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How many recommendations do you need on LinkedIn?

Zero is NOT the correct answer to “How many recommendations should you have on LinkedIn?” If you are a jobseeker, hiring managers might set their own minimum thresholds of the “right” number. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, hopefully you have some “testimonials” or recommendations from previous satisfied clients. If you are employed, make sure you get written validation from your supervisor or colleagues while you are “in between transitions”. One never knows when…

How many skills and endorsements do you need?

Industry Knowledge, Tools & Technologies, Interpersonal Skills, Languages, or Other Skills are the categories for Skills and Endorsements on LinkedIn, in addition to your top 3 skills. The maximum number of skills you can have is 50, so should you have 50? Well … it depends on your strategy.  If you request that people endorse you for skills and you have fewer than 50 skills, you might reach the 99+ category of endorsements for each skill faster.However, if…

How to Create & Follow Hashtags on LinkedIn

Hashtag usage on social media may be well understood by some, mysterious to others, or somewhere inbetween. The hash sign (#) is utilized before a word or string of words so others can find specific content or a theme indexed on social networks, including LinkedIn. The hashtags can become discoverable or searchable by others as a category, per se. People can find, follow, or contribute to conversations with this method of organization.For example, if there…

How To Construct a Boolean Search for LinkedIn on Google

Have you ever received a “Commercial Use Limit” notification when you have exceeded the 300 searches you have done in a month? LinkedIn will warn you when you have reached 90% of your 300 limit. If you exceed the limit, LinkedIn will do a reset on the 1st of the month, but will suggest that in order to increase your profile views, you should purchase Premium Business, Recruiter, or Sales Navigator.If you are a hiring…

How To Do a Boolean Search on LinkedIn

Happy National Small Business Week! Wouldn’t you love to support local small businesses? What if they were so small you didn’t know they even existed because they have no storefront? What if they worked virtually from home? Freelanced? Were a solopreneur? What if you REALLY needed their services?Wait! There is LinkedIn and it’s an amazing database and treasure trove of information! If these small business owners used the right keywords to be found and you were looking…

"Concopulo" in Networking with Your Alumni on LinkedIn

How’s your Latin? It’s commencement season, so it might be a good time to brush up! Unless you teach Latin, you might not know that concopulo means to join or associate. Also, you might not remember the difference between alum, alumni, alumna, alumnus, and alumnae, so click here for a refresher.I am honored to be giving my first commencement speech on Friday, so wanted to share some tidbits about LinkedIn and the power of alumni…

How to Embellish Your Job Titles on LinkedIn

Yada yada yada! You are a solopreneur and are into titles and want to call yourself President or CEO.  President or CEO of what? Perhaps you are a VP Sales … but a VP Sales of what? Don’t you want to be the first chair of the first violins, otherwise known as the concertmaster? Don’t you want to be that leader? Why not embellish your job titles on LinkedIn so you can play the first violinist role…