After a summer full of data breaches and companies information getting hacked, yet another company has become victim of hackers. Last night financial giant JPMorgan Chase announced that 83 million households and small businesses accounts had been breached. The hackers stole names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. The good news is that Chase reports that they haven’t seen any evidence that hackers go a hold of passwords, IDs, account numbers, social security numbers, or birthdates. But the danger and risk is still there. Users need to still monitor their accounts and watch for letters, emails, or phone calls that look and sound like they could be from Chase. Fake emails and letters that appear to be from Chase could be after the sensitive information that wasn’t gained in the first hack. As usual, keep a close eye on your personal accounts, as well as be careful what emails you open. It also never hurts to double check with Chase when receiving documents from them to verify their authenticity.
As always if you have any questions regarding safety of your computer or need more information please feel free to contact us.
With so much backlash from Windows 8, Microsoft seems to be eager to release a new operating systems their users will enjoy. We saw a glimpse of that this week with the video leak of Windows 9.
A few key features we’re highlighted. One of the biggest complaints from Windows 8 was the lack of a start menu. Well it seems Microsoft addressed the issue and it was one of the main features that was highlighted in its return seen in the video that was leaked. Another user-friendly addition is the integration between the start menu and modern user interface from Windows 8. Users will be able to toggle back and forth between the traditional start menu and the design seen in Windows 8. This will allow users with tablets and touch screen laptops the user experience of the later operating system.
Another big feature is that of multiple desktops. With its competitors like Linux and Mac OS X already using this feature, Microsoft has finally added this feature that will be a highly praised addition. A new notification center is also a feature leaked in the video floating around the internet. The notification center will work alongside of the modern user interface alerts and have all the apps, system, and hardware alerts all in the same place.
Other news that is attached to this leak is that speculation of Microsoft doing some rebranding. It is rumored that Microsoft is going to ditch the numerals and just stick simply with branding products and operations systems as “Windows”.
There isn't a set release date for the technical preview of the new Windows operating systems but it’s believed to be by the end of the month! For more information and videos about the Windows 9 leak refer to the article below.
Source used: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/09/15/new-windows-9-leaks-show-massive-improvements-over-windows-8/
Another data breach has surfaced that has affected millions!
Community Health Systems, operating over 200 hospitals, has reported that hackers have stolen personal records from roughly 4.5 million patients. These records include names, social security numbers, addresses, birthdays, and phone numbers. The people who may be affected by this breach are patients who were treated by Community Health affiliated doctors or referred to the hospital by outside doctors.
WIth an increase in security and data breaches like this, T-Tech Solutions LLC advises you to monitor your accounts for any irregular activity. Sources, such as TransUnion, say to monitor your accounts for a long period of time, because it may take awhile for the activity to surface.
When valuable information such as this is stolen, hackers have the ability to open bank accounts, credit cards, take out loans, and various other ways to destroy your credit and identity.
As always, T-Tech Solutions LLC is here to help educate on how to stay protected on your computer. Unfortunately, this type of breach cannot be stopped from the client side as it was a direct server attack, but protecting yourself on your own computer and while surfacing the web is just as cruccial Contact us for any question you might have on keeping yourself better protected.
Yet another catastrophic virus has surfaced, this one involving your banking and personal information. This particular virus is very clever in the sense that once a user receives it, the bug sits dormant on a computer until some point in which the user goes to do online banking. Once logged into the banking site, a verification screen appears that asks to authenticate information. Information such as driver license number, social security number, date of birth, debit card, pin number, mother’s maiden name, etc. Once the information is entered the user clicks continue the verification screen closes and you are in your account, as if nothing happened. After the information is sent the hackers have all your information possible to do catastrophic damage like wire transfers or identity theft.
While this may sound like a red alert that would quickly make you question the authenticity, it is a screen that loads into your online login, for instance Chase Online Banking, that looks just like every other screen in Chase. In fact, if you click on anything within such as messaging center, pay bills, you are actually in your online banking account. It has all of your login name listed, your last login time, etc. Nothing on this screen looks un-authentic and all of the information is contained within the standard online banking info.
T-Tech Solutions LLC warns you that if you do online banking and you’re asked to authenticate information immediately sign off and check your computer for viruses. If you have any further questions or need help with cleaning up this type of malware don’t hesitate to call T-Tech Solutions LLC! The bigger concern with this issue is that cleaning the machine only rids your system of the infection. If you already entered any of the information, it has already been supplied to the dangerous parties. Information such as your debit card info, maiden name, social security, pin number, etc.
Now that the arctic winter weather is finally gone, many businesses are gearing up to make changes in the next few months. One of those changes that we routinely see this time of the year are office relocations. Whether your office is moving to a new suite, a new city, or a new building, T-Tech Solutions LLC is here to make your move headache free, at least the technology side.
T-Tech Solutions LLC can provide your company with all low-voltage wiring needs from phone and data to camera and security. Assisting with full technology installation and integration solutions from phone systems, to security cameras, to servers and networks, to firewall and architecture. T-Tech provides clean and professional installation of the wiring and equipment to make sure your business is able to move into the new environment, plug in components, and be ready to go.
Moving from one location to another can be a very hectic and stressful process for an organization. Leave the technology headache for us to handle, it’s what we do best. We can help wherever you need us, whether that be simply for the wiring of the new office, installation of equipment, coordination of vendors and service providers, or overall project management.
Give us a call today and find out why our customers find a sense of relief when we handle the technical side of their office relocation.
With the unemployment rate decreasing and number of available jobs increasing, the market for new career opportunities has become very competitive and quite often, difficult to navigate. Here are 7 Tips to consider while you review career opportunities and navigate the market these next few months.
1. Stand out from the crowd. In a competitive market, an applicant has to separate themselves from the pack. Don’t be like every other applicant, provide an edge, and know what works best for you. Don’t imitate what works best for someone else, because it may not always work for you. Be yourself!
2. Be open-minded. Job titles are exactly that: titles. Don’t judge a book by its cover just because it sounds boring. Take the time to learn the job scope and ask the right questions so you get a grasp of what the position really entails.
3.Be professional everywhere. 92% of employers use social media in the hiring process, what they see on your profile could be the deciding factor of whether you get an interview or not. Integrity is the key word here. Assume everything that is posted on social media sites can be viewed by your next employer. Don’t rely on the privacy settings to bail you out from landing your career. Be professional, act like an adult, and conduct yourself in a way to be respected by all.
4. Envision working in the role. When given the opportunity to interview, talk as if you already work there and see yourself in the role. Don’t overdo it, but use the interview to separate yourself from the crowd. Remember one thing, if you got an interview, you have already stood out amongst the other applicants, so own the interview and envision landing the job.
5.Use social media to your advantage. In the third point I said be careful what you post on social media, now I’m telling you to use it to your advantage. With the birth of social media you can actually use social media platforms to seek out job opportunities. Make sure to follow the companies and industries you see yourself working for and stay connected on the job opportunities they post.
6.Network, Network, Network. Your peers can be your biggest asset to landing that next great career move. You should desire to network with your peers and team members. These peers can be the reason why you land a great job. Be the professional that comes to mind when they hear about job opportunities. Your peers can offer the honest opinions of your character and work ethic that can either present or close the door to big opportunities.
7.Realistic self-evaluation. Know your worth and know what you can bring to the table. It’s great to be optimistic and desire a high profile role, but make sure you aren’t an applicant full of empty promises. Make sure you have the skills and commitment to be successful in the role you’re applying for. On the other side of the coin, just because the “perfect job” comes along doesn’t mean take it. Evaluate your role and your surroundings and consider the impact that would happen if you were to take the new role. By closing the door on the “perfect job” could open up other doors to better opportunities for your situation.
Job hunting can be a very overwhelming task. Keep your head up and eyes open for opportunities that match your background. T-Tech Solutions LLC is always looking for professionals that stand out from the crowd. Whether that be for our internal positions or client-filled opportunities.
If you have any questions or see any of our career opportunities that are of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
In the world of technology security, new forms of viruses, malware, and bugs are constantly on the rise. Here at T-Tech Solutions LLC we do our best to look out for our customer’s best interest and updating them on the dangers that exist and providing advice on how to best deal with those viruses. Today is no different, a bug labeled as the “Heartbleed” has surfaced. This bug allows attackers to break down the safety nets in place that most secure websites have, allowing access to your personal information.
Two known websites affected by this bug are Facebook and Google. Although both websites have stated they have fixed the issues, we at T-Tech Solutions LLC still advise that you change all your internet passwords. This bug allows access to important and sensitive information of users like email, banking, and finances. It’s important you take some time and change your passwords to sites that host your important information so the data doesn’t get stolen and cause a bigger issue. It would also be wise that you monitor your accounts for any irregular activity.
The company that owns the affected software has since released an update that fixes the problem, but proper measures should still be taken. At T-Tech Solutions LLC we do our best to stay up to date with bugs like this so we can warn our customers in time in the hope they can prevent issues from happening. If you have any questions on how to better prevent yourself from bugs like this, or need advice on how to set up security on your system, don’t hesitate to call us!
Windows XP Expiration/Security Risks/Non-Compliance/Fines -
For those businesses that are still running Windows XP, Please make note that if you have not already been advised of such, Microsoft will officially end security updates and patches as of April 8, 2014. This will essentially affect businesses in numerous industries that are still running this operating system. Not only do you put yourself at a security risk, but more importantly, you will no longer be compliant with numerous security-compliancies, PCI (payment card industry), SOX, as well as HIPAA. In being in violation with HIPAA, you will also be non-compliant with the Meaningful Use Act. While the Windows XP issue may not seem as important or urgent for home users (even though from a security measure, it still is), it is highly important for businesses to get serious about the issue.
Please contact us at T-Tech Solutions LLC so that we can discuss your upgrade options. Unfortunately, if you are running older hardware amongst the Windows XP operating system, it will be time to review your overall systems and discuss a new implementation for your office environment. We are here to help and ready to get moving immediately.
With the recent effects of ransomware attacks, such as CryptoLocker, and other spyware infections, T-Tech Solutions LLC has been reiterating the need for effective back-up solutions. Backing up data is crucial, especially in the event that something catastrophic happens to a device. Often times data backup and recovery are your only possible measures for retrieval of important information!
Data backups will keep-safe your files from corruption due to hardware failure. Even with today’s advanced technology, parts and components still fail. Most times, as with any catastrophe, these failures come unexpected and without a warning sign. If a hardware fails, the data is safe and secure and ready for retrieval onto a new hardware or device. This can reduce and eliminate down time and the pain-staking moment where your important information is gone.
When some of these newer malware and ransomware infections hit, data backups become your one and only solution. With the latest ransomware, such as CryptoLocker, your data becomes encrypted immediately and virtually useless from that point on.
Much like in the case of a virus, data backups are just as important as the process that you set for them. There are options for local backups and off-site backups. Both are highly effective, but only when implemented properly. If someone gave you an external hard drive and told you to simply start putting your files on there, here is why that is not necessarily the most effective solution:
o This device can be stolen or even lost (especially if you carry around with your laptop)
o This device can become corrupted or damaged.
o This device, if plugged into your machine as a “secondary hard drive” can become infected itself when an infection hits.
o For the most part, people are backing up or copying data to an external device as raw files, just as they are on your local hard drive. If these files can be easily accessed by people, they are even easier to access by infections.
If this post has scared you, then we have been effective. If it has not, then you must already have a solid solution in place and we are extremely happy to hear this!
There are a variety of options when choosing the right backup solution. Remember, backups are only as effective as the process that you have set for them. A user has to decide which solution is best for them and the best way to make that decision is speaking to the right experts. Whether that is T-Tech Solutions LLC or your trusted IT resource, ultimately, the safe-keeping of records and data is the more important focus here. With that said, we cannot put enough stress on the fact that the time to begin planning for backups is now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. Today…
When your system gets hit with these infections and your files are lost, we DO NOT want to have the “we warned you” discussion. We would rather consult and advise our clients, and you, to make the smart decision today.
If you have any questions regarding backup solutions or need help deciding which solution is best, don’t hesitate to give T-Tech Solutions LLC a call! Please do not wait until it’s too late to start a backup solution for your important files!
Since Fall of 2013 a Ransomware known as CryptoLocker has been circulating. This malware is being passed through links or attachments in emails. When the user clicks on the link, a window pops up which then installs the malware on the machine.
The window states that files on the machine have been encrypted and in order for them to be decrypted the user must pay a ransom. This malware not only has access to files on the local machine but also has access to any data on the network the machine is connected to. Unfortunately, once the malware is downloaded there is nothing that can be done to decrypt the files. The only solution to fix the infected machine is to clear the infection off the machine and restore the files from a backup.
To protect yourself from this type of damage, educate yourself on the malware and make sure you have a data backup plan in place. Whether the backup is local or off-site, T-Tech Solutions LLC can help you with a solution for your machine. T-Tech Solutions LLC is a reseller of the SOS Online Backup suite and would be happy to assist you in this process. Alongside an effective backup solution, practice safe web browsing and watch which emails you open, don’t open attachments or click on links that aren’t familiar to you.
Our goal in this post is not an attempt to sell you a backup solution. While we'd love for our clients to utilize the SOS solution, which has proven effective in backup and restore of critical data, we'd be just as happy knowing they are using ANY solution. We take great pride and satisfaction in being able to restore entire areas of our client data after an infection like this has hit. Our goal here is to help make sure you avoid the catastrophic damage of this infection and hopefully prevent the issue from occuring all together. Don’t wait untl it’s too late to safeguard your files, set up a backup plan and solution today!
For more information on Cryptolocker see:
Is your laptop shutting off randomly? Does your power adapter need to be in an awkward position just to charge your computer? Is your battery no longer receiving a charge? If any of these sound like your situation, read on…. If not, still read on, because at some point in time, you will be in this situation.
The problem is, even if you hold the adapter just right and your laptop works, eventually, that pin inside your laptop (DC JACK) is going to come loose, break off, or start sending power spikes through your laptop due to voltage regulation issues.
T-Tech Solutions LLC offers a flat-fee dc-jack repair service for local and mail-in customers. At a flat fee of $85.00 we not only repair your dc jack, but we perform an internal and external cleaning of the laptop and apply new cooling grease application to your processor. Whether you are a consumer, local business, national firm, or even another repair center, we have the tools and experience to handle these repairs properly. Why risk buying a dc jack off of the Internet and “testing” your soldering skills on your own laptop? Often times, you end up further damaging your laptop or even worse, burning yourself or the parts inside from improper usage of a soldering iron.
Let T-Tech Solutions LLC do the work for you. Give us a call today @ 248-616-9600 or visit our specialized section of the website for these repairs: www.fixmypowerjack.com
Are you frustrated with your computer? Is it running slower than normal? Do you dread having to get your computer fixed? Are you tired of being put on hold and having to deal with call centers?
Avoid the hassle and give T-Tech Solutions LLC a call. T-Tech is your friendly full service computer repair center located in Troy, Michigan. We are proud to say that we are an award winning and 5-star rated repair center for warranty and non-warranty repairs. Our repair technicians are A+ Certified and Manufacturer Certified. At T-Tech we treat your computer like it’s our own, getting your computer back up and running in an inexpensive and efficient manner. Whether it’s your personal computer, a local business, or large firm we have the experience and the skill-set to take care of all your repair needs.
We service items such as:
· Board-Level repairs (dc power jacks, capacitors, etc)
Along with those items, we also provide Malware and Spyware clean up and protection, as well as remote support. For your convenience and comfort, our customers can receive remote/helpdesk support from their home or business. For remote support follow this link
Our affordable rates are as follows:
$80/hr in house
$85.00(Flat fee) Board-level
For more information on these services and what T-Tech can do for you give us a call today @248-616-9600 or visit our Repair Services section of our website. www.ttechsolutions.net/Services/IT.aspx
Here are 6 effective ways to re-vamp your resume to ensure it catches the attention of the hiring manager:
Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they've seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn't eliminate you from consideration by following these six key tips:
1. Format Your Resume Wisely "Do the Hiring Managers" Work for Them
No matter how well written, your resume won't get a thorough reading the first time through. Generally a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds two pages.
2. Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions
Hiring managers, especially in technical fields like engineering, seek candidates that can help them solve a problem or satisfy a need within their company. Consequently, you can't be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar problems in other companies and situations.
3. Quantify Your Accomplishments
Q: What's the most common resume mistake?
A: Making too many general claims and using too much industry jargon that does not market the candidate. A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills and strengths rather than just portray a bio of the candidate.
4. Cater Your Resume for the Industry
Unlike advertising and design professionals who have greater creative license in designing their resume for those fields, the mechanical engineering industry won't be impressed and may be turned off by distinctive resume design.
5. Replace your Objective" with a "Career Summary"
A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Most Objectives sound similar: Seeking a challenging, interesting position in X where I can use my skills of X, Y, and Z to contribute to the bottom line. Not telling at all.
6. Network. Network. Network.
For unemployed candidates, handing out resumes should be a full-time job. The majority of mid- to senior-level positions are filled through networking, so contact absolutely everyone you know in addition to recruiters who are in a position to hire you or share insights. Networking can include
With a solid resume in hand you'll greatly increase your odds of earning a closer look and getting that interview.
With only 25 seconds to grab the attention of the hiring manager, how will your resume stick out? For continued tips and tools for job searching, look for T-Tech blog updates on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Orignally posted by Marilyn Borysek, March 2011
Now, let’s tackle the concept of search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is defined as “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.” Exciting, isn’t it? Well, the benefits definitely are. A search engine-optimized site can translate into measurable success to be enjoyed by the studs within each market segment that recognize the value and power of the discipline. And, it is a discipline that can become fairly complex. The more competition in a market segment, the more savvy the competitors, the harder it is to get that elusive page 1 result. This doesn’t mean businesses shouldn’t invest the time, resources and effort to get there. Here are my top 5 reasons why:
Any brand needs to have its web properties optimized for organic search. Searchers prefer organic search results to paid ones by a ratio of almost 16 to 1. There’s a lot that goes into search engine optimization some key SEO strategies and tactics will be discussed on this blog in the future. The intent with this post is to demonstrate SEO’s value to the strategists, marketing managers and decision makers who have yet to get their feet wet. SEO can create advantages, protect against competitive rivalry, drive performance and grow the success of your company.
Thinking of using SEO for your small business? Let T-Tech be a helping hand in the success in marketing your small business! Contact us today about SEO solutions!
Originally posted by Pat January 22, 2013
When you head out to an interview, turn up the heat by impressing the interviewer with smokin’ hot questions about the position.
While not every question will be appropriate for each employer, it’s important to prepare a list of questions to drill the interviewer with, in order to gain an honest understanding of the position and the company. By doing this, you will be able to decide if the company is the right fit for you if offered the position.
To make sure your interview is well-done, grill the interviewer with the following questions:
1. Can you describe your company’s culture? This is an extremely important question to ask during an interview. It will help you gain insight of what it’s like to work for the company and what your experience would be like working for the employer.
2. Is there room for growth? If you want to advance your career, you need to be confident you will be able to grow with the position—not use it only as a stepping stone to a future job elsewhere. Once you find out if there is room for growth, ask yourself if you could see your career evolving with the company.
3. Is there significant turnover? If so, ask why. When you notice turnover at a company, it’s important to know the source. Is it because of the nature of the job? Is there no room for growth? Try to have these questions answered when seeking information about employee turnover. However, be sure to keep in mind to use good judgment when asking interviewers about turnover in the company to avoid crossing any lines.
4. What is the leadership style of upper management? Ask the interviewer about the leadership of the company. This will help you understand how communication is handled and how employees are valued in the office. Ask the interviewer if important messages come directly from top management or if employees are notified of news via email. Their response will be a good indicator of what the management’s relationship is like with their employees.
5. How is the success of your employees measured? Ask the interviewer if there are employee reviews or if there isn’t a review process at all. As a professional, you want to make sure your skills and experience are being utilized at your job. This will help you figure out how you will contribute to the success of the company as an employee.
6. Where do you see the company moving in the next five years?Although you should have researched the company prior to the interview, it’s a smart idea to ask about the company’s goals. This question will help you decide if the position meets your career goals and you can imagine your future with the company.
By asking these questions during your interview, you will not only learn more about the company but also you will be able to impress the interviewer with your thoughtful research. While you may not be able to apply each question to every interview, they will help you discover if a job is the right fit for you.
Originally posted by Heather Huhman on July 9, 2013
It’s no secret that in order to keep your business current and relevant in today’s world, you are going to need a website. What most people don’t understand, however, is that having a website just to have one is a waste of a useful tool that can drive sales, raise awareness, and build relationships with your visitors.
All too often we see business sites that just seem to lie there as a passive placeholder. If your business website does not benefit your business, or you are not seeing the results you were hoping for, it’s time to rethink your website and rebuild. This may seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry, we will be here along the way and we have broken down the steps for you so that you can do this all by yourself!
This question may seem simple, but it requires a lot of thinking. You have to think about what your business needs. Do you want your website to attract people to your brick and mortar store or do you want to use the website for e-commerce and sell things directly on the site? Do you want your site to be a source of information for those who use your products or do you want your site to be a place where you can build relationships with your customers?
Keep in mind that your site can have multiple purposes, but it is best to prioritize them because you will be making a lot of design and content choices based on the purpose of your site.
Now that you have a purpose, you can start building your site. Always keep in mind the purpose of your site for every page you build out.
1. Easy Navigation is a must-have on any website. Visitors should be able to easily find the information they are looking for, and fast. Think about your own experience. How many times have you been to a website, took a few seconds to look around, couldn’t figure out what the purpose of the website was, and just left? Put important information on multiple pages, clearly label links, and organize your site. Put yourself in a visitor’s shoes and try to think about what information they would want and where they would look for it.
2. A Call to Action takes the purpose of your site to the next level. For example, if you want to use your site to drive sales, encourage people to check out your web store by placing links to the store’s page in eye catching places, or maybe even offer them a discount. Or is your goal to build relationships with your customers? Try giving them an incentive to become a member on your site or to sign up for a free newsletter. Giving freebies is a great way to get a visitor’s attention and to get them to take action according to your purpose.
3. Attractive Design is a no brainer. Visitors won’t bother with your site if they can’t make heads or tails of it. Make sure your site includes a great header that captures a user’s attention and some eye-catching graphics. Don’t overdo it, though! Having too many graphics or animations may distract the visitor from your content. You also don’t want your site to seem too uncoordinated and “overdone”. Another design note: make sure your content is easy to read. Visitors get turned off when the font colors and size are too hard to read. Make sure that when you write your content, you format it for readability, too. Make use of line breaks, bold words, and bullet points to make sure your visitors can skim through easily.
4. Sticky Content is the meat of your website. The content on your web pages determines the quality of your website. So what do we mean by “sticky content”? This is a phrase that describes great content that gets visitors to spend more time on the website or gets them to return. So how do you get your content to become “sticky”? You want to make sure that the content on your site holds value for your visitors. Try to provide useful information or interesting points of view. Plainly stated, if you have genuinely interesting and valuable information on your site, people will value your site and come back again.
5. Credibility is the key to doing business online. The internet can be a dangerous place full of scams, viruses, and shady dealings. A visitor will not do business with you if they do not feel that they can trust your site. So how do some sites seem more credible than others? For the most part, along with site design, it is the attention to detail. Scammers are often looking for a quick buck, so they do they put very little effort into their sites. There are small signs that visitors look for when they determine credibility. Some of these signs include a unique domain name (ex: www.thisbiz.com), an email address that coincides with that domain name (ex: email@example.com), and maybe even a toll free number. All of these things show that the business is invested in what it does, and makes the visitor feel more comfortable about doing business with it. You can obtain all of these credibility boosters easily through Webs!
6. Mobility is becoming more and more essential as time goes on. Some experts say that mobile internet browsing will be bigger than desktop internet browsing by as soon as 2015. Mobile browsing and mobile online shopping are some of the biggest online trends, so needless to say, it is important to be ahead of the curve and have a website that can be easily accessed on a mobile device. It’s okay if you don’t have the know-how to do this because Webs has a Mobile App that makes it easy: just activate it on the app page, make a few design selections, and you are good to go. Our mobile app was just updated with a bunch of new features, making it a must-have on any site.
Does your website meet these characteristics? If not, let T-Tech help your business with your website needs. At T-Tech we offer custom and unique websites that are designed specifically to our customer's needs. Contact us today to talk about website development!
Article originally posted by Irina Kabigting
Thinking about what can go wrong during an interview seems a lot easier than thinking about what can go right. From arriving on time, to proper attire, to thoughtfully answering questions, the opportunities for committing a fatal error seem endless.
But by making and working your way through a pre-interview checklist, you can reduce the odds of committing mistakes and feel more confident. Here's what you should put on your list.
Know where you're going. Before hopping in your car, have a firm idea of the interview location. Either print out directions the day before or use a smartphone app like Google Maps. Arriving late can blow your chances before you even enter the door, says Alan Carniol, founder of Interview Success Formula, an online training program that helps job candidates prepare for interviews. "You're already nervous, so anything that can make you even more nervous and be a distraction during the interview can just really hurt your chances," he says.
Carniol also suggests finding out where you need to park, and if the interview is taking place in a large business complex, which building you need to go into.
Pick out proper clothes. According a CareerBuilder survey released earlier this year, 60 percent of hiring managers said dressing inappropriately was a detrimental job interview mistake. The person scheduling the interview, past and present employees or pictures from the company website are all possible sources for finding out what makes for appropriate attire, Carniol says. But he notes, "You basically want to be a half-step up from what they generally wear in terms of daily attire."
Research the company. A good starting point is the company website, where you can find out its mission and history. But also check out its social media sites. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can be great channels for discovering what the company is doing on a day-to-day basis and what it's promoting, Carniol notes. Along with connecting you to past and present employees, LinkedIn can also be useful for researching a smaller, lesser-known company, for which information may be sparse.
Speak to past and present employees. Who better to give advice about being in the interview hot seat than those who have sat in it before? If you speak with a current employee, Carniol says, make sure it's someone who hasn't been with the company for either too short or too long a time. "People who have been with the organization forever, they know the culture so well that they can't really explain it. And people who are brand new just don't know it that well. But you get someone who's been there a year or two, at that point, they get the culture, but they haven't absorbed it to where they can't talk about it," Carniol says.
Run through questions you may be asked. Spend time thinking about questions that may come your way and formulate answers that specifically address what the employer is looking for in a candidate, says Alison Doyle, job search and employment expert for About.com. By providing vivid examples of how your skills and past experience will help you excel in the position, "you're showing why you are the best candidate for the job," she says.
Think of your own questions to ask. You'll likely have the chance to pose inquiries of your own. Asking meaningful questions shows that you're truly interested in the job, Carniol says. He suggests two lines of questioning.
The first is geared directly at your interviewer(s): What's the most rewarding project you've worked on since being here? Why do you enjoy working here? Such questions are helpful for learning what motivates employees and for picking up possible red flags about the company culture, he says.The second is for gaining an idea about the company's short- and long-term prospects: What projects and/or challenges is the company facing over the next few months? Where is the team and organization heading? What is management most excited about?
Practice with a friend or family member. Performing a mock interview with a spouse, family member or friend "lets you think about what you're saying, how you're saying it, [and] it can help preclude a few moments of silence if you don't have a clue how to answer during an interview because you've thought about it ahead of time," Doyle says.
If no one from your immediate circle is available, check with the career office at your former college and tap someone there. Also, a Google search can provide information about which nearby state workforce offices and public libraries offer mock interview services, she notes.
Relax in the hours leading up. Don't spend the final hours before the interview frantically studying and practicing, Doyle says. "I wouldn't recommend cramming, looking up information, practicing. You're just going to stress yourself out more," she says, adding that it's best to go into the interview with a "clear slate and clear mind."
Put the necessary work in. There's no single standard for how much time you should devote to preparing for an interview. What matters is that you spend some time gearing up for the sit-down, especially if it's been a while since your last one.
"A a lot of folks just don't put in a lot of time to stand out in the interview process," Carniol says. "If you haven't been interviewing in awhile, it's not necessarily like riding a bicycle – it's more like exercising a muscle."
Originally posted by Aaron Guerrero, August 21, 2013 on US News.
There is a new malware/trojan infection that has been circulating in October, causing major catastrophies to data. It enters the network on a user's pc and has the capability of accessing any data that the user has access to, both local machine, and network based, and applies an encryption to all of these files. These are also critical files for your every day usage: Excel, Word, PDF, and more. This infection encrypts the files that it touches leaving little to no way of fixing these files. The only true success in restoration of these files is if you have been making proper backups of your data.
Educate yourself with this infection and if you have not put forth a plan for Data backup, either local or off-site, now is the time to do so.
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You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s easier to get a job when you have a job. Well, what if you don’t currently have a job? What if you haven’t had a job for a long period of time?
Don’t despair. It may take some extra effort to land a job after a long period of unemployment, but it is absolutely possible. Here are five Es to guide you:
First and foremost, it is a mistake to hope that employers won’t notice that you are currently out of work. A gap in your LinkedIn profile or your resume is certain to raise a red flag. You need to address it directly.
Depending on the reason for your time away and your personal comfort level, you can either explain the gap at the beginning of your LinkedIn profile Summary or in your InMail correspondence or cover letters to recruiters when you apply for positions. In whichever place you choose to give your explanation, do it quickly, honestly and positively.
Here’s an example if you stopped working because of a layoff:
I am a creative, client-focused public relations professional with deep experience in the financial services industry. Since ABC Public Relations closed its financial services practice in June 2012, I am currently seeking a new opportunity to join a large agency.
Here’s an example if you stopped working for personal reasons, such as childcare:
I am a corporate generalist attorney with substantial in-house legal experience. For the past three years, I have focused on raising my family and I am now eager to commit my substantial energy to a full-time position as an in-house counsel for a small- to medium-sized company.
Next, describe any professional endeavors you have pursued during your time away. This might include volunteer work, part-time work, freelancing, temping or helping out in a family business. When possible, demonstrate how this work is related to your desired career path.
Here’s an example of what the laid-off PR professional might say:
I am currently providing pro bono communications support to three nonprofits, one of which specializes in financial education. In these roles, I have further sharpened my skills in social media strategy and event promotion.
One of the fears an employer might have about a candidate who is not currently working is that his or her skills are outdated. You can counter this fear by showing that you have maintained — or, ideally, increased — your knowledge during your time away.
Be sure to completely fill out the Education, Courses, Skills & Expertise and Certifications sections of your LinkedIn profile. If you are currently enrolled in a class or recently updated a skill or certification, then it’s worth mentioning that directly in your Summary.
For example, in the case of the lawyer returning to work after time off with her family, she might highlight the fact that she recently completed her mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirement. The PR executive might include some of his most cutting-edge skills — perhaps some that he developed recently in his volunteer work — in hisSkills & Expertise list and invite his connections to endorse them.
If you know that your skills are rusty or that a mandatory professional certification has expired, don’t wait for a recruiter to notice. Do your best to get up to speed now, and include your current training or skill building in your LinkedIn profile to show that you are being proactive.
It is one thing to promote yourself as a safe bet despite your time away; it is another thing for someone else to say it for you. You can use LinkedIn recommendations andendorsements as strategic tools to address any concerns you believe an employer might have about your particular situation.
In the case of the PR executive, he might worry that an employer thinks he was laid off because he failed in his previous job. To counter this impression, he can request a recommendation from a previous boss, client or colleague to praise his successful results or mention that he survived three previous rounds of layoffs during the depths of the recession.
In the case of the attorney, she might fear that recruiters will assume her skills are rusty, so she can list her most cutting-edge skills in her profile’s Skills & Expertise section, which her contacts can then endorse.
Finally, it is crucial for unemployed job seekers to network extensively. Your best-case scenario occurs when a recruiter or hiring manager meets you or learns about you through a trusted contact before knowing that you have been away from the workforce for an extended period. The more impressed they are by you in real life, the less important the details and length of your unemployment will be.
The new LinkedIn Jobs page will alert you to your LinkedIn connections at companies with current job openings, or you can use Company Pages or Advanced Search to find an “in” with a prospective employer. When you find a friend on the inside, you can ask for their help with a polite and positive message that reads something like this:
I hope you are doing well. As you may know, I was part of the end-of-year layoffs at my previous employer and have been doing freelance PR since then. The freelance work is very interesting and I’ve built some new skills, specifically around social media, but I am eager to return to a fulltime role.
I noticed on LinkedIn that you have a connection at Edelman, whose work I admire greatly. Would you be willing to introduce me to your contact Bob Smith so I might chat with him about potential opportunities at his company? I would be very grateful for your support.
In addition to requesting introductions and referrals on LinkedIn, you’ll also want to ramp up your in-person networking by attending networking events and inviting professional contacts, such as former colleagues or clients, to meet for coffee. Remember, you never know which action might be the one that leads you back into the workforce and onto your next success.
There are many benefits to setting up a home or office network. Having a network setup would enable all of the computers in the home (or office) to connect to each other. The only difference in benefits for home users and organizations is the size of the network. Whether you have a small network of two computers set up in your home or you have a hundred computers set up for employees they both serve the same purpose; to make our lives and communication a little easier. Just imagine, not having to listen to your children fighting over the computer! The following is a list of 7 benefits that home/office networks provide:
Internet access can be provided to all computers on a network, they don’t have to be physically connected to the internet. The main advantage is that multiple people can access the internet at the same time.
The ability to easily share/store files is another great advantage to having a network setup in your home or office. With a network you can easily share or store and access files from multiple computers.
Printer/peripheral sharing allows all users on a network to access a single, or multiple, printers. No more having to switch machines to print out a document.
With a wireless network you aren’t chained to a network cord meaning you can work wherever you like. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on the porch while you send out a few emails, plop yourself down on the cough and do some shopping, or just have the ability to move around to a quiet place in your house to get some work done.
No more wires!
No need to be tied down anywhere now or have to spend a lot of money to lay cable down. Networks allow for a wire free way to connect.
Okay this one may not really be a benefit for office use but for families or friends who want to play games together online using multiple computers…networks make it possible, and easy.
Once again this is more of a benefit for home users, but many of the new products on the market today such as digital video recorders and video game consoles have the ability to connect to home networks which allows for internet gaming and easier video sharing capabilities.
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If you’re hiring in the coming months, you very likely have at least one eye on the newest crop of potential future employees: soon-to-be-graduating college seniors.
New grads can be a great resource for companies of any size—they’re full of energy and new ideas and willing to get their hands dirty in their first real-world job.
But as you’re thinking about recruiting new grads this spring, take a peek at what things look like from the other side of the table.
College recruiting has some interesting—and sometimes unfortunate—parallels to dating in middle school. Students are “flirting” for the first time, and recruiters are all too often making the big mistakes their parents told them to avoid during early courtship.
As you’re interviewing new grads for their first gig, there are three rules to follow to make sure you don’t jump into the wrong relationship (or lose a great candidate).
Recent data from the Society of Human Resource Management shows that 63% of hiring decisions are made during the first 4.3 minutes of the interview. But coming to a fast verdict with students can be a huge error.
Remember that this is often the first time students are putting themselves out there. Sure, they had to pitch themselves to get into college, but transcripts and test scores did most of the talking back then. Now, they have some experience and relevant skills, but they don’t always know how to show off what’s under the surface.
So, if you judge candidates right away based on interviews, case studies or personality tests, you’ll miss the valuable qualities that they don’t know you care about, like creativity, honesty, leadership and the ability to collaborate.
Instead, make sure you give students some time to shine. Try holding interviews in non-traditional settings or having someone take candidates on a short on-site tour to get them comfortable before the official interview. You can also put your top candidates through multiple interview types or meals to give them time to really open up.
My mom always told me to go on as many dates as possible before getting into an exclusive relationship. This would let me see girls in multiple situations, and really force me to get to know them before launching into any serious romantic involvement.
Looking back, it was great advice, and it probably kept me from falling for many girls who seemed perfect at first but didn’t end up being a good fit.
Recruiters should do the same. Seeing a candidate’s work sample is a great way to test out his or her skills, and it can increase your ability to predict performance by about 40%. Try to find a way to let students show off what they can do—for example, submit a work sample with their application, highlight a neat project from a relevant class, or complete an assignment before the interview.
Oftentimes, you’ll be surprised by who has the skills for which you're looking.
Auto manufacturers have figured out that if they can capture a teenage driver as a buyer, they will have established brand loyalty early, which will lead to more purchases in the future. The same concept holds true for students shopping different potential employers.
Remember that this is the first interaction a young professional has with the people behind your brand. If you don’t treat a student with respect during the recruiting process—and subject them to things like abrasive emails, long waiting times and prolonged stretches of silence—you’ll leave a bad taste in their mouth, which might last for years. Think about the impact angry exes can have on your reputation.
Don’t forget, students who express interest in your company are likely starting a career in your industry, which means you might need their help or want to hire them at some point down the road.
Campus recruiting is a chaotic process that can leave both recruiters and candidates exhausted, even in the best of circumstances. But if you follow these three points, you’ll better understand your inexperienced dates and set yourself up for a great, long-term relationship.
Originally posted on the Daily Muse: http://www.thedailymuse.com/career/hiring-new-grads-dont-make-these-mistakes/
Congratulations you finally graduated college! You are probably feeling a sense of relief to have graduated and excitement to start a new chapter in your life. Your excitement carries over into the beginning of your job search but quickly fades away when the weeks pass by with no interview or job offers. So what are you doing wrong? Here is a list of common mistakes recent college graduates make in their job search. Are you guilty?
Not thoroughly reading the job description and application instructions
When searching for a job, the job description gives you the first insight into what the company is all about. Even the way in which they are advertising the position can tell you a lot about the culture of that company. The job description also can be viewed as directions in the application process. If you forget to provide them with everything they want the way they want, they may overlook a qualified candidate simply because they didn’t follow the direction – which could mean you aren’t detailed-oriented.
Selling yourself short
The job-search process can be confusing — seemingly entry-level jobs are now asking for one to two years of experience. The good news is that most hiring managers count internship experience and summer jobs as just the experience they’re looking for. If you sold knives or promoted gym memberships while you were a personal trainer, you can count that as sales experience. Were you the shift supervisor at a fast-food restaurant, resident assistant of your dorm or captain of the school baseball team? These positions show demonstrated leadership ability. These are desirable traits in potential hires.
Relying Solely on the Internet
In a MonsterCollege survey, 78 percent of college job-seeker respondents said networking was a factor in their job searches. Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, says, "When thousands of candidates are applying to the same jobs online and posting their resume to the same job boards, candidates need to stand out by making connections and networking their way into a company." Job boards are an important tool, but Karsh says new grads also need to focus energy on networking
Failing to Follow Up
It's not enough to send resumes and pray the phone rings, Johnson says. She cautions job seekers not to expect their resumes to be discovered in that big black online hole. "Hustle to follow up," she says.
Setting Expectations Too High
Johnson says new graduates too often focus on looking for the perfect job, instead of a first job. "Especially in this economy, the first job should be about finding a position where you'll learn a great deal, you'll be super busy and you'll be surrounded by lots of people," she says
Not having someone proofread all submitted materials
Making spelling and grammatical errors is the easiest mistake to avoid in the whole job-search process — proofread, proofread, proofread. And be sure another set of eyes sees your application materials prior to submission. Often applicants work so hard on a well-written cover letter, they miss that they’ve changed tenses in the middle of a paragraph or used the wrong kind of ‘there.’ Take the extra 30 minutes to find someone you trust to read through your submitted materials. It’s the first impression you’re making on a hiring manager, and you want it to be a good one.
Not defining the scope of your search
There are hundreds of ways to qualify a job search, but the first should be defining what is important to you as the applicant. Does being in a certain city or state take top billing in your book? Is working for a nonprofit a must? Is accounting the field you just have to be in? Identifying these guidelines early will make the actual act of finding a job less overwhelming as it will narrow the scope of your search.
Not helping employers understand your past experience
Your responsibilities at past positions are familiar and easy for you to explain, but would a complete stranger be able to interpret and understand what you’ve included on your résumé? To help, use numerical values to show your successes. Numbers are a more universal language when it comes to showing growth and results delivered. Did you save the company $175 a month by researching different telecommunication vendors or increase sales in the shoe department 3 percent during your six month tenure by promoting matching handbags? Whatever the experience may be, quantify it when you can to show added value and success.
Not Creating Wide Networks
Career expert Liz Ryan says that your parents', grandparents' and friends' networks can help you in your post graduation job search. "Don't be shy -- reach out to any long-ago Scoutmaster, choir director, or babysitting or leaf-raking boss," she says. "There's no statute of limitations on networking."
Not Creating Customized Resumes
"Don't send out any resumes that simply list your courses, the degree you've earned, and your part-time and summer jobs," Ryan says. "Use this opportunity to make a stronger statement about what you want to do with your adult life." And according to Jay Block, author of 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times, younger job seekers often haven't thought about what they have to offer an employer (as opposed to what they want to get from one). With this mindset, they create resumes that are "boring biographies" instead of effective marketing tools.
Not customizing your cover letter for every job application
Cover letter writing is not a one size fits all endeavor. Each job application needs a tailored cover letter to accompany your résumé. Cover letters are your opportunity to expand on specific experiences that make you well-suited for the position in a way that you cannot on a résumé. Talk about your leadership style in your past position or how a certain scenario led to an increased ability to manage your time. Demonstrate your confidence and explain why you’re the best candidate for the job. Be direct but professional and reference the job description. Hiring managers love to see when applicants explain how they are uniquely qualified for specific tasks or responsibilities mentioned in the job posting.
Not being persistent
It’s important to be persistent in your search. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people in your network and let them know you’ve just graduated and are looking for a full-time position. Most people received a helping hand at one time or another in their career and would love to pay it forward, especially for poised, mature young professionals looking for their first job. The more of yourself you put into the search, the better your results will be.
Not showing your personality or being unprofessional
Hiring managers are looking for skill and ability, but they’re really looking for the right person. Often skills can be taught, but the person that shows they will fit into the company culture best is going to be given preference. So don’t be afraid to be yourself and show your personality. It’s just as vital that the company is a good fit for you, so ask questions and do your research.
Not having an open mind
Chances are your first job is not going to be your last. Most of the time, landing your “dream job” right out of college is just that, a dream. You’ll have to put in your dues and work your way up, and it will make it that much more rewarding when you get there. So when looking for your first job, keep an open mind. You’ll learn a lot about what you need and want professionally early in your career, so don’t be afraid to stretch the limits of your search. Considering a cross-country move? Thinking of working abroad? Do it now while you’re young – you won’t always have the same freedom that you do as a recent college grad.
Lists Originally posted on CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com. Follow the links below to read the original articles.
There are a lot of people struggling to land one job interview but what do you do if you are one of the lucky few to have multiple interviews? Although this may be a problem that you would like to have, there is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration in order to plan for the multiple interviews and/or job offers. Here are a few things you can do to help better manage the situation:
Create a plan
Establish a tentative “interview plan” to help you to avoid any mix ups. Creating a simple spreadsheet or completing a worksheet that lists dates, times, interviewer background and basic company information can keep your interviewing experiences in check and separate from one another. Noting some talking points for each interview can also be written in your plan. For instance, if a company had a recent merger, you can plan to discuss this with the interviewer.
Staying organized is probably the most difficult part about multiple interviews. Company X may want a portfolio. Company Q may request your résumé to be submitted online in a certain format. Company Z may require recommendations and endorsements. Make sure to prepare for each interview separately, each should be distinct and customized to the job opportunity and company.
Be completely present
Having more than one interview in a small span can hinder your concentration. Focus on being completely physically and mentally present during each interview.
Multiple Job Offers
Call the company that made you the job offer and explain that you're very interested in the job and would like some time to think it over.
Ask when they need and ask when they need to hear back from you, (usually within a few days). But be careful, anything more than a week may appear to be a signal that you're hoping for an offer from somewhere else, which will make them question your interest level.
Contact the other company (or companies) immediately and explain to them that you have an offer from another company. Proceed to tell them that you need to give them an answer to their offer soon, but let the company you are speaking to know that they are your first choice. If they are interested in you, there's a good chance that they'll be willing to expedite things.
The company may want to know who the other company is and the details, which may be due to the fact that they think you are lying about the second job interview to seem more desirable and negotiate better contract terms (which you should always being doing anyways!). If you aren’t comfortable with giving all of the details, you should at least give them the name of the position and the hiring company.
Take the time to figure out what your ideal job looks like, when you know what the right position looks like for you it will be easier to make a decision.
Evaluate your options and determine what is important to you in your job search. Here are some things you may want to consider when weighing your options:
· Compensation - salary, benefits, stock options and bonuses
· Career Opportunity – chances for promotion, working conditions, professional development and relocation
· Quality of Life – travel, corporate culture and vacation time
· Location – preferred location, transportation costs and taxes
Although the traditional resume is still necessary in your job search, there are other things you can do in addition to a traditional resume to make yourself stand out. The following infographic provides some great advice on how to modernizing your resume. The way in which you present the information on your resume, can be more important than the information itself.
Inforgraphic found at http://dailyinfographic.com/spice-up-your-resume-infographic
Making your business mobile could be that next big step to reach a whole new audience. Did you know there is a difference between a mobile app and a mobile website? See which would be best for your business.
Infographic originally posted by MDG Advertising http://www.mdgadvertising.com/blog/should-you-build-a-mobile-app-or-mobile-website-infographic/
1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes per job listing, 1 in 10 receive 100 resumes per job listings. Check out this infographic from topcouselingschools.org to find out how to make yours stand out!
Recruiters work hard to find the best talent in their fields, so you have to work hard to make sure they can find you. Recruiters use multiple online resources to find quality candidates to fill open positions but you can't just submit a resume to an online job board and expect to get a call the next day. It's your job to make sure you have fully optimized you online profile to help your chances of appearing higher in candidate searches. Here are a few tips taken from The Ladders to help increase your odds.
1. Build and update a LinkedIn profile
"If you're not online, you don't exist." That‘s the motto of many recruiters today. And for many of them, "online" means one place: LinkedIn. According to a recent survey of U.S. hiring managers, 66 percent used LinkedIn to find job candidates for openings, 23 percent used Facebook, and 16 percent used Twitter.
If you haven't done so already, visit both LinkedIn and Facebook to establish a profile page that describes who you are. Keep it professional, but make it an expression of your professional personality. Whet the appetites of visitors to your page. Update it regularly.
2. Advertise yourself with a Unique Selling Proposition
Describe yourself with a brief sentence - a Unique Selling Proposition. A USP is a one-sentence description that says who you are, what your biggest strength is and the greatest benefit you bring.
"Hands-on Operations Manager with strong people and team-building skills who has helped produce revenues of $2.8 million with a 22 percent margin for my previous employer."
Place this sentence in your profile header as a starter to explain what distinguishes you from others in your field. Include your previous employers as well as the briefest descriptors about you.
3. Add your LinkedIn profile URL to your resume
Once you've built your profile, make sure you make it easy for recruiters and hiring managers to find you on the Web. Add this link directly to your resume right under your contact information.
4. Ask for LinkedIn recommendations
Amassing recommendations is like stockpiling referrals before you need them. Once again, you want to make it easy for recruiters and hiring managers. A great way to provide them with good feedback about your work is with LinkedIn recommendations. A recommendation is merely someone saying something good about you. Make a list of your past (and present) bosses, supervisors, colleagues and clients. If they're on LinkedIn as well, they can provide you with a recommendation. Don't be afraid to ask, since most will be more than glad to do this for you. When they're done, you'll have a number of professional recommendations easily seen by anyone who visits your profile page.
5. Make yourself an expert
You can also employ tools like LinkedIn and Facebook to extend your network. You'll find hundreds of groups on LinkedIn beyond the obvious ones dedicated to alumni and job search. With a little searching you'll also find groups of people dedicated to the advancement or discussion of their particular profession or industry as well as people seeking solutions to specific problems.
Article originally posted on The Ladders: http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/can-recruiters-find-you-5-online-methods-to-borrow
Modified by T-Tech Solutions LLC
It’s easy to get rattled by a high-stakes job interview — and so, it’s also not uncommon to experience a certain head-smacking moment right after you walk out the door.
So how can you recover when you think you’ve blown your chances of landing that new gig? Post-interview damage control is a tricky process — you don’t want to destroy whatever polished, poised confidence you did manage to exude during the interview, or point out a flaw your interviewer just might have missed.
If you think some post-interview damage control is in order, it’s important to plan carefully and really think it through before you go contacting your interviewer in a frenzy. But if you’re going to do it, follow these four steps to make sure you’re approaching your blunder with grace.
It’s perfectly normal to mentally rehash every detail of an interview immediately after that final handshake: Did you remember to smile? Ask questions at the end? Did you really convey that you’ve been working on your delegation skills, or did you come across as a total control freak?
As you think more and more about each question and answer, there’s a good chance you’ll start dwelling on small mistakes you think you made — like how your voice slightly wavered when you talked about your weaknesses, or that you were too vague about your five-year goals.
In most cases, you can rest assured that these are slip-ups you don’t need to address because they’re much more obvious to you than to anyone else, and probably didn’t have a significant impact on your interviewer. Plus, they’re mistakes that will look much worse when highlighted to your interviewer the next day than if you just let them go.
Of course, if you’re certain that you completely flubbed an answer, or left out some vital information about yourself, proceed to step two: Figure out if there’s anything you can do.
Damage control can be risky. Some interviewers will appreciate the extra elaboration on a question you think you botched, but to others, it will simply draw more attention to your mistake. So, it’s important to pinpoint if the errors from your interview are important enough to bring up again — and if bringing them up is going to help you. To determine if it’s actually worth doing damage control, you should ask yourself a couple questions:
Was it a Make-or-Break Mistake? Will your mistake (or lack of information) make a significant impact on the interviewer’s perception of you? Maybe you had a great answer planned out about how your past experience would make you a perfect fit for a business analyst position, but you forgot to mention you also have an interest in social media and would love to help expand the company’s online presence. Is this an essential piece of information that may affect the interviewer’s ultimate decision? Probably not.
On the other hand, if you’re interviewing for a position in another state and completely forgot to mention that you’re OK with relocating, your interviewer was probably left questioning. The same would go for a situation where your level of experience is in question, and you failed to mention a relevant internship you completed. That could ultimately affect the interviewer’s decision, and damage control is probably worth the risk.
Can You Recover By Sharing Additional (Concise) Info? One of the key elements of damage control is being able to recover in a concise manner. If you can convey additional information in a few sentences to clear things up—perfect! You’re good to go. If your explanation would require pages of writing or a lengthy phone call, your chances of success fall dramatically.
Also, if your recovery sounds mostly like an apology, rather than providing concrete new information ("I can’t believe I messed up the multiplication on that problem!")—just skip it. If you aren’t giving your interviewer new information about you as a candidate, addressing the mistake isn’t likely to help you.
If, after considering these questions, you determine you have a short—but absolutely essential—piece of information to share, move on to your plan of action.
The smoothest way to approach an interview blunder is a short comment (not an apology) in your thank you note. Your follow-up email should only be a paragraph or two, so you don’t have much room to explain yourself. That’s why, as we determined above, that you should bring up only the most influential and important mistakes and omissions.
After you thank your interviewer for her time, transition into your additional information: "Since we were talking about my social media experience, I should also mention that as part of my internship at Smith Media, I wrote weekly blog posts and initiated a campaign to boost the company’s Facebook followers to over 3,000. This experience, along with the rest of my background, would really allow me to shine as your new Social Media Specialist."
This casual note explains further details that you forgot to mention—but doesn’t outwardly admit to a mistake, as it would if you started with, "I’m so sorry, but I completely forgot to mention one of my internships!"
Another good option is to recruit your references to help you recover. As soon as you leave the interview, contact your references and give them an update. They should already be familiar with the position that you’re applying for, so you can simply encourage them to mention specific information.
For example, if you think you didn’t emphasize your customer service experience enough, ask your former boss to point out specific examples of when you went above and beyond to make a client happy.
The most valuable damage control you can perform is to learn from your blunder and prepare well for your next interview. What was the core cause of your mistake? Did you get nervous and fumble over your answers? Consider enlisting a friend or career counselor to conduct a few practice interviews with you. The more comfortable you become answering interview questions, the less nervous you’ll be when you’re in the real thing.
Maybe you just forgot to mention relevant experience or bring up a certain point that you wanted to bring up. These signs point to a lack of preparation, so before you head into the interview, try writing out a few bullet points of accomplishments and other specific points you want to address. Keep these tucked in your notepad, so that before that final handshake, you can glance down and make sure you covered absolutely everything.
Orifinally Posted on mashable.com - "How to Recover From an Interview Disaster" http://mashable.com/2013/01/28/recover-from-interview-disaster/
With each new advancement in IT Security, there is an advancement in digital threats. Here at T-Tech we can help make sure that your computer is protected and your data is backed up. A virus is easier to prevent than clean up after. Give us a call today to see how we can protect your information.
We have wrote about the importance of using LinkedIn several times, but some people still don't take advantage of the site. Just in case you are more of a visual learner, here is a great infographic to help you understand how to use the site.
You have all of your content prioritized; now it is time to lay it out in your resume. There are a couple of things to remember when trying to decide how to lay out your resume:
Font and Paper
The font and paper you use can say a lot about you, both good and bad. Unless you are applying for a job in a creative field like graphic design, you want to keep your resume simple, clean and professional.
White Space is your friend…
Use Bullet Points
Go easy on the emphasis
Consistency is Key
Whether you are right out of college struggling to fill your resume with relevant experience or you’ve been working for 35 years and you have enough experience to fill 20 pages, it's very important to prioritize the content of your resume. No matter how much, or little, content you have to fill your resume with, you need to prioritize the information so that the important details stand out. The average hiring manager looks at a resume for a total of 6 seconds before they decide if they are going to pass or continue reading. If they don’t see the information they are looking for fast enough, there is a good chance your resume will be passed up. In this job market, you need to do everything you can to make yourself stand out from other applicants.
Here are a few suggestions to help you prioritize your resume:
Take into consideration the employer and the position.
In order to prioritize your content you have to understand what the potential employer is looking for in a candidate. To figure that out, take into consideration the position you are applying for. What are they looking for, what are the requirements and qualifications, what type of person will fit best into their organization? Reading the full job description and researching the company will help you answer some of those questions.
If you are applying to several jobs, do this for each one. Each resume you send out should be customized to each application, even if it’s the same information, there are ways you can organize it to make certain parts stand out to different people. Once you can narrow these down you can move on to the next step…
Choose your content.
Whether you have been working for years or you’re fresh out of college with very little work experience, you have to sift through your content and decide what is most important. The best way to do this is to first list your previous jobs/internships and duties. Once you have your list, start going through and narrow it down to the skills and qualifications you have that fit the job description and what the employer is looking for. Make sure you have the right industry keywords as well, which we talked about in a previous article, SEO for Resumes.
Another tip is to make sure and quantify as much information as possible, add dollar signs, percentages and numbers to back up your information. Saying you “increased sales by 60%” has a greater impact on the hiring manager than simply saying that you “increased sales”. Remember, the person reviewing your resume doesn’t have the time to read through its entirety, if they don’t find what they are looking for right away you won’t stand a chance. It is your job to make it easy for them.
Make it Stand Out
Now that you have your content and you know which parts are the most important, you need to decide where to place it in your layout. To do this, ask yourself which pieces of information are the most relevant to the job you are seeking. No matter what format you choose, make sure that the most relevant information is at the top of the job description. For example, an employer would like to read how you increase sales before they read that you know how to use Microsoft Office. You can also add a section dedicated to just listing your skills. When it comes to layout, just use common sense and always keep the employer in mind.
Still having trouble making your resume pop? Our upcoming article, The Resume Format, will provide you with some more guidelines. If you think you need even more help, or want to be sure that your resume stands out, contact us at 248-616-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss our professional writing services.
Just in case you have no idea what “SEO” is, it stands for search engine optimization, and it is the process of improving the visibility of a website in a search engines results (Google, Yahoo and Bing). At the heart of SEO are keywords, or buzzwords that identify an industry or profession. The end goal is to have valuable content full of pertinent keywords on your website. The better your content, the better the search engines will be able to read it and the higher you will rank.
So why should you care about SEO? Because a majority of employers are using software that uses this same technique to filter through resumes and if you don’t have the right content, you won’t come up in their searches. Even without the software, the hiring manager will manually go through the same filtering process. If they don’t see the keywords they are looking for they will just move on to the next one.
The software that is used is an ATS, aka - Applicant Tracking Software, which scans resumes to find predetermined keywords. If a resume has enough of the search terms it is saved to be later reviewed by the recruiter/hiring manager. The keywords that it is searching for depend on position they are trying to fill such as specific requirements needed for that job like certificates or work experience in a particular field. To determine which keywords you should use in your resume, review the terminology within job postings that are similar to what you will be looking for. Make sure you know what the latest buzzwords in your respected field are. To get some more ideas of what type of keywords recruiters and hiring managers are looking for, check out this list of 100 resume keywords from The Ladders. Keep in mind that although you want to have as many keywords as possible, you also want to make sure that they actually describe your experience and skills - lying on a resume is a “no-no” and more importantly, it’s illegal.
Here is how you can add some SEO to your resume:
Once you have all of your keywords it is time for the fun part, writing and organizing the content. You can find help with this in our upcoming article, How to Prioritize the Content in your Resume. If you need more help with your resume, contact us to learn more about our professional resume writing services.
Your resume is the most important tool you have when searching for a job. It’s the first (and potentially only) thing you have to represent yourself to an employer. Unfortunately, many people feel that their resume is not that important because they will be able to make up for it by impressing the hiring manager in an interview. Yes, the interview is very important but the problem is that you may not get the chance to impress them in an interview if your resume doesn’t impress them first.
Searching for a job can be broken down into four steps: finding the right opportunity, getting considered seriously, selling yourself and closing the deal. Your resume gives you the opportunity to tell employers who you are, what you have done and why you would be a good fit for their organization. Your resume is what gets you to be considered seriously so that you get the chance to sell yourself in an interview.
The person responsible for reviewing resumes will be filtering them either manually or electronically. If they are going to go through your resume manually, they will briefly scan through your resume, not for content but more for keywords that are pertinent to the job opening. This helps them to easily filter out candidates that they don’t want and put aside the ones that they want to review more in depth at a later time. The electronic version is the same thing, except they use software to review keywords in the resumes.
So how long will a recruiter actually look at your resume before they decide if they are interested or not? A study conducted by TheLadders (and online job search site) found it to be only 6 seconds. The study also found that 80 percent of that 6 seconds is spent scanning over your name, the current company you work for, your previous employment, the start and end dates of your previous and current positions and your educational background. Less than 10 seconds, that is all you have to make that first impression…this is why it is important you make sure you fully optimize your resume.
We will cover how to optimize your resume in future posts, so make sure to come back and read the next article in our resume series, Seo for Resumes. And don’t forget that we here at T-Tech go through hundreds of resumes each day. We know exactly what to look for, which gives us the advantage of knowing what sets a resume apart from the rest. This is why we offer professional resume writing services. Whether you are a recent graduate looking for your first job out of college or an executive looking to make a big career move, we can help. Contact us today at 248-616-9600.
Hunting for a job nowadays is not an easy task, so why not take advantage of all the resources that are available? Unfortunately many people decide to overlook one key resource, a staffing firm. If you are one of the many people that just ignor or dismiss recruiters, you are missed out on a great opportunity. With the job market being as competitive as it is, it's time to clear up a few things so that everyone can benefit from what staffing firms have to offer. Here are a few reasons to start using a staffing firm:
Staffing Companies Are Not What They Used To Be
The biggest misconception with staffing firms is that they only work with temporary, entry level, low paying jobs. Although this may have been the case 20 years ago, and yes some do offer these jobs, staffing firms today recruit for managerial, technical and professional job openings. With the influx of unemployed candidates submitting resumes, companies don’t have the time to go through and interview hundreds of resumes. More and more companies are partnering with staffing firms to fill positions in their organization.
Established Relationships with Employers
Staffing firms work closely with the companies they are recruiting for. They know what the employer is looking for and what type of people would fit best within the organization. The best part is that recruiters usually know about a job opening before it’s even posted, so working with a recruiter can open up a lot more opportunities.
It’s Free Career Advice
You don’t have to wait for a recruiter to contact you. You can contact a recruiter at any time and submit your resume, for FREE, there is absolutely no cost to you. Why? Because recruiters are always looking for qualified candidates to add to their database. The more qualified candidates they have, the easier it will be to fill jobs. If nothing else, it’s another pair of eyes to look at your resume and give some advice.
A recruiter will help you identify what type of jobs you are more likely to get, which means you won’t have to waste time applying to every job opening that you find.
Discover a Whole New Job Market
More often than not a company will let a staffing firm know about a job opening before posting it on their website or a job board, that is if they post them at all. Recruiters have access to jobs that you won’t find anywhere else because companies that work with a staffing firm trust the recruiters to find them the best candidates. Working with a recruiter means that you won’t miss out on these "hidden" job opportunities.
To sum it up, recruiters save you time, give you free advice and give you access to more job opportunities. Here at T-Tech we have new job opportunities being added daily and are constantly working with candidates. We also offer professional resume writing services to either help refine your current resume or construct a brand new one. We look at hundreds of resumes on a daily basis and we know exactly what companies will be looking for in a resume which means we can help make your resume stand out. Contact us today to see how we can help take some of the anxiety out of your job search!
Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are reshaping how companies engage with their customers as well as our perception of traditional marketing strategies. Two prominent studies, one conducted by the SMB Group and the other by the Harvard Business Review, reported that about only half of business use social media in their marketing. In a recent report on CNN, social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk, told small business owner Flora Shepelsky, “If you are not on Facebook and Twitter in 2012/13 you’re basically not a relevant business in our society.” Social Media is one of the easiest ways to connect with customers, but for some reason half of businesses still don’t use it to their advantage.
Social Media has many benefits to offer such as:
Author of The New Influencers, Paul Gillin, said that “conventional marketing wisdom long held that a dissatisfied customer tells ten people. But…in the new age of social media, he or she has the tools to tell ten million.” There is always a chance that there will be a dissatisfied customer but the upside to this is that with social media you have the ability to monitor and address the complaints.
There is no question that social media channels should be used to market your business, the problem is that most businesses don’t understand the potential of social media nor do they know how to measure the effectiveness of it. This is where T-Tech can come in to help. We help you decide which social media channels will be most effective for your business and what type of content with engage your customers the most. We can also help with advertising campaigns that will better reach your target markets. Social media may be inexpensive and easy to start using, but you still need to integrate it into your overall marketing strategy. Contact us today to start taking advantage of all the opportunities social media has to offer.
An IT Helpdesk is an information and assistance resource for businesses (and home users) that provides incident management and problem troubleshooting with computers or similar technologies. To learn more about what an IT Helpdesk is and how it works, read our blog, What is an IT Helpdesk?
Here at T-Tech Solutions LLC we offer helpdesk solutions to businesses that are customized to your organization’s size and needs. Our Helpdesk solution, T-Tech On Call, allows our support representatives to remotely connect with you, wherever you may be, to help with your IT issues. Using a helpdesk has many benefits for its users; here are a few reasons why both businesses and home users should consider using a helpdesk service.
It is Proactive
It’s a lot easier, and cheaper, to prevent a disaster from happening than it is to clean up after one. Having a helpdesk on your side gives you access to a quick and convenient fix. When an issue occurs, all you have to do is pick up the phone and tell them what the problem is and technical support will take care of the rest.
When you call the helpdesk you know the person on the other end is highly experienced and knowledgeable. We have seen the same issues over and over, which allows us to quickly solve and fix your technical issues. Keep in mind that there are some scenarios where remote support cannot resolve the issue, but over 90% of T-Tech On Call issues have been resolved remotely or through phone support. You can learn more about our support representatives on our website.
A helpdesk offers technical support the ability to remotely connect with you, wherever you may be, to help you with your technical concerns. With T-Tech On Call, as long as you have access to the internet, we will be able to gain access to your computer by providing a randomly generated six digit code, which you will enter in to connect with a technician.
Hiring an in house technical support can become very costly. One of the greatest benefits to T-Tech On Call is that you can save money by not having to hire someone to keep on staff at all times. We understand how important it is for businesses to have their technology working efficiently at all times, this is why we offer customized plans that are built around your needs.
Time is money, so when your technology decides to go on the fritz you want the issue to be resolved as quickly as possible. With T-Tech On Call, you don’t have to wait for a technician to come to your office to figure out what the problem is, a solution is only a phone call away.
To find out what T-Tech Solutions LLC has to offer to you, call us at 248-616-9600 or email us at email@example.com.
It is not a matter of if our technology is going to fail us, it is a matter of when, and unfortunately it seems as if the issues happen at the most inopportune times. When problems arise we want to have the issues resolved as quickly as possible so that we can be back up and running in a timely manner. One way to do this is through an IT Helpdesk. Here at T-Tech Solutions LLC we offer T-Tech On Call, our helpdesk solution that allows our support representatives the ability to remotely connect with you, wherever you may be (as long as you have an internet connection), to help you with your IT issues.
At its core an IT Helpdesk is an information and assistance resource for businesses (and home users) that provides incident management and problem troubleshooting for computers or similar technologies. It is used to fix problems that are occurring at that instance. A single helpdesk serves as a point of contact for users to receive support for computer issues; it can serve many functions and assist with a wide range of issues. Some of the specific issues a Helpdesk resolves include:
There are different levels of a helpdesk to correspond to the type and difficulty of a question. For example, a level one helpdesk answers frequently asked questions, which have readily available resolutions stored in a knowledge database. This allows for issues that are frequently experienced by clients to be solved quickly. Our typical T-Tech On Call scenarios include:
If an issue cannot be resolved at the first level, it is moved to a second level that has more resources for more difficult cases. In cases that affect the client directly, such as software-specific needs, a third level helpdesk is available. Although 90% of our T-Tech On Call issues have been resolved over the phone, there are some scenarios where helpdesk support cannot resolve an issue due to the necessity to a hands-on approach.
IT Helpdesks are one of the greatest resources a company (or home user) can have, this is why we offer customized helpdesk solutions to accommodate the needs of our clients. A helpdesk offers many benefits to its users including saving time and money. To read more about the benefits an IT Helpdesk can provide read our blog The Advantages to Using an IT Helpdesk or contact us today at 248-616-9600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With so many “quick and easy” website builders (e.g. GoDaddy) available it is hard for businesses to justify the cost of having a professional design their website. Although these website builders are easy to use they have a lot of disadvantages, especially for businesses that want a professional website. Website builders offer limited flexibility, less control over the look and feel of the site in addition to less control over your data. So what are the advantages to having your website developed by professionals?
First Impressions do Count
The old saying don’t judge a book by its cover, doesn’t apply to websites. Visitors to your site will determine within seconds whether or not they are going to continue viewing your website. To ensure proper conversion optimization (increasing the percentage of visitors to your website that convert to customers) it is best to hire professionals that know what design elements and content will help keep visitors engaged with your site.
Gaining more trust follows first impressions; visitors can tell if you spent the time and money to have a professional design your website. The more trust visitors have in your website the more willing they will be to buy your products or use your services due to the fact that they feel safe providing their information.
Less Bugs and Cross Browser Compatibility
Just because you had a website created (or you created it yourself) doesn’t mean that it will work on all internet browsers. The same webpage viewed on Chrome may look a lot different from the same page on Internet Explorer. A professional web designer will help ensure that your website will be able to be viewed by all potential clients, not just the ones using a certain browser.
Reduce your Maintenance Time
69% of small business owners say that one of the biggest challenges they face with their website is the time it takes to make updates. When you have a professionally designed website, the time you have to spend cleaning things up and making updates drops. Instead of having to worry about updates and maintenance you can spend time focusing on the things that are really important.
Increase Search Engine Visibility
Only a professional web designer and programmer can ensure that the code markup is clean and easy to read. What does this mean? It means that the cleaner the code the easier it will be for search engine spiders to crawl your page. Here at T-Tech we design all of websites from SCRATCH, no templates are used and your website is programmed using clean, custom code.
Showcase is More Effective
Whatever the purpose of your website may be, to sell a product or service, professional web developers know how to showcase your talents. Everything from the content and layout to color and font type can have an impact on visitors. Not only does the design play a huge roll but the functionality of the website is very important. Your visitors have to be able to navigate easily through your webpages and be able to find the information they are looking for without much effort. The harder it is for visitors to find prevalent information the more likely they are to leave the site.
Makes for Easy Access
Not only will it be easier for potential clients to find you but it will make it easier for current clients to contact you. This also means that you will be able to access your clients easier to get testimonials and feedback.
You Won’t Look Cheap
This relates back to first impressions. If a customer visits your website and sees a generic, poorly designed site they will probably view you as cheap. Investing time and money into your website shows your customers that you care about what you do, how you come across as a business and how you will interact with them in the future.
Overall, a professional website is worth the investment. Here at T-Tech Solutions the impact a professional website has on customers. This is why we take the time to fully understand the needs and wants of our clients an design custom websites from scratch that provide a unique user experience for their customers. Gives a call today at 248-616-9600, to schedule a free consultation!
When thinking about which social media sites to use in the job search, Pinterest is not the first that comes to mind. As more and more people start to use the site, the benefits that is provides to job seekers are starting to emerge. Although job seekers in all professions can find some benefit from using the site, it’s especially great for those that are in a creative or design field. If you are not familiar with the site, Pinterest is a social networking site that allows users to create boards and “pin” or share their interest with other users.
There is one small problem with using Pinterest to share your resume, technically “self-promotion” is not allowed on the site. The site was made to share the things you love, like your favorite new hairstyle or nail polish color, not to share your resume. If businesses can market their products on the site, then people should be able to market themselves. We have compiled some great tips on how to use Pinterest in your job search, but jobs seekers beware – Pinterest can become very addicting!
Get the most out of your profile.
Make sure that your settings allow for your profile to appear on search engine results. To help your profile be seen on search engines make sure you include a lot of keywords in your profile. Incorporate words that describe the type of job or industry you want to be in, and make sure to be specific. The more keywords the better the results…actually it should be the other way around, the better the keywords the more results. Also include links to all of your other online profiles, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, so that potential employers can learn more about you.
Create an online resume & portfolio.
Create a board dedicated to your job search, in addition to pinning your actual resume it is beneficial to create an entire board dedicated to it. Have separate pins for each part of your resume. This is a time for you to get creative, if you need some inspiration just search for resumes on Pinterest to see how others are utilizing the site.
Create another board to use as an online portfolio. If you are a graphic designer, pin some of the designs you have created. If you are photographer, pin your photos. But make sure to protect your work, use watermarks just as you would on a website. If you’re not in a creative field this can be a little trickier but there are still ways you can create boards that can show what type of jobs you are aspiring for.
Create a board of companies or careers you are interested in.
Search for companies that you may want to work for, a lot of company boards will help give you an idea of the company culture. If anything stands out to you, or you find something you may want to use for reference later, pin it to your board. Another great way to interact with companies is to leave comments and start conversations. This will show that you are interested and have some knowledge of the industry.
Above all, be professional.
This should go without saying, but with all social networking sites you need to remain professional. It is a chance to show your potential employers your personality and creativity. You can still post the things that you are interested in, recipes, health tips, fashion, etc., but keep that separate from your professional board. It may be a great way to show your personality, but if that is all you post, I would not recommend you sending your future employer a link to your pinterest profile. There needs to be a good balance.
Here at T-Tech Solutions we work hard to provide our clients with exceptional service, which doesn’t leave us with much time to work on our own projects. Well, if you haven’t noticed we were finally able to find some time to make a few updates to our website. Actually, we didn’t just make a few updates, we redesigned the whole site! We feel that the new site (and updated social media profiles) better represent who we are as a company to our current and potential clients.
We are happy to present you with a few new features...one added to our Careers page gives job seekers the ability to search through and apply to our current job openings. Another new feature is our Tech Blog, where you will be able to find blogs on everything from the latest technology, to helpful hints for the job hunt to recommendations and guidelines to help decide what technology is best for your business. We add new jobs opportunities and content daily so make sure to come back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay on top of our latest updates. Look around the site and let us know what you think. We love to hear feedback from our clients!
Apps are growing in popularity more and more every day. If you don't use them, then you know people that use them, and there are apps for almost every aspect of life. The average number of apps on a smart phone has risen from 32 on 2011 to 41 in 2012. The apple store has over 650,000 apps and the Google Play Store has over 600,000. From 2010 to 2011 the number of mobile retail apps increased by 350%! Does your business already have an app? If not, you may want to start thinking about it. Here are two articles to help you make that decision: Does your Business Need a Mobile App and Guidelines for Developing your Mobile App.
A lot of businesses are faced with asking themselves if they need to develop a mobile app. Well, it’s not an easy question to answer but mobile applications can be one of the best ways to keep your customers engaged with your brand as they are on the move. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before you decide whether or not a mobile application is right for you.
Do you really need it?
First things first, make sure the app you have in mind does not already exist! After you find out if it exists or not it’s time to sit down and really look at the situation. Is this something that your company will benefit from? Do you really need it? Is it going to be more than just a mobile duplicate of your website?
Does it solve a problem?
What is the purpose of your app? To sell your products? To entertain? To reach a larger customer base? Figure out what problem you want your mobile application to solve and what purpose you want it to serve and then start to create a strategy.
Am I trying to reach the most people possible?
Who is your audience for the app? Focus on your audience and try to determine what their needs actually are. The most important question – will they use the app? In their first standalone measure of smartphone ownership, the Pew Internet Project found that 34% of American adults own smartphones. That means that there still is 65% of adults that do not own smartphones (although the percentage is steadily increasing each year). But don’t give up on that application just yet, just ask yourself who it is you want to use your app. There are some groups that have a higher usage of smartphone apps; the well-off (59% of adults that live in a household that makes more than $75k) and well educated (48% of those with a college degree), the relatively young and non-whites. If your market includes any of these groups than a mobile app may be right for you.
Will the benefit outweigh the cost?
Having a good mobile application developed is not cheap. Do you fully understand the cost? Most people fail to realize that mobile applications usually take weeks if not months to develop (usually months), and don’t forget all of the planning that goes into it.
Overall, mobile applications can be good investment for a company – you just have to be smart about it. Make sure you do your market research, and really put yourself if your consumer’s shoes to make sure that they will use it. Like any other good investment, you need to have your due diligence, research and have a plan. If you think you are ready to take that next step, read: Guidelines for Developing Your Mobile App, or call us today at 248-616-9600 to discuss turning your idea into an application.
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In a previous article Does Your Business Need a Mobile App?, we left you with some questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not your business needs/would benefit from a mobile application. The four main questions that you need to answer are: Do you really need it? Does it solve a problem? Am I trying to reach the most people possible? And lastly, will the benefit outweigh the cost?
If you answered all of those questions and are ready to start the process of developing a mobile application then here are some helpful tips to take into consideration.
Don’t Rush Into It
This explains itself. Plus it is mentioned in other parts of this article so we will move on…
It’s All About the Experience (and Functionality)
If you have decided to take the time and money it takes to build a mobile application make sure you put some of that time and money into the users experience (UX). You may have the most useful app in the world, but without a great UX you can forget about it going anywhere. There is an undefined standard for great apps, and users have high expectations based on popular apps used today. Having a great UX doesn’t mean you have to create something totally innovative and new, more often than not it is better to have an app with features that users recognize and are familiar with. Yes, design can get expensive but it is better to spend a little more on design and have an app that will be used, which takes us to the next tip…
Develop an App People Will Use
And not just any people, make sure it is tailored to your consumers. This really should go without saying but sometimes (more often than it should happen) apps are built without consideration of what consumers will use. Just because you may think you have an awesome new app that you would use all the time does not mean the same can be said for your consumers. A study conducted by Nielson research found that games are the most popular app category (followed by weather and social networking) and 93% of downloaders are willing to pay for the games they play. Successful apps tend to fall into one of four categories: Entertainment (games), Content (news, sports, etc…), Utility (simplifies a task), or transactional (giving the ability to purchase directly on the app).Be sure to do some market research beforehand to make sure there is a need for your app.
Make it Social Media Friendly
This is especially important if you are going after the younger crowd. If you can link your app with sites like Facebook and Twitter you are more likely to get consumers to use it more. It is just one more way to get users to be more engaged and interact with your app more frequently. Having you app be social media friendly goes hand in hand with our next tip…
Make Your App Share Worthy
If your app is not share worthy, than it is not worth creating in the first place. Create incentives for users to share the app. If the app truly is useful, a user will want to recommend it to people that they think would benefit from it.
Make Life Easier, Cheaper and Fun
It is a vicious cycle. The busier everyone becomes the more technology we need to help us keep up. The more technology we have the more things we take one thus forcing us to create more technology…see where I am going with this? People have enough things to do so unless your app is an awesome new game (I will get to those) it better be useful and help make some aspect in the user’s life a little easier. Keep in mind too that as consumers, we are bombarded by hundreds of advertisements on a daily basis, so if you want to keep up and stand out, you are going to have to make it worthwhile. Discounts and deals are almost expected by consumers nowadays, thanks to sites like Groupon and LivingSocial
Life is complicated and more often then not, overwhelming, sometimes people just want to be able to get lost in a game. Angry Birds is probably the best example of this, if you factor in all platforms it has been downloaded over 262 million times! Basically just make sure you don’t have an app that will put people to sleep while using it, unless that is the purpose of the app, like the sound machine app currently on my phone.
Social Media site like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can offer endless opportunities for job seekers if utilized correctly. One of the most important things you can do when trying to find a job is networking, and social media sites make this easy. With every new connection, you open up new opportunities and the potential to network with even more people. Your online profiles become an online extension of your resume, especially on sites like LinkedIn which sole purpose is to connect professionals. Here are a few tips to help you:
Employers don’t just look for reasons not to hire you; they also look for more reasons to hire you. So make sure your profile is completely filled out, add your education, show how well you can communicate, show work experience…they want to see your personality and if you are going to be a good fit for their organization.
Just remember that looking for a job is a job in and of itself, it takes time, patience and a lot of persistence. Read our other article, How Employers Use Social Media for Hiring, to get an idea of what employers are looking for on your social media profiles and how you can prevent your profiles from keeping you from your dream job. Happy job hunting!
Whether you like it or not, a majority of companies now look at your online profiles during the hiring process. Due to the fact that this is a fairly new practice with little precedence or guidelines to follow, there is a debate over whether or not employers should be able to use these sites to research a new hire. The argument is that by reviewing social networking profiles employers can access personal information about the new hire that should not be taken into consideration during the hiring process. That information could include religious beliefs, marital status, family relationships, medical conditions and information that cannot be used to make an employment decision. If this is brought up in a law suit the employer would have to prove that the candidate was not hired for a legitimate reason.
There have been several studies conducted over the past few years to research the use of social media to get more information on potential new hires. According to a survey conducted by Career Builder, 37% of companies use social networks to research potential job candidates. Of those employers that stated that they do not use social media to research new hires, 15% said that their company prohibits it and 11% said that they do not use it but they plan to start using it in the future. In another study conducted by Reppler, 91% of the 300 surveyed professionals said that they use social networking sites to screen potential employees. In the same study 69% said that they have rejected a candidate because of what they saw about them on a social networking site. In addition to that 68% said that they have hired a candidate because of what they saw about them on a social networking site. Between both studies some of the biggest offenses to turn away a potential employer were:
The things that an employer looked upon favorably were:
So what can you do as a job seeker to optimize your profiles? Get rid of all negative/inappropriate content on your pages that includes both comments and photos. You also have to monitor what friends post on your wall or tag you in. You may not post the pictures of you passed out with a drink in hand from the party over the weekend but your friends might. The other thing to do is to set your privacy settings. You can control who views your profile and what content people post on your wall or pictures they tag you in. The best way to do this is to make sure that you select the option to approve every comment or picture before it posts to your page. If you do all of this and you are still worried about your profiles, there are resources out there that can help.
Reppler has an app that may help you clean up your social media accounts. The app is free and it scans your social networking profiles for not only inappropriate content but also security risks and the overall impression that your page provides by giving you a score out of 100 (100 being the post positive score you can get). You still need to keep on top of your profile, you can’t expect the app to do everything for you, but it does warn you when there may be potential negative content or privacy/security issues.