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The Perfect Match

 

conversationheartsWith Valentine’s Day fast approaching it seems everywhere you look there are ads for dating sites geared towards finding the perfect relationship. It’s the season of love and over at 24 Seven, we recommend taking a closer look at another very important relationship, the relationship you have with your career. I saw an ad for a popular dating website that talks about finding the right match with compatibility testing. This led me to the question, is finding a corporate match like finding a romantic match? When we spend on average 50 or so hours a week in the office, should we apply the practices we use to finding a partner, to finding a job?

A quick Google search can let us know almost everything about a person without actually meeting them. Details about someone’s personal and professional life are both readily available. Researching someone before a first date is a way of determining right off the bat what you have in common and if the possibility for a meaningful connection (the ultimate goal) is there.

The cultural fit or compatibility that we are looking for in our partners, we need to look for from our jobs too. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health recently stated that, “In the current research, we test the idea that emotional fit with culture (EFC) is linked to psychological well-being – i.e., being satisfied with oneself, having positive feelings, accepting one’s body and having no symptoms of depression.” Emotions impact how well people perform tasks, how engaged, creative, and how committed they are to the project at hand. The job hunt falls along these lines, both for candidates and managers alike. When you get your first interview, do as much research as possible, as you would before a first date.

It’s important to determine whether or not this new company is going to make you feel at home. Go to the company’s website and read their “About Us” section. Learn about their core values, how they were founded and what cultural ideals they uphold. After a scan of the company page, check out reviews on websites like Glassdoor. Of course these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, but keep an eye out for any common themes that run throughout.

Another important outlet to check out is the company’s social media presence. Much like vetting a potential date, vet the company. Check out their LinkedIn and the types of employees that work there. Also look at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. This should give you a sense of the types of communities and trends that are important to organization.

When you get to the interview remember it’s a two-way street, while the interviewer is trying to determine if you’re the right person for the role, it’s also an opportunity for you to figure out if the company’s culture is right for you. To determine if you’ve made a match ask questions such as:

  • What will my average day look like?
  • What is your favorite part about working here?
  • What is your least favorite part about working here?
  • How long have you been working here?
  • What is the attire?
  • Will I be part of a team or working primarily on my own?
  • Do I report to you consistently or will I have scheduled meetings to check in?
  • Are there training and/orprofessional development programs or incentives.

Also, while you are in the office make sure you take note of the environment around you. How are the desks laid out, is it an open office plan or will you be sitting alone? Is it silent and everyone has headphones on or is it noisy and everyone is working and chatting?

At the end of the interview go home and think about everything you’ve learned about the job and company. Is this a place where you could be happy and productive? Will you grow with this company, much like you would grow and mature in a relationship? These are all important facts to consider before you accept their offer of “going steady”.

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5 Tips for Corporate Headshots

 

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by Michelle Kinney

24 Seven Photographer/Digital Media Specialist

So it’s time to update your business headshot. The grainy, cropped photo from Spring Break you’ve had up on LinkedIn doesn’t really represent your professional image these days.

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A grainy, cropped photo of Michelle from college

Let’s face it – this is more than just a photo. A corporate headshot can be seen anywhere and everywhere from your company’s website, your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Facebook…you name it!  It’s also a large part of the professional image (pun intended) you’re creating for yourself. We want our headshots to effortlessly say all the things about us that we want it to.

Do you find yourself puzzled as where to begin?

I’m here to help out with a few easy tips to get you started on your way to a great headshot you’ll love!

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Do Your Research

Sometimes your employer will provide you with a photographer for your official company photo. But when it comes to a corporate headshot that you will use across multiple media platforms, you’ll want to find your own photographer. Ask around to friends and colleagues to see who they have enjoyed working with. Do some online searches and spend time scrolling through professional portfolios. Whomever you hire, make sure you like their work! Most importantly, try to meet your photographer ahead of time. You want to vibe with a photographer that makes you feel comfortable! Which brings me to #2…

Relax!

Breath is life, so take a deep breath and RELAX! It’s nerve-racking, I get it! Before becoming a photographer, I was a professional singer for many years and I could never get used to having my photo taken. Odd but true. “I’m all dressed up, standing on a street corner, trying to smile and look natural. But nothing about this feels natural!”  I often will ask a client to make a funny face and do 10 jumping jacks to get started. It helps them to calm down and release any body tension. Whatever works!

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I love this shot of Kerin. She looks relaxed, friendly, approachable, and professional. Fantastic!

Attire

The headshot is all about your face, so it’s important not distract from the best part of you. Wear something that looks great and feels great — usually they are one and the same.  Solid jewel tones are your friends! They flatter any and all skin tones and look fantastic on camera. Busy patterns can often be distracting and look a bit dated. Try to keep the jewelry basic and the necklines simple.

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The perfect green jewel tone and necklace. So flattering!

Whatever the choice, make sure it fits well. A common mistake can be to wear a jacket that is slightly too large or small which can be quite noticeable on camera.

Joe’s jacket fits him perfectly! Great shot!

Make Sure Your Photo Looks Like You

I think the goal of a corporate headshot is to look friendly and approachable. You want to look like yourself on your best day, but not look like you tried too hard.  When I think of “trying too hard,” I picture glamour shots.

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Glamour Shot / Photo via http://www.thechive.com

 So let’s take a minute to collectively giggle and agree it’s best to keep it simple! For women I suggest to wear your hair as you would to a job interview. Feel free to splurge on a blowout! Keep the same idea in mind when applying makeup, just add a tad more than usual to stand up against the camera. Also, try not to cut or dye your hair right before the shoot.  Give it at least a week or so.  For the gentlemen, bring some oil sheets like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Oil Sheets to help with shine. A little translucent powder helps too! A little touch up here and there in Photoshop is great, but overall it’s good to keep airbrushing to a minimum.

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 Strike a Pose

If your photographer is shorter than you, politely suggest they stand on a step stool. I am 5 feet tall — exactly. I’d say the majority of my clients are much taller than I am so I make sure to carry a portable step stool with me on all shoots. Photographing someone from a slightly higher angle is always most flattering!  Be aware of your chin as well. Slightly forward and slightly down is just the ticket!

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SXSW Interactive

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If you’re headed to SXSW 2014, give us a shout! We’re packing and prepping as we type. We’ll be updating our Talent Thread with advice and most importantly, taco tips. We’ve got our eyes and ears on tech trends, inspirational thoughts, and your taste buds! If you’re looking for new career opportunities, or to really make a huge impression at your current job, here are the panels we recommend:

How Twitter Humorists Landed Real Work Gigs

How to Say ‘F no’ And Still Have Them Love You.

PlayStation: Data At The Speed Of Gaming

Obama & Beyond: Political Tech In Business.

Pimp Your Pitch.

Going Viral: Success V. Failure 

Beyond Ping Pong Tables: Building Better Companies.

I’ve Got Social Data, Now What? A Retailer’s Guide.

Nano Size Me: The Science of Small Talk.

Age Matters. Leverage It For Start-Up Success.

Business and Culture: How To Create Culture Envy

Entrepreneurial Women

Joan VS Don: Female Leadership At Digital Agencies.

BBC Presents: What If You Could Stay Young Forever.

Where Did All The Jobs Go?

Stay tuned, we’ll be back tomorrow with parties, lodging, and some inside tips!

Cowboy boots, on!

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Recruiters Reveal Part 2

The second part has arrived!

Laura Pellicano, Freelance Account Manager for our  Marketing, Interactive and Creative division, out of our New York City office, shares her inside tips in “Recruiters Reveal!

This time, Laura talks, “Preparing the Resume & Online Profile!” Make sure to check back in two weeks when she dives into “Navigating the Job Search.”

Each week you can leave your questions for Laura here or tweet them to us @24seventalent and on the next video we will be sure to answer them!

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Crafting a Killer Resume

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The Presentation [Your Pitch]

Consider utilizing an online portfolio platform to further launch your vision. Having an electronic collection of projects or examples of your work can further bolster the “design” you sought to convey with your resume. Where a resume is the traditional format for presenting the experience and skills that make you an ideal candidate for a position, utilizing an online portfolio creates the opportunity for you to exhibit more of your personality and style, those “signature” aspects that set you apart from the competition. You can include the URL to your online portfolio in the contact information section. Below we’ve listed some portfolios most commonly used by the candidates we work with here at 24 seven, but feel free to get creative and include links to your blog, vlog, or YouTube channel (when appropriate, of course)!

 

  • Carbonmade.com
  • Cargocollective.com
  • Behance.com
  • Coroflot.com
  • Krop.com
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