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What You Need to Know About the Big Changes LinkedIn is Deploying

LinkedIn is currently rolling out what is being called the “new desktop experience.” Every two years or so, LinkedIn makes significant changes to the design and content of its website. The latest update — launched in late 2016/early 2017 — is designed to align the LinkedIn desktop experience with what users of the LinkedIn mobile app have seen for quite some time.

Ryan Roslansky, Vice President for Product at LinkedIn, said in a blog post in September 2016 that “this is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception, and it’s the foundation for our future.”

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Privacy Considerations on LinkedIn

Strategies regarding public profile visibility and whether to allow LinkedIn to publicize changes made and activities engaged in (such as acquiring new connections)… If currently employed and wary of your employer or colleagues becoming aware you may be looking, you may want to heavily restrict profile change and activity updates to your connections. If not currently employed or in a situation where everyone is aware you are looking anyway, you may want to leave all of your content and activities open to the world.

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Executive Resumes: Hard Skills Are Great But Don’t Forget the Soft Skills!

Soft Skills in Executive ResumesSome careers professionals have said a lot over the years about so-called “soft” skills being fluff and unnecessary to feature in your executive resume. Your “hard” skills (e.g., project management, P&L management, sales force management, logistics and supply chain, sales and marketing–whatever is relevant for your functional role) are certainly paramount. However, if you neglect to let your readers know you also possess great “soft” skills

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Executive Job Search Tip: Want Good Answers? Ask the Right Questions.

Jason Alba has a great blog (and a career management website called JibberJobber that is worth looking into as well). In reading his latest post “I Broke My Ankle. Lessons Learned…,” I was nodding yes for two reasons:

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Avoid Making Any of These Executive Job Interview Mistakes

After you worked so diligently to land an interview with your dream company, you do not want to negate your efforts by making surprisingly common interviewing mistakes. Alison Doyle published a great article on this on December 9, well worth a read.

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Dress for Success in Your Executive Job Interviews

You’ve got an absolutely stunning executive resume and LinkedIn profile, have practiced your responses to the toughest interview questions, and have researched everything you can find about your target companies. But don’t forget how you look at that upcoming interview. It really is true: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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Do You Make Any of These Common Executive Job Search Mistakes?

There are many mistakes that are very easy to make in executive job search. Are you making any of these?

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Think An Executive Can’t Find a New Job During the Holidays? Think Again!

get-hired-christmas-32861744A common myth is that companies do not hire during the holidays. Despite being common, this idea is just that… a myth. Just ask your fellow executive who was offered a job on Black Friday. Or the one who was invited in for a second interview two days before Christmas.

Putting your job search on hold between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Executives: Don’t Lose All Your Hard Work on Your LinkedIn Profile!

linkedin-profile-screenshotIn September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing.

More important than how LinkedIn will look once the redesign is rolled out is what features will — or won’t — still be included.

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Have You Been Asked Any of These Awful Job Interview Questions?

interview-canstockphotoA post I wrote recently on LinkedIn about How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions generated quite a bit of interest and inquiries. Here is a sampling of just a few of the verboten questions or inappropriate statements interviewees have run into:

  • Are you dating someone?
  • How old are you? You are young enough to be my daughter.
  • Do you have any problems going out drinking with the office on Fridays?
  • How would your husband feel about you relocating for work?
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