Social Media Mistakes That Can Impact Your Job Search

By: Olivia Salanitro

Today, more and more recruiters look to social media before hiring, or even interviewing, candidates. It’s quick, easy, and saves time. You may see this as an invasion of your privacy, but the truth is that most content on our online profiles is publicly available. Save yourself from making a mistake that could jeopardise your job search by avoiding these six mistakes: Read more...

5 Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Online Personal Brand

5 Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Online Personal Brand

By: David Griffiths

Your online personal brand is an extension of your offline reputation. If used well, your social networks can enhance your personal brand, and help you establish a name for yourself in your industry.

However, if used incorrectly, it can damage your personal brand, resulting in a loss of job, or if you’re unemployed, it can sabotage your chances of getting that job. Here are five things to keep in mind and watch out for: Read more...

4 Unexpected Ways Social Media Can Impact Your Job Hunt

4 Unexpected Ways Social Media Can Impact Your Job Hunt

By: Olivia Salanitro

Social media has made it easier for us to speak our minds. We can voice our opinions openly, in a way that we often can’t in real life. We feel a renewed sense of confidence because our audience cannot see us, and we cannot see their reactions. However, this doesn’t mean there are no consequences.
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Warning: 3 Dangers of Social Networking

Warning: 3 Dangers of Social Networking

By: David Griffiths

Social media is great. It allows us to keep in contact with old friends, and also meet new friends and engage with them. However, there is a darker side of social media, and networking online, that most people aren’t aware of, or choose to ignore.

It’s important to address some of the dangers of social networking, so you can keep yourself, and your friends, safe. It will also help you keep your personal brand intact. You don’t want silly posts on your online profiles tarnishing your personal brand. Read more...

4 Mistakes Job Seekers Make Online

4 Mistakes Job Seekers Make Online

By: Amy Cheng

As a job seeker, you’re probably looking for ways to stand out amongst the crowd. Well, one thing that will give you an edge over others is a great online presence. Now that first impressions are made online, it’s important to look good online.

Clean up your social media profiles, and put your best foot forward. And while you’re at it, analyse your behaviour on social media. Are you making silly mistakes?

Here are four mistakes to avoid: Read more...

5 Pieces of Advice Regarding Social Media Every Job Seeker Needs

5 Pieces of Advice Regarding Social Media Every Job Seeker Needs

By: Olivia Salanitro

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t make it past the interview stage, or even been called for an interview in the first place, then maybe it’s time to check your social media profiles.

Employers and recruiters are taking advantage of the many features of social media, particularly using it to vet potential candidates. If there is anything inappropriate on your profile, it could affect your chances of getting that job. Read more...

4 Reasons to Review Your Online Presence

4 Reasons to Review Your Online Presence

By: David Griffiths

Before going to a job interview, you normally do your best to look presentable. If you’re a female, you’ll put on some makeup, check that your hair is tidy, and dress well; if you’re a male, you’ll shave, put on a nice shirt, and maybe a tie too.

So, why don’t we do this to our online profiles? Most of the stuff on our online profiles is probably the real life equivalent of showing up to a job interview late, with dirty and smelly clothes, messy hair, and bad breath.

It’s a good idea to check your online profiles before applying for a job. If you’re not convinced yet, here are four more reasons why you should do so: Read more...

Why You Should Think Before Posting

Why You Should Think Before Posting

By: David Griffiths


Social media has made it easier for us to have conversations online, even with people we don’t know in real life, or normally have access to, such as celebrities. However, we can forget that a conversation on social media is different to a conversation in real life; the posts we make can sometimes have serious consequences.

Last month (March 2014), an Australian boy, Andrew Farley, was fined $105,000 for defaming a school teacher, Christine Mickle, online. The former student posted critical and nasty comments about the teacher on Twitter and Facebook. These comments spread quickly, and led to Mickle taking an extended leave. Read more...

4 Pieces of Advice About Social Media Every Job Seeker Needs

4 Pieces of Advice About Social Media Every Job Seeker Needs

By: Amy Cheng

The popularity of social media has grown rapidly over the last few years, and is probably here to stay. It is slowly becoming an important part of the job seeking process. Nowadays, more and more recruiters and employers are using social media to filter out potential candidates, even before the interviewing process. Read more...

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using Twitter In Your Job Hunt

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using Twitter In Your Job Hunt

By: Olivia Salanitro

Twitter has become a powerful resource for both recruiters and job seekers. Deemed as the new ‘job board’ by the Wall Street Journal, its value lies in its ability for an individual to publish concise information in 140-characters or less, in real-time. When used correctly, it can open doors to many new opportunities. Here’s why we think you should tweet for a job:
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A Mistaken Identity on Google Can Affect You

A Mistaken Identity on Google Can Affect You

By: David Griffiths

So, you’ve tried Googling yourself and found nothing. Your name is far too common, but you’re also not very active online. Well, you’re still not entirely safe. A mistaken identity on Google could still affect your chances of getting that job. You know that the information is not about you, but a potential employer or recruiter will not know that. In fact, many recruiters reject applicants before confirming that the bad stuff they’ve found is actually about the candidate. This is not fair, but there are some things that you can do to change these circumstances. Here are some examples: Read more...

3 Ways to Use Twitter Without Getting Fired

3 Ways to Use Twitter Without Getting Fired

By: David Griffiths

In 2009, @theconnor, a newly hired employee for Cisco, tweeted: Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work. Before long, Tim Levad from Cisco Alert tweeted back: Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web. You can probably guess what happened to @theconnor. If you’re not careful about what you tweet, you may be fired. Now, this doesn’t mean you should avoid Twitter completely. Use it wisely and with caution; think before you tweet. Read more...

The Power Of The Hashtag In Your Job Search

The Power Of The Hashtag In Your Job Search

By: Olivia Salanitro

In a short space of time #hashtags have become a powerful part of the online communication process. #Hashtags can now be seen everywhere, from popular TV shows to advertising on food labels, to the point of being a part of most peoples everyday vocabulary (not that this is necessarily a good thing #tragic!). No one could have predicted its huge success, but one thing is for certain, #hashtags can be used to help you get that job. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t dismiss #hashtags, but include them in your tweets: Read more...

5 Reasons Your Job Hunt Has Been A Disaster

5 Reasons Your Job Hunt Has Been A Disaster

By: Olivia Salanitro

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time. It’s time for us to face the reality of why our job search has been a disaster. There is no one else to blame except for ourselves, our job searching strategies, and our efforts. Whilst this may not be easy to hear, its important to realise where we are going wrong, and recognise what to change to get it right. Don’t let the job hunt blues get the better of you! Here are six reasons your job search may be going southwards, and great ways to resolve them. Read more...

A 7 Step Guide to Maintaining Professional Relationships Online

A 7 Step Guide to Maintaining Professional Relationships Online

By: David Griffiths

You’ve been told numerous times that networking is important, and it is crucial that you grow your network, but how exactly do you do it? Well, it’s not as complicated as you may think. Once you’ve made that initial contact with someone, there are several things you can do to maintain that relationship and keep it going. Here are seven ways to try:
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5 Reasons Why Employees Should be Allowed to Use Social Media

5 Reasons Why Employees Should be Allowed to Use Social Media

By: Olivia Salanitro

Many employers restrict, or even ban, the use of social media in the workplace, to prevent employees from posting negative comments about the company. However, while this may be effective, it is not necessarily the best choice.

Gary Vaynerchuk, an entrepreneur, believes it is a bad idea to control employees’ use of social media, and believes it is equivalent to forcing them all to ride a horse to work. Read more...

Struggling to Describe Yourself in an Interview? These Tips Can Help You

Struggling to Describe Yourself in an Interview? These Tips Can Help You

By: David Griffiths

Talking about ourselves comes naturally to us, but most of us still struggle with talking about ourselves at job interviews, or when filling out online summaries, such as LinkedIn. It’s important to build up a vocabulary of words to describe yourself, so you can pull them out when needed. Here are some tips to get you started:
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3 Reasons Why It’s a Mistake to Avoid Social Media

3 Reasons Why It’s a Mistake to Avoid Social Media

By: David Griffiths

You’ve heard all the stories of social media mistakes ruining careers and damaging relationships, so you’ve decided to stay off it completely, believing avoidance is the best solution. But did you know that not being on social media also says something about you?
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Social Media Education a MUST For Your Employees

Social Media Education a MUST For Your Employees

By: Olivia Salanitro

These days it has become second nature to vent our frustrations on social media, especially those to do with work. Are we shooting ourselves in the foot? Or does this pose as a great opportunity for employers to improve the workplace? Read more...

7 Ways to Transform your Personal Brand this New Year

7 Ways to Transform your Personal Brand this New Year

By: Olivia Salanitro

You have followed all the instructions. You created an original resume, written tailored cover letters, have an updated LinkedIn page, and built a unique online portfolio, blog and website. You have also ensured that publically available information on your personal social media is appropriate, and have networked and put yourself out there. But after all that, opportunities still aren’t coming your way. So what else can you possibly do? Read more...

A 5 Step Guide to Starting Out on LinkedIn in the New Year

A 5 Step Guide to Starting Out on LinkedIn in the New Year

By: Amy Cheng

You’ve heard all about LinkedIn; it’s great for networking, displaying your skills, and finding work. But where do you start? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of sections to complete on LinkedIn, and not know where to begin. Here are some tips to help you get started on LinkedIn for the new year.
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9 Tips for Job Seekers in 2014

9 Tips for Job Seekers in 2014

By: David Griffiths

There’s no better time than the present to start planning new and exciting resolutions for the new year, especially if you’re a job seeker. If you’re hoping to get your dream job, you should aim to have your resolutions ready to action once the clock strikes 12, bringing forth 2014. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals in the new year:

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Why You Need a Personal Website this New Year

Why You Need a Personal Website this New Year

By: Amy Cheng


Smart job-seekers know what tools to use to make themselves stand out, and one of these tools is a personal website. According to a survey by Workfolio, 56% of hiring managers regard personal websites highly, deeming it to the be most impressive hiring or self-marketing tool. With this being the case, if you don’t have a personal website, you should definitely consider creating one! Here’s why we think it’s important: Read more...

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Online Presence For The New Year

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Online Presence For The New Year

By: Olivia Salanitro

Recruiters and employers now use social media to filter out potential candidates, even before the interview stage, more than ever before. So it’s crucial to clean up your online presence before applying for jobs, to prevent sabotaging your chances of getting the job. Follow these 5 tips to have a pristine online presence in the New Year: Read more...

Warning - That Silly Update Can Cost You A Job

Warning - That Silly Update Can Cost You A Job

By: David Griffiths

You had a great night out, where you partied hard, had a few too many drinks, and thought it would be a great idea to post about it online. Better yet, you even had photographic evidence - you passed out in a bathtub, with a bottle in hand - which you promptly set as your profile photo. While most of your friends may have a laugh about this, it could potentially cost you your next job.
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6 Reasons to Be On LinkedIn Now

6 Reasons to Be On LinkedIn Now

By: Olivia Salanitro

LinkedIn is just another social media site, like Facebook and Twitter, right? Wrong! LinkedIn is known for being a powerful networking tool for professionals, but it’s also so much more than that. Are you aware of the full potential of LinkedIn? Here are six reasons why you should be using it now. Read more...

Surprising Consequences of Spelling Mistakes Online

Surprising Consequences of Spelling Mistakes Online

By: Amy Cheng

It happens innocently. Maybe you were in a rush and hastily updated Facebook with your latest news; or perhaps you were distracted, trying to juggle a conversation with a friend while tweeting. Whatever the reason, a mistake was made. Read more...

How Profanity Online Can $#*% You Up

How Profanity Online Can $#*% You Up

By: David Griffiths

The ‘four-letter’ word, dirty words, swear words, expletives, blasphemies! We all know that swear words have negative connotations, but we still feel comfortable enough to use them frequently, more so online. What are the consequences and implications of this behaviour; and can it affect our career opportunities? Read more...

How to Assess Your Online Presence

How to Assess Your Online Presence

By: David Griffiths

Just like we frequently update our wardrobe, and do that yearly spring clean, it’s also important for us to regularly clean up our online presence. Our digital footprint directly impacts our personal brand, because first impressions are now formed about us online. So for our career and reputation, it’s essential that we continually monitor and update our online presence.

An online audit should occur every three to four months; It’s as simple as modifying your pre-existing profiles, and conducting quick Google searches to see what’s being written about you. Not doing so can have damaging ramifications, costing you your job, potential clients, and opportunities of further growth in your field. Read more...

How to Help Your Teen Manage Their Online Reputation

How to Help Your Teen Manage Their Online Reputation

By: Olivia Salanitro

Digital tools are critical in many facets of our lives, from education and work, to communication and building valuable networks. Generations are being raised in a digital era dominated by social media and online interaction; so it’s not surprising that children already have an online presence from the age of two. It does however raise the question, should parents be managing their teenagers online reputation? It is essential that we vocalise the importance of building a positive online presence, and the potential damage to ones personal brand, that comes with a negative presence. Read more...

Don’t Remember Posting That? Well, Social Media Does!

Don’t Remember Posting That? Well, Social Media Does!

By: David Griffiths

Every social media post, photo, status update, and tweet leaves behind a digital footprint that can be traced back to you. Whether we like it or not, things we regret, or even forget we have placed online, can come back to bite us, limiting our opportunities and even costing our career. Our online reputations are more valuable than we realise, and with first impressions now being formed from what is seen about us online, it is more important than ever to think before we post. Read more...

First Impressions Count – Who Are You Really In The Eyes of a Prospective Employer?

First Impressions Count – Who Are You Really In The Eyes of a Prospective Employer?

By: Olivia Salanitro

Society's reliance of online social media platforms has increased dramatically over the last 15 years. In relation to job searching, Seek, Australia’s career searching site, saw a record 29 million total visits in April this year, marking a shocking 70% yearly increase. In the age of a global-society that thrives on networking and connecting in order to find new opportunities, recruiters and prospective employees are gaining insight, and forming first impressions, from an individuals online presence and online persona. Read more...

Social Media and Networking – A Part of Our DNA

Social Media and Networking – A Part of Our DNA

By: Olivia Salanitro

Networking has become a daily ritual, along with a strong online presence and professional online profile. It is a critical component in achieving a successful career, especially in finding opportunities and building a strong reputation. So why has social media, and the concept of networking, become a core component of success? Read more...

Social Recruiting-A Recruiters New Hiring Method

Social Recruiting-A Recruiters New Hiring Method

By: David Griffiths

The process of finding a job has changed significantly over the past decade, with newspaper job advertisements, faxing in your resume, and even printing out your resume has become a thing of the past. Current practices in job-hunting involve searching online job advertisements on websites, such as CareerOne, Seek and Pedestrian TV, and attaching your resume and cover letter. The problem, however, is that the modern job finding process is changing, from the ‘spoon-fed’ process of ‘show me what’s available at the moment’, to the ‘recommend me to someone for an interview’ method. This is all thanks to social media, and the modern form of recruitment known as ‘social recruiting’. Read more...

Using Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

Using Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

By: Olivia Salanitro

Lets face it, landing your dream job, an interview – heck, any job can be difficult these days. You can have all the experience necessary and recommendations from the best but there is always that one person with just that little more career experience and expertise than you that gets the job. We have all been here at some point. This means though is that individuals need to go to extra lengths to stand out and present themselves in the most compelling way and this is where reputation and personal brand come in. Luckily we have tools such as social media now to help us boost our personal reputation and personal brand so we can start getting those jobs that once seemed impossible to attain. Read more...

Your Online Presence Matters – The Risks to Graduates and Job Seekers

Your Online Presence Matters – The Risks to Graduates and Job Seekers

By: David Griffiths

An online article by ‘School of Reputation’ revealed, “90% of employers are relying on social media to evaluate job candidates.” According to their source, Mr John Millen of 'Reputation Group', “Students are ruining their online reputations with inappropriate comments, photos and videos.” Teenagers, school leavers, university students, and graduates must be aware that first impressions are now formed online, and online behaviour is impacting career opportunities. Read more...

Managing Business Reputational Risk

Managing Business Reputational Risk

By: Olivia Salanitro

Whether we like it or not everything is subject to opinion and scrutiny – even by the people we trust implicitly. An employee’s online presence can heavily impact their reputation; in some cases a single tweet, photo or negative comment on social media can have disastrous ramifications, from ruining an individuals career, to damaging the integrity of a company. With first impressions being formed from an individual’s and organisations online presence it is more important than ever that great care is taken on what is published online. Read more...

Your Online Persona Reflects the 'Real' You

Your Online Persona Reflects the 'Real' You

By: David Griffiths

Gone are the days of judging a job applicant solely on their resume, cover letter, career references and first interviews. With society's high dependency of the online world the new “first impression” is gathered from your online persona and mainly determined by your interaction on social media. Read more...

8 Steps to Effectively Manage Your Online Persona

8 Steps to Effectively Manage Your Online Persona

By: Olivia Salanitro

Here at Social Check, we believe that each individual should be able to control and monitor their online presence, in order to protect and effectively manage their personal brand. After all, the new “first impression” today is evaluated from one’s online presence, and with a constantly evolving social media landscape, it is easy to lose your way amongst the vastly differing platforms. Hence, we decided to gather a list of our top 8 tips to assist you in effectively managing your online reputation and career. Read more...

Welcome to Social Check™

Welcome to Social Check™

By: David Griffiths

Social Check™ was born in 2012. We recognised that the world we live in is changing, with the confluence of our personal and professional online personas. Read more...