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How to Set Perfect New Year’s Resolutions

Having done recruitment for a long time, I know that most of us have a think over the holidays and come up with revolutionary plans for January and the year ahead. Some of us follow through on these plans, some of us don’t. What are the factors that make for effective resolutions? Well, these are…

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Where to Find Oracle Related Jobs

This report contains the best online resources for furthering your career within the Oracle world. Job Boards are the most natural first step to putting your finger on the pulse. The big behemoths are decent for Oracle jobs, most of them have their own categories for it. The top sites for Oracle job listings at the…

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What Everybody Ought to Know About LinkedIn


As I have not yet got my first book published (any day now), you are reading this online and one can almost assume that you have been invited to join LinkedIn from a friend or coworker. Did you join? If not, read on. If you did, use these reasons to evangelize to everyone that’s not joined up yet – just like I do…

If you are online you cannot have avoided joining one of the social media networks, Facebook with over 350 million users is by far the biggest. Whereas Facebook is great for catching up wth friends and family, LinkedIn focuses on your professional life and even serves as an online resume. LinkedIn currently boast just over 50 million users, which means your boss is probably on there. If you managed to sign up for Facebook, joining LinkedIn will be a walk in the park, albeit a little longer one.

LinkedIn is a networking tool that gives you access to people and companies that can help you and your career grow. By joining up, you can reconnect with current and old colleagues, school mates and other people that you have crossed paths with in life.

Personal Brand

Your Online resume

How many times have you lost your resume and had to trawl through your email accounts for an old copy? By sticking all your career data on LinkedIn, you and everyone else can see exactly what you have done in your working life by simply clicking on your name. By having it online constantly, it’s obviously easier to update it and it can be done from any computer anywhere in the world.

Job Search

If you are considering moving jobs, LinkedIn is the place to be as it gives you a presence in your industry and a visibility to recruiters and HR folks that pull up searches based on key words and location. LinkedIn allows you to be found, as opposed to you searching for a job, a project or the other way around. So whether you are actively looking for a job or passively ‘open for suggestions’ – you can let others do the work for you. If you are happy in your job, don’t worry as LinkedIn is not solely based around changing jobs like for instance Monster is.
 

Sleuthing for information

LinkedIn is great for finding information on people and organizations. Just like others will spy on you, you can sleuth around LinkedIn and find out what your new boss has done in the past, what they look like and what interests they have. You can gather background information on your suppliers, on prospective customers and anyone else that deserves a scrutiny by you. LinkedIn is not as closed as Facebook for instance, all profiles are open to everyone although you can only contact people direct if you are connected.

Conclusion

LinkedIn will not create your career but it can help to tip the balance. If you are up against one other person with the exact same skill level when going for a job, having 5 recommendations on LinkedIn will certainly be in your favor and could be the deciding factor. Recruiters, headhunters and HR people have long used LinkedIn as a primary resource for finding and looking up people. Line managers are doing the same and so should you. I would venture to say that if you take your career seriously, you cannot afford not to join LinkedIn.

Anybody still not converted? Tell me…

At Link Humans, we love providing LinkedIn training for recruiters, HR and salespeople.
 
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It’s Interview Questions & Answers Time!

During the interview, you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability for the job. Why have they asked you this particular question? What are they trying to find out? Below are some of the more commonly asked questions, and some simple suggested responses. Q: Tell me about yourself? A: They want you to open up…

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How to Find Your Next Job on Twitter

The free social media and microblogging service that we know as Twitter has quickly become a fantastic channel for your personal branding. It complements your online presence on other platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. Some argue that Twitter has become a pivotal tool for connecting job seekers with recruiters, as it is very direct, quick…

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The Man That Sold Skype Tells His Story

Danish entrepreneur Morten Lund made millions when he and a few other early investors exited Skype and sold up to eBay to the tune of $2.6 billion. He was forced to declare personal bankruptcy in early 2009, after a newspaper venture turned sour.  

Morten doesn’t let this get him down and although he lost all his money, he still has what matters to him. Start watching from about 2.30, I hope he will inspire you like he has me.

How would you deal with losing a fortune?   

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What is the Secret to Personal Branding?

You might have heard about personal branding, it is a much-hyped concept that is all over the web at the moment. How does it affect us normal folks and what can we do to make the most of personal branding? This article will briefly explain what it is, what you should be doing, and what…

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Why You Should Never JUST Work for Money

Why do you do what you do for a living? If you say that you love what you do, you are lucky. Only a small minority can actually claim to be happy doing what they do. Most people will say they do their job for the money. They would ideally want to do something different…

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Five Ways to Set and Achieve Your Personal Goals

This article is all about goals, why they are important, how you can set them, and finally how to achieve them. First off, what is a goal? Well in this context, a goal is a personal objective. Something you want to achieve within a specific period of time. All successful people are goal-oriented. They know…