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

Tossed tomatoes

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to food, perceived danger can be as harmful as a real one, especially to a farmer’s wallet. Georgia tomato growers learned that lesson firsthand when consumers stopped buying fresh tomatoes during this summer’s Salmonella scare linked to fresh tomatoes.In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a nationwide warning regarding a Salmonella risk on varieties of raw red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes.“The disease wasn’t found on Georgia tomatoes, but the general public’s perception was that all tomatoes were affected,” said Archie Flanders, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The scare cost Georgia farmers $13.9 million. Georgia grows about 3,000 acres of tomatoes, worth between $60 million and $80 million annually.As president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Bill Brim tried to tell consumers through media interviews that Georgia tomatoes were safe. He ate tomatoes straight from his field on television.“I was interviewed by (all the major Atlanta television media), and I tried my best to persuade people that Georgia tomatoes are safe,” Brim said. “The national news media really put us under by telling people not to eat any tomatoes unless they have the vine attached. What was so sad was that it wasn’t true.”Georgia growers weren’t the only ones. “Growers in Tennessee, north Florida, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and of course California, were all hit hard, too,” he said.Brim grows 80 acres of tomatoes in Tifton, Ga. The summer scare cost him $1.2 million. “This was a very significant loss for small- and large-scale farmers,” he said.Tomatoes are one of Brim’s most expensive crops to grow. An acre of tomatoes costs him $12,000. Bell pepper costs $8,000 per acre. Squash costs him $2,500 per acre, he said.Georgia tomato growers lost $1.6 million from harvested tomatoes that were picked but not sold. Much of the state’s tomato crop wasn’t harvested because there wasn’t a market for them, Flanders said. “When wholesalers aren’t buying produce, growers know the market is lost,” Flanders said.To determine the total impact of the scare, Flanders led a survey conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Most Georgia tomatoes are grown in nine southwestern counties and one county in northeast Georgia. Farmers there were surveyed by UGA Cooperative Extension agents. The survey revealed that 32 percent of Georgia’s tomato acreage was left in the field due to decreased demand caused by the scare, Flanders said. Another 9 percent was lost to discarded harvested and packed tomatoes due to decreased demand.Before the scare, Brim’s tomatoes were bringing $19 a box. Three days after the FDA warning, the same tomatoes dropped to $4 a box. A box costs him $8 to grow. That doesn’t include the packing cost.“All the food chains and grocery chains quit taking them,” he said. “I dumped 30 percent of our crop and left 30 percent in the field. It was heartbreaking. … You do an excellent job growing it, and then you don’t have a market to sell it. You just have to leave it to rot.”Each year, Georgia has two tomato crops, one harvested in summer and one in fall.Brim is now harvesting 40 acres. Prices are still low.“I think there are going to be more and more people getting out of the tomato business because the market was just declined,” Brim said. “We just hope the market will turn around and consumers will get the confidence back. I stand behind the fact that Georgia-grown produce is the safest food in the world.”last_img read more

My story of #SummerSixteen

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details Every summer has a story. And this one was no different.With the pool closed, the kids back in school and a busy conference season looming ahead, I find myself reflecting on my summer’s journey. It was a summer that began with the most exciting sporting moment in Cleveland history, followed by a well-earned sabbatical and the celebration of a 20-year partnership with a beloved customer.But throughout the bright summer days, there was a theme. One of long-term loyalty, perseverance and reward. Here’s a synopsis:Chapter 1: Making historyBy now, everyone knows this chapter. The Cleveland Cavaliers did the unimaginable and shocked the sports world in late June. As a diehard Cleveland sports fan, I thought this day would never come.It was an epic series. No team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals.Until now.I was fortunate enough to be downtown Cleveland the night the Cavs won the series. With friends and family by my side, we celebrated long into the night – a night I will never forget. Finally, the curse was over.Chapter 2: Looking back while savoring the presentI work for an amazing company that proves this to me each and every day. For example, as a tenured employee, I am eligible for a sabbatical. I was lucky enough to be able to take a break from the grind and enjoy a paid month off this July. This chapter of my summer had two storylines.The first was a reunion of sorts. I hosted my college roommate and her daughter in our home followed by a trip to my college alma mater with my daughter. She excitedly walked down memory lane with me, then she made memories of her own, winning first place in a dance competition held at The University of Norte Dame.We returned home – with medals in hand – just in time for me to attend my high school class reunion.I spent the second half of my sabbatical taking a road trip through the Catskills and Cooperstown, NY, (a trip I have wanted to take for years). I also become the queen of playdates and the posterchild for stress-free back-to-school preparations (since I had the time and energy).This will be a chapter I will long remember and relish – even with my near-death tubing experience on a river through the mountains in New York. We don’t need to go into the details. The important thing is: I’m alive.Chapter 3: Celebrating a milestoneThe day I returned to the office from my sabbatical was beyond noteworthy. It marked the 20-year anniversary of our partnership with one of my favorite customers, Anheuser-Bush Employees’ Credit Union (ABECU).In the 1990s, the credit union found that paper was piling up. From massive vaults to crowded file rooms and filing cabinets, ABECU employees battled boxes and folders full of members’ documentation. As a result, processes across the credit unions suffered.Fast-forward two decades.Today, every department at ABECU takes advantage of its enterprise content management solution, OnBase by Hyland. With OnBase, ABECU is able to serve its members faster and better. Because of its partnership and dedication to serving customers like ABECU, Hyland has enjoyed continuous growth and financial stability allowing for further and ongoing OnBase product development.I cannot take credit for my summer’s page-turning story, it was written for me. I was simply a character on a fantastic journey. But I was fortunate enough to experience it, celebrate it and even savor it.So, what is your summer’s story?last_img read more

Arsenal condemn ‘racist’ behaviour of Valencia fans’ in Europa League semi

first_imgArsenal say they “utterly condemn” the behaviour of a group of Valencia fans who appeared to make Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at Thursday’s Europa League semi-final at Emirates Stadium.A video has emerged of the latest high profile incident of racism at domestic and international football this season.Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out said “these blatant racist gestures are shocking and inexcusable”.Arsenal won the first-leg tie 3-1, with the reverse fixture in Spain on 9 May.There have not been any arrests for the incident, but the Metropolitan Police said they “are aware” of the video and although no reports have been made, the footage is being reviewed.“We utterly condemn such behaviour,” said an Arsenal spokesman. “It has no place in society or football. We are working with Valencia on this and continue to encourage fans to report incidents and to provide witness statements so effective action can be taken.”Six Valencia fans were arrested during the game for foul and abusive language and alcohol-related issues.Valencia said the “isolated gestures” by travelling fans “do not represent in any way Valencia fans”.The Spanish side say they are working to indentify those responsible and have asked for help from other fans who were at the game, saying they will take “the corresponding disciplinary measures”.The club also said that although the actions were “absolutely unjustifiable”, they would be investigating to see if there were any “possible provocations”.Kick it Out said: “We hope the relevant authorities identify the perpetrators and take the strongest possible punishment.”–Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more