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Apr 21 2014

Please join me in a conversation with Cleon Cox, Author of “The 50 Most Asked Questions from the Newly Unemployed“. Cleon runs a job-seekers group in Portland, OR called,  The Job-Finders Support Group which meets every Friday. He is the president of his Toastmasters club and one of the most well networked people in Portland. Literally, everyone who has helped
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Apr 07 2014

Last week, LinkedIn sent out emails congratulating the top 1% and top 5% of their most viewed profiles. Before you start jumping up and down with a sense of accomplishment, consider this. LinkedIn now has 200 million users. 1% of 200M= 2 million 5% of 200M= 10 million When was the last time you were excited to be one out
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Mar 31 2014

Everyone has their own personal social media policy. One friend of mine told me that he was a “Facebook prude and a LinkedIn whore.” In contrast, I’ve met people who won’t even consider accepting a LinkedIn invitation until they had at least a 15 minute conversation. Many LinkedIn trainers tell people how to run their own personal social media policies,
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Dec 14 2013

When my infographic was published on Mashable last week, it went completely viral. It had over 7,000 shares and over 100 comments. Among the comments was a clever job seeker who turned his resume into a nice looking infographic. He wasn’t a designer, and although the concept was really great, it didn’t do him any service. But still. What a
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Oct 08 2013

Here is a rather interesting promotion from California Pizza Kitchen. At the end of my dinner (along with the bill) I was given “The ’Don’t Open It’ CPK Thank You Card.” It’s a coupon, with an interesting twist: You bring this with card you next time you come back to CPK. You’ve already won something, from a free appetizer up to $50
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Oct 04 2013

A question I frequently get when training job seekers on using social media is “Won’t my boss think I’m looking for another job if I’m using LinkedIn?” With over 180 million LinkedIn users in the world, I honestly don’t think that even half of them are actively seeking work. More than likely, they are happily employed and happily networking. It
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Sep 18 2013

Written by Sara Roncero-Menendez, the article originally appeared on Mashable.com. Active job-hunters know that social networking sites can be some of the best tools for finding employment. These platforms showcase companies and their products, connecting job seekers to potential employment at businesses big and small by spreading awareness. Recruiters are now looking at social network profiles too, using a candidate’s profile
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Aug 30 2013

Speaking at the Engineering Symposium in Portland a few years ago, I had two conversations back to back that were exactly the same. Now, I wasn’t surprised, when speaking to a group of 100 engineers, that ALL of them were much smarter than I am. I also wasn’t surprised to see many baby-boomers in the audience. So the conversations I
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Jul 29 2013

Editor’s Note: this Skills page on LinkedIn is in Beta, which means they add and remove features regularly. Many of these screenshots are no longer available, or might look different for you. This is just the nature of writing about social media.  Are you taking control of what skills show up on your profile? Or are you letting your connections
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Jul 22 2013

I receive a fair amount of requests for LinkedIn recommendations, and I usually oblige without hesitation. However, a recent e-mail from an old colleague made me realize there are plenty of “networkers” out there who just don’t get it. “Yo, would you give me some props for that time we volunteered at SunLight.” I thought he was kidding. But unfortunately, he
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