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Clean up your LinkedIn profile and stop getting passed over for jobs

LinkedIn’s primary functionality makes it entirely different than your personal Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, and obviously, there are some fundamental things you must know in order to put your best face forward.

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Get your professional presence on fleek

LinkedIn is unlike all the dozens of social media sites out there. Even though you can post interesting articles and add pictures, this platform is a professional based resource that is utilized by any person who does recruiting for a company or business. LinkedIn’s primary functionality makes it entirely different than your personal Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, and obviously, there are some fundamental things you must know in order to put your best face forward.

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49 percent of users don’t know how the hell to use it

Bottom-line according to leisurejobs.com, 49 percent of people aren’t using this resource to its full capacity. Even more importantly, the number one way that the LinkedIn search algorithm displays results is by profile completeness. You could be one of the first people viewed if you JUST finish filling out your profile.

It’s that easy.

I’m going to briefly describe what the ideal LinkedIn profile looks like, and well, then you’re going to want to make some changes.

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way down.

Let’s get scrubbin’

Name: This should be both your first and last name (and your middle if it is applicable). Simple and basic. This is how people expect to find you.

Profile Picture: Best advice you’ll get all day (and it’s totally free) – spend that little bit extra and get a professional headshot; you can use it on any platform, and it pays to look qualified. A photography pro will know all the dos and don’ts of the best headshots, but think of this picture as your opportunity at a first impression.

Make sure your background is clean, your attire is suitable for business and your expression and body language appears personable. Additionally, the ideal size for a profile pic is 400×400.

Headline: This is the area where you can afford to be a bit more creative. However, make sure that it isn’t too longwinded either. Have fun with this bit of text, but be certain to make your content clear.

Background: Include your current position as well as long-term goals or ambitions, but keep it under 2000 characters. Future employers don’t want to read a book. If you have slides, blogs, podcasts, videos or any other media source, include those here. It will only ample up the credibility of your page. Also, be certain to include all of your contact information (phone number, email, Twitter, Facebook etc.).

Experience: This will read like a resume. Don’t be afraid to be detailed about your responsibilities, but make sure not to get too carried away.

Projects: If you have articles, blogs, presentations, etc. available online, link them all here! This will help cushion any of the responsibilities you defined above.

Skills: Skills are great because your contacts can verify your areas of expertise. These skills should be ones that describe your professional role.

Education:

  1. You worked hard for your degrees – show those babies off!
  2. Connect with alumni!
  3. You never know who might love your alma mater.

Connections: I know it sounds silly to have a goal to aspire to for connections, but 300 seems to be that lucky number. Keep it reasonable and only link with professionals you admire, coworkers and other like-minded professionals.

Groups: Adding and showing interest in groups is an excellent way to network digitally. This may be at the bottom of your profile, but it’s just as important as a lot of the information that’s higher up on your page.

The facts

Let’s face it, a LinkedIn profile if completed incorrectly, could be the catalyst for not getting that awesome job you were hoping to score. Kick off the New Year by scheduling some time to freshen up your account. I urge you to utilize this platform. Not only is it easy to use, but it also allows you to market your best self for free. Cleaning it up could be the best professional decision you’ve ever made. You never know who’s watching!

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Staff writer, Ashley Lombardo, earned her B.S. in journalism from The University of Florida and has used her skills to report on everything from the economy to productivity. She is well-known for her tremendously positive presence, and when she's not trying to save the world she indulges in red wine, friends, fitness, books, bubble baths, shoes, family and love.

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Instagram announces 3 home feed options, including chronological order

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Instagram is allowing users to choose how their home feed appears so they can tailor their own experience… and chronological is back!

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Break out the bottle of champagne, because they are bringing back the chronological order in Instagram!

About time, right? Well, that’s not all. Per Protocol, Instagram has announced that they are rolling out three feed options in the first half of 2022. What?! Yes, you read that right.

3 New Feed View Options

  1. Home: This feed view should feel familiar because it’s the algorithm you already use. No changes to this view.
  1. Favorites: This feed view option presents a nice and tidy way to view creators, friends, and family of your choosing.
  1. Following: Last, but not least, is my favorite re-boot, the chronological view of every account that you follow.

Per Protocol, recent legal allegations have been made that Instagram and Facebook have been prioritizing content viewed as harmful in the algorithm and specifically in Instagram. Instagram is widely believed to be harmful to teens. Per the American Psychological Association, “Studies have linked Instagram to depression, body image concerns, self-esteem issues, social anxiety, and other problems”.  They have been under scrutiny by lawmakers and in response are posing the chronological feed as a solution.

However, this won’t fix everything. Even if the algorithm isn’t prioritizing harmful posts, those posts will still exist and if that account is followed it can still be seen. The other issue with this solution is the knowledge that unless Instagram lets you choose your default feed view, they could still cause the algorithm view to be the automatic view. Facebook doesn’t allow you to make the chronological feed your default view. This means you would need to choose that view every time. This bit of friction means there will be times it is overlooked and some may not even know the functionality exists. Knowing this information about Facebook, prepares us for what’s to come with Instagram. After all, Facebook, or Meta, owns both.

While as an entrepreneur, the chronological view excites me, I know the reality of it being used is questionable. I would love to know others can see the products and services I offer instead of hoping that Instagram finds my content worthy to share in the algorithm.

As a human being with a moral conscience, I have to scream, “C’mon Instagram, you CAN do better!” We all deserve better than having a computer pick what’s shown to us. Hopefully, lawmakers will recognize this band-aid quick fix for what it truly is and continue with making real changes to benefit us all.

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Facebook’s targeting options for advertising are changing this month

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Do you market your business on Facebook? You need to know that their targeting options for ads are changing and what to do about it.

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Meta is transforming Facebook’s ad campaigns beginning January 19th. Facebook, which has been infamously battling criticism regarding election ads on their platform, is revising its limited targeting ad campaigns. Per this Facebook blog post, these changes eliminate the ability to target users based on interactions with content related to health (e.g., “Lung cancer awareness”, “World Diabetes Day”), race and ethnicity, political affiliation, religious practices (e.g., “Catholic Church” and “Jewish holidays”) and sexual orientation (e.g., “same-sex marriage” and “LGBT culture”).

These changes go into effect on January 19, 2022. Facebook will no longer allow new ads to use these targeting tools after that date. By March 17, 2022, any existing ads using those targeting tools will no longer be allowed.

The VP of Ads and Business Product Marketing at Facebook, Graham Mudd, expressed the belief that personalized ad experiences are the best, but followed up by stating:

“[W]e want to better match people’s evolving expectations of how advertisers may reach them on our platform and address feedback from civil rights experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders on the importance of preventing advertisers from abusing the targeting options we make available.”

To help soften the blow, Facebook is offering tips and examples for small businesses, non-profits, and advocacy groups to continue to reach their audiences that go beyond the broad targeting of gender and age.

These tips include creating different types of targeting such as Engagement Custom Audiences, Lookalike Audiences, Website Custom Audiences, Location Targeting, and Customer Lists from a Custom Audience.

Here’s the lowdown on how it will happen.

Per the Search Engine Journal, changes can be made to budget amounts or campaign names without impacting the targeting until March 17th. However, if you go to change the ad set level that will then cause changes at the audience level.

If you need to keep that particular ad to reuse, it may be best to edit the detailed targeting settings before March 17th in order to ensure you can make changes to it in the future.

I believe it was Heraclitus that declared change is constant. Knowing this, we can conclude other social platforms may follow suit and possibly adjust their targeting in the future as well.

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Hate speech seemingly spewing on your Facebook? You’re not wrong

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook (now Meta) employees estimate its AI tools only clean up 3%-5% of hate speech on the platform. Surprise, Surprise *eye roll*

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As Facebook moves further toward Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, concerns about the efficiency with which the company addresses hate speech still remain, with employees recently estimating that only around 2% of offending materials are removed by Facebook’s AI screening tools.

According to Wall Street Journal, internal documents from Facebook show an alarming inability to detect hate speech, violent threats, depictions of graphic content, and other “sensitive” issues via their AI screening. This directly contradicts predictions made by the company in the past.

A “senior engineer” also admitted that, in addition to removing only around 2% of inappropriate material, the odds of that number reaching even a numerical majority is extremely unlikely: “Recent estimates suggest that unless there is a major change in strategy, it will be very difficult to improve this beyond 10-20% in the short-medium term.”

The reported efficacy of the AI in question would be laughable were the situation less dire. Reports ranging from AI confusing cockfights and car crashes to inaccurately identifying a car wash video as a first-person shooting are referenced in the internal documents, while far more sobering imagery–live-streamed shootings, viscerally graphic car wrecks, and open threats of violence against transgender children–went entirely unflagged.

Even the system in which the AI works is a source of doubt for employees. “When Facebook’s algorithms aren’t certain enough that content violates the rules to delete it, the platform shows that material to users less often—but the accounts that posted the material go unpunished,” reports Wall Street Journal.

AI has repeatedly been shown to struggle with bias as well. Large Language Models (LLMs)–machine-learning algorithms that inform things like search engine results and predictive text–have defaulted to racist or xenophobic rhetoric when subjected to search terms like “Muslim”, leading to ethical concerns about whether or not these tools are actually capable of resolving things like hate speech.

As a whole, Facebook employees’ doubts about the actual usefulness of AI in removing inappropriate material (and keeping underage users off of the platform) paint a grim portrait of the future of social media, especially as the Metaverse marches steadily forward in mainstream consumption.

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