Friday Finds: Weekend reading


twitter30 ways to lose a job on Twitter at ResumeBear (via Screw You Recession!)

ResumeBear put together  a comprehensive and hilarious list, complete with screen captures of the offending Tweets, of people who just can’t keep their jobs out of their Twitter feed. Everything from calling the boss an idiot, to sleeping with the boss (or the boss’ daughter), to lying about work and lying to get out of work, to stealing from the office.

More and more employers are starting to monitor the online behavior of their employees.  A good rule to live by is “Don’t share anything online that could come back to haunt you later on.” Mentioning how you get drunk every night or how many times you’ve lied on your resume won’t make you an attractive candidate for potential employers.

package_wordprocessingStop job hunting like it’s 1999! Dos and don’ts for ’09 grads by Lindsey Pollack

If you didn’t already know, this week was Seek Week at LinkedIn – an entire week dedicated to helping recent grads find jobs in a struggling economy. A lot of student and new grad job-seekers are guilty of blindly firing off as many job applications as possible, crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, but Lindsey says there are relatively easy, tech savvy ways to fix that bad habit.

Emailing out resumes and waiting for a response used to be a perfectly decent strategy for finding a job. Not anymore. Today’s job seekers, especially ‘09 grads job hunting in a recession, need to be more creative, more proactive and more tech savvy than ever before.

community-helpHow to turn online social networking into real life relationships at 10,000 Words

This article focuses on journalists, but the advice can be applied to anyone in any line of work. It addresses a growing trend in online niche networking: we don’t have to be afraid of the person on the other side of our computers. In fact, we should be eager to meet them, either individually or in groups at social networking events.

Invite the person for lunch at a inexpensive restaurant or a chat over a cup of coffee. Meeting at a nearby coffee shop is a great way to introduce yourself without being overzealous. Most importantly, don’t be overbearing. You don’t want the other party to think you are a stalker, a spammer or that you are needy or desperate.

listsIs your new role really best for you? at

Moving into a new role at the same company can be tempting, but it’s not always a step up. RJ says entry-level workers should be wary of changes which benefit the company only and outlines things employees can do to watch their own backs, such as turning down promotions which negatively affect their personal lives, only accepting roles which put them in a better position within the company and their career and if not asking for more compensation, at least asking about future possibilities.

Are you moving upwards? Are you being groomed to move upwards? Are you being paid more (or likely to be)?  Are you benefiting from a personal perspective?  It is not necessary that the answer to all of these questions is yes.  However, should the answer to all of these questions be no, then you really should consider whether what you’re being offered is actually for your benefit?

TimeA public service announcement for new grads at

A very personal letter to recent graduates offering one piece of advice: take some time to figure out what you really want to do, if you can. Olga says she’s been there, and although she’s grateful to have a job, she wishes she would have done certain things before she jumped into a full-time career. Maybe there are things you want to do, too, so take your time.

Weigh your options. Make a pros and cons list. I bet moving into the city and working in your first office is an attractive idea, especially after years of shitty retail and service jobs and course reading. Take it from me—it can wait. You don’t want to go into your first career tired.

About the author

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.