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What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.  Ah, Shakespeare, (the one class in college that I could not stand.)  Unless you have been cut off from society for the past week, you now know the very important news.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their baby girl “North.”  North West…Get it?  Yeah… There is much debate about whether or not the name is cute or just plain ridiculous.  Personally, I couldn’t care less about what two celebrities decide to name their child, however, the story got me thinking—about names and titles and about just how important they really are—in life in general, and in the business world.

Because our company deals with banking, I will focus on the question of how important a title is within that world.  There are many different titles and different connotations associated with them within banking.  Most banks work with the following ranking system:  Officer,  Assistant Vice President (AVP),  Vice President  (VP), Senior Vice President, (SVP), Executive Vice President (EVP), President, Chief (Chief Lending Officer, Chief Operations Officer, etc.).  (There are many other titles in between and equal to these such as regional presidents, directors, etc.)

Titles are meant to define how much power an employee has.  However, you should not necessarily base your career on title alone.  The culture of a company determines how much authority you will have within it and titles and their meanings vary from bank to bank.  The overall picture of a job offer should determine whether or not you accept it. Ask yourself which qualities of a job are important to you; which position is going to teach you the most, or make you feel most valued and accomplished?

To sum up, titles are important, but they’re not important. On the surface, a title spells out for the world what you are capable of.  From a recruiting standpoint, we do look at a person’s title when searching for candidates, but we ALSO take their specific experience into account.  North West may have an unusual name and two famous parents, but that does not mean that she will turn out to be a spoiled brat or a saint.  Her name will not define her, at least not really.  People will make assumptions.  As she grows up, the media will spin who she is this way and that, but the truth is, North West may turn out to be a scholar, or a poet, or a hula dancer.  🙂

Thanks for reading, and Let’s Talk! – Rachael

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It used to be that your first impression of someone came from actually talking to them–face-to-face.  Now with social media, someone’s first impression usually comes from a very different source.  This is a very important fact to consider, especially when it comes to finding employment.

According to an article in The Philadelphia Business Journal, 1 out of every 10 job seekers loses the job because of something they have posted online.  Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or every-other-social-media-outlet-available, we all have to be aware of how we are presenting ourselves to the world, especially to the professional world.

Here are a few tips I have concerning professionalism and social media:

1.      Your username.  If you have a personal Facebook and you wish to make your name “starlover4555,” so be it.  However, when using the internet as a professional outlet, it is important to make usernames simple.  Use your name, first and last.  This also goes for your email address.  Because you can have multiple emails from multiple sources have one that is just for professional use.  Again make it simple by using your first and last name.

2.       Pictures.  Be extremely careful about the pictures you post online.  This is a tricky subject because almost all social networks allow others to tag you in a picture without your consent.  So, you really have two options.  Do not take/ be in pictures that you would not want your boss or a potential employer to see, or be certain that your privacy settings ensure that only the people you want to view certain pictures can.  Even this is tricky because odds are if something is on the internet, there is a way to find it, no matter how “safe” you think you have made it.  I guess to sum up, the picture of you at that keg party drinking straight from the tap?  Yeah… make sure that it does not end up online, or better yet do not allow a picture to be taken…or better yet don’t do it in the first place…. You get the idea.

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3.       Separate your social profiles.  For example, many choose to use Linked-In for professional use only and they let Facebook be for personal use.  This makes sense, as Linked-In is meant to be a site for professionals, which brings me to my next point…

4.       Do not (and I know I have mentioned this before) post meaningless status updates on a site which you are using for networking for your career.  It looks sloppy and unprofessional to complain about your love life, or your friends, or post your political preferences…the list goes on and on.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t let your personality shine through your updates.  Just make sure that they are work related.

5.       Embrace social media in your career.  Sites such as Linked-In, job search sites, and numerous others can help you expand your reach.  While handing out business cards is still important and effective, having an online presence makes you more approachable to your consumer.  Social media helps companies and individuals to network with people all around the world.  It has truly given endless opportunity when it comes to connecting with others, business related and beyond.

Thanks for reading, and Let’s Talk! – Rachael

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