Interviews: The 8 Worst Body Language Mistakes — INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei April 17, 2014
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Your body language can make or break your interviews. A recent infographic from SOAP shows body language mistakes that people make during presentations. Most of them apply to interviews as well — and are surprisingly common. If you want to connect with your interviewer, don’t: Cross your arms or legs (or splay your legs). Avoid eye [...]

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Has LinkedIn Radically Changed Its Search Algorithm?

by Donna Svei April 10, 2014
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Has LinkedIn grown tired of members stuffing their profiles with keywords and changed its search algorithm? If it has, you will want to re-optimize your profile for the new algorithm — as soon as we all figure out what it is. I noticed that my personal results had changed a day or two ago but [...]

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16 Interns Who Grew Up to Run the World — INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei April 10, 2014
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As you, or your kids, are looking for summer internships, don’t miss this heartening infographic about 16 former interns who grew up to run the world. It must have been hilarious to work in Rep. Barney Frank’s office the summer guess who was there and check out the former CIA intern!   I write executive resumes [...]

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Finally, You Can Opt Out of LinkedIn Endorsement Pop-Ups!

by Donna Svei April 6, 2014
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You know when you open your LinkedIn profile and there’s a big box that shows you who has endorsed you for skills you don’t have? Because LinkedIn suggested to your connections that they endorse you for skills you might don’t have. Yeah, That Box. Now you can turn suggested LinkedIn endorsements off. That, in turn, [...]

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Wow! Great Body Language Tips for Interviews — INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei April 2, 2014
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Julie Lander, recruiter and AvidCareerist reader, just sent me a “best of class” infographic on interview and business meeting body language. She says they keep this on the wall at her office to remind themselves to be in top body language form during interviews. Recruiter or candidate, if you’re prepping for an interview, in person [...]

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LinkedIn: Should You Endorse a Mermaid’s Skills?

by Donna Svei April 1, 2014
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Ed Han, recruiter and all around great guy, thinks we should witness skills before we endorse them on LinkedIn. That’s fine, but where would it leave the UK’s five mermaids? Or the 204 other LinkedIn members with “Mermaid” in their job titles? What can you safely assume about a mermaid’s skills (swimming, hair styling, muse, [...]

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Career Myth: Always Put a Photo on Your LinkedIn Profile

by Donna Svei March 30, 2014
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Putting your photo on your LinkedIn profile makes it more likely that members, including recruiters and hiring managers, will engage with you. Or does it? What if, instead, it makes them discriminate against you? I think of LinkedIn as the hallway outside the industry conference keynote speech. You wouldn’t go there wearing a mask. Thus, [...]

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The Oxford Comma on Your Resume: Yes or No?

by Donna Svei March 27, 2014
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It seems to be Unintentional Grammar Week here on AvidCareerist, what with discussing the Oxford comma on resumes, the proper use of leverage (here), and the optimal use of typical, normal, compared to, and compared with (here). And, OMGosh, I used the Oxford comma in that last sentence. I always use the Oxford comma. I [...]

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Are You Using “Leverage” Correctly on Your Resume?

by Donna Svei March 26, 2014
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Patricia Duarte, career transition expert and search consultant, and I have been having a Twitter conversation about the use of the word “leverage” on resumes. We’ve been looking at it as a substitute for utilized and used:     I googled “define leverage” and got this:     Note that leverage is both a noun [...]

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Resume Tip: The Use of Normal & Typical

by Donna Svei March 25, 2014
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Eric Uhland, a copy editor, and I have been having an email conversation about common resume errors and resume tips. One of his top tips concerns use of the words “normal” and “typical.” Check out what Eric says: Here’s a statement from a resume I edited: “Accomplished all training and began working solo shifts within [...]

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