You’ve finally decided to quit your job — congratulations!
Maybe you landed a great new gig and you’re moving on to greener pastures. Or, maybe you hate your boss and — let’s be honest — can’t wait to stick it to him with your two weeks’ notice.
But whatever the situation, quitting your job can be awkward and uncomfortable — and if you don’t have a clear plan of action, you might end up burning bridges and sacrificing valuable references down the road. Read more
LinkedIn has revolutionized the recruiting world and made it easier than ever to reach out to job candidates directly, whether they’re actively or passively job hunting. With so many recruiters on LinkedIn, this is obviously welcome news to job seekers.
Well, at least some job seekers — the ones who can actually be found on LinkedIn. Read more
I enjoy receiving LinkedIn’s #DailyRunDown as there are a variety of topics mentioned and there are always one or two that catch my eye. Just the other day on August 5th, the subjects covered everything from, Why Aren’t Americans Moving? To Why Being Nice at Work Pays Off.
The reference to being, “Nice at Work” struck a chord with me since I have heard many stories, pro and con, about how people feel they are treated at work sometimes. I’m sure we also all have our own personal stories from the companies where we have worked and colleagues who we have interacted with.
I think being nice to people at work also ties in with corporate culture, the skills with or lack thereof for emotional intelligence, and the basic ability for having empathy for others when they need our support. Read more
Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a broad spectrum of career successes. (And, well, failures.) And I’ve thought a lot about the causes of those outcomes. Why do some succeed faster than others? Why do some get opportunities and others don’t? Why do some get stuck in their careers?
The answer, I’ve found, to all of these questions is making a lasting impression. If you consistently make a positive, memorable impact on your boss, your co-workers and even your employees, you’ll increase your chances of getting hand-picked for the best opportunities when they come knocking, paving your way to career success. Read more
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
Seconds after I added a well-known writer to my “Journalists I Admire” Twitter list, a little blue notification popped up.
[Well-known writer] followed you.
Soon after, I direct-messaged him to ask for writing advice. Our conversation moved from Twitter to email, and now he’s agreed to meet me for an informational interview when I arrive in NYC this summer.
Score. Read more
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” (Andrew Grant)
When we start the job-hunting process the very first step we take is crafting a resume for that dream position. There’s nothing wrong with that. Well, almost nothing. From an employer’s point of view, it’s a good idea to start building a relationship with the company before sending your resume to them.
The question is: How can you make a first impression on your potential employer before sending your resume? There are at least 5 ways you can do it. 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
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