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Will having tattoos prevent you from being hired?

January 30th, 2012

By Alyssa Aalmo

Many factors are important when you’re applying for a job. Your résumé, letters of recommendation, samples of work from past communication projects—and tattoos. Yes, tattoos are a form of “personal branding,” but as up-and-coming communication professionals, we also need to be aware of how we “brand” ourselves, literally and figuratively.

According to a 2010 Pew Research Center Study titled Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next, 38 percent of Millennials (ages 18–29) have at least one tattoo. What Millennials fail to remember, however, is that although they have the right to express their personal identity, the people hiring them are often from a different generation, for whom tattoos may not be as socially acceptable in the workplace. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Networks: The Newest Job Screen

October 17th, 2011

Are you managing your online presence? Reppler, an online start-up specializing in personal social network brand management recently released the following infograph developed from a survey of 300 hiring professionals. With over 90% of respondents saying they screen prospective employees through social networks, and 69% saying they have rejected candidates because of these screens, your social media presence can directly affect your chances of landing your dream  job.

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