Do You Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture?

People form an immediate impression about you when they view your LinkedIn profile and the most visible element is your LinkedIn profile picture.  The worst thing you can do on LinkedIn is to not have a profile picture, and the second worst thing you can do is have a profile picture that leaves an unprofessional impression for people you want to connect with and influence.  Plus, LinkedIn research has shown that profiles with a picture are seven times more likely to be viewed. Since your profile picture represents your online brand and identity, it is critical to make sure your profile picture is the best it can be whether you are actively looking for a job or planning to look in the future. Continue reading “Do You Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture?”

Did You Do Your Power Pose Today?

Do you want to get an edge in your next interview?  Try striking a power pose before your next interview to calm yourself and mentally prepare to do your best.

In a TED conference earlier last year, Amy Cuddy, a researcher and professor at Harvard Business School, gave a talk titled “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”.  Specifically, she discussed how non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves and she specifically mentioned the impact of Power Poses on how people are perceived. Continue reading “Did You Do Your Power Pose Today?”

Are Counter-Offers a Poisoned Apple?

A guest post by Ryan Tiwari of Accounting Advantage

I have come across many people from time-to-time that ask me what to do should they receive a job offer from a new company and their current boss offers to either match, or exceed the compensation listed on the job-offer letter. You would be surprised how many people think that they should just take the counter-offer and stay at their current role. You would be even more surprised at their reactions when I tell them that they might as well be committing career-suicide. Continue reading “Are Counter-Offers a Poisoned Apple?”

Career Advice – Own Your Future

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the CEO of the ACT-1 Group which is the parent company of AppleOne.  In her career advice book,“The Art of Work”, chapter 8 is titled “Own Your Future”.

Owning your future can mean many things, but when you look at this sage advice in relation to your career it means:

  • Be highly skilled and enthusiastic in your work
  • Invest in yourself, your education and your relationships
  • Assess your life periodically
  • Plan for the future

As Janice mentioned in her book, “temporary sacrifices and discomforts do not add up to an unhappy or unfulfilled life.  Once those moments are over, you will find that they have aided in your own development.”  The bottom line is that you “own your future” – how you react, respond and grow will determine your ultimate fulfillment.

Think Of Yourself As The Entrepreneur of Your Career


The Start-Up of You

If you are looking for an innovative way to look at your career, you should check out “The Start-Up of You“, written by Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn, and Ben Casnocha.

The premise of the book is to take the insights from the start-up mentality of leading Silicon Valley companies and apply them to your career as noted in this excerpt from the book’s introduction: Continue reading “Think Of Yourself As The Entrepreneur of Your Career”

Career Advice – How To Get Results

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the CEO of the ACT-1 Group which is the parent company of AppleOne.  In her advice book,“The Art of Work”, Janice mentions that she has several framed quotes in her office that “mean the world to her” and one of her favorites is:

“We get our results from where we place our attention.”

In explaining the importance of this quote, Janice says that “this little statement is much more powerful than it seems at first glance.”  In addition, Janice states that you should:

  • focus on your goals
  • look at your challenges as opportunities
  • not waste time on negative thoughts

As a final word of advice, Janice suggests that you write down this quote where you are sure to look at it every day and remind you to help organize your life toward productivity and enjoyment.

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