Entries by Kelly Donovan

5 secrets for using industry groups in job search

Industry associations are a job seeker’s best friend—or at least they should be. There are thousands of associations that cater to professionals in virtually every industry, from the American Society of Civil Engineers to the American Marketing Association. Name a profession and it probably has a group, and there might be a local chapter in […]

Why you need a mentor and how to find one

Last night, I was fortunate to have a conversation with a highly successful entrepreneur who offered some excellent advice for improving and growing my business. Previously, I’d been stuck on one stumbling block that was holding me back (keeping me stuck). Afterward, the path I need to take was clear. This experience made me think […]

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 […]