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10 Ways to Optimize LinkedIn for Your Job Search

10 Ways to Optimize LinkedIn for Your Job Search | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
10 Ways to Optimize LinkedIn for Your Job Search Optimizing your profile and boosting your personal brand on LinkedIn is easy once you understand how most folks really use the platform. I teach all…
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2017 can be the year you upgrade your career -- here's help! 
 
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Where Are Your Pieces of Flair?!

Where Are Your Pieces of Flair?! | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
If you haven't added any "pieces of flair" to your LinkedIn profile yet, it's time.A while back LinkedIn made it possible to add media, or what I refer to in my LinkedIn workshops as "pieces of flair" to certain sections of your LinkedIn profile, such as Summary and Experience. Some of the types of media you can include are images, PDFs, SlideShares, links to videos, etc.I started curating the pieces of flair on my profile as soon as I realized I could add slide decks, photos of myself at book signing events, an image of my book cover, keynote presentations I was willing/a
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Who wants to look at a naked LinkedIn profile?! Not me. 

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LinkedIn Recommendations: Not All Are Created Equally

LinkedIn Recommendations: Not All Are Created Equally | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it

If you've followed any of my blog posts here or my book, then you know that I highly recommend requesting and giving recommendations on LinkedIn, so I'm not going to get on my soapbox about that..."

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t’s true! Not all LinkedIn recommendations are created equally, which is why it’s so important to maximize the limited space available for showcasing them on your LinkedIn profile.

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15 DIY Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Professional Networking Success

15 DIY Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Professional Networking Success | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Are you considering paying someone to optimize your LinkedIn profile? I say there's really no need. Instead, save your money and set yourself up for professional networking success by following this
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8 unexpected places to find your next client or customer

8 unexpected places to find your next client or customer | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Business opportunities can be found in the most unexpected places. Here are 8 examples of why it pays to be prepared and vigilant.
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I'm a strong proponent of what I like to call "organic networking" and often sign my books with, "Never stop networking!" These shares from my pal Maria Ross of Red Slice do a great job of illustrating why. Feel free to share some of your own unusual professional "meet cutes."
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5 Unique Things for Networkers to Do During a Networking Event

5 Unique Things for Networkers to Do During a Networking Event | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Welcome back, Like we discussed in our first post, 5 Unique Things for Networkers to Do Before a Networking Event, it's important to make a great first impression so that you can begin to grow your personal brand. Personal branding is essentially...
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Good reminders!

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Why networking is more important than your bachelors degree or diploma...especially in the creative world.

Why networking is more important than your bachelors degree or diploma...especially in the creative world. | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
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Your connections are usually what matter most and the level of those relationships are key. People that have learned from you or worked, volunteered, studied with you are the most likely to help you when you need a new gig or are trying to find new clients.

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10 of My Favorite Quotes About Networking

10 of My Favorite Quotes About Networking | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Sometimes even the most seasoned networkers need to psych themselves up before heading out to a networking event or 2 day conference full of strangers. Here are some of my favorite quotes to help i...
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Read these before you head out to your next event - they inspire me!

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You Can Always Personalize an Invite to Connect on LinkedIn

You Can Always Personalize an Invite to Connect on LinkedIn | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Unless I’m expecting it, I’m always disappointed when I receive an invitation to connect on LinkedIn that contains only the following: I’d like to add you to my professional netwo…
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5 Ways to Grow Your Network and Cultivate Connections on LinkedIn - Showcasing Women

5 Ways to Grow Your Network and Cultivate Connections on LinkedIn - Showcasing Women | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Using LinkedIn the smart way? Learn 5 Ways to Grow Your Network and Cultivate Connections on LinkedIn with Sandy Jones-Kaminski and Showcasing Women
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Even if you start doing only 1 of these things on a regular basis, you'll see your network grow and strengthen. 

 

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35 Ice Breakers to Make Networking Events a Little Less Awkward

35 Ice Breakers to Make Networking Events a Little Less Awkward | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
These 50 ice breakers should help making introductions a little easier, allowing you to eventually move on to business.

Via The Learning Factor
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I approve of almost all of these! Could be very helpful in a pinch. 

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Getting ahead in business is infinitely easier when you have extensive networks and strong relationships.

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10 Proven Networking Tips for Cultivating Connections at Conferences and Events

10 Proven Networking Tips for Cultivating Connections at Conferences and Events | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
All event and conference planners, sponsors and hosts hope they deliver on at least one of the main reasons people attend their events. And it's no surprise that networking is always cited as one of
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Dread going to conferences and/or networking events? You need this post!

 

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Sorry, You Can’t Pick my Brain, But You Can Now Rent It

Sorry, You Can’t Pick my Brain, But You Can Now Rent It | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
As a solopreneur, I occasionally have an idea or conundrum that I wish I could just bounce off someone else. Or, sometimes, there's a challenge or business option I need to talk through a bit because
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For those that need/want on-demand business advice, this is a perfect solution and something this LinkedIn and professional networking/branding expert now offers.

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How to Find Professional Networking Events | Cisionblog

How to Find Professional Networking Events | Cisionblog | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
Find events to network and mingle, no matter your location or budget.
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Ready to apply some of the tips you've found here or on belladomain.com? Learn how to find events to put it all into action!

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My Top 10 Favorite Quotes For Reluctant Networkers

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes For Reluctant Networkers | Making Connections Matter | Scoop.it
If you've just launched your blog or a business, or are re-entering the workforce after a few years as a SAHM, it's likely that many people you meet will suggest that you need to, "Get out there and network." This might seem like a daunting task at...
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In case you have a networking event or conference like BlogHer 2013 coming up....

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Expert networking advice and tips for offline events - Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Author and networking expert Sandy Jones-Kaminski answers 3 viewer/reader questions about effective networking at in-person (offline) events. For example, wa...
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Start the 2ndQ of 2013 with some expert tips on how to make your connections matter and expand your circle of influence through effective networking at events. 

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Networking Effectively - Opening Keynote at OHUG Global Conference 2012 by Sandy Jones-Kaminski

An edited preview of Sandy Jones-Kaminski, the author of "I'm at a Networking Event--Now What???" speaking as part of the opening keynote at OHUG Global Conf...
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This video includes some practical advice and effective tips on making the most of your time at a conference or offline event. You'll wish everyone had to watch this before attending your next confernce! 

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