LinkedIn for Success Print E-mail

Do you have a profile on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a social network for business professionals. The professional networking experience that LinkedIn offers is unlike any other social network. One of the most interesting concepts of LinkedIn is the ability to use your profile as a virtual resume. A good LinkedIn profile will help you stand out in the job search. There have been many job success stories from LinkedIn and you can find a job on the professional network as well.

However, signing-up for LinkedIn is only part of the effort. Upon registering, the next step is to begin optimizing your profile. Allocate some time to filling out your profile COMPLETELY. Employers are always using LinkedIn in their hiring efforts, so make sure you give them everything they are looking for in your profile.

Here are some tips and strategies to optimize your LinkedIn profile for job success:

Include a photo and make a custom profile link

When creating your profile, make sure to include a picture. Profiles that don’t contain a picture are usually categorized as spam accounts. A picture that includes your face is good LinkedIn practice as it adds a personal touch to your resume. Also, customize your profile’s link so that it reads your name (or a close variation of it). The goal is to market yourself as a personal brand and an easy link will help employers remember your name.

Website and links

LinkedIn allows you to include a website or other links on your profile. If you own a personal website, INCLUDE IT! You can also include links to other personal resources. Any links that can help employers to better understand you and your objective is worth including.


Recommendations are a great way to give the employer an idea of who you are through your work ethic. Although, not a requirement on your LinkedIn profile, having someone who can vouch for your work ethic speaks wonders and will certainly go a long way in finding job success on LinkedIn.

Grow your network

As stated before, what sets LinkedIn apart from other social networks is its powerful networking abilities. Take advantage of that! Start connecting with influential people and they may be willing to write you a recommendation or even better, they may put in a good word for you at human resources. Although having a healthy network can be effective, don’t overdo it. Make sure your network consists of people who are actually in your industry, because ‘who you know’ still matters.

SEO for your profile

Everything in your profile can be optimized for easier search. Optimizing your profile is similar to optimizing your website for SEO. Using specific keywords in your profile headline can help you stand out more. Think about how employers are going to be searching for you and then optimize your profile for easy discovery.

Publicize your profile

You’ve finished creating your profile? Great! Now make sure your settings allow your profile to be seen by employers. There’s nothing worse than hiding too much information from people not in your networks. Head over to your profile’s settings and make sure you grant enough access so that employers can find what they are looking for.

Groups and LinkedIn Answers

Join groups in your industry and begin influencing the discussions. Get your name out there while establishing credibility in the process. Being proactive on LinkedIn is very beneficial. Another way to build authority is to start answering industry questions through LinkedIn Answers. Spend a few minutes each day answering some questions. Help others and they may be inclined to help you.

Get creative

In this day and age, it’s important for your resume to stand out! LinkedIn offers great add-ons. From showing employers your personal reading list to including a YouTube video of yourself, you can get creative with your LinkedIn resume by taking a look at some of the applications.

Utilize these tips and strategies and give yourself the best opportunity to succeed on your LinkedIn job search.

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Tweak Your Resume to Target Non-Profit Positions Print E-mail

Recently, we have seen an increase of job seekers wishing to parlay their corporate career experience into pursuing a position within a non-profit organization. If you are someone who wants to pursue jobs within a non-profit organization, it would be wise to tweak your resume and showcase any non-profit experience you have. You can do this by including a NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE section before your actual WORK EXPERIENCE section. Highlighting board memberships, volunteer work and any other involvement within non-profit organizations -- over and above your corporate experience and accomplishments – shows a potential non-profit employer that you are seriously interested in making the switch.

Remember to “build a bridge” from the skills you have utilized in your corporate positions to the skills that are desired in the non-profit arena. To that end, consensus management and budget administration dominate non-profit cultures. If you emphasize positions and activities in your work history that show you have done such things, you edge closer to being a viable candidate. Let’s say you have 15 years experience working in corporate positions – normally not likely a good fit with a non-profit culture -- however, demonstrating such things as rolling out a new product line under budget, or gaining cooperative interaction from multi-divisions to initiate international operations, will peak the interest of non-profit organizations. Understanding the importance of team work, managing shoestring budgets, and positively impacting customer satisfaction are all skills valued by non-profit organizations.

In addition, your cover letter should emphasize your enthusiasm for making the career switch. Mentioning details specific to a particular non-profit organization will also go a long way. The more genuine your passion is for wanting to work for the non-profit, the more likely the non-profit will take notice and the closer you will be to taking the next step to your new career!

The Most Bizarre Resume and Job Search Mistakes Print E-mail

In an annual resume survey conducted by Harris Interactive in which more than 2500 hiring managers were polled, a whopping 45% of the managers said they spent less than one minute reviewing a resume. When asked to recall the most unusual resumes they have received, employers shared the following:

1. Candidate said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
2. Candidate included that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.
3. Candidate said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
4. Candidate listed her dog as reference.
5. Candidate listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
6. Candidates — a husband and wife looking to job share — submitted a co-written poem.
7. Candidate included “versatile toes” as a selling point.
8. Candidate stated she was “particularly adept at comprehending the obvious.”
9. Candidate said that he would be a “good asset to the company,” but failed to include the “et” in the word “asset.”
10. Candidate’s email address on the resume had “shakinmybootie” in it.
11. Candidate said he was qualified because he was a “marvelous physical specimen.”
12. Candidate included that she survived a bite from a deadly aquatic animal.
13. Candidate was fired from different jobs, but included each one as a reference.
14. Candidate used first name only.
15. Candidate presented a list of demands in order to work for the organization.
16. Candidate asked, “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not.”
17. Candidate insisted that the company pay him to interview with them because his time was valuable.
18. Candidate’s resume was intentionally written from right to left instead of left to right.
19. Candidate shipped a lemon with resume, stating “I am not a lemon.”
20. Candidate submitted 40-page resume that included photos and diplomas

Salary Negotiation Made Easy Print E-mail

It amazes us that “The Salary Game” is still very much alive. You would think in this day and age that such vital information would be made known in job posts. This would ensure everyone was clear on what was being offered and it would enable folks to manage their expectations. But no – it is still a poker game of sorts with each party trying to work it to their advantage.

Certainly one of the most dreaded questions asked in an interview is: “What salary are you making now?" The rule of thumb is to not be the first to mention a dollar figure. Instead, you could ask what the job normally pays for someone with similar qualifications. Companies already have a budget for the compensation package, but they will low ball if they can.

What if they push you, and say that it “varies” and again ask you your salary? This can certainly be tricky if your salary is above or below market value. If you are pushed to give a number and you were earning below your value, you can state that compensation was within a certain range. If your salary was significantly above market value you can ask the range that has been budgeted for that position and simply say you fall within that range. Answering a question with a question is also a good way to steer the conversation in the way you want it to go. For example you might ask: “How often are performance reviews done?” which would open the door for a possible increase in pay based on merit.

Should You Even Try and Negotiate Your Salary?

Many people are grateful to just be offered a new job and thus, are nervous about trying to negotiation their salary. To that end, we are often asked if salary negotiation is advisable in this economy. The simple answer is yes. If you’re concerned that an attempt to negotiate you job offer will offend the potential employer or make you look greedy, don’t fret. According to numerous polls, more than 80% of employers expect some form of negotiation for pay, benefits, perks, work schedules, etc. So if you don’t ask for it, you most likely won’t get it. Salary negotiation tactics are especially important when applying for sales positions. The hiring manager is typically testing your negotiation skills and your ability to ‘close a sale.’

So don’t get thrown when asked about your salary; instead, stay calm and be prepared for the question. Knowing your value in the marketplace can help you to negotiate your compensation in a win/win manner.

Plan A - Ooops! Print E-mail

Yes, sometimes things don’t work out exactly the way we want them to, exactly at the time we wish they would. We get an opportunity, or we meet someone with tremendous potential to influence our lives, but the timing isn’t right or the circumstances don’t lend themselves to fully exploring the situation at that moment. Sigh, yes, timing is a critical component, both in job search and in life. But having said that, don’t despair, as there are ways to still have a happy ending!

Ensure a Happy Ending

- Maybe you just need to be patient and simply stay in touch. This can be very true if someone else was just hired for that dream job of yours. There is no guarantee the newly hired person is going to work out … in the first few weeks, that person could end up disliking the new job, prove to be a bad fit, be let go, or quit. If you have followed up and stayed in touch with the people who interviewed you, you might even learn of the situation early – before they start interviewing again. And if you are savvy and lucky, you can even persuade them that you are the right candidate, and they don’t have to go through the chore of interviewing again – you are ready to start next week!

- The pause can give you more time to research the situation. Let’s say you are interviewing with a company, but then out of the blue, you are told hiring is being put on hold and everything stops cold dead. This is usually such a devastating experience that the job seeker often takes a break from his/her job search and has trouble staying positive. However, if a hiring freeze suddenly gets imposed at the company where you are interviewing, you can view it as a dead end and do nothing, OR, you can use the knowledge you’ve gained about the field to further your job search: approach similar types of companies in that same field; contact companies that support or service those types of companies; even seize the opportunity to network via the people you just met while interviewing.

Obtain Your Goal

Remember, how you view those unexpected “timing ooops” can determine if the door is permanently shut or just merely leading you down a better method of obtaining your goals. If Plan A does not work out, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet! Just don't lose sight of what you want and instead focus on a new way to reach your goal.

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