Words NOT to use when creating your LinkedIn profile

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Bringing you some words of advice today from an article at Inc.com. Click on the link to read tips about words you should NOT choose when you are creating your LinkedIn profile and why.

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/quit-using-these-10-words-to-describe-yourself-linkedin.html

Happy networking!

Link to advice on how and when to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn

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Good news! Today an article link appeared in my in box that I know you will be interested in reading. Take a look at advice regarding who, how, and when to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn. Great article with some worthwhile advice.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/linkedin2/fl/who-when-how-linkedin-recommendations.htm

Job Seeking quick tips

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Quick tips that add to your job seeking knowledge can be found on our website. Go to westerntc.edu/careerservices. See the Career Spots Video’s right there on top of our career services page? Click on: See all videos….

Choose from a variety of videos’ with some great tips on job seeking in general.

Take a look at one of the articles that was in my in box this morning: http://blog.linkup.com/2014/09/12/job-search-roles-the-whos-who-of-your-search/#sthash%2EmPVtCJEU%2EatTx4bAQ%2Edpbs

You can receive useful information in your in box too…continue to improve your LinkedIn profile (remember, your profile builds gradually over time, it doesn’t just happen overnight), join some groups that will help you learn about your career path, and follow those who write on what you are interested in (like job seeking).

Have a good week!

And LinkedIn is one good way to network

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NETWORKING + LINKEDIN = CONNECTIONS

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I believe too many of us have created a profile in LinkedIn that we play around with occasionally. We might send messages to people we know, and congratulate our connections when they reach work anniversaries, but how many of us are using LinkedIn to strengthen our network? To meet new people? To learn from each other?

This post is going to open your eyes to those possibilities.

I am going to start by making you aware that you can find people that have attended the same college you are attending. Click on “Connections” in the black tool bar at the top of the LinkedIn page. In the drop down click on “Find Alumni” Here you can see where previous graduates live, where they work and what they do. You can search within this page and learn more. For example: I clicked on Western Technical College, and then I clicked on Gundersen Health Systems. I could then view all the individuals on LinkedIn that have completed their education at Western Technical College and work at Gundersen and I can see what they all do at Gundersen. Look for someone you know, introduce yourself, and ask to learn more from them about the career path you are planning to take…or connect with them to learn more about what they are doing.

Remember that people are busy and you should be respectful of their time. You can say, “Could I have just 10 minutes of your time to ask a question?” (and stick to your time limit promise). OR, if you see someone who has the job that is your dream job, and they are graduates from Western Technical College, again, introduce yourself and ask if you could have 20 to 30 minutes of their time to help you learn about the profession. The following link can help you get an idea of the types of questions you could ask. This is a handout for tips on Informational Interviewing: 40 Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview

You can join a group and from there make connections. Click on “Interests” in the black tool bar. Then click on “Groups.” Then enter “Western Technical College Alumni Career Mentor Network” into the search window, find that group, and ask to join. After you are approved (usually in about one day), you can talk to anyone in this group to learn more about your profession and meet new people in this group. Anyone who joins this group has agreed to help others out who need help learning about their profession/career. While you are at it, you may as well join the following group: Put “Western Technical College Alumni” into the search window. Early this spring, I met with our Alumni Director, Sally Emerson. She told me that she is accepting both current full time students AND alumni into this group. Western Technical College students need to stick together and help each other! Again, click on “join” to be allowed to join this group. Are there other groups that your instructor has recommended you join? Search for them now.

Be aware that you can use your alumni network to search in a specific geographic region, a given industry or seomwhere that you can use certain skills as well. Use any or all of the filters you see within this area of LinkedIn.

Many of us do not have good information about how skills can apply across different types of jobs. Click your top skills in “What they’re skilled at:” and then sort through the resulting popular industries and career paths to help you see how skills are transferable. “What they do” categorizes alumni by industry. You can add multiple filters in the Alumni Tool: For example, once you select an industry, you can also click “What they studied” to see the related majors.

Now click on “Interests” and then “Education” in the drop down. Look at all the many ways you can search to learn about people and what they are doing in their careers!

Using these tools and other links in LinkedIn you can find people who will help you reach your career goals. People generally love to share information about their careers and how they got where they are at so please don’t be afraid to ask.

Source: LinkedIn, Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool in Career Counseling, A resource for students in all phases of career development, LinkedIn Corporation, 2013, retrieved from the internet May, 2014.

Choose Networking to be your #1 method for Job Seeking

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I have noticed when skimming articles, that most experts are saying that job seekers should only spend 20% of their job search time using job boards (positions that are posted somewhere). This corresponds with what the Career Services speaker, Chris Czarnik told us this spring AND what the famous Richard N. Bolles (the guy who updates, “What color is Your Parachute” every year) says.

The best way to find employment is to know what your strengths, skills and abilities are and to make others aware of those strengths, skills and abilities. It makes sense to put a lot of time into your resume using good descriptive words. That will help you to choose the words you need to use when you are talking to people. And talk to people you must. It is recommended that you talk to everyone you know not only asking if they know of a company that would be interested in you, but also to ask them if they know of a person who might be able to help, thus broadening your network. Most of the people you talk to do not have the power to hire you, they will help just by listening, being aware of your strengths and abilities and keeping their ears open for any opportunities that they happen to hear about. You will leave your resume with as many of these people as you can, to help remind them that you are looking and what your skills are.

Most employers prefer to go through word of mouth and ask for referrals when they have a need to hire. They will ask family, friends, currrent staff, and trusted colleagues to send them anyone they know who might be interested in the opening before they ever resort to posting it. ABC News reports that 80% of positions are filled through referrals! That means, that there are that many more positions out there, waiting to be filled, that you never see advertised.

In order to approach people confidently, you need to do your homework. Be sure to take the time to learn what you can about companies you are interested in. You can use any search engine and read about a company by exploring their website. Then talk to people who work there that you happen to know.

Take a look at the following link if you are interested in some tips about cold calling, which is another way to network. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140609144355-36466653-cold-calling-your-way-to-a-new-job

Another tip: Here in Carer Services, we have made it a goal to learn LinkedIn inside and out so that we can help our students look good on LinkedIn. When you place your profile on LinkedIn and join some groups that are related to your field, a bonus is that you receive all these great articles that are full of advice. You don’t have to read all of them, you can pick and choose based on what you need today.

You already know that we help with resumes.

Connections with people is how we move forward in life.

Source: Job Search Insanity – The one mistake that leads to longer searches and more stress by Jessica H.H., LinkedIn, 8-28-2014, retrieved from the internet on 9-2-1014.