Entries by Kelly Donovan

Should you be working for free?

At some point in your career, you’ve probably been faced with the question of whether working for free made sense. And, whether it was a volunteer gig with a non-profit or freelance work on a pro bono basis, you still need to be aware of the impact on your time and income. All of these […]

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Get known in your field: 3 ways

Introductions will be smoother when people have already heard of you. Doors will open more readily. And employers may be contacting you instead of the other way around. Building this kind of awareness for your personal brand takes time, but it’s worth it. Here are a few of my favorite strategies. 1. Publish, publish, publish—both […]

8 ways to navigate networking introductions with grace

It can be awkward when you’re being introduced to someone in a networking capacity as part of your job search. This is also where a lot of job seekers, even executives, miss out on potential opportunities because of how they approach the introduction. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes (and chances are […]

5 reasons to use only one LinkedIn Profile, not two

From time to time, folks tell me they want to have two LinkedIn accounts. Some of the reasons include: “I don’t want my boss to know I’m job hunting, so I’ll have a separate account for job hunting!” “I have a day job and a side hustle, so I need separate accounts for each.” “I’m […]

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After you apply for a job, do this

OK, so you’ve applied for that shiny new job opening… now what? Sit and wait? What has worked well for other clients of mine is a short, targeted followup, usually via LinkedIn or email. This is assuming that you don’t know someone at the company who’s going to help you out, which is the ideal […]

Fired because of LinkedIn?!

(From the archives – updated in 2019) The Internet has been buzzing with news about a UK executive who is suing his former employer over a dispute involving his LinkedIn profile–news that may be alarming to many who use LinkedIn. Based on the article about it on MailOnline, the gist is that BG Group dismissed […]

Introduction to “resume speak”

Resumes are a little weird. You might wonder if the wording you see on professionally written resumes is grammatically correct. It’s correct–sort of. Welcome to the world of “resume speak!” “Resume speak” is the unique style that has become the standard for resume writing. Decision makers, executive recruiters, and HR executives usually expect and appreciate […]

3 problems with advertised job postings

When I talk to job seekers who have been unemployed for a long time, they often tell me they have been finding advertised job openings online and applying for them as their primary job search strategy–sometimes the only strategy. Here are three problems I see with that. 1. The job you’re applying for might already […]

What style is best for the LinkedIn “About” section?

The LinkedIn section previously called the Summary is now called the About section, but that hasn’t changed one of the most common points of confusion for users: what style is best for writing this section? If you spend some time looking around LinkedIn, you’ll find that many executives and professionals use wording in the About […]