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How to Improve Your “Report Card Grade” on LinkedIn

Were you aware that you could get a “report card grade” for your LinkedIn profile? If not, now you know! If so, were you aware you could improve your grade? LinkedIn calls this “report card” your SSI score, or Social Selling Index. When you get your SSI score, here’s what it looks like and the score will be unique to you. Your industry and network rank are also included, so you get those metrics also.…

How to Create a “Meta Tag” For Your LinkedIn Media

Not a coder or web developer? No worries! You should, however, know that it’s a good thing to be found on page one of Google along with keywords associated with your name. Are you ready to try an experiment with (what I consider to be) transferable knowledge for LinkedIn? First, watch this Youtube video from Google webmasters from 2011 on Underscores vs Dashes in URLs so you can hear what Google has been recommending for new websites (and ……

Make Your Linkedin Profile Skimmable and Scannable

Do YOU read the paragraphs on people’s Linkedin profiles? If the answer is NO, then others are not reading YOUR paragraphs either. We are all inundated with so much content daily that we have had to change the way we read. Not only are we doing nonlinear reading, but we are skimming and scanning to get the gist of things … unless it is of very keen personal interest. Check out this article from the Washington…

How to make an introduction on LinkedIn

On LinkedIn, you can make a personal introduction to other people in your network. A warm introduction is certainly better than someone reaching out on their own with a “cold call” approach. As for networking online, LinkedIn might be considered networking on steroids so embrace this feature as part of the largest professional network in the world! Introductions could happen for several reasons: To set up an informational interview to learn more about their company, industry, or…

Claiming Unemployment: Knowing What You Need to Apply

Mentally preparing yourself for the stigma of unemployment and also preparing for potential re-positioning can be a bit overwhelming. Adding to that filing for unemployment for the first time can be daunting. The best way to overcome daunting experiences is to be well prepared going into the scenario. The most important aspect of applying for unemployment benefits is ensuring you are eligible to receive them. You can verify this directly on your state’s application site,…

Why I Turned Down the Most Money I’ve Ever Been Offered…So Far

Job hunting sucks. It sucks so bad and we all know it. Well, I had to do some job hunting myself recently and things were speeding up pretty quickly. In a month and a half I had two offers. Woah baby! One was for a company in the city that was right up my alley. Here are the numbers… $85k base salary with an 8% bonus. There was wiggle room with the base up to…

Simple Ways to Save When You Are Unemployed

Many times saving money means giving up something and that’s why many people don’t like to do it. It brings that annoying idea of depriving yourself of something that you want. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Instead, a lot of saving money has to do with a little bit of creativity and/or patience. Now, we don’t need to go all Extreme Cheapskates here, but here are a few small ways we can…