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Finding A Job in the Social Jungle: Part 4

For the final installment on effectively using social media in your job hunt, we’re going to look at Google+ (G+). For a look back at my tips on using LinkedIn, Facebook or Pinterest and Twitter, click the links to view the full posts!

Google+. G+ is the newest of the most popular social media sites, but has taken off in terms of followers and +1’s. With Communities, Circles, +1’s and Hangouts, G+ is making it easier for people, companies and brands to connect!

Communities. Communities are most similar to LinkedIn Groups for those not familiar with G+. Most communities are open to anyone to join, so you can view posts from industry leaders and companies and events within the community.

GPlus Communities

Each community is set up and managed differently so if it is an open community (you don’t have to request to join), take some time to scroll through the posts and events to see if it is a good fit for you. View the member list and see who has joined and what they do. Is there anyone you can connect with that will help your career advancement?

G+ is similar to Facebook for it’s atmosphere and the “laid back” feel, however, when approaching someone about career advice or opportunity you should communicate like you would on LinkedIn. Remain professional, don’t constantly message someone (harass them) and give some information about yourself before you ask.

Circles. Unlike LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, G+ gives you the control over who you share what content with. Professionals you are connected with don’t care about your cute dog just as much as your friends don’t care that you’re looking for a job.

When you follow a person or company page, you are prompted to choose a Circle for that user. You can use the default options or slowly build your personalized circles with your creative names.

GPlus Follow Circle

By categorizing your family and friends away from your professional connections, Google gives you the freedom to post your vacation pictures and choose your personal circles to have access and post your “I’m looking for a job” posts and professional articles for your professional circles to view. This way you’re choosing what business and pleasure you are mixing or keeping separate.

You can also share content with the communities you are a member of. However, at this point you can only post to one community at a time, which can get tedious sometimes.

GPlus Post Circle
+1’s. +1’s are comparable to the Like (Facebook and LinkedIn) or Favorite (Twitter) on the other social networks. You can +1 a post, picture, video or page. Once you build your circles and communities, begin sharing and +1ing posts by industry leaders, companies and company employees that is relevant to the position or career path you are interested in.

GPlus 1

Hangouts. Traveling from city to city to interview can get expensive quick. Hangouts now includes both IM (instant message) and video chat, which could cut down expenses when doing initial face-to-face interviews.

Companies, brands and influencers are also using Hangouts to one-up Twitter’s live chats. Want to watch a seminar or partake in a Q&A for your favorite brand? These are happening right now on G+! Richard Branson is a big user of Hangouts, announcing live Q&A’s regularly and even prompting visitors to his page to “Say hi to Richard!” Hangouts are a great way to learn more about a company or industry you are interested and guide you to other, similar companies you hadn’t considered yet.

Remember, with any social media network one thing is constant when reaching out to and communicating with a potential employer, coworker or industry leader: always be professional. Just because you are using a social network to communicate doesn’t mean you can use the same relaxed styles you use with your friends and family.

Don’t ruin your chance before you’ve even been given one.


Casidy Lemons

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Texas – A State of Biopharma Growth

So what’s the big deal about the Biopharmaceutical industry anyway? Well, considering it can provide medical innovation, has billions of dollars invested in it annually and provides employment to approximately 4 million people – it’s a humongous deal!

It is said that everything is bigger in Texas…why would it be any different for the Biopharma industry?

Here are 5 reasons why you should be in Texas and part of this influential industry!

1. Texas is in the top 10 for R&D Employment
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census Employment & Wage (QCEW) data, Texas is among the top 10 leading the nation in biotechnology research and development employment.

1- Employment Growth

1. Pop Quiz   

That’s a lot right! Texas takes its biotechnology industry very seriously; after all, the economic impact of this industry was estimated to be $75 billion in 2009 and that certainly is no joke. For every job that was created in the biotechnology field, another 2.3 jobs were generated.

In 2010, Texas was ranked No. 2 nationwide for the employment of life and physical scientists at 48,850 by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2. Growth of Biopharma Manufacturing

Did you know?

Biopharma Manufacturing in the U.S has decreased by 8.0% since 2002, but Texas is one of five states that has increased its Biopharma manufacturing and has done so by 7.8%!

2. Annual Growth

3. Show me the money!

If its all about the money, then Texas is among the top 10!

3. Biotech wages

3. Pop Quiz

Not bad at all, right? Still not convinced – did you know there is no state income tax in Texas – yee haw!

4. It’s all about the place you work!

Texas is striving towards bigger and better discoveries within the biotech, biomed and other research areas, which is why Texas has over 3,500 establishments and counting in this industry.

Don’t believe me? Well, did you know that Greatbatch (a leader in medical device manufacturing) moved its headquarters from New York to Texas; Frisco, Texas to be exact. The reason? Well isn’t it obvious? Because Texas is awesome – but also because Texas has a growing medical devices industry and Greatbatch wanted to get in on the action. Dallas has a reputable medical device sector; Greatbatch relocating it’s headquarters not only confirms this, but shows Texas is well on its way to becoming a niche in the medical device market.

You may have also heard about Texas A&M receiving a grant for its flu vaccine facility – this is a considerable step in terms of leveraging drug development and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Now that A&M has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and other regional partners it will be possible to manufacture flu vaccines right here in Texas by the end of this decade. This helps Texas further its position in the biopharma industry.

Additionally, Merit Medical (a manufacturing firm that produces proprietary disposable medical devices) will open its new research and manufacturing facility doors by the end of 2013. This 18,000-square-foot facility is based in Pearland, Texas and will create an estimated 220 jobs.

So as you can see, Texas continues to house some major players in the industry and that list is growing!

5. To be or not to be a Doc? That is the question!

According to NSF, Texas ranked No. 3 for number of doctorates awarded in biotech related fields such as Health, Life and Biological Sciences.

Education is a vital part of the industry, as there is always a need for skilled, professional individuals with specialized knowledge in their respective fields to further enhance the medical discoveries to keep a dynamic industry. Texas is renowned for its research medical schools and for its research and development. In fact, five Texas universities made the top 100 list for best medical research schools by U.S News & World Report 2013:

5. Health Colleges

R&D in Texas is supported by its substantial health related institutions, universities and private biotechnology research firms. Texas has access to many R&D facilities, and on top of that, it consists of over 1,500 medical and testing laboratories including blood, pathology, imaging, diagnostics and device testing services. If you are talking about research don’t forget, Texas is at the forefront of cancer research as well, with recognized institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center based in Houston, Mary Crowley Cancer Center and Scott & White Healthcare Cancer Research Institute both based in Dallas.

Top Ten Texas Public Institutions for Biomedical R&D 

5. Institution



So, there you have it. With a growing professional workforce, top-tier research institutions and a booming biopharma industry, which is only going to continue growing, Texas is certainly the place to be!

Do you want to start your next career move in the biopharma industry? Look no further, take the step with Fidelis Companies; our Biopharm Division will show you the way with our R&D experts in the field. Fidelis Companies is based in Plano, Texas and we work with top industry clients both nationally and internationally. That, coupled with our areas of specialization and networking – we can provide you with the best professional recruiting service you need.


**Please note that the number of 89,610 workers in the biotech related field includes the following:
1. Research and Development in Biotechnology
2. Research and Development in Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
3. Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
4. Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
5. Electromedical Apparatus Manufacturing
6. Analytical Laboratory Instruments Manufacturing
7. Medical and Diagnostic Labs
8. Testing Laboratories
9. Pesticides, Fertilizer & Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
10. Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing 

6. Doctorate Research

Finding A Job in the Social Jungle: Part 3

To continue my series on effectively using social media in your job hunt, I’m going to dive into Pinterest and Twitter this week. Is your brain on overload trying to process all the information? Need a quick refresher course? Catch up on our tips for LinkedIn and Facebook now!

Pinterest and Twitter are not the most common social job hunting tools compared to LinkedIn and Facebook, but they are another way to get your name out and show off your social skills! Let’s dive in:

Pinterest. Bored of pinning travel destinations, recipes and DIY projects? Neither am I! However, you can add another dimension to your Pinterest profile: Welcome to your professional Pinterest. Depending on your area of expertise or field of interest, you can use Pinterest as more than a home improvement and décor site.

Dress for success. Designer brands and trends are littered across Pinterest, for both women AND men. Yes, that summer sundress is cute but the office appropriate, trendy skirt and blouse are also worth pinning. Create a board for interview and office attire, but be realistic about what you are pinning; only pin outfits or styles you would realistically wear.

Pinterest Best Dressed Woman

Pinterest Best Dressed Man

Pin your experience and interests. Before you create your own resume board, browse other similar boards to see what other people are doing and what stands out to you. Once you complete your research and have some of your own ideas, begin pinning your professional skills. Experienced in ERP? BioPharm? Engineering? Did you know companies within each of these industries are on Pinterest? Pin interesting articles and pins from these companies and associated boards that fit your skill set and show off your interests. 

If you choose to pin your resume*, create an eye catching description. You can create a pin by scrolling over the plus sign in the upper right corner and choosing Upload a pin. This allows you to upload a file from your computer and create pin. Before you upload your resume and create a pin, make sure your resume is up-to-date and has been proofed with both spelling and grammar double checked. 

Pinterest Add Pin

*If you choose to pin your actual resume: Pin your resume at your own risk. If you do upload your resume, remove your personal contact information and create an email address specifically for your online resume; include that email as the form of contact for interested parties. Do not list the companies you have worked for, instead identify each company by the industry they are in: for Fidelis Companies, I would instead say Specialized Recruiting and Consulting Firm.

Follow job search boards. There are thousands of job search and resume tips on Pinterest. Most are in the form of creative infographics, others link to blogs just like this that walk readers through writing the perfect resume. Search for keywords like “Resume Tips,” “Job Search,” “Interview,” etc. and variations of each of those terms and follow the boards and/or users. Don’t limit yourself to the most common phrases or you’re likely to miss out of some of the best tips!

Pinterest Job Search

Pinterest Interview

For additional tips on using Pinterest in your job hunt and tips on protecting your work and dealing with spammers, read 10 Tips: Use Pinterest to Get a Job.

Follow company boards. If a company you are interested in has a Pinterest account, follow their boards. Not only will this give you an insight to the company atmosphere, some companies post their position openings on their Pinterest profile!

Twitter is one of my personal favorite social media sites, but can you use it during your job search? Absolutely and here’s how:

Twitter. As a 140 character micro-blogging site, Twitter forces users to get to the point quickly and isn’t that what potential employers are looking for today? No fluff, just facts about your experience and abilities? With hashtags (#) and handles (@) Twitter gives users the opportunity to be as creative as possible in as few characters as possible.

Your Twitter @handle. If you’ve ever scrolled through Twitter, you’ve probably noticed some…let’s say strange user handles. Unique and individual is great, but when using Twitter as a professional or for your job search, you want to choose something that is easily identifiable and, for lack of a better phrase, grown up. Most people use their name, in some variation depending on availability, so they are easily recognizable and searchable across other social media platforms.

Twitter Bio. With an additional 20 characters in the bio area, you have 160 characters to showcase who you are. During a job search, you can use this area to your advantage and highlight your top skills and abilities. Hashtags are active in this field, so if you are looking for a position in public relations, you can hashtag key phrases used in the industry when listing your skills, i.e. “Interested in #PublicRelations. Experienced working in #crisismanagement.”

The infamous #. By adding a hashtag – or pound/number symbol for those not familiar with Twitter lingo – before a word or phrase without spaces, that word or phrase is now searchable throughout all of Twitter. Therefore, by using the example above in reference to creating your bio, you can click on #PublicRelations and view other tweets that have the same phrase hashtagged or mentioned. Interested in tips, advice and tweets of other users looking for a job on Twitter? Click on #Discover on the top bar of your Twitter profile and type in #JobSearch or #jobs. Same for Twitter, the more generic you are in your Discover search, the more results you will find.

Twitter Hashtag



Follow, Follow, Follow. Figure out who the top influencers are in your areas of interest and begin following them. Interested in certain companies and want to stay connected to their tweets and industry news? Follow the company accounts and company employees. If a company has employees that tweet about the company and day-to-day happenings, this is a great way to gain insight about the company atmosphere before ever stepping foot inside.

Create content. Once you’ve started following industry leaders and companies you are interested in, retweet content they post that interests you; this can be something as simple as a quote or an article the user shared. By adding a personal touch to the retweet, i.e. a comment in front of the retweet (RT), you show your followers and the original user you didn’t just robotically retweet their thought, article, blog, etc., you took time to add your personal thumbs up of the tweet.

Twitter Retweet


For tips on retweet etiquette, view this article.

Once you gain your footing with Twitter, it’s time to start sending out your own tweets. Simply sharing other user’s tweets won’t cut it forever. Kick start the job search process by carefully crafting 140 character snapshots of your resume, enhanced but not overloaded with relevant hashtags, and get to tweeting!

Since you’ve already researched your areas of interest, the Discover section and followed companies and industry influencers, you are well equipped for the Twitter job search.

Professionalism applies when using both Pinterest and Twitter. When commenting, pinning and tweeting, be aware of every word you type; once it’s out in cyberspace, there’s no coming back. Imagine your social profiles as your first impression. Before you’re ever invited into a company for an interview, you can bet the interviewer has run an online search of your name, and any social profile you have can pull up in that search.

What do you want that company to know about you before ever shaking your hand?

Stay tuned next week for my final installment, where I’ll be talking about how Google+ can enhance your search!


Casidy Lemons

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Finding A Job in the Social Jungle: Part 2

Last week I wrote about effectively using LinkedIn to find a job. Compared to other popular social media platforms, LinkedIn is viewed differently by those who actively use the site to find job applicants and professionally network. LinkedIn is viewed, out of all the social media platforms, as THE professional networking site. However, it is not the only tool available for job seekers. To view my tips on using LinkedIn for your job search, click here

This week I’m looking at Facebook and how you can leverage your friends and their personal and professional connections to help jump start your job search.

Facebook. Have you ever heard of Dunbar’s Number? Neither had I until recently. Dunbar’s Number is a theory that says a person can realistically only deal with a limited number of friends, connections, followers, etc. due to cognitive limitations. From this theory, the recommended connection count on any social network is 150. However, I’m sure we all know several of our own Facebook friends who have over 500 or 1,000 friends. Do they actually know each of their “friends” or do they simply friend anyone they meet? The answer to that question could actually help you with your job search.

Leverage your friends. No matter your personal friend count, you can ask your friends for help during your job search. If you’re the type of person who keeps your profile private and only accepts friend requests from people you know and stay in contact with regularly, your small network could work in your favor. These people interact with you and know you personally; therefore, they want you to succeed and are the most likely to help with your search.

Most Facebook users fill in their work history on their About section. Take an afternoon and “Facebook stalk” the About section of your friends’ profiles for their work history. See a company you are interested in? Message that friend and start a conversation about the company and their experience. Is it a good company to work for? Did they like working there?

Facebook Message

Once you receive a response and a two-way conversation is established, move on to more direct questions: Did they leave on good terms? Are they still in touch with former coworkers? Don’t ask for the inside connection or who they know in the initial message; you might not know their personal experience with the company. You also don’t want to seem like “that” person, you know the type, the “friend who wants a favor to get your foot in the door” type. When requesting information or a friendly favor, give something in return, i.e. the story of why you are looking and what interests you about this company.

Give them a reason to share and they could in return give you more information than you imagined.

Did you know, each time one of your friends’ comments or likes a post, it shows in their Timeline for all of their friends to see. Remember those friends with 500+ “friends”? This is a great way to engage more than your inner circle. Encourage your friends to share your post with their network and expand your possibilities!

Use Timeline to your advantage. Facebook has a habit of changing the site design more frequently than most users prefer. Timeline, for example, came with a lot of pros and cons when it was released. A big pro is using it to get your job search request out in the Facebook world. Posting a status update will broadcast your post to all of your friends, so when they login and scroll through their timeline, there’s your request asking for help in your job search.

Want to make it even more eye catching? Images are said to be the most interactive and engaging posts on Facebook. Add a quirky image to get their attention!

Facebook Status Update

And don’t be afraid to actually ASK for help. More people will comment and interact with a post when there is a “call to action.” And calls to action aren’t just for business and brands; you want your friends’ feedback so just ask. Once they comment or like your post, it becomes visible to their network, which could expand your reach even further.

A con of Timeline is you’re newsfeed refreshes so frequently, your post could not be seen by your friends. Be cognoscente of what your friends are doing when you post your request. Are they working and can’t view Facebook at the office? Be aware and make sure your post gets the most exposure possible.

Manage your privacy. Friends with your boss or coworkers on Facebook? Announcing you are looking for a new job wouldn’t be very smart, would it? There seems be constant controversy over Facebook’s privacy controls, but they’ve recently made it easy to manage each post’s individual privacy. To the left of the Post button on status updates, photos and check-ins, you have the option for which friends can see certain content.

These settings can be set universally for your profile under Settings: Privacy, but looking for a job is a different post from “I just ate at this great new restaurant!” Make sure your settings are configured accordingly.

Facebook Privacy

Want to take it a step further? Choose Custom and target specific people that you either want to or do not want to see the post(s) you are sharing.

Facebook Custom Privacy

Follow companies that interest you. Most companies, today, have a Facebook fan page, but not every company posts job openings on their Facebook site. Because there is a stigma that Facebook is not LinkedIn, there is a fine line for companies when it comes to posting interesting content or becoming  a job board. They want to reach as many customers as possible, without offending fans with “spam” content such as job posts. If there is a company you are interested in but they don’t have a way to view job openings on Facebook, post on their wall asking for more information about their process or where you can find more information. 

Facebook Careers

If a company has a Facebook page, most likely there is someone in charge of monitoring the page and should respond to or acknowledge your post. They may only be able to direct you to their website, but in that case there are still other outlets for finding an inside connection. (See last week’s LinkedIn blog.)

Depending on the company size, most will have contact information listed in their About section, so be sure to scan through that page. It may only be a phone number to their company operator, but sometimes they can be your best friend and help guide you to the appropriate department or point of contact.

Facebook About

Facebook is viewed as a no-no by most people when it comes to the job search process, but if you use it right, it could be your biggest asset. Facebook is built off of personal connections and interactions. People tend to be more honest and open to discussing real world experiences about companies and the ups, downs and how to’s of job hunting. Companies try to connect with their fans by posting relevant and interesting topics, so you could learn a lot about a company by how they handle their social presence.

Befriending your boss in your online world isn’t for everyone. Beware of your Facebook profile and how it can not only help you in the job hunt, it could just as easily destroy you. Employers are looking at social profiles of new applicants more and more, so is your profile something to be ashamed of?

Stay tuned next week for Part 3. I’ll be talking about how Twitter and Pinterest can help with the search!

Casidy Lemons

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1st Annual Fidelis Salsa Challenge

With our 1st Annual Fidelis Salsa Challenge, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo “work week style!” With an overwhelming 10 entries, our team members voted in a blind salsa challenge and we crowned our 1st Annual Salsa Challenge winner!

Rules were:

*Entry fee: $1.00 per entry (only applies to those entering salsa, anyone can sample)

*Entries are due by 10:30 am

*Bring your best salsa… homemade, unique brand you have found, etc…..

*Bring the salsa in a Tupperware container or hidden from public view

*Each entry will be provided a numerical number that will be marked on the salsa dipping bowl provided

*At 11:30 – every person that wants to join will “sample” each salsa, confidentially vote for their favorite and put the ballot in the ballot box

*The winning salsa will receive all the $$ from entry fees

*Chips will be provided

Salsa Challenge 4

Entries were submitted. Numbers were drawn. Sample cups were numbered and divided out. And at 11:30, the conference room officially turned into a salsa tasting room. Comments quickly started flying about which numbers were the hot one’s and which were the early favorites, but only 1 could win and it was going to be a tough choice.

Salsa Challenge 3 Salsa Challenge 13 Salsa Challenge 17

Voting soon ensued as everyone tried to narrow their favorites down to their top choice; there could only be one winner so who was it going to be?

Salsa Challenge 23

After a quick tally of the tickets, the 1st Annual Fidelis Salsa Challenge Winner is……..

Salsa Challenge 29

Alan Butz!
Congrats on your salsa supremacy Alan!

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