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Top Careers after Retiring from the NFL

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the analytics wizards at LinkedIn have created an infographic about what National Football League (NFL) players do after hanging up their cleats:
LinkedIn: Top NFL Player Careers

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2 February 2014 at 1:34PM Leave a comment

Great CTRN Conference!

Today was the 3rd Annual PowerBoost 2012 Conference, sponsored by the Colorado Talent Recruitment Network (CTRN). Tony Bengtson and the CTRN crew did a great job lining up a powerful roster of speakers: Bryan Johanson from The Adler Group; Laura Stoker from AIRS; Tom Steele from Jobs2Web; and Tony Blake, Vice President of People Services at Davita. Sessions included employment branding, metrics, social media, and the art of recruiting. A great day of training, and a great day of networking.

Thanks, CTRN!

22 August 2012 at 11:03PM Leave a comment

LinkedIn & the Spirit of the Day

The folks at LinkedIn are having a whee of a time for April Fool’s Day. Here are the “People You May Know” connection suggestions that came up for me today:

I love the subhead on Professor Heisenberg’s profile! One notices that half of these suggestions are British, two are German and two are Americans.

The profile for Mr. Hood of Nottingham, England is extraordinarily amusing:

I’m a bit concerned about the negative number of connections. One would hope to see connections to John Little, William “Will” Scarlett, Much Millerson, Friar Tuck, O.F.M.Cap. and Richard “Rex” Plantagenet.

The profile of Mr. Holmes of London is also amusing:

Of course, Mr. Holmes has a LinkedIn Recommendation from a Dr. John Watson, M.D., also of London:

So – A big shout out to the Wizard of In, or whoever at LinkedIn put this together. Thanks!

1 April 2011 at 2:47PM 1 comment

Key Words are Important in LinkedIn Profiles

Donna Shannon has a great article on the importance of having good keywords in your LinkedIn profile. Here’s a sample:

LinkedIn profiles have a lot of flexibility.  Within the Summary section, there is a prompt to list “Specialties.”  This is an excellent area to list your skills, in key words that employers are using.  Having these qualities early in the profile will show recruiters your relevance right away.

See the whole article here!

13 February 2010 at 12:29PM Leave a comment

NotJobs: How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking

A few weeks ago, I found an old high school acquaintance on LinkedIn. Shortly after my invitation was accepted, she sent a blizzard of requests for introductions and job search help. No complaints there – as a recruiter in this economy, I’m used to getting asked to help with job searches. But it was glaringly obvious that my acquaintance  had not even read the profiles of the people targeted by her introduction requests.

I’m pretty strict when it comes to people using my LinkedIn network. My philosophy on LinkedIn is that introductions have to make us both look good. My bar is pretty high, which helps me keep my connections from a lot of spurious traffic. I know that this is different than other people’s introduction philosophy. So when this intro blizzard arrived, I explained my philosophy and recommended she make a few changes her introductions.

I wish I had been able to point her to Scott Hepburn’s posting on the Media Emerging Blog about How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking. Scott makes five points on how to use these tools to wreck your job search:

  • Blank/Incomplete Profile
  • “I Need a Job” Bio
  • Connect But Don’t Engage
  • Asking for Referrals Before You’ve Earned Them
  • No Blog (Or Other “Content Central”)

Scott has some great tips on how to deal with these issues. Check them out here. He’s also asking for your thoughts on Twitter.

BTW: My new LinkedIn connection didn’t take me up on my suggestions.

29 March 2009 at 2:03PM 1 comment

Tips: Getting Things Done With LinkedIn

hat tip: Linked Intelligence.

3 March 2009 at 1:14AM Leave a comment

Facebook vs. LinkedIn: Which is better for business?

Today’s issue of ComputerWorld asks the question:
Which is better for business,
Facebook or LinkedIn.

ComputerWorld (CW) looked at six different areas, comparing both tools for business networking.

LinkedIn Facebook

CW called it a tie, which IMHO shows their bias. Here’s my analysis, which is at least as unbiased as theirs:

Topic CW TCB
1. Look for a job without your boss knowing Tie LI
2. Find information about a job you’re interviewing for LI LI
3. Find a contract worker for a three-month Web project FB Tie
4. Solicit ideas and discussion from team members FB FB
5. Get feedback on a nasty IT problem from peers outside your company LI LI
6. Keep track of former associates Tie LI

A few notes:
1. Find job – Facebook’s lack of privacy and security are well known problems that CW didn’t even address. Plus, Facebook ties your search to Jobster, which is a huge negative in my book.
2. Find information – Facebook only allows users to research certain areas, and is known for editing profiles to remove vital information like titles.
6. Track associates – ComputerWorld seems to assume that all of us are college kids. Okay – I’m over 40, and can only find a few of my friends and associates on Facebook. However, I can find plenty of my friend’s children on Facebook!

I liked what Chad D. said in the comments:

As far as Facebook. It’s a “social” network. Why do people continue to try and make it anything but what it is? Do I really want my brand and professional reputation within arms length of teenagers poking, biting and tagging? Stop trying to force a round peg into a square hole. Let Facebook be what it is… a virtual playground.

5 March 2008 at 6:30PM Leave a comment

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