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Make Time for Social Media

Social Media Explained

I often hear from friends and family the many excuses for not having a social media presence. They don’t have the time. They think it’s pointless. They can’t stand the garbage that most people post. They can’t figure out how to use it. I could go on, but I’m sure you’ve all heard these, and maybe some of you even feel this way.

Well, I have some thoughts on this topic, but first… I am not ashamed to admit that I love social media! I thoroughly enjoy both writing and technology, and I love the idea of being able to communicate with anyone in the world at any time. So naturally, I would advocate for the use of social media. But the fact remains that I know so many who do not take advantage of this medium of communication. And surprisingly, many of these folks could really benefit from it. I’m referring to people in, or attempting to move into, areas such as technology, advertising, public relations, sales, entrepreneurship, anyone seeking employment, and many others. I’m baffled to hear these people don’t use Twitter, because they “just don’t like it,” or because they think hash tags are stupid. Or that somehow being active in social networks means you have no life or that you are self-absorbed. I recently had a friend tell me that she desperately wants a new job, but she does not have a LinkedIn account, because she’s too busy with her kids.

Like it or not, this technology not only isn’t going anywhere; it is becoming prevalent in almost every field. Many employers expect you to have some kind of online presence. Recruiters scour through LinkedIn for viable candidates. I’ve been asked for my Twitter handle on more than one occasion in applications. How else do you expect to be found? Why miss out on the many career and business opportunities, on the wealth of information, on blatant self-promotion (no shame in it!)?

I say, make the time! Think of it as an investment in yourself. Share on the topics that matter to you. Read the items you find interesting and relevant. Make it your own. Try to enjoy it if you can. But definitely build an online presence.

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A Cube with a View

new cube

the new cube

Daily Prompt: Through the Window Go to the nearest window. Look out for a full minute. Write about what you saw.

On Monday, I came into work bright and early. Most of the office was at a presentation uptown, so I had the entire place to myself. Thankfully, I happen to be the type of person who truly enjoys being alone and is not afraid of silence, so I was quite pleased.

I’ve been contemplating moving to another cubicle for some time but felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of it (all these computer cables, all that dust… ugh!). Then I happened to stumble upon an inspiring article on the Daily Muse (a fantastic career-oriented resource for women), and I made the decision to move this week. When the opportunity presented itself first thing Monday morning, I dove right in. Nothing would be accomplished until I took the first step, which in my case meant switching the computer monitors. 

view from the cube

view from the cube

It took some effort (and an hour’s worth of sneezing), as the unused cubicle was full of old junk, but in the process, I managed to do some much-needed cleaning and reorganizing in both cubicles, and before I knew it, I had a brand new work space–one that makes me feel happier and more inspired. Why? Because it happens to be facing two big windows! There is a ton of natural light, which means I can finally have flowering plants, and I have a great view of Midtown Manhattan from 20 stories above.

Sometimes, I like to take a break to relax in front of the window. Several coworkers do the same from time to time. I don’t think anyone is looking at anything in particular. We just like to take it all in. The sheer size of everything is impressive–from the tiny people walking in the streets to buildings taller than us in the distance. Once the sun sets, you can see the bright lights of a rooftop nightclub. We still can’t figure out where that club is, or what goes on in there, but we are all curious…