Why LinkedIn is Good for Networking

Why LinkedIn is Good for Networking

21st Century Networking At Your Fingertips

The job market has been tough for people in the last decade or so since the economy collapse. People looking to land a new job have been more creative than ever in their search and how they approach networking. Nowadays, networking for your career is easier than ever. Thanks to LinkedIn, a social media platform specializing in career networking and making professional connections, job candidates can connect with people who they may otherwise never have contacted. LinkedIn also allows you to explore “connections” and see who else you might know in the field you’re looking to get involved in.

When it comes to a job search, the old adage of “who you know” certainly applies. The problem though, is that sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly who you know if you can’t see the professional connection. LinkedIn shows these connections so that if your friend knows someone helpful, you can see that and check out that connection.

LinkedIn also allows you to showcase your resume in skills in a really unique way where your connections can vouch for you and “beef” up your credentials. This is digital networking at its finest. Right at your fingertips, whether at your computer or on your cell phone, you can connect and network with people all over the world. This kind of thing wouldn’t have even been a possibility prior to platforms like this one. LinkedIn gives people much greater odds of landing a job since the networking is so simple and straightforward.

When you network professionally, you’re looking to really solidify your brand and get people knowing who you are and what you stand for. Sometimes that can be really difficult if you only have a few minutes with someone you’re trying to impress at a networking event. With LinkedIn, you have more time to show off your experience and more opportunities to convince people not only that they should hire you but why you’re the absolute best choice for them.

With traditional, in person networking it’s often waiting around for the exact right opportunities to arise. You can seek those networking connections and possibilities out with LinkedIn and take charge of you job search.

Revolutionize the way you network and bring your job search into the 21st century with LinkedIn.

Things You Can Teach Yourself

Things You Can Teach Yourself

You’ve likely thought “Wow, I wish I could _____” at many times in your life. Maybe it was learning a new language or learning how to play an instrument. Teaching yourself new skills is a great thing to do. It also makes you a more valuable employee. Here are some things you can easily teach yourself.

1. How to Repair Something

When you learn how to repair something–whether it’s something in your house, your vehicle, or something else–you can save money and feel accomplished. In this day and age, it has never been easier to learn how to repair things. There are YouTube tutorials for everything. You just have to look for them.

2. How to Draw, Paint, Take Photographs or Be Artsy

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to make a living at any of these things, but learning artistic skills helps you to think more creatively, which is a great skill for the office. It’s as simple as picking up a book on photography or scanning the internet for helpful drawing tips.

3. Take Free Classes Online You Missed in College

Do you feel like you need to brush up on your writing skills or your history knowledge? Luckily, there are a ton of free courses that are now being offered by colleges online. Sign up for one and see where it takes you!

4. Learn How to Cook

There are tons of recipe videos online that will walk you through the process of cooking something step by step. It’s amazing that we all aren’t master chefs. Plus think of the money you’ll save by not eating out. And think of how much healthier you can be.

5. Learn How to Play An Instrument

There are a ton of video tutorials that will help you to learn how to play guitar or piano or any instrument. All you have to do is look around for them and then use them.

Google is amazing. We can teach ourselves how to do anything now that we have the internet! You have access to all of the knowledge in the world. You just need to seize the opportunity and take it.

Guest Post: How Working Helped Me in Recovery by Sheila Roberts

Guest Post: How Working Helped Me in Recovery by Sheila Roberts

Recent studies have shown that for those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, work may be the best solution. I know for me, going back to work after I finished my inpatient program at The Recovery Village in Florida ( was one of the best things I could have ever done. There are many advantages that come with having a job and going to work. Let’s take a look.

1. Stability

When you are in recovery from substance abuse, you desperately need stability and routine. It’s almost guaranteed that during your time of substance abuse, this was something that was severely lacking in your life. Having a routine is a good thing for your overall sense of well-being. You are a lot less likely to wreck your life and relapse when you have a sense of stability and routine.

2. Steady Income

Having steady income and having the ability to take care of any financial responsibilities is essential to your recovery. This is especially helpful if your time of addiction and substance abuse saw you spending money recklessly and getting into debt.

3. Using your Time Constructively

One of the hardest things to deal with when you first get sober is filling up time you used to use to get high or drunk. One of the most productive things you can do with your time is work.

4. Building Self-Confidence and Finding Self-Worth

When many of us are in the throes of addiction, by the time we get out of it, there’s not much self-worth left if any. We feel horrible about ourselves. Having a job is a great way to rebuild confidence and self-esteem. There are often rewards in being able to accept new challenge, take on tougher assignments, and being up for wherever your job takes you.

5. Responsibility

If you want to rebuild relationships, it’s important for people to know they can trust you. Working a job regularly shows people around you that you are taking responsibility for your life. People will start to see that they can rely on you when they need to get the job done.

These are just a few of the benefits I have found since I went back to work after my inpatient treatment program. Working, educating yourself, and furthering your development is good for you, especially if you are in recovery.

Asking for a Promotion at Work: What You Need to Know

Asking for a Promotion at Work: What You Need to Know

There is not a set time that will be right for everyone to ask for a promotion. Some people will ask for a promotion after five years of working in the same job. Some people will ask for a promotion after three months of working in the same job. It really depends.

But how do you go about asking for a promotion? There are a few tips that you’ll want to keep in mind.

1. Ask your boss directly for a promotion.

If you and your boss are on good terms, one of the easiest ways to ask for a promotion is to just ask your boss directly. You can start with an informal conversation and follow up in a more formal way.

2. Talk to the person whose job you are seeking.

If someone is leaving, and you’re trying to get their job, make sure you talk to them about the position before you do anything else. Learn as much as you possibly can from them.

3. Follow up.

You don’t want to just ask for a promotion once and then never do anything about it again. Follow up with the person who is in charge of promoting you so that they know you are still interested in the position.

4. Create your own position.

If you want to get promoted but no one is leaving, come up with your own position. Put together a detailed proposal about what your responsibilities will be. Approach your boss with your proposal and see what he or she says.

There are many different reasons you may want to ask for a promotion at work. The most important thing is that you go in there with confidence, knowing that you deserve to be promoted.