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LinkedIn Tips #1: Don't be a Troll

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LinkedIn Tips #1: Don't be a Troll

This LinkedIn tip is important. Because everything we write, post, or comment on LinkedIn immediately becomes part of our profession identity—our brand—online. Prospective employers and recruiters are looking at that brand to determine whether a given candidate is a good fit for a new opportunity.

Given that (obvious) fact, it's a bit surprising—but LinkedIn, like every social network, does have its share of trolls—or folks who may look like trolls because of offhand, often arrogant or condescending comments.

 

But if someone looks like a troll? Odds are good that person isn't going to be the first person a good recruiter will contact for a fantastic new opportunity.

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

A key aspect of the current CIO transformation is shifting the conversation from cost cutting to the real return on long term technology investment. That can be challenging conversation - especially if the CIO's role is seen primarily as "keeping the lights on."

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, who just made a change from a job she really hated - to one she really loves.

That transition took some time - and we worked through many of the issues. But our conversation got me thinking. One of the biggest issues she was dealing with is a very common one - at every career level, up to C-level.

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

It's a rare week that I don't see a blog post or article with the 3, 5, 7, or 10 things that a job seeker MUST or MUST NOT include on a resume.

There's one big problem with articles like this. They go on the assumption that every career is the same, and that there's an simple template - a cookie cutter approach - that works for every career, every resume, every job seeker.

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IT Resumes - the #1 Issue that Can Keep You From Getting Where You're Going

IT Resumes Writers see a number of critical patterns that can be easily missed - both by IT professionals seeking a new opportunity, and by hiring authorities primarily focused on filling critical positions.

Given the highly specialized nature of my work - and the large number of often unsatisfactory IT resumes that cross my desk, I'm in a unique position to notice those patterns. And it's my responsibility to my clients to make them aware of the bad news that may be keeping the phone from ringing

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IT Resumes: Don't Ignore your Real Skills!

I've seen an interesting - but, I think, mistaken - trend over the last couple of months, on LinkedIn and various career blogs.

That's a tendency to ignore skills as a clear, necessary factor both in IT resumes, and in the broader job search. I've been seeing posts suggesting that people are hired because of motivation, cultural fit, dedication - but that skills just aren't important these days.

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - to ensure that I craft the best possible IT resume for my clients.

And there's some bad advice out there - advice that I see consistently. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the things that you'll see - from the early stages of your due diligence finding a professional IT resume writer through the later stages of the job search.

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