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The Why and How of Incorporating Social Media Into Your Job Search This New Year

social media job searchTraditional approaches to finding a new job are no longer viable options. Nowadays, if you don’t have an online presence by way of social media, then you will find yourself way behind the curve.

As an executive with years of experience, you may not think social media is important for your career, but you could be missing out on great opportunities.

With the competition being as high as it’s ever been, LinkedIn profile development services are constantly helping executives stay on top of the curve.

Here are some important things you need to know about how and why to incorporate social media into your job search.


Social Media Makeover: What to Do Before You Start Hunting

optimize linkedin profileBelieve it or not, the majority of employers will review your social media profiles before hiring you. Social media used to be just a fun way to communicate with friends online, but since it’s been booming in recent years, recruiters are also utilizing social media. It basically gives employers free access to see how you interact with others, how clearly you communicate ideas and what you do when you’re not at work. LinkedIn is one of the most popular platforms recruiters use so you need to learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile before you get on the job hunt!


LinkedIn Changes for 2017 - What You Need to Know (and Do) Now

LinkedIn UpdatesLinkedIn is updating their user interface for 2017. Some users already have it, and some don't --but will soon.

What do you need to know and do with your LinkedIn profile ASAP?

Save Your Information Just In Case

Wayne Breitbarth has some great advice for saving all your information in case LinkedIn takes some features away (along with your information). Even if nothing gets taken away now, it's a good habit to back up your info and keep it elsewhere...just in case. As Wayne says, you never know when LinkedIn will update again. He has some step-by-step 'how to's in this article, including how to request a free archive of your data.

Become Familiar With LinkedIn's Updates

LinkedIn changes so often, the only thing you can count on is 'there will be change.'

If your LinkedIn page already looks different and confusing, check out Vivika von Rosen's take on what's different between the old user interface and the new to help you get your bearings. She says (and we agree):

Make sure to EXPORT your contacts now. You can do it from either your connections tab (settings icon that looks like a cog) or do a whole data export in settings (that is what I would recommend!)


Remember That You'll Get the Hang of It

Typically, LinkedIn keeps the basics (profile, education, contacts, messaging others, etc.) but just rearranges them. You have to just go exploring a little to find what you need.

You Can Get Help

We have coaches at Career Confidential who can help you create the perfect LinkedIn profile and strategy moving forward into 2017.

Check out our coach listings here.


How and Why Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume Aren’t the Same Thing

LinkedIn profile resumeWhen you are looking for employment, there are many tools at your disposal. Some of them are online, and a few of them are off. One of the most powerful online platforms for professionals is LinkedIn. This social platform is different from many other online networks because it caters to the professional. For anyone looking for a job in today’s competitive market, having an executive LinkedIn profile is a must. However, your executive profile on LinkedIn is meant to be much more than a place to post your resume. There are some distinct differences between the two.


Use These Five Important Tips for your Job Search on LinkedIn

Use These Five Important Tips for your Job Search on LinkedInThere are a plethora of jobs to be found on LinkedIn. Once you have an optimized LinkedIn profile, you can start using the platform to find employment opportunities; however, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile is a whole different article. Most job seekers just check the Job Board on LinkedIn. After browsing the board, they spam some resumes and call it a day.

This method rarely works. LinkedIn is a social media site created with business networking in mind. There’s no networking in spamming resumes to job postings. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to find work using the platform with the help of your Linkedin profile writing service. Here are a few ideas for finding more great job opportunities on LinkedIn.


How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

LinkedIn Profile TipsLinkedIn profile development is an often overlooked aspect of the job search or career change. The most popular business social network is vastly underused and unappreciated. Most individuals in business don’t understand how to make it work for their benefit.

You may not need a LinkedIn profile writer to find value throughout the social network. Here’s how to stand out on LinkedIn.

Get Grouped

With more than two million LinkedIn Groups in existence, there’s bound to be one (or hundreds) within your industry. You can use Groups to meet others in your industry and develop your reputation as an expert in the field. The more value you add to a group, the more likely new opportunities come your way.


In Today’s Tough Labor Market, Smart Clinical Labs Are Using Social Media, LinkedIn to Recruit and Retain Top-Performing Med Techs and Young Pathologists

It’s not limited to recruiting; social media and LinkedIn are just as effective at helping lab managers advance their personal careers by helping them find their ideal jobs

How to Harness the Power of Social Media to Expand Your Clinical Laboratory or Pathology Practice, Win New Clients, and Increase Revenue


It’s the toughest labor market in decades for skilled clinical laboratory and pathology professionals! In cities across the country, lab managers struggle—not only to recruit and fill open positions, but also to retain their most-skilled staff members, who are getting first-rate offers from competing labs.

How tight is the job market in pathology? Just ask the young pathologists who’ve graduated from their residency programs and fellowships. In recent years, it’s become tougher and tougher to find a position in a city of their preference that fits their sub-specialty training.


What Not to Do With Your Executive LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Profile MistakesSetting up a LinkedIn profile can be just as tough as putting together the right resume, especially if you aren’t particularly savvy with the Internet. You have to figure out just the right way to frame yourself, all in a format that’s slightly different from the average resume. Whether you already have a LinkedIn account or are just now setting up an account, we have some advice regarding common mistakes that keep individuals from maintaining an optimized LinkedIn profile.

Don’t Ignore the Privacy Settings

Having other employees (or your supervisor) find out you’re in the middle of a job search isn’t the best situation. In fact, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth.


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Tips and Tricks to Using LinkedIn Like a Pro That You Won’t Learn From LinkedIn


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LinkedIn Tips and Confidence-Builder Strategies for You!

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingI am excited to host several FREE coaching sessions this week for any and all—no sign up necessary!

Don’t miss the Live Q&A after each short presentation. Bring your most pressing job search or career advancement questions!

Choose the time and platform most convenient for you (Conference Call, Facebook Live Streaming, or YouTube Live Streaming). I look forward to seeing you there!


3 Big Mistakes People Make with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the biggest and most important career network in the world, Live Streaming Peggy McKee Career Confidential
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How to Increase Your Confidence: Tips and Tricks to Be Stronger in Your Job Search, Career, and Life

A lack of confidence, negative thinking, and plain old fear hold too many of us back. Let me show you easy ways to boost your confidence, be happier, and achieve more in your job search, career, and life. Session includes Live Q&A—bring your questions for me!

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Is it true that you need at least 500 LinkedIn connections?

LinkedIn ConnectionsSome job seekers believe that in order to be successful on LinkedIn, they need 500+ connections.  This is a huge misconception about connections and what they do for you.

For Job Seekers

What’s important is that you are connected to the people you should be connected to, and reaching out to managers (not asking to connect) in your field about who you are and what you can do for them.

Who Needs Lots of Connections?

Some professions (like recruiters) need a large number of connections in order to operate effectively.

When you are on LinkedIn, you are visible to all recruiters when they search for keywords.  So, if you are trying to get noticed by recruiters (who are searching for people to fill jobs) on LinkedIn, it’s not really the connections that do it—it’s your profile.

What Matters for You on LinkedIn


What Employers Look for on LinkedIn

Erin-K-LinkedInToday, it’s more important than ever for individuals to pay close attention to their LinkedIn profile to boost their chances of getting hired. In fact, some employers conduct candidate searches on this popular social media site. This means you need to pay close attention to the makeup of your executive profile before you click the link and send in your application. An experienced executive LinkedIn profile writer can help you update your profile to ensure it includes everything employers are looking for.


Make LinkedIn and Other Social Media Profiles Your Second Resume

Erin-K-Second-ResumeIf you’re seeking an executive-level position and you’re not on social media, you need to be. A growing number of employers peruse top candidates’ social media accounts as part of the hiring process. The key to making social media sites work in your favor is to use them strategically.

How Do Employers Use Social Media?

According to one survey of more than 2,300 HR professionals, nearly 40 percent log on to social media to screen applicants. What are they looking for? Employers use social media to learn about the personality and character of potential employees. By the time they log on to do their research, they already know much about your qualifications, education and professional experience, thanks to your resume and cover letter. They check out sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter to learn more about who you are as a person.


How to Find Out How Many LinkedIn Connections You Have

LinkedIn-Erin KennedyWhy does it matter how many LinkedIn connections you have?  Because when it comes to your network, bigger is better.

If you don't know how many people are in your LinkedIn network, Mary Cummins posted instructions for how to see how many connections you have on LinkedIn.

If I'm not part of your network, connect with me today:


How to Develop Your C-Level LinkedIn Profile

Erin-K-Executive-LinkedInWhen you are a job seeker looking for a C-level executive position, not only must you have a LinkedIn profile, but that profile must be outstanding. Your profile should be succinct and to the point, as well as provide critical information upfront so a recruiter doesn’t have to wade through expendable verbiage to get to the details they’re most interested in.

Some Critical Components to Optimize LinkedIn Profile Benefits

First, you want to include relevant keywords that will help a recruiter find your profile. Review some recent C-level job postings you’re interested in and look for words most frequently used in these postings. Incorporate these words in a natural way in your profile so it will catch recruiters’ attention.