The 10 Worst Facebookers of the Last Decade

October 2013 will mark the ten year anniversary of Facebook. It has truly been a revolutionizing concept and now represents over 25% of all internet traffic worldwide. Over the last ten years we have seen all types of fads and fashions from liking pictures of people with diseases in hopes of saving them, major corporations getting Facebook pages while having no clue how to use them, all the way to the meme revolution. With all the good comes the bad, and with the end of 2012 approaching it’s time to codify the 10 worst Facebookers of the last decade. Here’s to 2013 and a more tolerable Facebook community. By the way, while you read this if you think you are one of the ten, you probably are and we hope you stop it. Here goes…

1. The Inspirational Guru

We all have this friend, they think they are Facebook’s version of John C. Maxwell. Every morning at the exact same time you can absolutely count on a motivational quote in your news feed. It’s usually a famous Gandhi quote that your friend conveniently forgets to give credit for. They have zero leadership experience, are not a life coach and probably haven’t graduated college yet they have taken it upon themselves to be your guiding light through social media. If you are a life coach, then fine keep motivating us; if you’re not, stop it because you have no credibility. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you’re right.”

2. The Depressed

This person was recently in a relationship and swore they found the love of their life but for some crazy reason it didn’t work out. Now they’ve taken to the internet to dump all of their personal emotions on us in hopes that someone gives them attention or maybe their Ex will see and come running back to them. Usually this person is marked by a cycle of actions/statements after the breakup: First comes extreme relief, like they are so excited to be free and so thankful they’ve been shown the light. This phase will be known by rogue statements like, “Whew! Glad that’s over! Finally…” When we all know deep down that’s exactly the opposite of what they really feel. After a couple of days this relief phase turns to grief, looking something like, “Missing someone right now…” or “Never thought it would be this hard…” It is an awkward situation for some, especially if you are friends with both of the people involved to see these very personal feelings floating about on display for everyone. It’s like a reality TV show starring your friends, unfolding in real-time. Lastly, the grief phase will turn to anger and you will see things like, “Always knew it would end up this way..” or “Of course! How could I have been so dumb to be with you?!!” After these stages the person will not be seen on Facebook for 3-4 months where they will actually go through the real healing process or can be found in your local shitty bar with their head on the table and a Rolling Rock beer in their hand. We wish you the best!

3. The Gym Rat

One of my favorites, usually an oversized, overly enthusiastic, rage monster whose only priority in life is to be the biggest person in the room at all times. They will post statuses like, “Gym time!”, “Time to kill some Biceps!” or “Leg day is the worst bro!” After their workouts you can bet on a self-pic being posted as they stand in their gym’s locker room only wearing their Under-Armor shorts. Keep it in the gym bros!

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4. The Future Politician

Oh god, not this guy. Here we go again, 2012 with its hotly contested election brought a wave of political commentators to Facebook representing everyone from Obama to Ron Paul to Roseanne Barr. This person is relentless. Everyday is a new article, picture, meme, study or graph proving why their candidate is the only possible option in the election. They are usually very sensitive, highly pretentious, and are quick to unfriend you if you disagree with them. They also believe the country is in dire straights and you individually are the key to saving it. They fail to realize that most of the country doesn’t care. To all the political people out there, go run for office for god’s sake.

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5. The Foodie

This guy or gal recently discovered Instagram and over 84% of their posts are pictures of meals they’re having. They are not a real food critic and are usually not eating anything or anywhere interesting. Most posts will look like, “Kevin made grilled chicken, broccoli, and potatoes! Yummy!” accompanied by a picture of the plate. Like none of us have ever ate that exact same meal, really?! Sometimes, they will pick a fancy filter to use and take a picture of an exotic/fruity drink they just ordered with a status of “The Good Life!” or “YOLO!” Seriously, we all eat three meals a day and unless you’re at Ruth Chris Steakhouse for your birthday celebration dinner, just keep your food on the table and not the internet.

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6. The New Parent

Obviously, this person has a new-born. Now don’t get me wrong, I think children are great and life is a beautiful thing but just because your baby farted doesn’t warrant a status update. It used to be that baby pictures had their own book reserved for family and close friends. Now this parent has access to the World! And watch out because everything their baby does is getting posted, every outfit, every picture, and any event concerning their baby. God forbid you make an observation about this because your head will be electronically ripped off. “How dare you?! My baby is precious and the best baby of all babies! EVER!” Facebook has created a worldwide baby competition, get ready…

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7. The New Couple

After reading the title, I’m sure you can pin this person as well as I’m about to. These two probably met on Facebook and are now “Madly in LOVE!”(with three smiley faces). Every date is accompanied by a picture at TGI Fridays that says, “Date Night with my love!” and awww how cute they tagged their better half in the pic! OMG! These two will write a status about each other and then actually comment on the other’s status, “Thanks Babe! You’re the bestest! I’m in the other room but can’t wait to see you!” Their entire relationship plays out over Facebook. 98% of these relationships end in the process I outlined in person 2 “The Depressed”. Image

8. The Dog Whisperer

Now I love dogs and cats but this person takes it to whole new level. You will get a daily pic of their dog eating, laying, sitting, looking out the window, at the park, in the car, with the ball in his mouth, chasing the ball, tired of the ball, etc. This person also has coordinated dog sweaters for every holiday of the year. They will even against the dog’s will place it in front of the Christmas tree for portraits to share, “Awww! Look at Mr. Pugsly all bundled in his Xmas sweater! So handsome!” Just like the parent with the baby, this person’s dog is the BEST, not up for debate. Image

9. The Mirror Pic Taker

Usually a girl but could be a guy. They remind me of that Willy Wonka meme, “Oh you’re a model? What’s your agency? Instagram?!” This person is so vein that every time they get ready to go out they grace us with the picture to prove it. The pic is taken in their bathroom, hair did, make up done, cleavage showing and duck face is the pose of choice. Tag line of “Girls night at the Drynk! Call me Maybe!” Some of the same girlfriends who are going out with her that night are the comments on the pic, “pretty lady”, “Get ready girl!” and sometimes the random bro will comment, “Damn girl, lookin good! Hit me up..” For some unknown reason she gets the most likes. This girl either has confidence issues, is an attention whore, or maybe just knows how good she looks and has to broadcast it, which we still can’t stand.

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10. The Play by Play Announcer

This person is quite possibly the biggest offender of Facebook etiquette. They average over 7 statuses a day pertaining to nothing important but act like we are all waiting with baited breath as to what’s happening with their day. When they wake up, “Just woke up! Got my coffee and off to work!” And so on and so on. “Just took out the trash, ugh!” or “Just choked on my water! lol” If they don’t give us the real-time play by play they will wait to get home and post the whole day’s events in one long status: “Woke up late, but still got coffee, yess! Went shopping for groceries, was packed. Ran some errands, traffic was crazy. Finally home relaxing on the couch having a glass of wine. Ahhh and maybe bed at a decent hour!” Seriously, we don’t want to be mean but stop it.

I am sure you all have your own list of ten but these are mine, feel free to add yours below or comment on which was your favorite. Below is a list of honorable mentions. Maybe 2013 we can make Facebook a better place! And if you were one of the ten, don’t worry we still want to be your friend just take it easy for us okay?!

Honorable Mentions:

11) The Hashtagger – #hashtagsonfacebookdontwork #stopit

12) The Random One – Posts a one sentence status that only they and one other person will understand.

13) The Nerd – Every status is actually really interesting and cool but nobody reads them(See Higgs Boson Particle).

14) The Meme Enthusiast – Every status is a meme.

15) The ESPN Broadcaster – Posts statuses about sporting events happening live, “Did anyone just see that!!??”

16) The Lyric Lover – Every status is two sentences of a popular song on the radio. “I am on a 24 hour champagne diet, spilling while I’m sipping. I encourage you to try it…” That was Drake, see? It didn’t work.

17) The Promoted Posts – Companies who spend money to get a “promoted post”. We already drink Miller Lite, stop it.

18) The Profile Picker – Changes their profile pic every three days.

By Christopher Sankey

Getting Someone’s Attention

We all have a need for attention. Whether it be through a physical touch, verbal praise or just mentally knowing someone is interested in you. I know this sounds like a dating post but I assure you its not, I am far from the expert in that field as some of you know.

With the surge of social media, attention is a rare commdodity in todays society. Everybody is vying for your attention. Companies and their commercials(think Super Bowl), the various social media sites(If you’re like me they all have my attention, twitter, klout, facebook, google+..), politicians all telling you want they think you want to hear, news networks and the list goes on.

All of these groups understand the more attention they grab, the stronger the influence they have. Please “like” our page on Facebook! Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it seems like everyday I’m getting a new request to like something I know nothing about. But this transformation in society begs the question, “What does this mean for me?” …

ADAPT OR BE DESTROYED

Survival of the fittest. Adaption is the key to success during time of change and stress. And if ever the job market has changed and stressed, it’s Now. So how have you changed? Adapted? How fit are you to grab the attention you want?

As the job seeker, you are seeking attention of the people who have what you want, the job, career, pay raise etc. So, in the new economy if we want to beat it, we have to adapt and evolve. Assume the old rules and ways are obsolete. Companies have stopped reading resume’s online, no more paper applications and no more newspaper ads.

What do you do? 3 New ways to grab Attention…

1. Hit the Pavement – This tip isn’t really new, it’s just rarely ever used now a days. With everyone putting their resume’s online and applying to the companies job archives you rarely see this tip in action. Pick your top 5 companies that you have already submitted a resume’ or application to and just show up a few days later. Be dressed to the nines, smile and ask “Is the hiring manager here?” It’s even better if you have the name of the person and then I would advise asking for them by their first name. Because very few people if any take the time to come in person and you already know the name, the receptionist will most likely assume you know the manager and get them for you. Now you have a wonderful opportunity to make a great first impresssion and show how much more dedicated, persistent and creative you are than the others. I can’t tell you how many times this has worked for me.

2. It’s all about Value – Many people use the word “networking” but few actually connect on this concept. People think that getting business cards or exchanging contact info is networking and it’s not. It’s literally one of many steps in the process. For those of you that have exchanged contact info with people that are connected or ones that you would like to work with you need to follow up with them and use this. For those of you that haven’t start right away. The next time you get introduced to someone or get a business card, strike a conversation up about their business, ask questions and figure out what they value most in their business or the biggest problem they’re having and help them solve it before you ask for anything. How do you solve it? Do research, send them a contact of someone you know who can help them, email them an article you found and say “Thought you’d like this, hope you’re well.” And when the time is right ask them for help or an interview or whatever it may be.

3. The Video Resume’ – This is the future of resumes. If you do it now, you WILL be a head of the curve. Make a video of yourself and you are pretty much explaining exactly what’s on your resume’. Start with your personal info, smile, show how personable you are and then move into your experience and what you look forward to doing. Send it in an email, a facebook message, post it to your LinkedIn profile etc.

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.” – Chinese proverb

 

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By Christopher Sankey

@DMSank

 

Strengthen Your Job-Getting Muscles: 6 Ways To Increase Your Employment Stock

I was in a situation, as a student, where it was difficult to get experience that qualified me for a job because I didn’t have a job. I’m assuming people who are unemployed right now and in between jobs may feel the same way; too far away from their dream job. So here are 6 ways to get experience, build your resume, and build your confidence, to get you closer to that dream job, without even having a job!

1. Start a personal blog and write good stuff. Ben Franklin said “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” We all know (or should know) that social media is becoming a bigger and bigger player in getting a job. A blog that has good content about your field can say a lot about you and what you will bring to the table as a future employee for a company.

2. If you aren’t currently working, find an organization that you can volunteer with and provide significant value for. This can help you develop new skills and  meet new people, both of which will help your employment stock.  This is also a good way to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack by giving back to the community and making a name for yourself.

3. Read more books. Especially in your desired field. The more knowledgeable you are, the more confident you will be, the more likely you are to get the job you want, the more motivated you will be to get off your ass and find it! As of December 2011, the average American is unemployed for 40 weeks. If you just read 10 pages a day for that amount of time it would be the  equivalent of 14 200 page books. My guess is, if you implement some of these tips those 40 weeks will be shortened drastically.

4. Attend events and conferences in your field. 2 purposes: become more knowledgeable and networking. Events and conferences can give you fire power for resumes and future interviews. Many of the people attending these conferences are valuable tools to connect you with your next job and future dream job.

5. Get fit. Exercise more. A fit body results in a fit mind which can result in a fit job. Exercise will increase your energy, increase your confidence, and increase your appearance. And if you don’t think employers judge you on your appearance, you’re crazy, whether you think its right or not. If you don’t like exercising for exercising sake (I don’t either) join a recreational league of some sort. Most cities have fairly inexpensive leagues you can participate in.

6. Get on a schedule and start the habit of planning. Just because you are unemployed doesn’t mean it is time for vacation. Most people who are unemployed aren’t in a situation to turn unemployment into leisure time. Finding a job is now your job. Sticking to a consistent schedule and having daily and weekly objectives will increase your effectiveness and keep you sane. Most importantly, It is an extremely valuable habit to create for your future.

Whether it is one of these or all of these that you implement, I can guarantee a better chance at employment. Remember, you can’t just read this and never look at it again and expect a job to fall in your lap. Knowledge isn’t power, the application of knowledge is power.

Written by: Ray Reed

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http://www.job-gym.com coming soon!

Don’t Make This Interview Mistake.

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” -Oscar Wilde

It is true that interviewing for anything is an art. Maybe you’ve recently seen politicians being interviewed and you can visibly see them dancing around questions or successfully and usually unsuccessfully trying to spin their answers. The ones who do it well have mastered their craft.

Great interviews no matter what the field are often achieved through subtlety. There is always an objective to be achieved, an impression someone wants to portray, a position they are trying to convince people to take or in the job seekers case…actually that’s a good point, what is the true objective of someone being interviewed for a job? Obviously, to get the job but that’s where most of you go wrong, you never move past that determination and dig deeper.

The true question to ask ourselves is “What do we have to do to get the employer to take Action and pull the trigger?”

Do you know the answer? Luckily, I do.

The art of the interview and the subtlety of the process is a formula. I will encourage you to define exactly how these parts pertain to you individually and leave that up to your judgement.

WARNING: Some of the material may seem basic and common sense but I don’t think you are surprised about how many people lack common sense or commit the major mistake of having knowledge without implementing, which is useless.

Secret(meaning not so secret but most people fail to do) Interview Recipe:

1. Great Beginnings – Eye contact, firm handshake, smile and in a clear, confident voice say “Nice to meet you, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today.”

2. The Personality – Most people are confused as to how much personality they should reveal in an interview. They are worried about being too dry or overly personable and looking unprofessional. Ask yourself these questions and find the balance

  • Am I coming off as confident or cocky?
  • Did I show a sense of humor or did I look goofy?
  • Was I well-mannered or brown-nosing?
  • Was I being positive or did I seem fake?
  • Did I strive for excellence or try to look perfect?
  • Did I prove I am well-rounded?
  • Was I professional or up tight?

Most of us know the difference between all of these and could cite examples of how to execute each but the distinguished is in how subtle you handle each situation.

3. Bringing it Home – At the end of the interview, it is important no matter how well you think it went to finish strong. End with a combination of : Thanking them again, stating you enjoyed the process and look forward to impacting the organization. It is also advised to ask “What is the next step?”

Think about these concepts, rehearse you answers with a focus on being subtle and most important when the time comes implement and execute.

Michelangelo said it best, “A man paints with his brains not with his hands.”

If this was helpful in anyway, I ask you pass it along and share with others. There is no better way to impact each other and change our situation than to help.

By Christopher Sankey   @DMSank

LOVE THE JOB YOU HAVE WHILE YOU CREATE THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS

A mentor of mine, Hal Elrod, has a motto “Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams.” I think we can all agree that is a great motto to live by. With 2012 being an election year and so much talk of our nations unemployment rate and the need for job creation, it made me think about my situation as well as those of many of my peers.

The Problem

Most people see getting a job in this economy as difficult and when they finally get a job it’s not the job they want. In result, they whine and complain about how they don’t like their job and give a half-ass effort at that job. My question is: Who determines whether they like their job or not? They do.

When you don’t like your job, what will your attitude be waking up for work? What will your attitude be at work? What will your attitude be going to sleep thinking about the next day? Let me explain a simple model…

Your Thoughts/Mindset/Attitude determine your Actions which determine your Results.

In this case, if you have a negative attitude about work, the actions that follow will include: going to bed late and waking up later, minimal effort towards tasks, lack of team work and self-isolation, all of which will cause poor results and a poor level of satisfaction from work.

The Solution

If you determine whether you like your job or not, then it is a simple matter of choice. Choose to “Love the job you have while you create the job of your dreams.”

There is a saying that most of you are probably familiar with. The saying is “The grass is always greener on the other side.” A lot of people will respond to that and say “water your own damn lawn.” I say, “water your own damn lawn but when you’re done make sure you plant a flower in your dream garden.”

Don’t be mistaken. The answer isn’t to settle. The answer is to make the most out of what you have AND create your next opportunity that will lead you closer to your dream job. There is so much to miss if you aren’t embracing the position you are in; so many habits, so many lessons, and so many connections.

When you “lead without a title” as Robin Sharma preaches you find satisfaction in your job and create opportunities that get you closer to exactly what you want. If you aren’t looking you wont find. Start looking for opportunities to hone your skills and create a following. It may be difficult to find a job, but every company has a need for leaders.

Don’t WAIT for the dream job, CREATE the dream job.

Written by: Ray Reed

Look out for a follow-up post on “Creating your Dream Job”

and stay tuned for http://www.collegedropouts.org

Sex, Drugs and Jobs.

In the last post I spoke of the difference in taking an Active approach to finding the job you want versus being passive, waiting and hoping. I referenced specific examples of how you can be active in your methods. Today, I will backup a majority of what the last post was about with facts and numbers and show you how important it is to truly be Active in your search. Welcome to advanced job finding methods 101…

In a recent book, I came across the best and worst methods to find a job and was fascinated by the results. The reality is the way we normally look for jobs is not the way employers normally look for us. This is where the sex comes in, wait for it….Much like men and women are on completely different wavelengths, in order for us to communicate and even be civil at times we have to see it from the opposite person’s point of view and thus the end result, sex. If not, no sex. Okay, so point is if we want to find that wonderful connection with an employer we have to see it from their eyes.

Ask yourself, “If I were an employer how would I want to fill any openings?”

Would you want to troll through the internet reading millions of resume’s?? No way.

Would you want to spend thousands of dollars on ads in the newspaper?? No.

Would you want to hire and pay a staffing firm who doesn’t really know what your business needs are to find future employees?? Definitely not.

What’s crazy is the last three scenarios are the most popular methods for people who are looking for jobs, they are also the least effective. Why are they most popular if they are the least successful? Two reasons, first they are the easiest most convenient ways of searching. It is natural for us to want something with as little resources expended as possible. We know what we want and we don’t want to work to get it, fair enough. Second, these are the methods we are taught that are supposed to work. So we naturally just follow the leader without research and thus all of these avenues are saturated with tens of millions of applicants pushing employers even further away from using them.

It really is a battle of two parties, you and the employer, both wanting each other but having to do as little as possible to get each other. Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional relationship. And that’s why the job market is plagued with fear, confusion, frustration, despair and more. What we have to realize is the employers have the power(job),so they get the luxury of being passive where you as the seeker have to be Active in your approach.

So how would you want it to happen if you were the owner or hiring manager of a company? Well its a pretty easy answer. I imagine one of my best employees walking into my office saying, “Hey boss, you know that opening you have? I have the perfect person for it.” Reality is I trust this employee, they get results and now I don’t have to advertise(spend unnecessary money) and waste time.

Ok, now that we have you thinking in the mind of the employer, ask yourself “What are other things I would want to see or methods to use regarding the hiring process?”

Here are the most preferred methods of hiring for companies:

1. Inside promotion – Someone they have already seen work, they know the person knows the job which equates to almost zero risk and zero cost of advertising. Your move: Internship or settle for a part-time position and work your butt off. I have a friend Brian who did this, he worked an internship for a couple of months, at the end they didn’t have any openings and he went home. As soon as something opened up, he was the first they called.

2. Proof – Bringing in someone who has or is actual tangible proof of exact experience relating to skills needed. For example, if the company is hiring for painters someone who has a portfolio of work is in a pretty good position. Your move: Consider the job you want and skills related and get an entry-level position that will prepare you for the field. If you already have experience lets say in sales bring your past customer list or awards and show the interviewer.

3. Personal Referral – An employee recommends a friend or colleague to the job as mentioned above. Your move: Ask your network of friends and family who in their company has the authority to hire and ask them to personally recommend you to the job or hand deliver your resume’.

Remember just because you haven’t found the job you want doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Keep looking and now you have some tools and directions to put you on the path you want. Active vs. Passive.

Oh yea don’t forget, Drugs can prevent you from getting the job you want…

Coming soon : www.collegedropouts.org

Activate Your Opportunity

As I slide my way through facebook feeds of my friends I can’t help but notice the common trend of comments about the job market. It seems as if most of my friends can’t find work or are incredibly disappointed with their jobs. I have friends who have graduated from university that are working for minimal wages or aren’t even working.

Now I know what you’re thinking, that this is going to be some rant about America’s problems and how the economy is the reason for all of our negative situations. Wrong. The economy obviously needs work but that’s not what this is about.

This is about you. This is about what you are doing, what you are thinking and the key word being Active.

The entire idea of the economy being the reason for our situation is really debilitating. There really is a problem with letting something so arbitrary have so much control over our lives. It represents a passive attitude toward life. I would ask to all those who have posted about their negative working status, how many times have you posted in a job board? Sent your resume’ to a company? Picked up the phone and followed up? Asked a friend or family member when they can give your resume’ to someone they work with? How many job sites are you currently registered with? Do you actively try and grow yourself as much as you complain or post about how bad it is? For as many times as you have advertised your dissatisfaction have you done something that could change it?

Now I know things truly are hard so I’m not trying to say that people haven’t tried or they don’t care but there is a major difference between doing what is expected and doing what is necessary. Doing what is expected only possibly gets you a job in a good economy. Doing what is necessary will help you unlock the job market in any economy. As I have mentioned before I am not a graduate, I don’t even have an Associates degree and I currently have three potential companies that I could work for right now with the dialing of one phone call all paying above $40,000 with benefits. How many Americans would turn that down right now?

Thus what is the difference between expected and necessary?

Expected  vs. Necessary

-Having a resume’ or having a clean, professional resume’ with highlighted information pertaining to the job you want.

-Putting in applications or seeking those who make the hiring decisions and demanding to be put in front of them and personally introducing yourself and handing the application to them.

-Filling out electronic application and waiting for a call/email or filling out electronic application and calling minutes after submitting to ask “What is the next step?”

-Talking to people saying “I need a job.” or asking specific targeted people you know are working “Who do you know that can help me get a job?” or “Who could you pass my resume’ to?”

-Going on job boards and applying for positions or going on the job board, apply for the position and do personal research on the company and hiring managers and calling them personally to let them know you are interested.

-Having references or having references who are specifically prepped for who is calling and why along with key points about you and your experience that will relate to the job you are interviewing for.

-Looking professional or Dressing like the boss’s boss.

All of the latter examples represent Active approaches to finding work versus the passive approach that we are taught to think will work. Only those that decide to take that extra step are going to be the ones who will stand out. Ask yourself, “Am I doing what is expected or what is necessary for what I want?”

Those that do the expected get the expected…unemployment.

Those that do what is necessary get what they want.