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Personalize your geography on LinkedIn

By default, our LinkedIn profile geography is our geographic region, not the specific city we live. LinkedIn divides all global areas into geographic regions. Using geographic regions gives members a better idea of where we’re located, especially when we are not familiar with the area. You can choose a geographic region or select a city … Continue reading

LinkedIn success tip: Make it personal

Earlier this week, I presented on “Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn” to the members and guests of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro Chapter. I am grateful to the current STC NY Metro President Nitza Hauser for making me welcome and preparing everything in advance. Nitza works at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in Manhattan. … Continue reading

Want to learn something? Offer to teach it

When I want to learn a new skill or sharpen a familiar skill, I offer to teach someone else. The best gift that I can give is my time, talent, and attention. The best reason to give the gift is to help someone else and pay it forward. An unexpected reward is the glow of … Continue reading

Use LinkedIn to be great at the job you already have

Over the past five years, I’ve presented on LinkedIn to a variety of audiences. I always enjoy learning what’s new on LinkedIn, and how changes to their pillar product serve the 10 million plus members. On March 18, I’m presenting to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro chapter “Using the Power of LinkedIn” … Continue reading

LinkedIn’s new profile

Each November, we host a giant yard sale at our home in south Florida. Weeks of planning, numerous donations from friends and members, and many hours of volunteer work generate funds for the Dolores Taylor Scholarship from our Quota International‘s Boca/Delray Chapter. The first scholarship was granted in 2009 to a long time friend who is … Continue reading

Optimizing your LinkedIn profile for professional communication network building

On September 27, I presented to students, faculty, and members of the STC Palm Beaches Chapter on Optimizing your LinkedIn profile for professional communication network building. By a show of hands, only one attendee out of over 40 indicated that he had updated his LinkedIn profile in the last month (with a status update or … Continue reading

Guiding an interested colleague into the wondrous world of technical writing

I work for a company that values cross-functional relationships and corporate-wide knowledge sharing. We strive to help each other succeed. I recently helped the front line customer support team craft their content into a structured document using the corporate template. The exercise was fun for all of us. We analyzed their content, used task-based titles … Continue reading

Crafting your student and new graduate profile on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your interactive business card. Why wait until you are looking for an internship? Dig your well before you are thirsty. Install the LinkedIn app on your smart phone and start building your network today. Consult the official LinkedIn resource for students, see Grads.LinkedIn.com. Reference additional credible sources for LinkedIn profile tips for … Continue reading

Optimizing your LinkedIn profile

Most of us have a LinkedIn profile, but we don’t provide the proper care and feeding. I frequently present on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. You can start your LinkedIn profile learning by viewing the LinkedIn Training: Improve your profile on the world’s largest business network slides. Then follow up with an objective assessment … Continue reading

LinkedIn: it’s not about who you know, it’s about who they know

Research shows that the vast majority of LinkedIn users who actively job searching find their next job through their Level 2 connections, not their Level 1 connections. It’s more than the number of our Level 1 connections. If we concentrate only on building our network, we miss the point and the power of LinkedIn. The real … Continue reading