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Now is a good time to leave your job.  Salaries are on the rise, more people are quitting, and there are more jobs available! It’s a job seekers job market

The number of Americans quitting their jobs (to take new jobs) has reached a high not seen in over 17 years, as reported by Business Insider citing the Wall Street Journal. That ought to say something.

Another, more compelling fact, is that people who change jobs are seeing increases in salary that exceeds salaries of those that stay in their jobs.

From January to May 2018, Americans who switched jobs enjoyed 48% larger annual salary boosts than those who didn’t move jobs, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

What are you waiting for?

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Andy Kiersz/Business Insider

Looking For A New Job While Employed

Job searching when you already have a job requires discipline. You don’t have a lot of free time and you’ll want to make the best use of the time you do allocate. It also requires you to keep your search secret from your fellow employees and your manager.

Rule #1 – Keep your job search confidential

You don’t want your boss to find your resume on the printer or hear through the grapevine that you are interviewing.

If you suddenly start sharing updates on LinkedIn, making radical changes to your LinkedIn profile or begin disappearing from the office, you send red flags to colleagues and your manager.

Don’t make radical changes to LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the top choices for recruiters and employers to search when looking for talent. But before you make any fixes to your LinkedIn profile, change the notifications settings off. You will find the option to toggle this setting when you are in your profile’s edit mode.

Begin making changes to older jobs first. Consider adding samples of work or improving the description of what you did under older jobs.

Avoid making changes that scream you are on the hunt for a new job. For example, changing your headline to something self-promotional like, “Project Manager in search of my next great opportunity” is unwise. A more subtle way of updating your headline so it won’t tip off your employer is:

“Technical Project Manager. PMP. Overseeing the software lifecycle at XYZ Company”

By keeping the company name in the headline, you don’t look like you are actively job hunting, yet you’ve still included search-friendly skills.

Do not use company resources

Don’t use your work computer or phone for your job search, not even after hours or during breaks. You spend eight or more hours in the office, so it’s tempting, but don’t do it. And using your own phone or computer inside the office can be detrimental if someone sees what you are doing. The best advice is to only job search during your personal time out of the office.

Post your resume with caution

Of course, you want to add your resume to various resume databases, but use caution. You don’t want your current employer to see your resume. Before you post your resume, remove your name and contact information from the resume. Instead, list your profession as your name and list only your city and state. Your email and phone number could easily allow a curious manager to find your information.

Next, replace your most current company name with “confidential”, “current employer” or describe the company industry, product or service, such as “Manufacturer of Molded Plastics”.

Look for any other information that would tip off your current employer, such as specific product names or clients, and clear this information from your resume.

Posting your resume to a board like Indeed, CareerBuilder or Monster is likely to generate a lot of spam. You may want to create a separate email account just for your job search.

PS: Keep in mind, only a small number of people secure a job based on having a resume online.

Let your network know your job search is confidential

Get out there and network! Learn what’s going on in your industry (outside of your company). You can network without telling people you are actively looking for a new job, at least initially. When you do have conversations with people you trust about your desire to switch jobs, be sure you let them know you are still employed and would like to keep your job search confidential. People understand how important this is and will keep your secret.

Network before or after work.

Meeting with past colleagues is one of the best ways to share the news about your job search. Arrange to meet with people you know on-one-one, either by phone or in person before work or at the end of the day.

If you’ve been networking and managing your online visibility and reputation consistently, you will find it much easier to launch your confidential job search. In fact, the best career strategy is to stay connected with your network, online and off, and offer help when people reach out to you.

If you are thinking about leaving your job, check out 6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Quitting.

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Job search can feel lonely- especially if you are unemployed. It doesn’t have to be this way! Don’t job search alone! 

There are very few things you will actually work on by yourself. Your job search shouldn’t be one of them. You need the advice, ideas and moral support from other people!

This week’s summary will help you incorporate human interaction into your job search in many ways- from networking to using social media to joining a job club!

Don’t be afraid to ask people you know or trust for advice to help with your job search. Everyone has been in your shoes. The problem is, that you’ll end up getting a lot of conflicting advice, especially when it comes to your resume. Hey, you never know. If people provide you with the same advice, maybe you should try it! Always ask why they are making the suggestion. Understand their logic so you know why you are making the change.

NETWORKING

Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers

by Dorie Clark | Harvard Business Review

The title of this article alone hits home! So many people don’t want to network. As an introvert, Dorie Clark provides four ways to make networking at a group event more palatable! All but the first one are very do-able!

PERSONAL BRANDING

Going To “Create” Your Personal Brand? Nope, You Already Have a Brand

by Meg Guiseppi | Executive Career Brand

You can’t create your personal brand, but you can DEFINE it! One of the ways to do this is by getting feedback from people in your network! Find out how to define your brand with the help of others!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Top 27 Social Media Content Ideas

by Kim Garst

This article is written for businesses but it absolutely has great ideas for job seekers too! As you know, an important part of job search is networking and getting your name out there! Creating and sharing content (pictures, articles, info) on social media is a great way to expand your reach! Try some of these ideas!

JOB SEARCH

Job Clubs — The Top Habit of Exceptionally Successful Job Seekers

by Donna Svei | Avid Careerist

Learn what the benefits are of joining a job club and where to find them! If you are serious about finding a job faster, then you really need to join a job club. This article spells it all out!

I Took Time Off And Now My Skills Are Outdated — Five Steps To Getting Employers To Notice You

by Caroline Ceniza-Levine | Forbes

If you don’t have the most current skills needed for today’s jobs, don’t let that hold you back! Follow these steps and to overcome the perception that your skills are outdated! This quote from the article is an excellent reminder for every job seeker:

Employers do not want to pay you to learn. They want to hire people who add value from day one

7 Ways to Use a Social Media Search to Land Your Next Job [Infographic]

by Lucy Benton, ProwritingPartner | YouTern

Using social media for job search should be obvious…but some still don’t get it! This post and infographic spell out the power of being active on social media platforms while job searching!

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Do you think posting your resume online will land you a job? Think again.

You are going to want (or need) to use proactive job search tactics to secure your next job.

This week’s top articles include help for crafting emails to ask for informational interviews, how to use social media in your job search, questions you can ask during a job interview and how to develop the newest in-demand quality – agility!

If you find an article you like, please, feel free to share it with your friends. Also be sure to connect with the authors of these articles! They are some of my favorites!

CAREER

Move Over IQ and EQ: AQ is Here!

by Barb Poole | Hire Imaging

Your skills and intelligence (IQ) are not enough to land you a job today. Neither are your social skills and self-awareness (EQ). There’s a new ability in demand to be successful in your career today…AQ which stands for Agility Quotient! Learn why developing your agility will help your career.

SOCIAL MEDIA

7 Ways To Use Social Media Search To Land Your Next Job [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Lucy Benton on YouTern

Pew Research has found that almost half of job seekers believe that personal and professional contacts were their most important resource when looking for a job. So this infographic spells out what you need to know to present yourself and attract employers.

Best Times to Post on Social Media: 2018 Industry Research

by Alex York | Sprout Social

Ever wonder when the best time to post an update is? Based on research, this article identifies the best times to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. It’s a great companion to the article above!

NETWORKING

Email Informational Interview Requests (with Samples)

by Susan P. Joyce | Job-Hunt.org

Requesting a meeting to network with someone can be tricky. You want to make sure it’s worded well in order to get a response. This article, with examples, helps you craft a better request!

INTERVIEWING

10 Questions You Never Knew You Could Ask In A Job Interview

Liz Ryan | Forbes

There are three reasons you need to ask questions during an interview. 1. The questions you ask show you are focused and know what you are looking for.   2. Asking questions signals to the interviewer that you are a “straight shooter” and will speak up. 3. You need to gather information to help you decide if the opportunity is the right one. These 10 questions, asked at the right time, will help you be a savvier interviewer.

LINKEDIN

7 LinkedIn Features to Make Your Job Search Easier

by Hannah Morgan | US News & World Report On Careers

There are loads of features within LinkedIn you may be missing so in this article I point out the ones you should definitely know about to help with your job search.

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Do you want an easy way to stay connected with your network on LinkedIn? Or maybe you want employers to discover you.  Updating your LinkedIn profile regularly is one of the best ways to do both!

People have asked me HOW to update their LinkedIn status, so here are four easy ways you can update your LinkedIn status and share information.

If you read my earlier post on 10 types of status updates for job seekers, you know what kinds of things you should be including in your status update.

Update Your LinkedIn Status Daily

Daily updates may sound like a lot of work, but, it is unlikely that your connections on LinkedIn will see everything you share.

LinkedIn frequently makes changes to what you see in your newsfeed. But what I know for sure is that if you do update your status daily, you will absolutely see more people viewing your profile.

Your status updates can tell people what you’re doing (event’s you’re attending), you can share a profound thought or quote, or you can share the something written or shared by someone else.

1. Write Your Own Status Update

When you log into LinkedIn, you end up on the homepage. This is the section at the very top where you would add your status update.

2. Share Articles You Find On LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn feed shows content from your network, your shares, likes, and posts, companies you follow, and other content LinkedIn thinks you may be interested in. If you are following Influencers, companies or news topics on LinkedIn, you easily have access to lots of information to share. Just scroll through your home feed and look for an interesting article. (Remember, on LinkedIn people prefer to see updates on industry and company news, or tips/hacks to make them better at their jobs.)

Quick Tip: By default, LinkedIn shows you the Top (most popular) content in your home feed. If you want to see the most recent updates in your home feed, you can change this. It is located just below your status update area. Your change will not stick, so whenever you log back into LinkedIn, you have to change this to see most recent.

3. Share An Article You Find Elsewhere

Every website provides sharing buttons (almost) so you can share the article on different social media sites. Just click on the icon to share it to the social media platform and you’ll be on your way. If you don’t see the icon you are looking for, let’s say LinkedIn, just copy the article’s URL and past it into your LinkedIn status box.

A best practice is to add your thoughts/comments/questions to the introduction of the post so your network gets a better sense of why you are sharing the article.

This is what the next screen will look like once you’ve clicked the icon.You can share the article as an update AND as a group discussion, as you can see below.

4. Buffer It

If you find lots of great articles and you don’t want to share them all at once, you can space out your status updates by using a scheduling tool like Buffer.  Buffer is a free app that lets you auto schedule or set the date and time you want a post to appear.

Here’s the time saver tip: if you find five great articles in one day, you can space them out and share just one per day by using Buffer. Your work is done for the week!

Buffer allows you to share status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. But as a free user, you are limited to you can connect to one account per each social network (up to a max of 3 accounts total)- For example, you can link to your LinkedIn profile, your Twitter profile and your Facebook profile.  And you can only have 10 scheduled updates in your queue.

Liking & Commenting Are Seen As Updates

You should also take a look at this from LinkedIn: Your Recent Activity On LinkedIn.

Visibility of LinkedIn feed posts (status updates)
When you share a post on your LinkedIn feed, you can choose whether to share your post publicly or to your connections only. If you share a post publicly, or if you like or comment on a public post, this will be visible on your Activity to all LinkedIn members.

Whenever you like something on LinkedIn, it will show up in your network’s newsfeed.

Likewise, when you comment on a status update or group discussion, it will also show up in your network’s news feed.

Sharing an article or posting a discussion on a group also updates your network.

Updating your status by sharing on-brand articles is one way to stay in front of your LinkedIn connections.  Just remember, out of sight, out of mind! Keep visible. Keep connected.

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Isn’t time you brush up on the basics of job search?

To stand out in today’s job search, you will need to master the basics of job search. Sadly, these skills are seldom taught or sought out, that is, until they are needed.

This week’s collection of articles will help new grads or those new to job search brush up on the basics. Each week, I scour Twitter for articles to help up your skills and shed new light on what recruiters are looking for to give you the competitive advantage.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter to get real-time job search news you can use!

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JOB SEARCH

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

by Rebecca Knight | Harvard Business Review

This article talks about how to decide if you should take a job. Fitting into the company’s culture is as important if not more, than being able to do the job. Use these tips to help you evaluate culture before during and after the interview!

Job Hunting? 15 Ways To Stand Out From The Competition

by Forbes Coaches Council | Forbes

When you round up job search pros, you’re bound to get some good advice. Check out what these coaches recommend!

Here’s a tip from one of my favorites:

Testimonials from former managers, colleagues and customers on LinkedIn work well. So do quantified achievements on your resume and social profiles. Don’t say you can do it — prove you’ve already done it. – Mark S. BabbittYouTern

Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more

by Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch

When Google gets involved, it’s sure to be good! I’ve checked out segments of the video training on resume writing and if you’re new to job search, the info will help. You just can’t get enough advice on how to job search and interview better so why not check out the FREE courses!

NEW GRAD

The Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make After College

by Ronda Suder | Top Resume

There are some mistakes new college graduates tend to make when searching for a job.  Based on a livechat conversation with Danny Rubin, Amanda Augustine covers many of the mistakes to avoid.

RECRUITING TRENDS

What the Latest Hiring Trends Mean for Job Hunters

by Nancy Collamer | Next Avenue

Employers want to hire the right candidates and this conference was geared to help them understand what they can do to make better hires. This is a career coach’s take on the Indeed.com conference for recruiting talent.

LINKEDIN

The Best LinkedIn Summaries And Advice On How To Make Yours Shine

by William Arruda | Forbes

The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is probably one of the most important ones. Arruda shares his advice and examples of the summaries he’s seen. Arruda says “The complete narrative should share your values, passions and strengths, telling people who you are and why they should care.”

Secret to Powerful LinkedIn Profile SEO: Leverage Skills & Endorsements

by Susan P. Joyce | Job-Hunt.org

Don’t overlook the Skills & Endorsements section of your LinkedIn profile. Having the right skills will help build credibility AND improve where you show up in search results when recruiters search LinkedIn!

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Do you feel like networking is a waste of time? Have you been thinking “I don’t have time to talk to people who can’t help me, plus it’s faster to apply online, right?”  Well, here’s a piece of data to change your mind.

One of the top ways people secure a new job is through a referral.

How do you think you get one of those? Hint- networking.

Let’s redefine and reframe networking. It may make it more comfortable for you.

Networking is not asking for a job or a job lead

Networking is about getting AIR. Networking can rejuvenate how you feel about your job or your job search the same way oxygen reenergizes your body. AIR is an acronym that stands for

Advice (career advancement, job search, career-changing)

Information (company, industry trends, news)

Recommendations (associations to join, books to read, skills to develop, people to talk to)

Who Are The “Right” People To Network With

The truth is, you never know who can help you. But the only way you’ll find out is to meet new people.

Meet people who:

  • work inside and outside of your industry.
  • know you well AND those who do not know you at all.
  • are working and people who are not working.

If you want to be strategic about who you network with, add these four types of people to your networking efforts:

  • Past colleagues
  • People who work inside companies you are interested in
  • Alumni
  • Industry experts

As long as your mission is to learn what other people know and to clearly convey what you can do and how the person you are meeting can help, you’ll benefit.

Questions To Ask

In order to get the conversation going, you want to have questions. I’ve found that people are often afraid of networking because they don’t know what to say. So here you go. Any of these questions can get the other person talking. And the more they talk, the more they will like you.  I found a list of questions long ago, and I don’t know who to give credit to.  But these open-ended questions will help you get a conversation going!

  • Tell me about your business.
  • How is business?
  • What is happening in the industry?
  • How do you do what you do?
  • What exactly do you offer your clients or customers?
  • What is the history of this industry locally and how was this business started?
  • What are the most significant factors affecting your business today?
  • How have changes in technology most affected your business?
  • How has your business/industry been affected by the current economic climate?
  • How has your company grown or changed in the last couple of years?
  • What future direction do you see the company taking?
  • What is the greatest demand for your services or product?
  • Where is most of the pressure from increased business felt in your company? Which department feels it the most?
  • How do you differ from your competition?
  • Describe what it takes for someone to be successful in this company.
  • What are the qualities of people who perform best in this business?
  • How do you think most of the employees would describe this workplace?
  • If this company was known for 3 things as a workplace, what do you think those would be?
  • How would you describe your company culture?
  • What trends do you see in the future that will affect your organization and industry?
  • What do you think the company will look like 5 years from now?

I hope you try using some of these the next time you meet someone new instead of asking what they do.

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Job search can feel lonely- especially if you are unemployed. It doesn’t have to be this way! Don’t job search alone! 

There are very few things you will actually work on by yourself. Your job search shouldn’t be one of them. You need the advice, ideas and moral support from other people!

This week’s summary will help you incorporate human interaction into your job search in many ways- from networking to using social media to joining a job club!

Don’t be afraid to ask people you know or trust for advice to help with your job search. Everyone has been in your shoes. The problem is, that you’ll end up getting a lot of conflicting advice, especially when it comes to your resume. Hey, you never know. If people provide you with the same advice, maybe you should try it! Always ask why they are making the suggestion. Understand their logic so you know why you are making the change.

NETWORKING

Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers

by Dorie Clark | Harvard Business Review

The title of this article alone hits home! So many people don’t want to network. As an introvert, Dorie Clark provides four ways to make networking at a group event more palatable! All but the first one are very do-able!

PERSONAL BRANDING

Going To “Create” Your Personal Brand? Nope, You Already Have a Brand

by Meg Guiseppi | Executive Career Brand

You can’t create your personal brand, but you can DEFINE it! One of the ways to do this is by getting feedback from people in your network! Find out how to define your brand with the help of others!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Top 27 Social Media Content Ideas

by Kim Garst

This article is written for businesses but it absolutely has great ideas for job seekers too! As you know, an important part of job search is networking and getting your name out there! Creating and sharing content (pictures, articles, info) on social media is a great way to expand your reach! Try some of these ideas!

JOB SEARCH

Job Clubs — The Top Habit of Exceptionally Successful Job Seekers

by Donna Svei | Avid Careerist

Learn what the benefits are of joining a job club and where to find them! If you are serious about finding a job faster, then you really need to join a job club. This article spells it all out!

I Took Time Off And Now My Skills Are Outdated — Five Steps To Getting Employers To Notice You

by Caroline Ceniza-Levine | Forbes

If you don’t have the most current skills needed for today’s jobs, don’t let that hold you back! Follow these steps and to overcome the perception that your skills are outdated! This quote from the article is an excellent reminder for every job seeker:

Employers do not want to pay you to learn. They want to hire people who add value from day one

7 Ways to Use a Social Media Search to Land Your Next Job [Infographic]

by Lucy Benton, ProwritingPartner | YouTern

Using social media for job search should be obvious…but some still don’t get it! This post and infographic spell out the power of being active on social media platforms while job searching!

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Do you think posting your resume online will land you a job? Think again.

You are going to want (or need) to use proactive job search tactics to secure your next job.

This week’s top articles include help for crafting emails to ask for informational interviews, how to use social media in your job search, questions you can ask during a job interview and how to develop the newest in-demand quality – agility!

If you find an article you like, please, feel free to share it with your friends. Also be sure to connect with the authors of these articles! They are some of my favorites!

CAREER

Move Over IQ and EQ: AQ is Here!

by Barb Poole | Hire Imaging

Your skills and intelligence (IQ) are not enough to land you a job today. Neither are your social skills and self-awareness (EQ). There’s a new ability in demand to be successful in your career today…AQ which stands for Agility Quotient! Learn why developing your agility will help your career.

SOCIAL MEDIA

7 Ways To Use Social Media Search To Land Your Next Job [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Lucy Benton on YouTern

Pew Research has found that almost half of job seekers believe that personal and professional contacts were their most important resource when looking for a job. So this infographic spells out what you need to know to present yourself and attract employers.

Best Times to Post on Social Media: 2018 Industry Research

by Alex York | Sprout Social

Ever wonder when the best time to post an update is? Based on research, this article identifies the best times to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. It’s a great companion to the article above!

NETWORKING

Email Informational Interview Requests (with Samples)

by Susan P. Joyce | Job-Hunt.org

Requesting a meeting to network with someone can be tricky. You want to make sure it’s worded well in order to get a response. This article, with examples, helps you craft a better request!

INTERVIEWING

10 Questions You Never Knew You Could Ask In A Job Interview

Liz Ryan | Forbes

There are three reasons you need to ask questions during an interview. 1. The questions you ask show you are focused and know what you are looking for.   2. Asking questions signals to the interviewer that you are a “straight shooter” and will speak up. 3. You need to gather information to help you decide if the opportunity is the right one. These 10 questions, asked at the right time, will help you be a savvier interviewer.

LINKEDIN

7 LinkedIn Features to Make Your Job Search Easier

by Hannah Morgan | US News & World Report On Careers

There are loads of features within LinkedIn you may be missing so in this article I point out the ones you should definitely know about to help with your job search.

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Do you want an easy way to stay connected with your network on LinkedIn? Or maybe you want employers to discover you.  Updating your LinkedIn profile regularly is one of the best ways to do both!

People have asked me HOW to update their LinkedIn status, so here are four easy ways you can update your LinkedIn status and share information.

If you read my earlier post on 10 types of status updates for job seekers, you know what kinds of things you should be including in your status update.

Update Your LinkedIn Status Daily

Daily updates may sound like a lot of work, but, it is unlikely that your connections on LinkedIn will see everything you share.

LinkedIn frequently makes changes to what you see in your newsfeed. But what I know for sure is that if you do update your status daily, you will absolutely see more people viewing your profile.

Your status updates can tell people what you’re doing (event’s you’re attending), you can share a profound thought or quote, or you can share the something written or shared by someone else.

1. Write Your Own Status Update

When you log into LinkedIn, you end up on the homepage. This is the section at the very top where you would add your status update.

2. Share Articles You Find On LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn feed shows content from your network, your shares, likes, and posts, companies you follow, and other content LinkedIn thinks you may be interested in. If you are following Influencers, companies or news topics on LinkedIn, you easily have access to lots of information to share. Just scroll through your home feed and look for an interesting article. (Remember, on LinkedIn people prefer to see updates on industry and company news, or tips/hacks to make them better at their jobs.)

Quick Tip: By default, LinkedIn shows you the Top (most popular) content in your home feed. If you want to see the most recent updates in your home feed, you can change this. It is located just below your status update area. Your change will not stick, so whenever you log back into LinkedIn, you have to change this to see most recent.

3. Share An Article You Find Elsewhere

Every website provides sharing buttons (almost) so you can share the article on different social media sites. Just click on the icon to share it to the social media platform and you’ll be on your way. If you don’t see the icon you are looking for, let’s say LinkedIn, just copy the article’s URL and past it into your LinkedIn status box.

A best practice is to add your thoughts/comments/questions to the introduction of the post so your network gets a better sense of why you are sharing the article.

This is what the next screen will look like once you’ve clicked the icon.You can share the article as an update AND as a group discussion, as you can see below.

4. Buffer It

If you find lots of great articles and you don’t want to share them all at once, you can space out your status updates by using a scheduling tool like Buffer.  Buffer is a free app that lets you auto schedule or set the date and time you want a post to appear.

Here’s the time saver tip: if you find five great articles in one day, you can space them out and share just one per day by using Buffer. Your work is done for the week!

Buffer allows you to share status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. But as a free user, you are limited to you can connect to one account per each social network (up to a max of 3 accounts total)- For example, you can link to your LinkedIn profile, your Twitter profile and your Facebook profile.  And you can only have 10 scheduled updates in your queue.

Liking & Commenting Are Seen As Updates

You should also take a look at this from LinkedIn: Your Recent Activity On LinkedIn.

Visibility of LinkedIn feed posts (status updates)
When you share a post on your LinkedIn feed, you can choose whether to share your post publicly or to your connections only. If you share a post publicly, or if you like or comment on a public post, this will be visible on your Activity to all LinkedIn members.

Whenever you like something on LinkedIn, it will show up in your network’s newsfeed.

Likewise, when you comment on a status update or group discussion, it will also show up in your network’s news feed.

Sharing an article or posting a discussion on a group also updates your network.

Updating your status by sharing on-brand articles is one way to stay in front of your LinkedIn connections.  Just remember, out of sight, out of mind! Keep visible. Keep connected.

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Isn’t time you brush up on the basics of job search?

To stand out in today’s job search, you will need to master the basics of job search. Sadly, these skills are seldom taught or sought out, that is, until they are needed.

This week’s collection of articles will help new grads or those new to job search brush up on the basics. Each week, I scour Twitter for articles to help up your skills and shed new light on what recruiters are looking for to give you the competitive advantage.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter to get real-time job search news you can use!

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JOB SEARCH

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

by Rebecca Knight | Harvard Business Review

This article talks about how to decide if you should take a job. Fitting into the company’s culture is as important if not more, than being able to do the job. Use these tips to help you evaluate culture before during and after the interview!

Job Hunting? 15 Ways To Stand Out From The Competition

by Forbes Coaches Council | Forbes

When you round up job search pros, you’re bound to get some good advice. Check out what these coaches recommend!

Here’s a tip from one of my favorites:

Testimonials from former managers, colleagues and customers on LinkedIn work well. So do quantified achievements on your resume and social profiles. Don’t say you can do it — prove you’ve already done it. – Mark S. BabbittYouTern

Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more

by Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch

When Google gets involved, it’s sure to be good! I’ve checked out segments of the video training on resume writing and if you’re new to job search, the info will help. You just can’t get enough advice on how to job search and interview better so why not check out the FREE courses!

NEW GRAD

The Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make After College

by Ronda Suder | Top Resume

There are some mistakes new college graduates tend to make when searching for a job.  Based on a livechat conversation with Danny Rubin, Amanda Augustine covers many of the mistakes to avoid.

RECRUITING TRENDS

What the Latest Hiring Trends Mean for Job Hunters

by Nancy Collamer | Next Avenue

Employers want to hire the right candidates and this conference was geared to help them understand what they can do to make better hires. This is a career coach’s take on the Indeed.com conference for recruiting talent.

LINKEDIN

The Best LinkedIn Summaries And Advice On How To Make Yours Shine

by William Arruda | Forbes

The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is probably one of the most important ones. Arruda shares his advice and examples of the summaries he’s seen. Arruda says “The complete narrative should share your values, passions and strengths, telling people who you are and why they should care.”

Secret to Powerful LinkedIn Profile SEO: Leverage Skills & Endorsements

by Susan P. Joyce | Job-Hunt.org

Don’t overlook the Skills & Endorsements section of your LinkedIn profile. Having the right skills will help build credibility AND improve where you show up in search results when recruiters search LinkedIn!

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