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February 12,2013

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s blog post to helping you find a job you love.

photo by Michal Marcol

“Valentine’s Heart” photo by Michal Marcol

Who doesn’t want to love their work?

Today I am sharing some useful content I recently discovered from a variety of career blogs & websites to help you land your dream job:

  • 10 smart phone apps that help you land a career  — Who couldn’t use a little help from the latest technology when searching for a new job?  Kelsey Libert compiles an impressive list of helpful apps. Even just one of these smart phone apps may provide you with much needed support during your job search. 
  • Infographic on Interviewing — I was really struck by the startling numbers embedded in this infographic. BrianLee from put this infographic together (be sure to scroll down the page a bit for the full view). The biggest shocker, “65% of bosses said clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.” Yikes make sure you  havea suitable interview outfit and avoid any fashion faux pas. It would be terrible to lose a job opportunity due to attire!
  • 10 Personal Branding Trends of 2013 — When you think about how to stand out from the pack, consider these ideas by William Arruda on how to best cultivate your own brand. Of course I am a fan of content curation… These ideas are insightful and timely.
  • 13 Tips to Help You Discover Your Purpose — Still unsure which direction to go to find a job you can love?  Check out this blog post from Under30Careers by Melissa Krivacheck. She offers a logical but refreshing approach to thinking about your preferences across different aspects of your life to help you determine your work passion.

As you pursue your life’s purpose, just remember not to neglect your personal relationships.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

photo by Michal Marcol

June 30, 2011

Yesterday I attended the “SocialMedia4Nonprofits” Conference in San Francisco. This all day event brought together an interesting cross section of nonprofit professionals and luminaries from the social media field. While most of the content shared was geared to organizations with recommendations on how to optimize and utilize social media tools, many of the recommendations and resources are relevant to individuals.

In today’s connected world, I am a fan of any kind of social media tool that saves you time and energy while simultaneously helping you learn and grow professionally. Here are a few resources I learned about that I hope will be helpful to you.

Website Resources for Curating Content (for your blog, twitter or facebook accounts):

Resources to help Manage Twitter

There were also a lot of great resources shared around fundraising, advocacy, getting your story to go “viral” and much more. I encourage you to check out the twitter stream from the event under: #sm4np  to see lots of additional information and links that might be helpful. Enjoy.

June 6, 2011

It seems the focus on LikedIn’s usefulness has intensified since the company recently went public. I read somewhere that 1,000,000 professionals join LinkedIn daily. All this to say that LinkedIn continues to be a very powerful social media tool for professionals from avid job seeker to happily employed.

Now that LinkedIn has received an infusion of capital, it continues to increase its reach and functionality. It is hard to keep on top of the new features and how best to maximize them.

Here are two excellent entries I want to refer you to with a combined 15 timely tips on how best to use LinkedIn:

1) Fast Company’s 5 LinkedIn Tips You Didn’t Know by Amber Mac

2) 10 Things to Immediately Do on LinkedIn by John Heckers

You may hear people talk about the importance of having a LinkedIn profile.  Many folks add people to their list of contacts when convenient or the mood strikes. Sometimes I will search LinkedIn for a person I meet at an event (whether its business or social) to get a better idea of their work background and interests. It helps flesh them out.

There are many ways to strategically use LinkedIn as an important career development tool. Whether you are actively seeking work, or just trying to maintain your network and stay on top of the curve, I recommend you read this excellent blog post by Guy Kawasaki (co-founder of, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and well known author), entitled,  10 Ways to Use LinkedIn. It will give you great insight into more sophisticated ways to use this popular social media tool.

It seems everyone is talking about social media these days, and the number of resources online is quite overwhelming. However, as a job seeker you will want to be aware of at least some of these to maximize your job search efforts.

Whether its Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, SimplyHired, or YouTube, the main thing is to determine what you’re comfortable with using. Then figure out how much time a day  you want to dedicate to participating in social media.

Toward that end, here’s an incredibly useful post from NewGradLife:  Job Hunting with Social Media 101. Please keep in mind the intended audience is new grads so be a little forgiving about the section that talks about party photos on Facebook. But read it in its entirety as there are a number of interesting resources detailed here.