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The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide, Part 1: How to Optimize Your Profile

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Welcome to the Ultimate LinkedIn Guide! This article is the first part of a three-part series that will guide you through LinkedIn. In today's article, we'll look at how to optimize every section of your profile. Next week, we'll discuss connecting with LinkedIn members. In the third and final part, we'll examine ways to engage with your network connections. Consider this article a checklist that can help you stay ...

Swing for the Fences: Mentorship Matters in Your Sales Career

Monday, August 06, 2018

Bottom of the ninth inning. Two outs. Full count. Score tied. Runner on third base. I stepped up to the plate, planting my cleats into the clay. Getting into my batting stance, I faced the pitcher — glaring at his eyes as I loosely gripped the wooden bat and anticipated the pitch. Would it be a fastball, careening down the middle, or would it be a curveball, spinning toward home plate? Whatever type of pitch, I needed to be ready for anything. "...

How Your Seemingly Random Interests Can Actually Benefit Your Career

Friday, August 03, 2018

I keep busy overseeing an insurance agency, but my interests aren't confined to the skills and topics related to my industry. Over the course of my career, I have realized that all of my seemingly unrelated interests and habits — from collecting antique hood ornaments to studying 18th-century explorer Captain Cook to managing a company — complement one another to make me a more powerful, well-rounded, and overall content executive. The concept that creative outlets improve work performance applies across industries and hobbies.

7 Signs You Should Accept That Developer Job Offer

Friday, August 03, 2018

You nailed the job interview and aced every tech question — and now the employer is ready to make you a job offer. But are you ready to accept it? Taking — or declining — a job is no small decision. A career choice can be tough, as you have to factor in a lot of things, from income to commute time to career opportunities. A workplace that doesn't align with what matters ...

Grooming Dos and Don'ts for Your First Job Interview

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You have landed a big interview. Congratulations! Now, as the nervous excitement rolls in, it's time to prepare. This entails much more than researching the company and practicing answers to questions about your resume. It also involves making sure you look professional and polished. Not only will you look the part, but you'll also feel more confident — a key factor in landing the job. Here are some dos and don'ts for prepping your appearance for an

10 Best Tips for Not Blowing Up Your Job Interview

Friday, July 27, 2018

Congratulations! You've gotten through the door and landed yourself an interview. Now, you must sell yourself. Close the deal by demonstrating why you are the best choice to meet the employer's needs. Last year, Entrepreneur published a list of interviewing mistakes to avoid that I think offers a good place to start — but I don't think it covers ...

4 Common Interview Tools — and How to Prepare for Them

Friday, July 27, 2018

My daughter recently applied for a teaching position, which she landed after one interview. This wasn't the surprising part. What was surprising is that she didn't meet with anyone in person during the entire process. She was hired based on a video interview. Has the hiring process evolved to the point where employers can determine after one video interview that they've found the best candidate? I would hope not. But ...

Not Sure Which Skills to Endorse? Ask the Recipient

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

By now, the debate over endorsements and recommendations on LinkedIn is subsiding — at least I hope so. I know on which side I stand. To me, recommendations have more merit. They require more knowledge of the person being recommended, and it takes a bit of courage to ask for a recommendation from someone. Endorsements, on the other hand, can require very little to no knowledge of the recipient, and ...

It's Summer! How Are You Going to Use Your Vacation Time?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A good vacation can be one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Whether you prefer the beach, camping, or grilling out in your backyard, down time is something we all need. Unfortunately, we don't all get this much-needed time to relax. In the United States, companies are not required to offer a minimum amount of vacaction time to workers. 

The Introverted Interview: Making It a Success

Friday, July 20, 2018

Can you imagine showing up at an interview and not saying a word? Sure, a lot may be going on in your head, but not sharing any of it because you want to ensure you only share your best thoughts would be a disaster during an interview. For those of us with a preference for introversion, this is our natural inclination: keep what is going on inside our heads to ...

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