Detroit Startup Grades Social Media for Job-Seekers

Detroit Startup Grades Social Media for Job-Seekers

Detroit startup grades social media for job-seekers

By Samantha Lewakowski

March 26, 2017 10:22 pm

In a social media-dominated world, new tools are being created to help combat how future employers perceive you based off of your posts. The Social U targets students looking at colleges and jobs and helps them identify potential problematic photos and text.

Julie Fisher founded the Detroit-based startup after she spent a majority of her time in education. She began to notice that parents were afraid of the internet and what their children were posting because they didn’t grow up in the same technological environment.

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Ready to Start Your Job or Internship Search? Clean Up Your Social Media Before Applying!

Ready to Start Your Job or Internship Search? Clean Up Your Social Media Before Applying!

Clean Up Your Social Media Prior to Applying for Jobs and Internships

Like it or not, when you apply for a job or an internship, there’s a better than average chance that someone in HR will check out your online profiles at some point during the application or interview process.  According to the 2016 annual social media recruitment survey by CareerBuilder, the number of employers who use social media to screen candidates has increased 500% over the last decade. Jobvite’s 2016 Recruiter Nation Survey found that 87% of recruiters like to use LinkedIn to vet prospective job/internship candidates.

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Social Media Can Help You...

I spend most of my time talking to kids about how to fix mistakes on their social media pages and how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. What sometimes gets lost during this discussion is how social media can actually HELP teens get into college or get an internship or job so, I wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the positive side of social media in the process. How can you use social media to help you achieve your goals?

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Clean Up Your Act On Social Media Before Looking For A Job

Clean Up Your Act On Social Media Before Looking For A Job

Clean Up Your Act on Social Media Before Looking for a Job or Applying to College

Parents of teenagers and young adults know they have a lot of pressures surrounding college applications, workplace interviews and internships. One more thing too important to overlook is the proper management of their social media sites and the digital footprint they are creating on forums like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

Does online privacy exist?

The Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC’s email scandal is just the latest in a constant string of public missteps involving emails, posts and texts sent or shared online, not originally intended for public consumption, that became public and led to scandal.  She, like most people who use email, likely assumed her email wouldn't be shared with the world.  She, of course was wrong and now she and the Democratic Party are now dealing with fallout from the reality that online privacy doesn't really exist .

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What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

Define "Inappropriate"

I’ve heard many parents tell their kids (myself included) “don’t post anything inappropriate online”.  We say this phrase and think we are being good/responsible parents – that we are doing our job when it comes to talking to our kids about being responsible on social media.

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Sorority Girl Says She Was Forced Out Because of a Photo on Tinder

Sorority Girl Says She Was Forced Out Because of a Photo on Tinder

Tinder Trouble

A junior at the University of Nebraska, Omaha says she was forced out of her sorority because of a photo she posted on Tinder, a social media app commonly used to meet people &/or "hook up".  The photo she posted on the site eight months ago (in August) was of her and two sorority sisters wearing their sorority's letters.  She got called into a meeting last week to discuss the photo which was referred to in the meeting as provocative and risque and was told that it violated the sorority's "Policy on Human Dignity" .

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Clean Up Your Online Presence This Spring

Clean Up Your Online Presence This Spring

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In April we start thinking about spring.  As our thoughts turn to excitement over warmer weather and the anticipation of leaving home without a heavy coat, we also start thinking about the opportunity to air out and lighten up in anticipation of summer (think open windows and wearing anything other than the color black).  It’s at this time of year that we start thinking about taking inventory of our lives and getting rid of anything that isn’t helping us live the life we want live or be the person we want to be – in other words, it’s time for spring cleaning. Let's extend our idea of spring cleaning to our online presence as well.

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage When Seeking an Internship

Using Social Media to Your Advantage When Seeking an Internship

Social Media Can Help You Get An Internship

I spend most of my time talking to kids about how to fix mistakes on their social media pages and how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. What sometimes gets lost during this discussion is how social media can actually HELP teens get into college or get an internship or job so, I wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the positive side of social media in the process. How can you use social media to help you achieve your goals?

Think of social media as a way to build your personal brand

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I recently spoke to 5,000-plus middle and high school students from a single school district about their digital footprint and how it can affect their future goals. I was struck by the number of students that stayed after the presentations to talk to me about their perception of fairness related to their ability to freely express themselves online.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Digital Reputation Protected

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Don't Let Your Online Presence Ruin Your  Future

Before social media and the internet became commonplace, it was generally thought that celebrities, musicians and prominent figures were the only ones who needed to protect their image and public perception. However, with billions of people from around the world creating accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, privacy is no longer what it once seemed.

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How Social Media is Impacting the Future of College Acceptance Rates and Employment

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Social Media's Impact: Infographic from The Social U

Since the lost days of HotOrNot, FaceTheJury and MySpace, social media has dominated the Internet and the way we connect today. Long gone are the days of sending snail mail and calling a friend on the phone just to see how they are. Today, more than 71% of teens admit to using more than one social network such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Supreme Court Facebook Ruling

Supreme Court Facebook Ruling

The Ruling & What It Means for Kids

On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in a case that involved threats made on social media.

Elonis, v. United States involved a Pennsylvania man who posted on social media that he wanted to slit the throat of his estranged wife and was convicted of a crime under a federal law making it illegal to transmit a threat in federal commerce. The defendant argued he did not intend to threaten anyone and was merely exercising his free speech rights on Facebook.  Ultimately, without addressing the question of free speech directly, the Supreme Court ruled that someone could not be convicted of a crime for posting online threats, even if a “reasonable person” regarded the posts as threats, unless there was proof that the writer him/herself actually intended the words as a threat.

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