Show your style on your face…

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Shaving – it sure has altered over the years with the changing face of men’s grooming. The necessary act of getting rid of the face-fuzz has evolved from the traditional image of a man – razor blade in hand and jaw covered in foam, standing at a porcelain sink – and can now be a prime opportunity to get creative with stubble. The popularity of Movember means that growing a ‘tache is now altruistic and, most recently, Wilkinson Sword has made shaving pretty darn sexy. Don’t believe us? Just check out their hot new video…

Facial hair can say a lot about a guy – whether rocking an arty goatee, some sexy stubble, a full-on beard or a suave moustache, it’s an opportunity to express your style on your face. Which is where the Wilkinson Sword’s Hydro 5 Groomer comes in – a handy four in one styler that can trim, shave, edge and hydrate. Whether you’re a guy wanting to try something a bit different, or a girl who wouldn’t mind encouraging her partner to be more adventurous in the grooming department, then this is the tool for you. Plus, there’s still time to get involved with Movember – why not spend the next few days sporting the style you’ve always been curious about? The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer has a built in trimmer with three adjustable settings, meaning your face is essentially your playground. Plus the skin guards reduce friction between the skin and cartridge, and a hydrating gel reservoir further stops any irritation. Need any more reason to get creative with your beard? You might just find a sexy new style to see you into 2016…

This is a sponsored post with Wilkinson Sword

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Social Media and Games: The Changing Face of the Hiring Process

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Companies have long looked at resumes and interviews as simply the way things are done, but new technologies are changing this line of thinking in new and exciting ways. Most of the emphasis of this new way to hire is being placed on social media and games. The idea may be unusual, but companies that have employed these technologies to weed out prospects have generally been satisfied by the results. We may not be too far from a day when resumes will be seen as an outdated strategy.

Gamification of The Hiring Process

To the average person, using games to hire people may seem like a ridiculous idea, but it’s important to note that the use of gamification in the hiring process goes beyond simply playing a game. The games used are specially designed to test prospective employees. Each game collects thousands of data points, and through an algorithm, they can determine where each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses lie.

In this sense, game theory, talent analytics, cloud computing, and big data are crucial in helping companies learn more about each prospect after only a few minutes of playing a game. Compare that to a regular interview, where a candidate usually tailors their answers around what they think the employer wants to hear.

Social Media’s Impact On One’s Career Search

Playing an equally important role in the changing nature of hiring practices is social media. Some companies now collect information based off of millions of social media profiles to create a list of potential candidates for job openings. This practice takes in whole social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more, and considers people even if they haven’t applied for a position. Companies have the ability to create vast databanks of profiles that they can turn to whenever a position opens up.

Indeed, in today’s social media-rich world, some people that are experts in highly specialized skills may not even need to look for a job; they’ll simply be approached by the company in need of those skills. With the use of deep social media scans and big data analytics tools, organizations can identify who would be the right people for the job.

Some companies are turning to social media even if they follow more traditional hiring processes. Often, they will investigate the social media profiles of prospective employees, and it’s making an impact. A survey from Jobvite shows that 55 percent of companies have had to reconsider possible hires due to the social media activity of the candidate. Objectionable material on a profile might just leave a prospect without the job they wanted.

Social media investigations can help companies get a better picture of their candidates as they come to know their values, lifestyles, skills, and how they’ll fit with the company culture. While a social media profile may hurt a candidate’s chances, it could also help. Good behaviors like volunteering and charitable acts may encourage a company to hire a candidate.

Hiring Employees Will Continue to Evolve

Whether using games or social media, it’s clear that hiring processes are changing rapidly. It remains to be seen if this will catch on permanently as there is still some question on if the return on investment is worth it, but prospective employees better be ready in case it does. Organizations are more willing than ever before to leverage technology to help in hiring the best people that will fit their companies. Don’t throw out that resume just yet, but be prepared to play some games when you go in for an interview.

Social Media Week

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