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Paid v. Free LinkedIn – Which Option Makes Sense for Me?

As LinkedIn continues to grow and expand, it’s account offerings continue to evolve. As has always been the case, members still have free and paid options from which to choose. Choosing between paid or free depends on a variety of factors unique to you including your current business needs, short-term job goals and future career aspirations. Below is a run down of the latest options…

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The July 2016 Jobs Report – The Good News and How You Can Capitalize on It

 The July 2016 labor market stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a strong month of job growth that exceeded expectations. Here’s an overview: MORE JOBS! ☑ We added 255,000 new jobs in May and June – 18,000 more than previously estimated. with gains in retail trade, construction, and health care. ☑ The unemployment rate didn’t change. It remains at 4.9 percent as more…

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The Advantages of a Temp Job from a Job Search Perspective

I am pleased to reprint this article published in the July 22, 2016 edition of Careerealism.  During the course of 12 months, U.S. staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees, according to the American Staffing Association. While those looking to land a permanent role may find temp work that doesn’t guarantee an end to unemployment unenticing, below are six reasons why accepting a contract…

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LinkedIn – Nice v. Need to Haves

LinkedIn – Nice v. Need to Haves

Although perhaps not nearly as cool as Twitter and Snapchat or as funny as Facebook or Instagram, – there’s no doubt that when it comes to professional circles, LinkedIn is essential to finding others and getting found. The culmination of Can’t Do Withouts with Great to Haves is an increase in profile views and outreach by recruiters or those with decision-making power. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUTS…

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What the LinkedIn – Microsoft Deal (Might) Mean to We the Users

What the LinkedIn – Microsoft Deal (Might) Mean to We the Users

Since the big announcement that Microsoft purchased LinkedIn – there’s been much talk about the value of the deal. Over paid? Great deal? If I’d had the foresight to purchase stock in either, maybe I’d care more. What I really want to know, as a LinkedIn and Microsoft user, is what this alliance will mean for me! I certainly agree with the sentiments of Microsoft…

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Raindrops on Roses PLUS a Few of My Favorite Things on LinkedIn

Raindrops on Roses PLUS a Few of My Favorite Things on LinkedIn

Back in the days when Julie Andrews belted out this song in the classic “Sound of Music,” what used to transpire via Rolodexes and phone calls from initial outreach to first-step networking to reconnecting with long-lost colleagues, today happens on LinkedIn. Interested in how to get the quickest ROI when it comes to LinkedIn? Below are the Top 4 functions offered by LinkedIn invaluable in…

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Three Key Differences between LinkedIn and Your Resume

Three Key Differences between LinkedIn and Your Resume

During the early days of LinkedIn, it was acceptable for your LinkedIn profile to be a carbon copy of your resume. Heck – you were considered cutting edge for even having an account! Fast Forward 14 years and everything has changed. Today LinkedIn boasts over 400 million users and is THE #1 site used by recruiters to find talent prior to asking for a resume…

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Crafting an Interview Game Plan – Different Types Require Different Prep

While interviews remain a chance for decision makers to evaluate you and vice versa, the past few decades have  introduced some new interview formats into the game. Here’s a breakdown of the most common interview styles, both old and new, with quick and easy insight on the purpose of each, what it means to you, and how you can prepare: PHONE SCREEN Generally the first step, phone…

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What Recruiters Need Answered on LinkedIn

  It’s been said before. Recruiters and decision makers are leveraging social media, particularly LinkedIn, when searching and vetting candidates. At the end of the day – those scouring for talent on LinkedIn are looking for answers to four basic questions: Who are you? What have you accomplished? What do you know? What Say Others? When a LinkedIn profile is at All-Star status, meaning all…

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The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

Journalists refer to the “lead” as the first few sentences that quickly tell the reader what the story is about.  The phrase “never bury the lead” is one that Journalism students here from year one – as they know that doing so is a one-way ticket to a reader losing interest and quitting reading. A powerful lead, however, allows a reader scanning a front page…

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