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Who Are You?

Traditionally, the West has emphasized ability, experience and intelligence in its employees, thus recruiting individuals who place well in these categories. The East typically values personality and attitude, hiring new people that get along well with others and leave a great relational impression. We in America are beginning to learn just why this is important in the workplace. Today, many college graduates participate in personality tests so that potential employers can determine how they will or won’t fit in at the office and in customer interaction.

I recently tried out a few very different methods used by online personality quizzes and found them all very interesting and offering different perspectives. While not every quiz is completely accurate for every person, trying a few of them is fun and useful for getting to know yourself!

1.       Strategic Business Insights has a conventional question-and-answer format quiz called VALS™ that quickly determines your primary and secondary ‘types,’ or mindsets. The solution is given based on psychological traits and demographic information. I found my primary type to be very accurate but my secondary type to be slightly off-base.

2.       Youniverse bases personality results on your selection of a series of pictures that best describes your given attitude towards an idea. For example, I was asked which picture best described ‘freedom’ to me. Out of a dozen or so options, I selected the picture of an open road. Results seem to be best when you pick the first option that jumps out to you rather than taking much time to consider. This was my personal favorite of the three tests and I found it most accurate, as it analyzed different nuances of my personality rather than generalizing.

3.       Perhaps the most curious of these three, CareerPath bases its outcome on your attraction (or lack thereof) towards certain colors. You can easily access the quiz HERE. I was astounded at how much somebody’s personality can influence their preference of colors. While not spot on, the results I was given were incredibly accurate.

Take ten minutes to check out these sites and see what you think!



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Sign in to LinkedIn

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LinkedIn hit the nail on the head for a social media site that really is useful.  As a new user to linked in, i dont know alot of what it does but it is definately a site that i will be familiarizing myself with and using.

 

LinkedIn is a professional social media site that is geared towards creating job opportunities.  People create an account and say what their best at and what they want a job in, and then they select what types of jobs thier looking for.

As opposed to other social media sites, LinkedIn has a much more defined purpose.  You wont get alot of the negative stuff that goes with sites like facebook or myspace.  people want LinkedIn because it allows them to look for jobs, employees, or other colleauges.  As opposed to facebook and myspace, LinkedIn has a clear, defined purpose that brings a real need to its users.

Internet communities is becoming more and more popular, and as companies are beginning to look online for potential employees as well as customers, linkedin is a useful source to make yourself known and give a good first impression.

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Do you want to protect your career?

In class we touched on using Facebook to profile yourself to an employer. I'd like to take that a step further… Currently, as you are going into the job market, the key to your success is "differentiation". I submit that one of the best things you can do is give your prospective employer a web address to your site that showcases your "core competencies". This site should just be, "www.firstlastname.com" and could simply be your contact information and a short bio about you. As you progress in your career, you could add your references, a portfolio, a paragraph about your talents. Give them something to relate to you as a human being. The last thing you want to be is another bland resume in the stack. If you are going into anything in the broad E-commerce field, (esp. SEO, SEM, SMO) networking is key! On your site have icons to take people to your resume on LinkedIn or your profiles on Facebook, Twitter, or Sphinn. Reputation Management via Google Your future employer is very likely to "Google" you. (60% do!) If you have a personal site, when they punch in your name, your site will be almost guaranteed to show up first. This is a key step to take now to ensure your good name. Your reputation is everything in this 21st century job market. Reputation management is an expanding field and absolutely necessary to ensure your most valuable and irreplaceable asset is not damaged. Remember you are a "Brand". A great tip from lifehacker is to set-up a Google Alert for your name. Then, whenever a new item gets added to Google with your name in it you get an email and link. Tip: use quotes around your name in the alert. Comment and tell me what I'm missing? Am I crazy?

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