Wednesday 20 July 2011

Social media & looking for a job


How relevant are your online activities to your potential employer?  How should you tailor your Facebook and LinkedIn usage to enhance your chances? 
Social media such as YouTube, LinkedIn and Wikipedia have all been expanding our ability to voice public opinions, learn faster and more efficiently, and make new contacts. 
Online extensions of your real life work now matter much more than you think when you’re searching for a new job.  
The question 'what level of influence do you hold over the people you have connected with online?' has become very relevant for employers who are seeking people who can not only come up with creative ideas but ensure that their execution holds a lasting impact. You must also take into consideration   how websites like Klout are measuring your activity. 
Professional recruitment service providers such as Muovo can help candidates with their social media usage so when the time comes for submitting your interest in a company or role, you would be positioned positively in the interviewer's perception. 
Twitter: If a candidate posts a lot of industry-relevant tweets, it indicates a passion for the space, which typically translates when they are interviewing. Twitter also allows people to foster a more personal connection and enter into a ‘conversation’ with them, which sometimes leads to hires down the line.
Facebook:  A lot of people are now employing the site's privacy settings effectively. Yet if this is your main way of getting traffic to an external blog that you keep and to share interesting links, make sure that your Wall is accessible to Everyone and search-engines are indexing your posts when you start job hunting. This helping potential employers assess your spheres of expertise.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep your Facebook presence as professional as possible. 
LinkedIn: Josh Yehaskel, a leading director for Digital Media company Three Pillars in New York, describes Linked in as "one of the most important tools when looking for a new role, and just in general.  I wouldn’t say it matters more than a person’s resume, but definitely as much in the sense that it’s a passive way to keep your professional background and accomplishments out there like a ‘line in the water.’ I encourage everyone to be as detailed and thorough with their LinkedIn profiles as possible.”
To conclude, the advantage online media offer over traditional telephone & CV approaches is that it is a much more personal method of connecting with real people working in companies that you admire. Understanding who the person on the other side of the interview table is (their interests and hobbies, for instance)  allows anyone to find a common bond, something that make all the difference and enhance the first impression you make. 
Have you used social media in the past to get a job or are you working on doing so? Share your success stories or stumbling blocks you're finding in the comments below!

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Muovo is on the move....

Check out our latest international job opportunities on Join us and work in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and more...

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Get your creative juices flowing!

We love creativity and design here at the Muovo offices, especially if it's retro or geeky. In fact we believe that gamification - where the processes inherent to games are tied to goals -  is the way to go for organisations in all areas (companies, schools) to improve the experiences they offer. By adding fun and creativity to the world of work, we can get more things done and enjoy doing it.

So what better way to celebrate this than by uniting both games with creativity?

Here's a way for you to train some of those creative brain cells on your lunch break. If you're a gaming fan or grew up playing Atari, you will appreciate the simple beauty of Pixel Art!
Probably the geekiest branch of the art world, pixel art captures the retro charm of the 8-bit computers of the 1980s. PXLPNT is a web-based pixel art generator that’s beautiful in its simplicity, letting you create your own art with ease.Once you’re done, a ‘Share’ function lets you post your finished design to locations like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, or simply to a URL. You can see some example creations posted to the PXLPNT Twitter account.
Let us know what your creations are! We encourage sharing on our Facebook Page...and while you're at it you can consider joining our group, Creative Industry in Malta on LinkedIn! 

Maybe yours will inspire someone else to create something new today!

via (The Next Web) 


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