Social Media – What Not to Do If You Want a Job

We all do it, share our lives on social media but you may not be aware that it could cost you a job. These days hiring professionals see you well before they meet you. One in five employers says they have rejected a candidate after seeing something they deem as inappropriate online. So, what are the red flags employers look for in your social media?

According to YouGov.com, three quarters of employers agree that aggressive or offensive language is the most off-putting social media behavior.

So, what can you do to improve your social habits for the sake of your job or future career? The following tips will help:
1. Get Linked In! Make sure your LinkedIn profile is at all star status! The more you add, the better chances you will have. Add professional pictures and links to any portfolios of work you may have. 48% of 2,000 business manages reported LinkedIn as there go-to social media platform to check on potential employees. Facebook came in as a close second at 46%.
2. You are your own brand. You may not realize it, but what you post across social media paints a picture of who you are and what you stand for. Be cognizant of that every time you post.
3. Avoid the provocative. Images speak for themselves and if you have pictures of yourself doing things up in “da club”, you may want to keep those on your private phone or privately secured pages. It’s not great that people judge, but businesses need to thoroughly vet candidates so they are confident they are making a good investment for their company.
4. Slow your roll with the Selfies! Selfies are great but there is a line that many cross when posting too many and they end up looking very self-involved. Remember, you are your own brand and is being self-involved the message you want to portray about yourself? If you love the selfie, no worries, just stick to Snapchatting your friends with them!
5. Don’t badmouth. Social media can turn into a very hostile place. Just remember to keep your anger in check and most importantly – don’t badmouth your current or previous employer. This creates a negative image of you and your future employer will assume that you will do the same thing to them.

If you are currently seeking employment, it might greatly benefit you to reach out and connect with a recruiter at the All Star Labor & Staffing branch near you to see how we can help.

Millennials and the “Silver Tsunami”

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According to Oregon Business Magazine, millennials are working in health care, retail and customer service. Kim Moore, a Research Editor at Oregon Business Magazine reported that many industry sectors – manufacturing, utilities – are facing a “silver tsunami”: an abundance of aging workers.

While Oregon Employment Department data has shown an increase over the past decade in workers between the ages of 22 and 34 in the sectors like customer service and retail – they are not seeing any growth in construction, finance, real estate and information services.

Millennials don’t seem to always follow the trend of going where the jobs are. For example, construction is currently the fastest growing sector in Oregon but it tops the list of the industries where the millennials are NOT working.

Working in staffing we see that there are a lot of opportunities for millennials with the right skills to find work in construction but we just aren’t seeing any growth there.

Nick Beleiciks, economist for the Oregon Employment Department suggests it’s probably because they came of age at the wrong time. “The construction industry was cutting jobs and then not growing at all from 2007 through 2013, a period when many millennials were starting their careers,” he says. “There wasn’t a lot of job opportunities for new workers in construction at the time, so young people went into other industries that were hiring.”

The Construction industry rebounded throughout 2014 but there’s still a deficit of millennial workers. New data from the state employment department shows a slight increase in millennial hiring in the manufacturing sector, which has hired more young workers than construction in the past few years.

You would think that millennials would be dominating the tech world but the data is not supporting the stereotype that comes with that generation. “Although tech is engrained in the daily lives and jobs of most millennials, they aren’t really over-represented in what is typically considered high-tech industries,” Beleiciks says. “The 35-to-54-year-old actually group holds the largest portion of jobs in the tech sector.”

We also know the stereotype that they are looking to work somewhere that will “make a difference,” and they are constantly looking for approval and instant gratification. With the Oregon unemployment rate at historic lows, millennials have more choices than ever but that should put more attention on the “silver tsunami.”

We encourage all ages, including millennials to learn new skills. We see this issue a lot in the staffing industry. There are incredibly skilled people out there wishing they could retire if only they could bring on more people that have the necessary skills, but they are incredibly hard to find. There are so many great and fulfilling jobs in construction and manufacturing and we are looking to do our part in helping to fill the age gap but the construction and manufacturing industries are going to have to step up its game to compete for millennial talent.

All Star Labor & Staffing has a talented group of recruiters that anticipate these kinds of trends in staffing. We will work hand in hand with you to mine a skilled, eager to learn group of millennials to help keep your business running strong.