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Spotless Social Media: Cleaning Up Your E-Presence

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Jul 21, 2016 11:04:21 AM

Now that you’ve graduated, or you’re getting close, you’re beginning your first foray into the competitive career marketplace. It’s time to update that resume, brush up on your interviewing skills, and—perhaps most importantly—clean up your social media accounts.

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Each year more employers rely on social media to get a good idea of the kind of the candidate’s personality. What they see on your profile can mean the difference between your dream job, and a continued job search from your parent’s couch.

While in college you may have gotten a lot of “likes” and “shares” on your Spring Break 2014 Instagram posts, those same photos could sabotage your chance at landing a good job.

To help out, we have compiled 6 tips on how you should clean up your social media presence before you start your job search.

1. Don’t underestimate the importance of a respectable social media presence.

Web presence can often seem a bit trivial. But if you think employers won’t look at, and judge, your social media accounts, you’re wrong.

According to employment resource websites like themuse.com, nearly one in three employers say they have rejected candidates based on something they found unsavory on social media accounts. Employers often use the information from your social media posts and pictures to append their background checks in order to get a more robust view of who you are as a person.

2. Google yourself. 

The first thing you’ll want to do before you start your search is to Google yourself. It may sound vain to look yourself up on the web. But this is the first thing potential employers will do as well.

Scroll through the search results and Google images. If you have any results or photos that aren’t PG rated, take them down immediately.

3. Clean up those photos.

A lot of people, myself included, use social media sites like Facebook and Instagram as a sort of e-photo albums. While this seems innocuous, you’ll need to either delete or adjust the privacy settings on any photo that may be construed as suggestive or inflammatory.

CareerBuilder.com released a list of social networking do's and don'ts in 2014. According to the list, potential employers cite “provocative or inappropriate photographs,” photos or information about drinking (even if you’re above 21) and drugs, and discriminatory comments or images as reasons they eliminated candidates from consideration.

4. Pay attention to content and grammar in status updates.

We all have bad days. And there are few more immediately cathartic actions that posting a strongly worded rant on Facebook about how a fellow commuter spilled lukewarm coffee down your arm on the subway. However, potential employers will look at those e-outbursts as a reflection of your personality.

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In 2014, job recruiting service Jobvite released a survey that aggregates the practices and opinions of dozens of employers.

Aside from the obvious no-no’s (like badmouthing your employer, posting sexually explicit imagery or information, and posting about illegal drugs), the study also found that 66 percent of employers view poor social media grammar as a turnoff in the hiring process.

5. Make sure you have a strong profile picture.

The next time you get the urge to set your favorite game of thrones character or the newest iteration of your “duck-face” as your profile picture, resist. Since your profile picture is the first (and possibly only) image potential employers see on your page, you need to make sure it makes a positive statement about who you are. 

Photo courtesy of CreativeCommons.

According to TheMuse’s section on "profile picture sins", stay away from default images (it looks lazy), photos that aren’t you (it damages your brand), and distasteful or inappropriate images (duh).

6. Polish your halo.

While we’ve established that your web presence can go a long way to hurt you on your job hunt, it can also be a boon to your chances.

According to the CareerBuilder survey linked above, if you post career accolades and convey a professional and personable image, your chances of being hired are increased. Further, posting about charitable works and community involvement are also positive signs to wary employers.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, Day Student Posts, Online DAPS, Professional Student Posts

MBA Moms: Q&A With a Successful Working Mother

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Jul 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the greatest tragedies for driven, ambitious working mothers is that they feel like their education must be put on the backburner. After all, there are only so many hours in a day and no one can do it all, right?

Wrong.

As Fisher College Vice-President of Strategy and Planning/Chief of Staff, Melinda Cook, MBA, ED.D., can attest, it is possible to be a professional woman and work through master’s and doctoral programs, while also juggling responsibilities as a wife and mother of four.

Here are a few tips Dr. Cook offers to the professional woman still on the fence about continuing her education.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Five Tips to Help Adult Learners Bridge the Millennial Gap

Posted by Pamela Walker on Sep 16, 2015 4:16:24 PM

One of the biggest challenges for adult learners considering returning to school is the cultural gulf that exists between people age 35 and older and modern college-age students.

Generation X, which consists of people born from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, is often comprised of the same demographic who is returning to school to continue their education as the modern workplace becomes increasingly competitive.

Unfortunately, Gen-X students—who were taught to be fiercely self-reliant—often find it difficult to relate to the collective learners in the Millennial generation.

To help bridge the cultural gap in your future classes, we’ve gathered some tips for you to relate to you college-age classmates.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston DAPS, Professional Student Posts, DAPS

7 Study Tips for First Time MBA Students

Posted by Neil Trotta on Aug 24, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Whether you’re going from your undergraduate studies directly into a master’s program, or you’re leaving the working world to pursue your Master of Business Administration, the curriculum can be grueling.

Between work and family commitments adding the extra requirements that go along with a rigorous graduate program can get the best of many first-year business school students.

We’ve outlined seven time management and study tips below geared to help first-time MBA students survive their first semester in business school.

 

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1. Be prepared

“Always prepared” isn’t just the motto for the Boy Scouts. As a first-year B-school student you need to make sure you are ready before you enter the semester.

Buy or rent books early and read the first couple of chapters before you set foot in your first class. Having at least a cursory familiarity with the information will help to reinforce it later.

Sit in the front row and take detailed notes. It’s easier to get distracted when you sit toward the back of class, and being closer to instructors helps them to recognize you should you need help in the future.

 

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2. Increase your reading speed

For MBA students, investing time in increasing reading speed before your first semester will pay off later.

Throughout your grad work you’re going to have a lot of reading to do. Textbook chapters, case studies, lecture notes, and other required readings will take up a huge chunk of your time and effort.

The ability to digest and recall information more quickly is a valuable asset.

 

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3. Create a daily schedule and stick to it

Break studying into smaller blocks. Each day do assigned readings and review notes. If you keep the material fresh in your mind, it is easier to recall later.

Schedule a weekly review to refresh what you’ve studied throughout the week. This will reinforce the information, making it easier to recall later.

 

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4. Study the “right way”

Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to study. A five-hour cram session, for example, is far less effective than five one-hour study sessions.

Although people have different learning styles, psychologists have studied the most effective study techniques. This Washington Post article digs into this research and offers up the most effective of these study tactics.

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5. Schedule regular breaks

Your schedule may be frantic, but you need to schedule blocks of time a couple of times a week to be away from work and school. Burnout is a huge problem for MBA-track students, especially first-years.

You’ll need time to recharge your batteries and refocus on your goals. This Harvard Business Review article offers some tips to stave off frustration and exhaustion.

 

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6. Limit TV time

This may be the toughest sacrifice to make for many people. But TV is a huge drain on your time and it should be limited. In a 2010 interview Stanford University President John Hennessy said he quit watching TV the day he interviewed for his job 10 years before because it is a “waste of time.”

Although it can be a nice way to turn off and relax, rather than watching the tube two hours each day, cut watch time to an hour or less.

 Your free time is valuable. Use it wisely.

 

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7. Make use of “dead time”

Life in a city like Boston means a considerable amount of time is spent waiting. You wait for the T, wait while you’re on the T, wait for your kids or spouses, wait for appointments.

While those small snippets of time may seem insignificant, they add up. Try to keep your study material handy—perhaps in an e-document that can be accessed on the go—so you can use those empty spaces to your advantage.

Although they aren’t a guarantee to make your B-school experience easier, these tips should help to alleviate at least some of the stress involved with the rigors of your MBA program.

 

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston DAPS, MBA, DAPS

Wanted: Non-Business Major MBA Candidates

Posted by Neil Trotta on Aug 17, 2015 3:10:00 PM

If you’re one of the intrepid few college juniors and seniors edging ever nearer to the precipice of graduation, you may be concerned about what the future holds.

For many non-business major students who are considering changing directions and give business school a go, a significant concern is they’ll lag behind their peers who already have business backgrounds.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston DAPS, MBA, DAPS

5 Scholarships for Adult Learners

Posted by Pamela Walker on Jul 10, 2015 10:32:00 AM

Since the economic downturn of 2008, Americans have been at an all time low in terms of job satisfaction. In fact, according to a 2014 Forbes article, 52.3 percent of Americans are unhappy with their employment.

While the primary causes of these work-related doldrums are likely related to job security, wages and vacation time, for many Americans, unrealized educational goals are the object of ire. 

Unfortunately, there is a misconception that school isn’t economically feasible for non-traditional students in their late 20s and older. Although it is true that a college education can be expensive, and the cost of tuition and fees is on the rise, there is now an unprecedented variety of scholarships for adults to continue or finish school.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, Back to School 101, Professional Student Posts, DAPS

MBA ROI: Is it Worth It?

Posted by Anthony Baker on Jun 17, 2015 4:51:00 PM

Is an MBA worth the investment of time, money and effort?

If you’ve got a strong acumen for business, you likely think of your education from a cost versus benefit perspective. Will the return for a higher level business degree, like a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), be high enough for it to be a sound business decision?

The answer, according to many business publications and educators alike is a resounding “yes.”

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Why Should You Get an MBA?

Posted by Anthony Baker on Feb 2, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Can an MBA Give Your Career the Boost it Needs?

Most business executives have always agreed that the Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree is the academic standard for executive level promotion or hiring consideration for most industries. There is certainly no shortage of online resources supporting this opinion.

Eric Jackson recently published The 10 Most Underated Reasons Why You Should Get an MBA in Forbes.com. The article includes important questions to consider when reflecting on the value of an MBA. All of which would help anyone pondering a graduate business education to make a sound decision.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Melissa Finishes Her First Class...at Fisher College

Posted by Adam Higgins on Dec 18, 2014 1:23:00 PM


Melissa Finishes Her First Class...

...online at Fisher College! She has not only been crushing her social media class, but has been posting a new video (aka vlog) each week, at connect.fisher.edu/daps and documenting her experiences over the 8-week term. 

You probably know who Melissa is already... BUT, in case you don't, she's 1/3 of HOT 96.9's The Get Up Crew, the team behind one of Boston's best morning shows.

Catch up on last week's vlog first or...

Look below for the Week 8 chapter! 

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Topics: Boston DAPS, Melissa Goes Back, Online DAPS, Professional Student Posts

Melissa Continues Her Education at Fisher College

Posted by Adam Higgins on Dec 8, 2014 3:57:00 PM


Melissa from HOT 96.9 continues her education ...

...via her online class at Fisher College! She's not only been crushing her social media class, but has been posting a new video (aka vlog) each week, at connect.fisher.edu/daps and documenting her experiences over the 8-week term. 

You probably know who Melissa is already... BUT, in case you don't, she's 1/3 of HOT 96.9's The Get Up Crew, the team behind one of Boston's best morning shows.

Catch up on last week's vlog first or...

Look below for the Week 5 chapter! 

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Topics: Boston DAPS, Melissa Goes Back, Online DAPS, Professional Student Posts

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Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school was founded on the belief that the immigrants of that city should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs.

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts, with branch locations in:

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  • North Attleborough
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The Fisher Online division began in 1998, and currently serves students from all over the United States and around the world.

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