How To Choose The Right LinkedIn Profile Picture

Despite being a business networking tool, LinkedIn is still considered social media. The “social” in social media is why it’s essential to have a photo.

While some people feel that including a profile photo might open them up to discrimination, there is no way to hide from a potential employer. Sadly, discrimination does exist. However, you can’t prevent an employer from thinking you are too old or too young or too whatever.

The key is to have a recruiter- and employer-ready photo that shows you at your best, business self.

Add Photo Do’s

While a photo taken by a professional is nice to have, it’s not critical. A clean head shot, wearing appropriate attire, and preferably smiling is all that you need.

While you may think that employers will respond to a serious look, studies show that likable people are more apt to be hired and promoted.

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Can You Answer This Key Question?

Some people go into interviews and wing it. Others prepare ahead of time. Usually this includes researching the company and planning responses for commonly asked interview questions.

Questions like “what is your greatest weakness?” and “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

But, there’s one key question they often don’t prepare to answer.

“Why do you want to work for us?”

When I was recruiting, I always asked candidates if they knew anything about the company. The smart ones would tell me a few things they learned while researching the company. Things they liked, that made them want to work there.

The unprepared would say “no” and just leave it at that.

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5 Smart Job Search Moves

Finding a new job isn’t easy. If it were no one would keep working for a boss they don’t like. But there are things you can do to make your job search more productive.

And a more productive job search leads to a faster, smoother, less stressful transition. Here are 5 simple, although not necessarily easy, ways to find a new job.

Don’t Stop Looking

It can be tempting to slow down or even stop your job search completely once you think you’ve a job on the line. You may have sailed through several interviews. Met your future boss’s boss and the team you’ll be managing. It may be down to a final interview which is “merely a formality” or so you think.

But you never know what can happen. A new candidate may be introduced into the mix. A job may suddenly lose funding. I’ve seen it happen more than once.

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3 Reasons Recruiters Aren’t Calling You

As a businessperson, I go to a lot of networking events. Some, like SHRM, provide professional development. Often, I’m speaking at job seeker groups. Wherever the event, I always meet people who are looking for a new job.

Their most common complaint is not getting interviews.

Before becoming a resume writer, I worked as a recruiter. That means I reviewed countless resumes and spent hours on LinkedIn looking for candidates. That experience gives me some insight into why recruiters call some candidates but not others. Here are 3 reasons.

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Accepting A Job Offer

Evaluating an opportunity isn’t easy. Even your dream job will have less exciting aspects. Things that are downright boring. I know from experience.

As a nontraditional student, I juggled my college classes with a full-time job. As a twenty-something, I did my best to find time for a bit of social life as well. It took me almost 7 years to get my B.A.

After graduating with a degree in English and a minor in Media Studies, I landed a job as an assistant editor with a national 4-color magazine. My first month on the job I was writing the news column. Since it was a small publication, in a few months I was writing feature articles and helping the photographer with cover shoots.

It was awesome.

I loved every minute of it.

Almost.

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5 Musts Before Starting Your Job Search

Like most things, a key element of job search success is planning. Unfortunately, many job seekers just jump right in. They begin looking at job ads and internal opportunities.

Bad idea.

Most people wouldn’t just put their home on the market without some planning. They would consider different neighborhoods, maybe research realtors, and evaluate mortgage rates. They would appraise their home and find out what they should repair or replace to get top dollar.

Yet every day, people decide that today they’re going to start looking for a new job. Once they find a few exciting opportunities they dust off their old resume and realize it needs an overhaul.

They quickly find that jumping into a job search without planning doesn’t lead to success. Here are 5 things you need to do before you begin your job search.

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You Can’t Dodge The Salary Question (Here’s How To Answer)

Most job seekers dread being asked about their salary. Some are uncomfortable revealing personal information. Many are concerned that sharing their current salary will influence potential job offers.

The truth is, you can’t dodge the salary question.

But, to some degree you can control it. You do this by understanding the process and being prepared.

Why do recruiters ask about your salary?

Recruiters don’t ask your salary requirements to put you on the spot. They ask because they need to know if you are in the salary range for the position they are filling.  Remember, recruiters don’t work for you, they work for the employer.

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2017 Kickoff – Time To Get Going On Your Job Search

For better or worse, 2016 is over. Time to make 2017 a great year. If one of the ingredients of your great year is a new job, it’s time to get going.

Even if you’re not actively looking, you should make many of these activities part of your life. You should always have your resume ready to go and an ongoing practice of networking.

If you are actively looking, get started on this list today.

Get Ready

First, make sure you resume is recruiter ready. Your resume is your calling card so make sure that it is a marketing document, which clearly demonstrates your value, not a boring employment history. Your resume should convey how you can solve a potential employer’s problems and be presented in an modern format.

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