The Importance of Digital First Impressions

Have you ever heard the saying, “Your first impression is your last impression”? I’m sure you have in some type of verbiage. Even though this may sound silly, it tends to be true.  Human beings judge other people and situations as quickly as they possibly can. I honestly don’t believe it’s out of malice, but out of our deep-seeded survival-oriented mindset. With that being said, there is a whole other level to first impressions as we’ve always known them. Now, there is the concept of a digital first impression. In a world of social media, working remotely, and conducting businesses solely online, your digital first impression means EVERYTHING. So many things have changed in the world of technology over the last few years, and it can be hard to keep up with what proper online etiquette should be. Since this post won’t always be updated regarding new standards in tech, I’ve decided to give you some broad and timeless guidelines to how you should present yourself on the virtual level. Here are the areas of the online world that you need to consider. Continue reading

How to Bounce Back When You Didn’t Get Picked for the Job

One of the worst feelings in the world is the feeling of rejection. Whether it’s a left swipe on Tinder or being told, “We just don’t think you’d be the right fit for this position. We wish you luck on your future endeavors”. Trust me we’ve all been there and it sucks. My favorite is when they send you that email after two interviews and it’s sent from a “no-reply” email address. So you’re telling me, that the first two interviews weren’t enough for you to assess my qualifications? What, reading my cover letter and resume weren’t enough before crushing my wounded ego into tiny little unqualified pieces? On top of all of that, I don’t even have the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to talk to me? If you can’t tell, this is coming from a very bitter place in my heart. Continue reading

How to Use Twitter for Networking Purposes

Now that almost everyone and everything is incorporated into the world of social media, many wonder how to use each platform. The general rule of thumb you’ll hear from most people is that Facebook is for connecting with your friends and family, Instagram is for sharing pictures, and LinkedIn is to stay updated with fellow professionals in your field. Even though LinkedIn is where most people log on for networking, I’d argue that Twitter might make more of an impact. Twitter, really? Yes- believe it or not here is why I think being active (professionally) on Twitter pays off even more. Continue reading