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The Face of Business

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LinkedIn currently hosts over 400,000,000 users. But those potential connections don’t mean anything unless you can make the right impression.

Your profile is eleven times more likely to be viewed if it has a profile picture, but don’t just copy and paste your current Facebook pic. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 tips to help you get the perfect, job-winning LinkedIn profile picture

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Did you know… your profile is eleven times more likely to be viewed IF it has a profile picture, but don’t just copy and paste your current Facebook pic.

Having the right picture is crucial.  The following infographic highlights 5 tips to ensure your profile is well-lit, professional and welcoming.  For more information, read our blog post in full, here. Continue reading

Plan on It: 5 Ways to Get Yourself Organized with a Planner

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We all wish our lives could feel more organized. Year after year, it’s one of the most prevalent New Year’s resolutions and one of the most common goals students set at the start of the academic season.

If you’re ready to stop missing appointments and start feeling like you’re on top of all your projects, a well-maintained planner could be the solution to all your organizational problems. Here are our top five tips to make the most of your planner.

1. Step away from the screen. Opt for a physical planner. While the calendar on your phone can be convenient, physically writing things down can increase your cognitive engagement, give you a mental boost, and even help you remember appointments. Plus, you can give your eyes a break from the strain of the screen.

Pro Tip: If you need to use an online calendar to schedule meetings at work, try taking a few minutes every Monday to go over your weekly overview and enter meetings in your planner. This will help you keep appointments fresh in your mind—meaning you’re less likely to miss them and more likely to come prepared.

2. Get the timing right. You can choose between planners that are broken down by month, week, day, or even by the hour. Pick the one that is best for you. Students who want to keep track of due dates for different assignments can benefit from a daily planner. Workers who need to juggle an array of meetings and phone calls, however, might do better with an hourly break-down.

3. Manage your goals. Is there anything more satisfying than checking something off your list? Keep yourself motivated by creating daily to-do lists and prioritizing tasks. This makes it easier for you to glance through your responsibilities and decide what to tackle next. Additionally, seeing your progress on the page can help keep you engaged in your work.

4. Accessorize. Don’t be afraid to color code, highlight, use page markers, or add a couple of post-it’s to a page. Short of scheduling bathroom trips, the more detailed you make your planner, the more likely you are to hold yourself accountable.

Pro Tip: Use a binder clip to mark your place so that you don’t waste time flipping through pages. Highlight deadlines and reminders so you can find them easily.

5. Use it or lose it. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolution. Find the planner that works best for you and then STICK TO IT! Your system might involve glitter, stickers, or just a lot of shorthand notes. If it helps you stay organized, then keep going!

Happy planning!

5 “Back to Work” Tips for a Happier You

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Notebooks: check.  Pencils: check.  Backpack: check.  Yep, it’s “back to school” time!  For many children, it’s an exciting time of making friends and learning new things.  As we grow older, many adults lose this sense of youth and enthusiasm for the back-to-work-day… but you don’t have to!  Approach work passionately and feel enthused at your job using the following “back to work” tips. Continue reading

Informational Interviews – what is it and how do I get one?

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So, what exactly is an informational interview? Imagine a job interview where, instead of pursuing a job, you’re just seeking career advice.

You can request an informational interview when you want to know more about someone’s job, company, or industry. It’ll give you a chance to pick someone’s brain for career advice, providing you insight into what it takes to reach your goals. Continue reading