Ways to Improve Your Profile Picture and Career Management Tips for Women

Hello Everyone.

Unbelievably, it’s already March. Have you started working on some of your career goals for the year? If not, start this month and you can still make great strides in 2017.

As you may know, March celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8th). Because of this, I’ve filled this issue with links, resources and articles related to women in the workplace and I share some websites specific for working women. I hope you enjoy them.

Working with women in career management has always moved and motivated me. One of my major career / business goals is to start working with more women and women’s groups, and finding new ways to engage women with their careers. If you have any ideas for me in this regard, please feel free to share them.

Best wishes,

Paula

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LINKED IN – TIPS OF THE MONTH

Improve Your LinkedIn Profile Picture:   You don’t have to hire a professional photographer for a LinkedIn profile picture; however, make sure you ask someone who is capable of taking a good shot. Selfies have no place here. Below are three tips to help ensure a good profile picture.

  1. The picture should show YOU.   This may sound obvious, yet I’ve seen enough examples to the contrary. Your profile picture should only be of you – no family members, no friends and no animals (unless you are a Veterinarian). Also, don’t use a picture with others and then crop them out.
  2. Focus on your neck up.   This was always true, but even more so now. With the new profile picture showing up as a circle and not a square, you lose the surrounding space, so it’s best to make your face the main focus of the picture. Also, remember that your profile picture appears in many places on LinkedIn, and usually in a miniature view (which makes it hard to see you). The biggest version will be on your profile page but everywhere else, for example, next to your comments, your picture is much smaller.
  3. Your look.   Be sure to smile and look approachable. You want others to be drawn to your profile, and looking friendly is one easy way to do that. Also, make sure your photo is in focus and up-to-date. Using an older picture that no longer looks like you is not recommended. If a new person wouldn’t recognize you in a Starbucks based on your profile picture, you need a new one.

 

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The posts below offer advice to women on various aspects of career management, to increase their rate of success in the workplace. Consider how you can apply these bits of wisdom to your own situation.

MENTORING
Megan Della-Camina offers good advice and interesting thoughts on why women should seek out a mentor and how to do it.

BRANDING AS CAREER INSURANCE
One of my favorite reinvention and branding experts, Dorie Clark (dorieclark.com) is quoted in this article by Nneka Orji on www.theglasshammer.com (a career resource for professional women), about challenging some perceptions of professional women as you brand and reinvent yourself.

TAKING RISKS TO FURTHER YOUR CAREER
This longer LinkedIn post is actually an excerpt from Joann Lublin’s book Earning It: Hard-on Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. It illustrates how leaping off of the “glass cliff” may end up helping your career.

MAINTAINING THE LOVE OF YOUR CAREER
I was honored to recently guest blog for www.sharpheels.com (a site tailored for professional women on careers, fashion, travel and shopping). Please check out my February post about loving your career. If you wouldn’t mind sharing it, liking it, etc. there are links on the original post to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn on the bottom of the page. If it’s helpful to know, my Twitter handle is @brandcareermgmt, my Facebook business page is Facebook.com/BrandCareerManagement, and click here for this post on LinkedIn.

LEANING INTO YOUR CAREER
If you’re not familiar with Sheryl Sandberg, she wrote Lean In, and has started a website to help women succeed at work. Look for a group of support in your local area, or start a Lean In circle near you.

 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES / EVENTS

Over the coming months, I will be spreading the word about the major LinkedIn overhaul and how to best manage these changes, in a presentation titled ”What’s New, What’s Gone and What You Need to Know.”

Tuesday, March 28 at 4 pm (closed to the public)

at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Monday, May 15 at 7 pm (free and open to the public)

at the Broadneck Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL). You can R.S.V.P. starting on May 1.

As mentioned last issue, I’m really interested in speaking to women’s groups focused on mid-career professionals between 40 and 60 years of age. If you know of any groups that match this criteria, please let me know. Three popular topics I can address are: Assessing and Marketing Your Strengths, Proactively Changing Careers, and Managing Your Career for Success.

 

More on LinkedIn Changes and Ways to Give Your Career Some Love

Hello Everyone

Welcome to February, which bring us Valentine’s Day and the theme of romance. In that regard, this issue will share some ideas to give your career some love. I always say that nobody will ever care about your career as much as you, so it’s up to you to keep the flame alive. That might mean getting a new job or finding ways to add challenge to your current role. It could involve making time to grow professionally, or it could mean starting the process of changing careers. Whatever it means to you, I encourage you to find a way to give your career some love this month (and in the coming months). It doesn’t magically happen on its own. If you don’t do it, who will?

Best wishes,

Paula

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Warning, Changes are Still Underway:  As mentioned in the last issue, LinkedIn is in the midst of rolling out major changes in the design of the home and profile pages. I’ve heard that it will take until May for the entire roll out to be completed; however, your profile could change any day between now and then (mine still hasn’t changed but I’m prepared for it). I found a new post / video by UK LinkedIn Expert Mark Williams, that shares a good work-around to compensate for the loss of the advanced search feature.

Take Precautions:  Don’t forget to give your LinkedIn account some love and protection. If you didn’t do it yet, please back up your LinkedIn contacts before your profile view changes. Once that happens, you will not be able to follow this guidance anymore. Again, take Jim Peacock’s step-by-step advice and back up your LinkedIn data TODAY.

 

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CAREER MANAGEMENT / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
One great way to give your career love is to attend a conference. I highly suggest attending at least one professional conference a year. I usually attend more than one annually. Last year I didn’t attend any and I truly missed the experience. Going to conferences gives you a great way to network with people who have a common interest, and it keeps you up-to-date on trends in your field. However, we all have a limited amount of time and money, so you need to be selective. Harvard Business Review columnist Dorie Clark shares some great conference advice in the Irishtimes.com.

JOB SEARCH
Are you searching for a new job? Jeff Kauflin at Forbes offers job search advice, intermingled with a list of ten job hunt related sites to help your job search.

INTERVIEWING
If you’ve succeeded in securing an interview, congratulations! Here are a few tips to give your interview some love:

Undercoverrecruiter.com shares advice (infographic style) to help you make a great first impression and excel during the interview.

Kate Lopaze of The Job Network offers tips specifically to help you with group and panel interviews.

 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES / EVENTS

Over the coming months, I will be spreading the word about the major LinkedIn overhaul and how to best manage these changes.

Tuesday, February 28 at 5 pm (closed to the public)

at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Tuesday, March 28 at 4 pm (closed to the public)

at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Monday, May 15 at 7 pm (free and open to the public)

at the Broadneck Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL). You can R.S.V.P. starting on May 1.

I’m really interested in speaking to women’s groups focused on mid-career professionals between 40 – 60 years of age. If you know of any groups that match this criteria, please let me know. Three popular topics I can address are: Assessing and Marketing your Strengths, Proactively Changing Careers, and Managing your Career for Success.

Major LinkedIn Changes, Managing Your Career and Setting Goals for 2017

Happy New Year!

Here’s to hoping each of you had a very happy holiday season. Welcome to the New Year!

This issue of the MTS offers some resources for planning the year ahead in your career and life. What will you accomplish for your career management in 2017? Take time now to set some goals for yourself, while you still have 11 more months to make them happen. As for the LinkedIn Tip of the Month, this issue has an update about a major change coming to your LinkedIn Profile plus two tips.

Best wishes for your career success in 2017!

Paula

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New Year = New Look:  In December, LinkedIn starting rolling out a major overhaul of their user interface. If the look of your profile hasn’t changed yet, it should soon (I still see my older profile version). Some things are gone, like the ability to tag contacts and the advanced search feature, which will be sorely missed by those who used it. The design is different (new layouts for the profile and home pages) and aligns with the look and feel of their mobile app.

LinkedIn Expert Viveka Von Rosen gave a great summary of the changes in a December post. The embedded 12-minute video is a great visual tool, as she walks you through the new and old displays, side by side.

Back Up Your LinkedIn Data:  My colleague, Jim Peacock of Peak Careers, shared useful advice and instructions on backing up your LinkedIn data. Upon reading his post, I followed Jim’s advice and backed up my profile and contacts.

Set a 2017 Goal for LinkedIn – IDEA:  Increase your virtual network by 10% in 2017! Break your annual goal down by week or month and commit to it. I have about 1500 contacts so my goal is to increase by 150, almost three a week. I’ll report in December how I did.

 

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CAREER MANAGEMENT
This resource from Ora Shtull and William Arruda of Career Blast offers a great career management audit tool that you can put to use right now. It’s a downloadable e-book after sharing your email. Complete the questionnaire to see how well you are “fueling your career.” Use your responses to challenge yourself. In 2017, set realistic goals to address a few of the areas needing development.

GOAL SETTING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
In case you didn’t get time to reflect in December, this resource is for you. Executive Coach Michele Woodward offers an engaging and holistic way to assess your past year of life and to set goals for the year ahead. Use this link or go to the very bottom of her home page and click on Download the 2017 Personal Planning Tool.

Also, creative giant Charlie Gilkey has an array of free planning resources (among paid options). I find the Individual Project Planner useful.

 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES / EVENTS

Tuesday, February 28 at 5 pm (closed to the public)

I will be speaking about LinkedIn at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Monday, May 15 at 7 pm (free and open to the public)

I have also saved a date with the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) Broadneck Branch, for a workshop on LinkedIn Profiles. More details to come in the next issue.