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Three Reasons You Should Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Up To Date

June 29, 2019

While LinkedIn has become the database of record for our careers, it is so much more than that. It is the one place on the Internet where we make our professional declaration of who we are and what we do. As such, it is extremely useful in building and maintaining a rich network of professional relationships. A current and complete profile makes it easy for friends and network connections to remember where you’ve been and what you’re working on.

In Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking, I write about eight reasons to keep your profile up to date. Here are three of them.

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Inside Networking and the Essential Elements of Success

June 27, 2019

There is always an element of serendipity to success. You have to be in the right place at the right time when the right opportunity comes along. However, to be successful in the modern corporate world you need more than just luck. You have to get three things right:

  1. You have to do good work.
  2. You have to be doing the right work.
  3. You have to be visible.

Inside networking is critical in all three areas.

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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

June 26, 2019

As you grow as a leader you find yourself spending more time developing people and less time knee-deep in the weeds. Here are four questions to ask your direct reports on a regular basis. If you do so, they will evolve in their ability to deliver results and you will develop as a leader.

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Five Questions To Ask Your Boss

June 25, 2019

Want a better relationship with your boss? It’s easier than you think to create a great working relationship. The secret is effective communications and a mutual understanding of what you expect from each other.

Ask these questions on a regular basis, ensuring that you and your boss are on the same page. Try inserting one or two of them into your one-on-one meetings with your boss — in the most open-ended way you can. Let your boss surprise you!

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Must-Read Books for Introverts (and those who love them)

June 21, 2019

People often ask me what books I recommend for introverts. These are my current top three.

  • The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life In a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer Kahnweiler
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Inside Networking: How and Why to Build a Network Inside Your Organization

June 5, 2019

How visible are you at work? Chances are good that you’re making one of most common career mistakes there is — pouring a disproportionate about of effort into doing good work and not taking enough time to get to know other people.

This is like wearing a cloak of invisibility.

Networking inside your company is some of the most important work that you can do — and not just for yourself. Building a web of strong relationships up, down, and across your organization is invaluable for any projects and tasks that you could hope to accomplish, especially inside large organizations.

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Know your worth, and then ask for it.

May 22, 2019

Treat yourself to a 10 minute self-improvement splurge today and go watch Casey Brown’s insightful TED Talk on getting paid what you are worth. Casey’s tagline is worth having embossed on a poster:

No one will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.

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The Value of Coaching

May 20, 2019

I work with people who see coaching not as a cost, nor as a sign of weakness, but as an avenue to breakthroughs and greatness. The value of that coaching depends on how hard you are willing to work and how successful you want be.

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How to Search for a Job

July 18, 2017

Nick Corcodilos is one of my favorite sources for advice on job hunting. Leveraging his experience as a best-in-class headhunter, he lends his considerable talents to pulling back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He doesn’t pull punches and he’s almost always good for a smile or two as well. His weekly newsletter is a never-miss for me.

This week he continues his insightful critique of LinkedIn with illuminating examples of how people commit career suicide in a futile attempt to find a job.

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Bring Out the Stories That Are Hiding in Your Resume

February 22, 2017

Every resume tells a story. Actually, if you do it right, every resume tells four to seven stories, but I’m getting ahead of my self.

Getting hired is first and foremost, a sales job. Selling anything is hard, and selling yourself is the hardest. This is what makes polishing your resume such an art, and interviewing so difficult. Somewhere, somehow you have to convince a handful of people that you are the perfect person for the job. What do you say? How much detail do you include?

The answer is to turn each of your career experiences into a story — complete with a story-teller’s arc.

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