New Updates on Facebook’s User Privacy Controversy

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Recently, Facebook ran into some issues regarding its user privacy settings. As we mentioned in a previous post, Facebook users made a stink when Facebook’s new messenger app asked its users for permission to access various mobile device features (contacts, calendar, location, microphone, etc). Users felt as if the social media giant was asking to divulge more personal information than necessary—putting the social media giant in a tough spot, as it opened up the possibility of users leaving the platform for good. Fortunately though, most of the rumors were dispelled and a lot of the backlash subsided.

Being on the cautious side however, Facebook recently published a blog, detailing all the new updates to the Facebook app (messenger and platform) that would coincide with the launch of the Apple’s iOS 8. One of the updates specifically deals with the users privacy settings. Here is what they had to say:

“Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from devices, but Apple has updated its Location Services setting.”

Rather, as the blog notes, iOS 8 now gives you a choice of three different kinds of permission: Always, While Using the App, or Never, as opposed to the previous two choices of On or Off. So for those users who previously set their permission to “On”, the new update will now have that permission set to “Always”. But as Facebook points out, the user will still have full control over your location information. Facebook will not receive any of your information unless you enable location services or use the “Nearby Friends” option, which can pull up your information (if you allow it) even when Facebook isn’t being directly used.

Facebook’s Private Sharing App

Rumors are also floating around that Facebook plans to launch a new app designed to encourage private content sharing. The app, currently called “Moments”, will allow users to send private content to friends and family. Many speculate Facebook’s new app as an attempt to woo back users who have been put off by the social media giant’s ever-changing privacy settings.

So, What’s the Take Away?

While we won’t speculate on the outcome of this new “app”, we will say that Facebook’s recent post on the iOS 8 launch, and what it means for the application, is a good indication that they are at least trying to appease users who are currently frustrated with them. Whether or not it pays off, we’ll just have to wait and see— but as we like to point out, it’s always good to be in the know of what’s going on with our favorite recruiting tools.

What do you guys think? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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3D Printing Skills: Now Highly Coveted Among Tech Jobs

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At AIM Careerlink we pretty much love all things tech, especially when it intersects with people’s careers. In the past few years, the tech-world has blown up and nowhere have things been “techier” than in the 3D printing sector.

Simply put, 3D printing has gotten big. So big in fact that according to Wanted Analytics, a global analytics firm for the talent marketplace, “35% of all ads posted for engineering jobs in the last 30 days prioritize 3D printing and additive manufacturing as the most sought-after skill.”

And that’s not all—here is what else they found:

  • Wanted Analytics also found that within the last four years, there has been a 1,834% increase in the number of job ads requiring workers with 3D printing skills, and a 103% increase in August 2014 compared to August 2013.
  • Also according to Wanted Analytics, Industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, software developers/applications, commercial and industrial designers, and marketing managers are some of the most in-demand jobs right now that require 3D printing.
  • Manufacturing currently has the highest number of positions for 3D printing, with other industries following close behind, including:
    • Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
    • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
    • Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers
    • Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
    • Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturing
  • There has also been a global spike in the demand for freelancers with 3D printing expertise. For example, there are a number of freelance sites, such as Elance and ODesk, showcasing freelancers and their skills, as well as the various job boards popping up that specifically focus on 3D printing.

So what’s the take away?

Suffice to say, 3D printing is huge and it only seems like it will get bigger. As a part of our mission, AIM’s primary purpose is “IT talent development from early student interest – to linking them to careers – to ongoing career development.” And one area we think will make a huge impact on careers in the future is the field of 3D printing.

So, for those interested in an IT driven career, we definitely suggest at least taking a look into the 3D printing world. Not only because it is a great resume booster, innovative and tech-forward, but also because it is just so darn cool.

What do you think about 3D printing? Is it here to stay or will it fizzle out? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part IV)

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Over the past two weeks, we’ve given you the skinny on making a career change—outlining when it is time to start thinking about a career change, what you need to consider before doing so, and how to make that change successfully.

As we mentioned, making a career change can be a long and sometimes difficult process, especially considering that most people try to have one career and stick with it. Fortunately, with a few key considerations and some careful planning, you can try to make your career change as stress free as possible.

So today we wrap up our series with just a few more tips. Take a look below:

Don’t rush things:  Success doesn’t usually happen overnight, so don’t kick yourself just because things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like. One tip we mentioned in our last post is that you need to make sure you have a plan when making a career change, and part of that planning is setting up different levels of goals for yourself. This will help position you towards making a more successful career change because it will give you a better timeline of when your goals should be completed.

Accept the curve balls:  Another thing we’d like to point out is the inevitability of curve balls as you try to make your career change. But just like you shouldn’t worry that things aren’t happening as fast as they should, try to accept that things don’t always go as planned. Make the most out of these hiccups by accepting them as simply another challenge to changing your career. If you really want to make the change, then it will be worth it in the end.

Be realistic:  Although we already mentioned this in our post on things to consider before making a career change, it bears mentioning again: it is very important that you are realistic throughout the entire process. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t push your boundaries and try to go above and beyond. Just make sure that you are always keeping in mind the consequences of your actions, and how far you are willing to go to do what you want. If it seems way over your head, then we suggest giving it some more thought before you go ahead and execute it.

Have you made a career change in your life? What tips do you have to add to our list? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part III)

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In our last two posts, we talked about when it is time to start thinking about a career change and what you need to consider before you go ahead and commit yourself to that change.

For many, making a career change is a big deal, one that has many steps and considerations to it, which is why we’ve split up our post into a four-part mini series.

Now that we’ve given you some of the preliminary steps and considerations to making a career change, we are going to give you some concrete advice. Take a look below for pointers on how to successfully make a career change:

Utilize your current network: There is no doubt that within the amount of time you’ve spent in your current career, you’ve built yourself up a pretty good network. Don’t feel afraid to take advantage of the current network you have. Sure, you may be “turning a new leaf” but that doesn’t mean you should abandon the great network you’ve worked so hard to develop. All of those great contacts shouldn’t go to waste, especially the ones you are really close to—chances are they will probably know how to help you out the most.

Have a plan or two: When it comes to making a career change, one of the biggest mistakes you could make is going into it without a plan. Sure, it is perfectly okay to feel a little uncertain about how things are going to turn out –we think that should be expected –but the last thing you want to do is to take a shot in the dark, especially if you have a lot riding on this change (financial obligations, family obligations, etc). So, what we suggest is that you try your best to at least articulate what it is that you want out of your next career and then figure out a few different ways you can approach making that happen. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling back into a career you don’t really want, or failing at even making a change.

Check back on Thursday when we give you some more tips on how you successfully make a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part II)

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In our last post, we talked a little about making career changes.

As we mentioned, making a career change is no easy feat. Most people usually intend on getting into one career and sticking with it. However, some people end up disliking their current career, for one reason or another.

Fortunately, there are ways of getting around this kind of situation, which is exactly what we are here to show you.

On Tuesday, we gave you a few tips on how to know when it is time to consider a career change. Today, we are going to give a few tips on what you need to consider before you go ahead and commit yourself to the change. Take a look below:

  • What are you willing to sacrifice? Finally, consider how a career change can affect everything else throughout your life. Big changes can definitely make an impact—whether financially, emotionally, or in regards to your lifestyle. So before you go ahead and make those changes, think about what you’ll have to give up and what you are willing to give up. If it isn’t worth it, then perhaps you need to go back and try to make things work in your current career.

That wraps up our posts for this week. Check back next Tuesday when we give you some more insight on successfully making a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!


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The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part I)

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Career changes can be pretty daunting. More often than not we’d like to think that once we’ve found that perfect career, especially after spending so much time looking for it, we’d be able to settle in and work our way up to the top.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In spite of our hardest efforts, sometimes we end up feeling at odds with the career we’ve chosen for various reasons.

That’s why over the next few posts we are going to concentrate the various aspects of what it takes to make a career change–one that will get you in the right direction, and hopefully onto bigger and better things.

For today, we will discuss when it is time to consider a career change. Take a look below:

When you plateau: Perhaps one of the first signs that a career change is imminent is when you begin to feel like you’ve plateaued at your job. There are plenty of times that we might feel like we don’t want to be at our job, but it is when we begin to get bored, in regards to the core values and objectives of our career, and start looking to other things to get us excited that we might want to start thinking about whether or not our current career is the right one for us.

When you are stuck in a rut: Falling into a rut will most likely start after you begin to plateau. You’ll probably find yourself feeling aimless while on the job, second-guessing your worth to the company, or just generally feeling negative about where you are in your career. In turn, this can really affect your work ethic, productivity, and overall, make you look bad amongst your peers and higher-ups–which will only make the situation worse.

But one thing we’d like to point out—everyone has the potential to fall in a rut. As such, we suggest waiting it out and thinking about things before you go ahead and quit your job. The last thing you want to do is anything you will later regret.

When it starts affecting life outside of your career: Finally, take a look and see if all the above begins to affect life outside of your career. We spend a good amount of time investing ourselves in our careers, so when your career begins to have a negative impact on everything else and the benefits of the job begin losing their appeal, then that is a telltale sign that it is probably time for you to move on.

Check back on Thursday for a few tips on what you need to consider when making a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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What You Need to Know When Using Social Media to Screen Candidates (Part II)

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We think social media is a great recruiting tool, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out in our favor.

On Tuesday, we began talking about one area where we seem to run into trouble the most with social media: screening candidates.

However, don’t worry because while there are setbacks to using social media as a screening method, there are also plenty of ways you can use social media and get the results you want.

We’ve already talked about why you should avoid looking for a candidate’s negative characteristics via social media. To finish off our series, here are the rest of our tips on how to use social media when screening candidates. Take a look below:

Screen one, screen all:

  • If you are going to go through the trouble of screening one candidate, then you need to make sure that you screen them all. Nothing is worse than having two candidates who end up being hired, or during the process talk about their interviews and find out that one was screened and the other was not. Not only does it make you look bad and possibly lose their trust, but it can also make the employee (or worse, a potential candidate) second-guess their value to the company and become jaded.
  • Plus, if you feel the need to screen one candidate over the other, then perhaps that is already an indication that you doubt the candidate is right for the job.
  • To ensure that something like this doesn’t happen we suggest screening them all. You should also consider having a set of guidelines on what to look for, making the whole process much easier and headache free.

When it doubt, don’t:

What do you think about screening candidates using social media? Do you do it? What are the benefits and what are the setbacks? Let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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What You Need to Know When Using Social Media to Screen Candidates (Part I)

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If you take a look around our blog, it would be safe to assume that we are pretty big fans of using social media when it comes to recruiting, and just about everything else around the office.

However, one point that we would like to stress is that social media isn’t the end all be all of recruiting; in fact, in some cases using it can be to our disadvantage.

One area where this seems to ring true is in regards to screening candidates, which we outlined in our post on a study done by NC State University researchers. The study showed how misleading screening applicants can be when using social media platforms.

In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of their findings:

  • “People who posted references to drugs and alcohol were no less conscientious or no more conscientious than those who didn’t,” said Dr. Lisa Thompson, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at the university.
  • Will Stoughton, lead author and Ph.D student at the university, concluded that “companies are eliminating some conscientious job applicants based on erroneous assumptions regarding what social media behavior tells us about the applicants.”

Yes, using social media to screen candidates can be potentially misleading, but should we avoid using it at all? We don’t think so, which is why we thought we’d go through and give you a few tips on how to successfully use social media to screen candidates. Take a look below for our first tip:

Avoid the bad. Sure, it is important to look out for any big red flags that may indicate a candidate is wrong for the job, but as the research shows, it doesn’t always give us the results we want. If anything, going in with preconceived notions that the candidate has something wrong with them will just make it harder for you to make a fair call on hiring or not hiring the candidate. This is not only unfair to them, but a waste of company time and resources. So before you go ahead and start looking for photos of them partying or referencing something inappropriate, you might want to think twice.

On Thursday, we’ll finish up our post with a few more tips on how to successfully screen candidates. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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Checking in on Our Favorite Social Media Platforms (Part II)

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As we mentioned in our previous post, taking the time to keep our recruiting tools in good shape is one of the most important factors to having a successful recruiting program. And nowhere is that truer than with the most fickle of our recruiting tools: social media platforms.

On Tuesday, we gave you a brief rundown on some of the things happening with Facebook. Today, we are going to finish up with one more update on the social media giant, as well as the next big contender, Twitter. Take a look below:

Facebook nips mobile bug

For those who have an iOS product (iPhone & iPad), you have most likely experienced a crash or two while using the Facebook app. These crashes are often quite frustrating, especially when you are in the middle of something.

After much investigating, Facebook discovered that the large number of crashes were due to an issue with the coding (Check out Mashable’s post to read in full detail). Fortunately though, Facebook was able to fix the problem within a few hours, cutting the iOS app crash rate by about 50%.

As for what this means to companies who use the social media platform as a part of their recruiting arsenal/general work—it shows that Facebook is putting in the time and effort to expand and improve their mobile app. They are expanding their platform to wider audiences, as well as gaining a better following from their current users. In turn, there is the potential for your company to tap into a larger pool of users (i.e. potential candidates or clients), especially considering the amount of people who are now using their mobile phones to access the Internet.

Twitter now has Favorites in the Main Timeline

Much to the chagrin of “tweeters”, Twitter has now added favorites to users’ main timelines, (similar to retweets).

The new update has become somewhat controversial since the favorites do not necessarily pertain to anything the user actively does or retweets in their timeline. According to Mashable, the new update will either show tweets users they follow favorite, or tweets from accounts a user they follow follows.

Suffice to say, this may deter users from using the social media platform since it can potentially remove the aspect of Twitter that many enjoy –maintaining your own profiles and reaching your target audience. In particular, the new timeline feature could disrupt businesses that use Twitter to show how their brands personally engage in certain conversations.

Twitter has a new shopping service

On the bright side, Twitter has begun rolling out a new feature that will allow users to make purchases on the social media platform. Though it is unclear when it will become fully functional, or how companies will be able to go about using the new feature, this will potentially be a great feature for businesses that want to get in on the mobile-buying market but haven’t been able to do so in the past.

What do you think about these new updates? Do you love them or hate them? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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Checking in on Our Favorite Social Media Platforms (Part I)

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Every once in a while, we like to do a little check up on our favorite social media platforms.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, these platforms can be a wonderful addition to any company’s recruiting arsenal–but as with any tool in your recruiting arsenal, you need to always keep an eye on any changes that can happen.

In the past month, Facebook and Twitter have made a couple of changes that we think deserve attention. We are going to discuss the details of these updates, as well as what they could potentially mean for your use in recruiting efforts, and for your company overall. Take a look below:

 Facebook’s new messenger app

Social media giant, Facebook, may still reign supreme amongst social media users, but in the recent weeks, a controversy has definitely stirred the pot. Facebook is now requiring mobile users to download their stand-alone Facebook Messenger app in order to chat with their friends and family privately.

The news came with some pretty heavy backlash as some users believe the social media giant is invading their privacy due to a number of features (contacts, calendar, location, microphone, etc.) that the app is asking permission to access. Though Mashable and other news sites have dispelled some of the rumors, the controversy could prompt users to abandon the social media platform, especially in the mobile arena. And this would be something to make Facebook worry, for the mobile app arena has been a struggle for the social media giant since the beginning.

We aren’t really ones to speculate, but we do think it is important to at least consider the “what-ifs” –just as long as we take them with a grain a salt. Luckily, for those who are really opposed to downloading the new messenger app, some people have already found several ways to get around the changeover. (Check out Mashable’s post on how to avoid using the new messenger app, here.)

On Thursday, we will finish up our post by giving you one more Facebook update, as well as a few updates hitting Twitter and how “tweeters” are responding to them.

In the meantime, what do you think about the new Facebook Messenger app? Is it worth downloading or would you rather abandon the platform altogether? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


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