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Archive for June, 2010

Once you are offered the job, and they tell you what your salary will be it’s important to look at the opportunities the job offers. People say they don’t care about the money, but money sure can pay our bills and we don’t want to behind on our payments! As a result, salary is important to everybody in one way or another.

There are a few questions you should ask yourself when you’re getting job offers

  • What are other professionals making in that area?
  • Are there opportunities for upward mobility?
  • How is the commute? Is it close to home?

Recruiters may be able to help you get the salary you are looking for, You also want to be careful not to out price yourself. When you’re discussing salary with the recruiter don’t forget to be realistic. There are websites that can tell you how much similar jobs pay. I tried it out some of those websites. I found that some websites asked me to sign up before they can tell me the results. Rather than get E-mails from those websites, you are better off asking the recruiter who is working with you. They specialize in placing people, and may be able to help you negotiate if it’s possible.

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This week there were:

  • 600,000 people pre-ordered an iPhone 4
  • 200 million blog posts published on WordPress
  • Reports of Facebook’s 2009 $800 million revenue
  • Twitter over capacity errors (poor birds couldn’t carry the whale)

and to top the list… Microsoft Office 2010–with an improved Outlook and SharePoint program–became available to the public. This week’s headlines are all in some way related. iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and E-mails reflect the way we communicated with each other, and the world.

The iPhone 4

The “it” phone and what virtually everyone appears to want is the new iPhone 4. They want it so much that 600,000 people pre-0rdered it the day pre-orders were taken. According to VentureBeat, “You can still pre-order the device from Apple’s online and retail locations, but you won’t receive it on launch day, June 24.” The iPhone 4 has various exciting features like FaceTime, camera with flash, HD video & editing, as well as many more apps. It will be interesting to see if people who use BlackBerry and Android phones switch and how professionals will use them.

WordPress

Unlike a 140 character status update, blogs allow bloggers to express themselves beyond that. As a guest blogger for Pro-Tem Solutions, I have been maintaining the blog updated trying to reach people’s computer screens as well as providing information. There are almost 12 million people that use blogs to provide recipes, advice, news, and much more. What does 200 million posts this mean? It’s simple, if you want people to read what you have to say then write it out for the world to read.

Facebook

If you still don’t see why social media is important, then maybe $800 million in revenues will.It exceeded expectations by $100 million. Facebook allows users to post updates, pictures, link suggestions, images, and is getting people addicted to online games like FarmVille (BTW: FarmVille was named one of the worst inventions  by Time…Ouch).  Oh, and you can’t forget to “Like” websites, blogs, pages, statuses, pictures, and you can Like comments too!

Twitter

The world is in a status update frenzy with the World Cup and the NBA Finals that users often saw the Twitter birds having trouble lifting the whale. Trending topics like “Stupid Whale” dominated and annoyed users. However, if you used a different app to update your status, your status showed up later when the site was back up.

So how does the above relate to Microsoft Office 2010?

Microsoft released its new Office 2010 version this week. Outlook allows users to integrate their accounts with LinkedIn, Facebook, the not-so-popular-any more-MySpace, as well as its own networking feature. It also has Share Point, a software that will excite IT professionals! After watching the YouTube demonstration on its features, it hit me… “I need an upgrade.”  

What a week!!

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Networking sites have drastically changed how people communicate. There’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and there are mobile applications as well as blogs that give everyone with access to the internet a voice. In 160 characters or less–depending on the site–you and I can tell our followers, friends, family, and clients where we’re going to lunch. Using FourSquare, you can earn badges for the places you have been to in the past day, week or month. Everyone knows what you are doing if you are updating your status hourly and/or daily. To put it into perspective… an article on VentureBeat.com states that Twitter has grown to 125 million users, and Facebook has 25 billion interactions a day from 500 million active users! 

It’s new, scary, fun, but it can be very beneficial when used properly. You can find just about anything online or on your mobile phone. Forget the classifieds in the PennySaver there’s an app for that. I’m not a mobile app expert, but I know that Mashable can help.

Businesses–no matter how big they are–have been jumping right in the social media band-wagon because its free to join. What sounds better than free? Do they know what they are doing? Maybe. Some companies create a Facebook page, LinkedIn group, and Twitter account, but they might not know what they are supposed to do. Online presence, and getting more visitors to your company website is not as easy as it sounds. There needs to be some sort of strategy before you jump in.

Here at Pro-Tem Solutions we are working on building our online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. How? We are finding ways to communicate with clients and candidates in a way that wasn’t available five or ten years ago. We still make phone calls and send E-mails, but social media sites allow our company to provide much more.

For the past months we have been able to update our readers, follower, and candidates. Our blogs give candidates career insights such as the importance of a LinkedIn account, and resumes. We’re always looking for ways to connect to our readers, so blogging is our venue to communicate these insider tips beyond the 140 character limit on Twitter. LinkedIn discussion groups are helpful as well as we listen and give advice. Followers of @Protemsolutions get up to the minute job postings and they link interested candidates back to our site. Facebook fans–now Likes–can find interesting links to articles and our blog. All of which is important to any business. Why? Because it links people to your company’s website.

So, will you be left behind? Hopefully you won’t. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook; but, for more value content subscribe to our blog. After all, we have learned from the recession that it can’t be “business as usual” we have to reinvent ourselves in order to prosper.

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