Social media can be dangerous to your career if not used wisely. We know it, employers know it – hell, even Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges it. Every day, we hear stories of people fired, people hired and people’s lives ruined because of a stupid tweet or thoughtless comment.
The problem is, the things a person shares online quickly become their personal brand – and this includes the bad as well as the good. Read more
LinkedIn has evolved to become one the most important and most prevalent resources for professional networking available. Used by more than 313 million people on an international scale, it’s no wonder why the social network has, for many professional networkers, replaced traditional forms of meeting and socializing.
Whether you network for job opportunities, sales prospects, or just overall experience, it’s true that LinkedIn can enhance your efforts — but it’s important to acknowledge a few considerations about the platform before you get too deep in your strategy. Read more
This morning, when I logged into LinkedIn, I had nine connection requests waiting for me. Some were from recruiters, some were from total strangers, some were from fellow writers, and some were from old classmates — but they all said the exact same thing:
“I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”
It baffles me that everyone isn’t customizing their invitations — but in fact, very few people do. Those 300 characters can have a big impact, though: If you’re connecting with someone you know well, it’s a great opportunity to say something nice and reinforce the relationship. If you’re connecting with someone you don’t know well, it’s a great opportunity to remind him or her how you met. If you’re connecting with someone you don’t know at all, it’s your only opportunity to convince him or her to accept. Read more
Let’s face it, we often get a job based on who we know. Without the proper connections, we can constantly feel like we’re on the outside looking in. But the truth is friends of friends can often be the “in” you need. While Facebook can be a useful tool, LinkedIn is the professional arena to reach out to those contacts that you barely know. Read more
How do we as humans make purchase decisions? In large part, we make them based on social proof.
What do others say about this product or that? Does someone we admire and trust rave on and on about it? Think for a moment about Yelp. How many times have you gone right over to Yelp.com — not company websites — before trying out a restaurant, a new hair stylist, or a resume writer?
My guess is plenty. You do this because you want to see what others are saying, and you’re going to base your decisions, at least in part, on these reviews. Read more
Read this LinkedIn headline and tell me what you think:
Creative problem solver with a committed heart currently seeking a position with a company where I can make a difference!
Personally, I probably wouldn’t click that profile.
Often, people struggle with knowing where on their profile to tell the world they are “seeking a position.”
If you are an active career changer, I’m sure you’ve thought about it too. If you do it wrong, you will not only scare away every recruiter who reads your profile, you will probably have a hard time building your network as well. Read more
It’s canned, not can’t-ed.
In 2008, I got laid off from my first-ever job. I was crushed, to say the least.
I grew up watching Almost Famous, fantasized about moving to New York, and managed to get hired at Rolling Stone, covering my favorite artists (David Bowie, The Eagles, Jay Z). So when my boss called me into his office on a Monday morning to break the news, I remember thinking: How could they be letting me go? I still haven’t interviewed Fergie! (It was 2008, remember?)
Fast-forward eight years, and I now run my own writing business, with a client list that includes Forbes, Food Network, and Dell. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my fateful layoff, but here are my top five. Read more
I’ve given notice at my job, and I’m leaving in six weeks. No one is upset; in fact, everyone is being supportive of my move. The issue is that I’m finding it hard to be motivated and worried that these six weeks are going to drag on. Because I work quite quickly, I’ll have nothing to do for the last few weeks. How do I keep myself going and not give up mentally?
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In September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing.
More important than how LinkedIn will look once the redesign is rolled out is what features will – or won’t – still be included.
In the past, when LinkedIn has refreshed its user interface, it has removed features. In anticipation that this may happen with the forthcoming redesign, you should consider backing up your LinkedIn profile right now, so you don’t lose any data. This exercise will take you 5-10 minutes at most. Read more
No matter how popular and how easy it is to apply for jobs online or to network using LinkedIn, Twitter or other social media channels, the vast majority of people still find jobs the old-fashioned way: by talking to people they know and making face-to-face connections to people who can hire them. Networking from referrals, casual contacts and professional associations still beats online networking. Face-to-face offers the opportunity to move deeper and faster with your contacts. Read more