Career Advice/ Job Hunt
With more than 85 million members in more than 200 countries, LinkedIn is a professional social network worth using, understanding and optimizing. After you've covered the basics of setting up your LinkedIn presence, features including recommendations, applications, LinkedIn Answers, and the Resume Builder can add value to your profile. Many of these highly useful features, though, are often overlooked or underused by newcomers. We spoke with four LinkedIn aficionados to get their top advice on making the best use of these tools. Read on for their thoughts and let us know which tips you'd add for optimizing LinkedIn profiles in the comments below. Cover the Basics
LinkedIn isn't the most visually arresting site. Log into the InMaps "labs," however, and you see every connection, daisy-chained in colorful loops and webs. See who knows who and plot your career escape, or just reminisce over jobs of yore. What's intriguing about the visualization is that it isn't color-coded by connection type, job, company, or other pre-determined indicators—at least, not obviously, and not at first. LinkedIn wants you to figure out what the colors mean and label them yourself. Presumably, you're the one with a better sense of how a group of friends from one city, except for a few, are connected in a unique way.
When interviewing for a job, we all want to put our best foot forward, but sometimes we end up putting it in our mouths instead. Even though you may feel comfortable chatting and making small talk with your interviewer, it’s best to leave some things unsaid. We checked in with experts to find seven things you should never say during an interview. 1.) Don't Compliment the Interviewer's Appearance in Any Way
David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and the founder of the media production and consulting firm Spark Media Solutions . Spark blogs regularly at Spark Minute . Follow him on Twitter @dspark . For all the advice about how to approach and attract influencers, I haven't seen much written about how to actually become an influencer.
Sharlyn Lauby is the president of Internal Talent Management (ITM) which specializes in employee training and human resources consulting. She authors a blog at hrbartender.com . It's helpful to have someone with more experience show you the ropes when you're beginning a new journey — this is especially true when it comes to entering the job market. Having a community that shares job openings , tips, resources and words of wisdom is of real value, especially when you can ask the tough questions, such as “Do I really need to write a cover letter?”
Workplace decorum has evolved over the past 30 years or so, and while many norms have shifted to fit the times, a basic standard of etiquette remains in place. Unfortunately, not everyone in the business world got this memo (maybe it was faxed), and certain etiquette blunders have become commonplace in countless offices. Small business expert Steve Strauss has witnessed a plethora of workplace no-nos and shared his top ten etiquette blunders with Open Forum. A sampling:
One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting is believing you’re doing everything you can and still finding yourself out of work. That’s why it’s empowering to realize you haven’t tried everything, and that new, assertive approaches will help you expand your network and land a job. Here are five action items to help job seekers land an opportunity: 1. Seek speaking opportunities.
When it comes to careers, who doesn't need a little help? It's not just the 14.6 million unemployed, but the millions of employed who are stuck in comatose companies or dead-end jobs. While there are plenty of websites that have useful information for job seekers today, many people still look to the web largely to find job openings. Here are seven sites that stand out for their intelligence, niche, data, or usefulness, rather than their job listings: Fistful of Talent : Reading the posts on this blog is like listening to a lunchroom full of human resources professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters talk about their likes, dislikes, and strategies. You'll learn things like how recruiters find candidates online, the kinds of questions they like, or their worries about the recruiting process.
Maybe it’s because of what I do for a living but it seems to me that everyone is looking for a new job these days. I spend a lot of my time and research on exactly the best way to go about this and I thought I would share the five essential steps to take when looking for a new job. – What do you want to do ? I know, I know.