Your Profile Photo: Research Reveals the Ultimate Hack – INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei March 15, 2015
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You know how important your LinkedIn profile photo is to your career. Or, if you don’t, read this. Luckily, Photofeeler, a Boulder, Colorado startup, conducts research on profile photos and has developed a system that lets you assess your profile photo’s effectiveness. Feedback on Profile Photos You can use Photofeeler to get feedback on three […]

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make at a Lunch Job Interview

by Donna Svei March 10, 2015
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Job-Hunt.org just published a fabulous, practical guide, written by Laura DeCarlo, on optimizing a breakfast, lunch, or dinner job interview. The article made me think about the biggest mistake you can make at a meal-based job interview. I realized, “Simple answer, it’s scheduling that type of interview at all!” Beyond: Dress? Etiquette? Conversation? Who Pays? Thank […]

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The Four Best Social Media Shares, According to Research

by Donna Svei June 29, 2014
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Good news! LinkedIn just completed a study of what professionals in several Asian, European, and North American countries like to read about and share on social media.  What We Like While the results varied a bit by country, the order was the same. This graphic from LinkedIn features the results for the United States: Reports […]

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When Good Resume Accomplishment Statements Go Bad

by Donna Svei June 26, 2014
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You know your resume should feature accomplishment statements. And you know those accomplishments should be quantified whenever possible. But what if numbers aren’t your strong suit? How you, or your resume writer, present your accomplishments matters. Look at these examples (from real resumes): Example 1 “Exceeded the 2013 operating expense plan by 10% resulting in […]

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THIS Is a Classy Way to Leave Your Job

by Donna Svei June 17, 2014
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While Amanda Meadows is preparing to leave her job as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Services Department at Bob Jones University, she is training her replacement, Erin Kimbro. She’s not only training Erin, she’s proactively introducing Erin to her network, the people who helped her support BJU’s students with career planning services. As part […]

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Hiring Manager Inactive on LinkedIn? Four Terrific Options!

by Donna Svei June 12, 2014
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Last month, a reader asked me how he could best use LinkedIn when the hiring managers he wants to pursue aren’t particularly active on the site. Guessing that he’s not the only person in the world facing that challenge, I reached out for some actionable ideas. Here’s what I got: Find a Connection in Common […]

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Finally, a “Must Have” LinkedIn Premium Account for Job Seekers!

by Donna Svei June 8, 2014
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My resume clients often ask me if they should purchase a premium LinkedIn account. I used to answer, “It depends.” However, last week LinkedIn introduced Spotlight, a new premium account priced at US$10 per month (less if you opt in for a year). If you don’t already have a premium account, and don’t get Spotlight, […]

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HOW TO: Beat Stress & Be Happier Right Now — INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei June 3, 2014
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Are you stressed about money, your career, your kids, anything? Have you ever thought about keeping a list of quick cures for stress at your fingertips? I hadn’t until I saw the infographic below. It gives such a clear, simple description of what causes us stress, and what to do about it, that I wanted […]

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The 10 Best Resources for Finding Your New Career Direction

by Donna Svei June 1, 2014
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Has your career stopped working for you? Are you stuck in limbo, afraid or confused about stepping out of your comfort zone to a new career? If that’s the case, this is the post for you! I recently gathered information from top career and leadership development experts about the best DIY resources available to career changers. […]

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The Best Pose for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

by Donna Svei May 13, 2014
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You can improve your LinkedIn profile photo by looking directly into the camera and smiling as though you’re greeting your best friend. Like this: Each of the people in this photo look warm, friendly, and trustworthy, like people you would want as colleagues. That’s the best pose for most of us. One caveat, dress appropriately for […]

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