How using social media can help you get a job

by Laura Vilaça

As Jasmijn de Baan explained this week, the work market is a dogfight. As such, you must be as prepared as possible, always finding ways to make yourself stand out from the competition. Today, being able to throw around a few clicks to get others engaged is as valuable as gold, and one must not fall behind on the trends. Social media may just be the push you need to look like a safe bet on a casino night. And though these tools are not as useful for some jobs as they are for others, knowing the basics can also be a way to improve how you manage your internet persona and, just maybe, turn out to be nice conversation ice breaker in an elevator or a party because, like it or not, we’re all Barbie girls in a digital world.

Given that I’m a nicer person than a new-born puppy, I organized a little guide to the social networks that are trending and that you should be mastering – or at least be aware of them. You’re welcome, future employed you.

Barbie, the computer engineer. Yes, it exists. via
Barbie, the computer engineer. Yes, it exists.

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Ferris Wheel

by Daniel Isler

Ferris wheel. How excited was little Daniel when he first met one, back when he was a six year old. The colors, the lights, the size, the height, the stories from his older sisters. Everything pushed him to agree to dad’s suggestion, and jump on one of the carts and go up to the sky. Unfortunately for little Daniel, half way up he felt the disturbing, unique feeling of gummy bears, chocolate ice-cream and juice all mixing and turning in his stomach – nausea. The colors, the lights, the size, the height – all overwhelmed the little boy. “Tell them to stop the wheel”, said Daniel to his dad, “I want to get off”. But this was not part of the wheel-deal.


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A plea for shitty mobiles

By Michael Seckler

Having studied history I learned about a special group of people that has always been there. A group that we, when looking back to them, devote a pitiful smile at best. I am talking about the ones that tried to reverse the irreversible. The ones that mistook progress for a hype.

Why then, could be asked, even write about the harms of smartphones? The world will certainly not go back to the heavy, colorless and monophonic pieces of shit we started our digital careers with. Quite the opposite: With Google’s ambition to release its “augmented-reality”-product “Google Glass” in 2014 the next step of digitalisation seems just around the corner.


However, being still the owner of a non-smart – in fact pretty stupid – phone, I am in the lucky position of observing how the rest fondles their portable darlings. And I came to the conclusion that not everything about them is amazing. So here they are, my personal top five reasons why to sell your smartphone:

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