Professor examines role of social media in hiring process

first_imgThe Student Diversity Board’s Social Media Committee at Saint Mary’s invited the College’s own Business Professor, James Rogers, to speak about the effect social media can have in a company’s hiring process.Rogers introduced his discussion by challenging students to ask themselves a single question before posting anything on their social media: “What could possibly go wrong?”According to Rogers, over 90 percent of employers recruit using info gathered from social media networks.“They care about the person with whom they’re about to associate,” Rogers said.In most states, he said, it is legal for an employer to ask for a prospective employee’s social media passwords. Rogers said employers may do this even if it is not a prospective employee’s first job.“It really is about the rest of your life,” he said.Rogers said in an average company, the cost of hiring an employee can be greater than $100,000. He asked students to put themselves in the employer’s shoes.“If they choose to associate with you, their reputation could be on the line,” he said.Even if a prospective employee were to present themselves well during interviews, Rogers said the final decision may come down to social media. “This could be the make or break point for you,” he said.Rogers said students should avoid three pitfalls with respect to social media.The first is to avoid remaining friends on social media with people who may tag you in questionable posts — unfriending someone on social media is not unfriending them in real life, Rogers said.“You can’t have stuff of theirs tagged with you. It spreads virally,” he said.Another pitfall to avoid is a boring or nonexistent online presence, Rogers said.“The competitive process requires us to stand out in a positive way,” he said. “In the end, you want people to find someone who is hirable.”The final pitfall, according to Rogers, is having a tattoo as one of the first things a potential employer sees on social media.“I know it sounds unfair and prejudicial,” Rogers said. “But maybe the employer world isn’t going to be excited that this is the first thing they see about you.“ … I’m not telling you to pretend to be someone you’re not. They look for honesty. I urge you to be as transparent as one can be without placing yourself under peril.”Rogers said that as negative as social media can be in the hiring process, social media can be positive and provide prospective employees with an advantage.“You have to drown the negative,” he said. “Find the things that you are passionate about and use that to your advantage.”Sophomore business major, Kiersten Lieurance, said Rogers’ lecture changed the way she thought about social media.“I didn’t really think there are positive ways to impact your social media that your job will see or that they would be interested in,” Lieurance said.Rogers recommended his students accomplish this by simply revealing their values and strengths through social media.“Get down to the core of what it means to be a Saint Mary’s College student,” Rogers said. “The values that it represents — understanding education, ability, passion, spirituality — bring those things forward in your social media activities.”Rogers closed his talk with a reminder.“Our expectation of realistic privacy online is none,” he said.Tags: job search, SMC, social medialast_img read more

Why you shouldn’t try and sell your home yourself

first_imgHow do you market your property? The major listings portals don’t accept ads from sale-by-owner clients, so you’re limited to the For-Sale-By-Owner websites, which are less well-known. And creating a listing that showcases your property to its best vantage point is a skill. What other marketing channels will you consider? Which are best suited to your property and your target buyer? And how do you intend to get the best value for money with each ad that you buy? Marketing is complicated and often an agent will have a support staff that will help with the marketing decisions. This is a commonly misunderstood part of the property sale process, with many sellers eventually seeking advice and support from an experienced sales agent to find out where their marketing campaign went wrong and why there are no qualified leads. Pricing your home is complicated Finally, there are myriad decisions that an agent will make as part of the process of selling your home. An agent has usually made these same decisions thousands of times before and have a lot of experience in selling properties. They’ll understand the market better than most because that’s where they operate every day. It’s easy to make a mistake when you’re navigating a completely foreign situation. Some people who choose to sell their property themselves will have some experience in selling a property before. Even then, there are risks, because the legislation is likely to have changed, the real estate landscape is different and there are so many more options today than there were even five years ago. Think carefully before you choose to sell your property yourself. If you choose to forego the expertise of an agent, at least make sure you have a legal expert or a legal practitioner on hand who can help with the legal issues. Do you know how to manage the contract part of the process? What happens if your buyer wants to make changes to the contract? Are you familiar with the legislation and do you know enough to navigate the legal issues yourself? You don’t know what you don’t know More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020How much should you list your home for? Price it too low and you’ll miss out on potentially tens of thousands of dollars. Price it too high and it will sit on the market and become stale, with no serious offers being made. It’s hard to get buyers to take a fresh look at a home that has sat on the market for a while, even after a price reduction. Potential buyers may wonder what is wrong with the home, and why it’s still sitting on the market weeks or months later. Negotiating is challenging Worried real estate agent and house for saleWhen you are thinking about selling your home, the idea of paying fees to an agent could seem like a good way to save some money. Many who consider selling their home themselves reason that nobody is more motivated to sell the property than they are! They also suggest that they know the property better than the agent and are the best equipped to answer potential buyers’ questions. So what do you need an agent for? I’m so glad you asked! It’s time consuming Do you back yourself against potentially very skilled negotiators? You never know who your buyer is going to be but if you use an agent, you know that you’ve got someone at the table representing your interests who has likely negotiated many contracts before and potentially negotiated many buyers higher than the point they started at. There are legal risks When you sell your property, you are in charge of everything. That means everything. And even if you’re the kind of person who is really organised, this doesn’t mean you’re the kind of person with plenty of time on your hands to do all the jobs that need doing. The list of tasks is extensive. Marketing last_img read more