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This Spring, Rely on Referrals!

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Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.

  • According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
  • Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
  • Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires 

Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”

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This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.

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Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).

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Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.

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Play nice – one of many LinkedIn Member Policy Changes You Should Know About

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Are you a LinkedIn user? LinkedIn is going to update its terms of service May 8th, and their official blog recently discussed a few of the upcoming changes in depth. Since we’re guessing that lengthy policy updates aren’t the most riveting reading, we’ll break it down for you in brief, layman’s terms.

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Adhere to the golden rule
LinkedIn doesn’t call it this, but we do. If you’re an active or even casual LinkedIn user, you may have noticed that some users behave badly, making inappropriate and inflammatory comments. This behavior is never acceptable, but used to be more common on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LinkedIn will be curtailing this negative activity, before it escalates. They have the policy broken down into five sections:
– Be Real
– Be Professional
– Be Nice
– Respect each other’s behavior and follow the law
– Respect LinkedIn’s Rights
You can visit their Professional Communities blog post section for specifics. As the site grows in popularity, members and usage, the fact that they have a no tolerance policy on abuse and are enforcing violators is a necessary step in the right direction.

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In our view, the most pertinent change here is this:
“A new section has been added to the User Agreement to better clarify how we use information and data we have about you to make recommendations to you and others, including to suggest jobs for you and to suggest you to recruiters.”

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Privacy Policy
In this section, LinkedIn offers a guided tour explaining the changes. They expand upon what they are allowed to do with member data. LinkedIn can legally receive data about you from partner companies that are affiliated with LinkedIn. This data is used “to provide you with new services and better features.” The policy also talks about social actions – this refers to your LinkedIn activity  (liking, commenting, sharing and posting).

“When you take a social action, we will associate you with the content, companies or people that you shared or followed, and we may also use that social action as part of an ad (unless your settings do not allow that).”

With all the personal and career information you post and share on LinkedIn, it’s important to know about changes to the site. This post just scratches the surface.  If you want to read in detail about all of the upcoming policy changes, the blog post outlining them can be found here.

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LinkedIn Features – The Latest Word

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Puzzled by the latest LinkedIn developments? We’ve got you covered.

1) Show me the money! Introducing Salary Insights

The most recent announcement for the first quarter involves salary transparency. According to LinkedIn’s Official blog, Salary Insights is “a new way for you to explore compensation details on open roles. This feature will appear on job listings.” The information will either be employer provided (ranges for specific jobs) or estimated.

While statistics show that candidates want this information, there are a few caveats to keep in mind, such as:
A) Roles vary widely in organizations and even within the same company. The VP at one company might have the same responsibility as a manager at another. It pays to keep this in mind – it’s not always an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.
B) It’s up to you to know what you’re worth and pursue roles within that range. That being said, don’t automatically discount a job if the salary is not at your exact target. Look at other benefits – including vacation, work schedule (telecommuting, flex time), bonuses, profit sharing, 401k/403b and company match, etc.

2) Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers.
Resume Assistant allows you to see examples from other LinkedIn profiles as well as use the top skills in your field to customize your resume for employers. You can pick a role and industry and the Resume Assistant integrates with Word. You can then apply via LinkedIn. It’s a streamlined, convenient merging of two processes. You can learn more about it here.

3) Hiring hits a high note to start off 2018
We saved the best for last! According to the February 2018 US LinkedIn Workforce Report, January hiring across the U.S. was 13.0% higher than in January 2017.

“Seasonally-adjusted hiring was 10.9% higher in January than in December 2017—making January 2018 the strongest month for hiring since May 2017.”

This is great news – especially for job seekers! Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, this may mean it’s time to make a move.

As always, we wish you the best on your job search.Stay tuned for more career advice and insight in the coming months.

 #JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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Making The Most of Mentions

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Today we’re going to discuss how to use the ‘mention’ feature on LinkedIn.

  1. How to mention someone by just their first name
    The default for using this feature will include the person’s full name. You do this by using the @ symbol and then typing their name. A drop down box with their profile will appear. Simply click on them and it will show their full name (as seen below).

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But, what if you have a closer relationship to the person and want to mention them less formerly using only their first name? No problem! Simply backspace over the last name and hit delete.

2) Don’t abuse the mention! Not everyone appreciates being called out in this way. Only mention someone when it’s appropriate. If someone won an award and you want to congratulate them in the comments – “Great job Sam Smith!” for example, that’s probably fine. Just don’t get spammy and type in multiple names just to draw attention to your post or comment. Be strategic and thoughtful about what you post and who you mention. Avoid overuse or random mentions. Remember, when you mention someone, they now get notified of the likes and comments for that mention.

3) If you want to stop anyone from mentioning YOU, it’s easy. The directions below are if you’re on a laptop/desktop. Doing this on a smartphone, the steps are a little different. For IOS and Android users, the directions can be found here.

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Employment Trends [Infographic]

We made an Infographic to highlight some of the data from the LinkedIn Workforce Report for January 2018. Want more details from this 26-page report? Check it out here: https://economicgraph.linkedin.com/resources/linkedin-workforce-report-january-2018

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Are you getting the results you want from LinkedIn? 3 Tweaks To Try!

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Whether you use LinkedIn for networking, personal branding or finding a job, there are tweaks you can make to perfect that profile.

  1. Reorder sections. Did you know you can change the order of current positions, education, volunteer experience and skills and endorsements on LinkedIn? If you want to highlight a degree, job (this works on current positions only) or experience by placing it first, this is a nice feature. skillsIt’s easy! Simply click on “View Profile,” then hover right below the pencil to click and then drag and drop the job, school or experience in the order you want. To rearrange skills and endorsements, click on the pencil and then click on the lines to drag and drop in the order you want. Put the skills you want recruiters and others to see at the top. Note – this may not always match the ones you’ve received the highest number of endorsements for.

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As you can see in the box here, social media received the most endorsements. But say for instance, you want to emphasize your editing skills. Simply move that skill to the top.

The benefit of doing this rearrangement is to draw attention to the skills you want connected to yourself, highlighted in the order you want them to be seen. 

2. Request Revisions to your Recommendations
Look at the current recommendations on your profile. Are they a bit dated? Did you know you can ask for a revision? This might be a good thing to do to spruce up an older recommendation or have the recommendation call out different strengths. LinkedIn makes it easy to reach out and reconnect with the person who wrote that original recommendation. To start the process,  click View Profile and scroll down to Recommendations. Click on the pencil next to “Ask to be recommended.”
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You will then see the current recommendations you have. Click the Ask for Revision box.

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You can then type in your message in the box (as seen above). When you do this, it never hurts to ask if they would like you to also revise a recommendation (if you’ve written one for them in the past).  Never be demanding – you want to touch base on how they are doing as well and then politely position how you want them to focus on the revised recommendation.

3) Worried you might appear too dated? You can remove the dates of your education on LinkedIn. Click on view profile and then scroll to the education section. Click on the drop down. Instead of choosing the years you started and finished your degree, just leave it at year in both the “from” and “to” boxes and click save when you’re done. This tweak can also be used in conjunction with tip number one. You could remove dates and move a desired education to appear first (even if it wasn’t the most recent). The goal is to always position your profile with the most impressive and relevant information at the top.

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Give these three tips a try. They don’t take much time, but can make a noticeable difference in how you appear on the site. As always, thank you for reading. Good luck in your job search!

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Resolve to Keep Your Career On Track

Cheers to the New Year!

Let’s start with some good news. According to the December LinkedIn Workforce Report“U.S. hiring has, on average, been 10.4% higher in 2017 than in 2016.”

If this trends continues, prepared job seekers will find greater employment opportunities. The key term here is “prepared.” You need to make a plan, have your job search tools (resume, LinkedIn profile, references, etc.) ready to go at a moment’s notice. What else can you do to tip the job search scales in your favor?

Map out a year long goal list broken down by quarters, months and weeks. Have you heard the saying “A goal without a plan is just a dream”? Take the time NOW to map out where you want to go and how you want to get there. We know, it’s not rocket science. Yet, vague, unwritten goals aren’t going to get you anywhere. Having a tangible record of where you stand and how you are going to move forward gives you momentum. It can be on a calendar, in a word document or other medium. The main point is to draft out what the plan is. The more detailed, the better. Start with the big goal and then work your way backward. For example, say the goal is to get a new job by May:
January – Week 1 – Start resume, Week 2 – Update LinkedIn Profile, Week 3 – Start researching jobs and job listings, Week 4 – Attend new networking event
February – Week 1 – Set up informational interview, Week 2 – Start being more active on LinkedIn, Week 3 – Go to local job fair, Week 4 – Prepare references list
Your tasks may vary, but the important thing is to commit to action and then follow through.

Anticipate Setbacks Life happens. You may get sick, your babysitter may cancel, you may have to do overtime at work. So many things can happen that can set you off course. When disruptions occur, you can either falter or go to Plan B. For example, if you had planned on devoting an hour to redoing your resume at night, but an ill child made that impossible, you need to reschedule it to another night or the weekend. This may mean cancelling other plans. This part of the process is not fun. However, some sacrifice is needed on your journey. The perseverance will be worth it.

Start being skill focused. Aspirations are all well and good, but at the end of the day, it’s imperative that you keep your skill set up by continually growing and learning in your field. LinkedIn recently rolled out a new feature that lets you know how you stand skill-wise when it comes to people with similar job titles. Their new monthly notification suggests relevant skills among people with your same job title. Why is this important? Well, to start, recruiters search for employees by skill.

Consider this – “Those with five or more skills on their profile are discovered up to 27x more in searches by recruiters.” Source: LinkedIn Official Blog, 12/8/17

If that doesn’t give you motivation to add more skills to your LinkedIn profile, we don’t know what does.

Not feeling up to speed on a particular skill? No problem – LinkedIn learning offers a FREE MONTH of the “most in-demand business, tech and creative skills from industry experts.” It’s a good start, and easy to do from home. You can even search and filter courses by skill level, type and time to complete (as seen below).

Pick your battles wisely
Are you looking to get a new job, lose a lot of weight, save a ton of money and travel the country in 2018? Wow – those are admirable aspirations. Just be careful to not bite off more than you can chew. It can easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. It might be better to plan out one big goal (the job search for example) and embark on the others as secondary goals. For instance, healthy eating and moderate exercise will make you healthier and more confident during your job search, but instead of aiming to lose twenty pounds, go for ten instead. Pressuring yourself with too much, too fast, and too unrealistic is just going to backfire.

Take these tips and go for your goals this year. We’re excited to hear about how well you do! Keep checking back throughout the year for follow up blog posts on how you can take your job search journey to the next level.

As always, thank you for reading! #Happy2018

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Juggling Your Job Search

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We all wear many hats in our lives – parent, student, daughter, son, spouse, employee… With your varied roles and responsibilities, it can be easy to put certain things on the back-burner, especially when it comes to your career. The good news is – you don’t have to do it all. There are simple and quick tasks that will keep you career on track.

Get To Know Google for jobs
This relatively new job search engine gathers jobs from many different places, including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor – even Facebook. It will also pull in jobs from a company’s web page. This one-stop job search shop is a huge time saver for the job seeker. You no longer have to go to each site individually to look for positions. Simply type in the job you’re looking for and the location, and it does all the work for you! You can even set up email alerts to be informed of new positions. Now, with that being said, there are certain caveats to keep in mind. Some of the jobs that appear can be outdated, especially if they come from niche job search sites that aren’t populated as often. You should not completely rely on Google for Jobs, but it definitely should be one of your job search tools.

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Keep Up With The Latest LinkedIn Tips & Tricks
Subscribe to the Official LinkedIn blog to be informed on their latest features. They roll out time-saving, helpful new things to try all the time. You don’t want to miss out – especially because a lot of the features automate job search activities. For example, a recent “Tuesday Tip” post explains how you can use group messaging. They even include short videos. Even if you’re not actively looking, we recommend their blog (as well as ours too, of course #shamelessplug)

Create a kudos folder
Set up one starting in January. You’ll thank yourself as the year progresses. This folder can be online or in hard copy (or both), depending on your profession. You want to save things including:
– Complimentary emails praising you – from your boss, colleagues or customers
– Successful project pieces – this can range from collateral you’ve created to a PowerPoint presentation
– Reports/Stats – anything that shows results
You will use the information in this folder when you need accomplishments for your resume, cover letter, performance review, upcoming interview, etc. It’s also a good idea to have a place where you can keep track of what you’ve done over time. It’s easy to lose track. Your saved items will likely differ from the e-mail example you see below, but you get the general idea…

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Hint – you can easily create and save your ‘success stories’ by taking a screen shot or using a tool like Snipping Tool or Snagit Screen Capture.

Practice Defensive Googling

No, you aren’t being vain by googling your name. We recommend doing this monthly. Put your name in quotations and see what’s out there. If you want to set this on autopilot, you can always set up an alert for your name on a site like Mention or Google Alerts. You want to monitor this on a consistent basis. If the results are unfavorable, inaccurate or information on someone else with the same name, there are steps you can take to remove that information or at least have it appear lower in search results.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to take charge of your career. Use the tips in this post to set yourself up for success in 2018.

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Got a case of the career blues?

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Don’t be a grinch – we can help! Whether you’re employed or actively looking for work, there are ways to make the most of the season.

Go To Your Holiday Party!
According to a study conducted on behalf of LinkedIn, “28% of U.S. professionals have learned about a new opportunity and 26% have gotten face time with executives they wouldn’t otherwise get to speak with. You never know, you could meet a new friend, mentor or even future boss.” Make every effort to attend, and have a good time – just not TOO good of a time (and we know you know what we mean). Love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual ritual. Showing up may not be mandatory, but it sends a clear message if you don’t go. Not working? There are still many holiday events and mixers you can attend. Professional associations and groups often hold parties for members and non members. This can be a great way to expand your network.

Get Set To Set Goals
The chance to start fresh is always appealing. What didn’t go so well this year? Do you need to make a bigger effort at work? Start or ramp up a job search? Be honest with yourself. No need to cast blame, but vow to be more proactive in 2018. Assess where you are today and where you want to be in a month, six months and a year from now.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. – Cavett Robert

Need a little more inspiration? Check out these quotes for the New Year.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude
While Thanksgiving is just a distant memory, there is always a benefit to showing you appreciate your colleagues and network. A simple thank you to someone who helps you at work could make their entire week.  Treat your boss or coworker to coffee. Bake or bring in some treats to the office. Another easy idea- endorse or write a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn. Don’t do this expecting a recommendation in return. Act without reciprocal expectations. Kindness counts.

Give back
Volunteering is another good way to give back and say thanks. Many organizations can use help this time of year. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and can also be a good way to meet new people and make connections.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Generally, people are in better moods as the holidays approach. Try to get into this spirit. We know that if you’re unemployed, underemployed or at a careers crossroad, it can be easy to fall victim to job search blues. Acknowledge these feelings as normal, and make the effort to engage in activities that make you happy. What else in your life are you grateful for? Discouragement and setbacks are a part of the process, but everyone deserves to enjoy the season. 2018 can be the next great chapter in your career journey!

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!

P.S. Looking for some music to get you in a holiday mood? Check this playlist.

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Looking for Work? 3 Easy Things To Do This December

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As we barrel towards the holidays, things tend to get busier with parties, shopping, cooking and all the other activities associated with the season. Keep your job search momentum going now so you can start 2018 off without regret.

1) Do an audit of your LinkedIn page   
When was the last time you really looked at or even updated your LinkedIn page? Set aside some time for this important activity. To start, think back over this year – what have you accomplished? To make it easier, go back quarter by quarter. Are there projects and results you’re particularly proud of? Add those as bullets on your profile. Every job has quantifiable success stories.

Going forward, set aside a folder on your desktop or in an email folder called “Accomplishments.” In that folder, save email kudos, statistics/results for projects and anything else that you could draw on for your profile. This material is also helpful for your performance review, when you’re looking for a raise or even writing a cover letter. It’s easy to overlook or forget all the good things you did over the course of the year.  In 2018, vow to make this task a habit.

2) Party with a purpose
You’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to unwind and let loose. It’s fine to partake in some adult beverages and have a good time – within reason of course! We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who went a little TOO crazy at the annual holiday bash. Make sure to keep it under control. Mingle with your coworkers and celebrate, but don’t go overboard with anything you might regret. Additionally, make it a goal to talk to at least one colleague you don’t know as well, for at least a few minutes. It never hurts to keep up those connections!

3) Check out LinkedIn’s newest feature – Career Advice
According to their blog, “whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.”

This feature looks like it has some interesting possibilities, and is easy enough to start – simply pick the kind of advice you need, review the matches and then start chatting. Like they say “One conversation can change your career.”

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Final thoughts
While there are many other activities you can do to keep up your search, we are going to keep this post short. The important thing is to stay focused on your larger goal (finding a job, getting a new job or changing careers) while still making time for the festivities of the season.

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