5 Mistakes You’re Making on Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a powerful tool, but use it ineffectively and it’s just one more social media distraction that we have to keep up with.  If you create an all-star profile on LinkedIn, it will appear at the top of your Google results.  Why is this important? 

Most employers today are looking online to find out more about you.  In fact many employers are using LinkedIn to source new talent to recruit.  No longer is your story told solely through your resume and cover letter.  It’s told online.  And LinkedIn is the number one place to tell that story, and tell it loud.  I get asked a lot of questions about LinkedIn profiles and I’ve realized there are a few common mistakes people make when it comes to their profile.

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The Missing Link to Making Better Career Decisions

Listening to our inner wisdom is a great way to help cut through the noise and confusion we often experience because we’re so used to making decisions from a solely logical or rational place.  It can provide us with another perspective and greater insight to consider before moving forward. Because so many of us are used to making decisions from our rational or logical point of view, we often don’t know what it means to listen to this inner wisdom. How do we know when it’s trying to tell us something? Read on for three simple techniques to tap into your inner wisdom.

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How to Find the Perfect Professional Mentor

Looking for a career mentor? Ask yourself these five questions first.

You hear a lot about the importance of finding a mentor to help you develop professionally and advance in your career, but finding a mentor and figuring out how to keep the relationship going is a whole different ballgame. While it’s best to seek a mentor from your current network of connections rather than asking someone you don’t already know, determining who that should be requires some thought.

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What to Include in Your Online Portfolio

An online portfolio is a great tool to showcase your skills and abilities to potential employers. The purpose of the portfolio is demonstrate samples of the work you have done in the past as a way to provide “proof” of the talent you have and also an idea of what you can do in the future.  

When I applied to my first job out of college nearly 8 years ago, I set up a simple online portfolio to send along with my cover letter and resume.  I included the link with my contact information and explained in the cover letter that if an employer wanted to see sample work, they could check out the webpage.  I truly believe this set me apart from other applicants and secured me the job at the time.  Now that there are so many sites offering quick and easy ways to establish an online portfolio, this practice is more commonplace.  In fact, in some industries such as marketing, design, and communication, an online portfolio, is now expected.  

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How to Show Personality in a Cover Letter

It’s always safe to include a cover letter when submitting your resume or job application, even when a position does not specify that a cover letter is required.  The problem is that cover letters take time to write because you really do want to think about why you want to work for that organization and how you could benefit them.  

It’s tempting to use a traditional structure for your cover letter and simply insert a company name where needed, but you’ll most certainly be wasting your time if you do this.  Employers will read right through it and you will have lost yet an hour or two submitting another application that you won’t hear back from.  They want to know there’s an interesting person on the other side of that letter who may actually be great to work with.  So how can you deviate from the norm to really showcase more of your personality? Read on.

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Stop Doing What You Think You Should Do & Start Doing What Inspires You

Feeling at a loss for what to do next in your career? One of the best ways to know what your next career move should be is to start taking what I like to call “inspired action.”

When you take inspired action, things suddenly start to flow. You feel a sense of energy, enthusiasm, or joy. This is different from forced action, which comes from feeling that you should take action. It feels forced, with a lot of effort and little motivation or enthusiasm.

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Fact or Fiction? How to Discern Legit Career Concerns from Your Inner Critic

We all have it – that nagging voice of self-doubt that speaks up when we try to make bold moves. It might say things to us like…

  • “You’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
  • “You’re not qualified enough to do that.”
  • “Why bother applying? There are so many other stronger candidates.”

It can be difficult to recognize when this voice of self-doubt, which I refer to as the inner critic, is speaking up or when we are being realistic in our thinking. In order to so, first it’s helpful to understand the motivation of our inner critic.

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How to Nail Your Next Virtual Interview

More and more companies are turning to Google Hangouts or Skype for virtual interviews as a way to screen candidates before bringing them on-site. While you may be prepared for traditional in-person interviews, acing the virtual interview requires a little bit of extra forethought. Follow these five tips to make sure you make the most of your next virtual interview.

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Growth or Fixed: What's Your Mindset? (And Why It Matters)

Consider the following scenarios:

  • When you fail at something, do you find yourself saying, “I’m no good at that” or “This is a learning opportunity”?
  • When you see someone else succeed, do you find yourself feeling threatened, or inspired?
  • When you have to put in a lot of hard work to accomplish something, do you think of it as a waste of time and effort, or a path toward mastery?

The way you approach these situations can give you an insight into two different mindsets: fixed and growth.

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How to Ace Your Annual Review

Though they’re considered a routine task by most employees and managers, annual reviews can often be viewed with anxiety. As a new professional, I remember feeling nervous at my first couple of annual reviews. I wondered, should I give myself the best rating so that my supervisor will think highly of my work? Or should I rate myself lower so as not to appear arrogant?  

Although I felt confident in my work and the things I had accomplished during the year, I was also confused by the review process. I came to learn that my biggest mistake was not taking time to reflect on the positive or prepare questions to ask my supervisor. Now, having given an annual review as a manager, I see the value and purpose in these tasks.

By taking the following steps to truly evaluate your own strengths, weaknesses, and a vision for your future, you can ensure that you’re going into the process as your most confident and authentic self.  

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Not Sure What Career Move to Make Next? Here’s the Best Method To Find Out

It’s often fairly easy to identify the things that we don’t want in our next job. But knowing what you don’t want is only a glimpse of the whole picture.

What’s more challenging is figuring out what we do want – the role, responsibilities, culture, work environment, etc. And when we have a lot of options in front of us, this can be overwhelming.

How can we know if we’ll enjoy something or not, without being able to predict the future? We have to start prototyping

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