Oops, Is Social Media Killing Your Career?

social media mistakesFacebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – these are just a few of the social media networks used by millions of professionals in the finance and investment field. We tweet, we post, we share our hopes and dreams, but in many cases, we may share too much.

I love social media, especially Facebook, because it’s a great way for me to keep in touch with my family and relatives who are spread out all over the world, including Australia, The Netherlands, Thailand, Myanmar, and Canada. It’s wonderful for me to be able to connect with family, make comments on their posts, and see what they are up to.

What I don’t love is seeing the social media mistakes that can turn ugly and turn off prospective employers and/or clients.

While it’s perfectly fine to share your philosophy on life, when you share an unpopular opinion, things can get ugly. If your post is about religion or politics, not everyone will share your viewpoint. If your opinion is unpatriotic, hateful, or in poor taste, how does that influence what people think of you?

Prospective clients, employers, and recruiters are on social media and they are checking out what you say to get a better idea of who you are.

At the very least, you should make your Facebook account private by customizing the privacy settings so that only your friends are able to see what you post.

On LinkedIn, you should share only professional opinions that are not controversial or in poor taste. Keep in mind that hiring managers have the ability to view your profile anonymously, so you may never know why you didn’t get the job.

By remaining “neutral” on controversial topics, you can avoid mistakes that can kill your career. Social media best practices dictate that you remain positive and motivated in your postings, erring on the side of good taste.

Contact me for a consultation and learn how to use social media effectively!

How to Reclaim Your MOJO

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  • Stuck in a rut?
  • Can’t find motivation?
  • Not sure what to do next?

You’re not alone. We all at some point lose motivation or find ourselves out of sorts and unable to move forward. You may have been plugging along working on your business or your job search, lost in action or even inactivity. Perhaps you’ve taken the wrong actions and now have to regroup. Or perhaps you took no action at all.

Regardless of what landed you where you are, if you’re not getting the results you want, you have two choices. Continue on the same path or take complete control of your situation.

If you choose the former, read no further. Be satisfied with what you have. Do nothing.

If you choose the later, read on and reclaim your MOJO!

Own it!

It’s easy to blame outside factors for your lack of results, but the truth is, you are responsible for stepping up to the plate. It’s not the economy, the lack of a good marketing plan, or the fact that you don’t have the connections like others in your field. It’s not outside forces that keep you stuck. You have to be ready to take control!

Blaming outside forces for the lack of results, takes away the sense that you can do anything about your situation. Once you take full responsibility for changing your results, you can BELIEVE that your efforts and actions will make a difference!

Coaching questions:

  • Have you had enough of being stuck?
  • Are you ready to take responsibility?
  • Can you chart a new direction?

Move it!

At some point in the past you were doing well. Everything seemed to be falling into place. You landed your dream job. Or, new clients were coming in the door. Referrals were happening. In other words, your “mojo” was really working for you. Remember how that felt? That sense of “Wow! I can do this!” Well, it’s time to get your mojo back.

Make a list of your past successes and move on!

Coaching questions:

  • What was it like when things were working? How did that feel?
  • What fears are getting in your way?
  • WHO do you need to be to get your mojo back?

Act on it!

In my eleven years as a professional coach, I have learned that for my clients, activity cures anxiety. Thinking about what to do next or ruminating on possible scenarios, while helpful, it’s the actions that banish fear and create results.

What do you need to do?

Get your MOJO back and get going. If you need help, contact me to request a consultation!

 

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