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  • Leadership

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    How to Prevent Favoritism in the Workplace

    Regardless of the size of your office, favoritism can wreak havoc on the overall dynamic and morale of your company. Managers have to work hard to ensure that their actions do not seem to be favoring one employee over another. While it’s okay to praise one team member for their positive contributions, continually zeroing in on the efforts of one and ignoring what everyone else is doing becomes detrimental. Here are some strategies you can use to avoid falling into the trap of showing favoritism at work: Remain aware of it In many cases, favoritism happens simply because a manager is unaware that they’re doing it. It’s natural to have certain employees you connect with well, and others you don’t as much.…

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  • Career Coach

    4 Organizational Tools to Start Usi…

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t think twice about the little things. That’s how I get into troub…

    4 Organizational Tools to Start Using Immediately

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t think twice about the little things. That’s how I get into trouble, because it’s the little things that make a big impact when they slip through the cracks. Whether it’s a forgotten follow-up call to a customer or a lost password, you can’t afford to let the little things slow you down. Fortunately, when life is moving faster than ever and our primitive human brains can’t catch up, there are some terrific organization applications to help out. LastPass If you’re like me, your poor password management is a disaster waiting to happen. While it’s certainly easier to use the same password all the time, or passwords that are extremely simple to remember, it’s definitely…

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  • Social Media

    How Ignoring Technology Will Help Y…

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    How Ignoring Technology Will Help You Do Better Work

    This summer while you’re on vacation, how often will you check email? Are you even taking a vacation? If you’re anything like me, the thought of a digital-free vacation is almost more stressful than coming to work. Our smartphones have become integral to our daily activities. I need mine to tell time and take photos — I even use it as a flashlight. (I’m obviously not leaving that behind the next time I travel.) But while there’s no question that these devices enhance our personal and professional lives, misuse can actually diminish our productivity and erode relationships. “Be where you are” A previous #TChat Radio show took on the ever-pressing issue of how to manage our digital lives more effectively. The expert guests…

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  • Career

    An FBI Agent Reveals 5 Steps To Gai…

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    I had an opportunity to ask Robin Dreeke a few questions. Robin is in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program and the author of "It’s Not All About Me." Robin combines science and years of work in the field to offer practical tips to build rapport and establish trust. In this brief interview he discusses building relationships, how to approach someone you don’t know and ask for a favor, and the keys to establishing trust. A lot of people are interested in strengthening and furthering relationships. How can people do this? This is the most important aspect of everything we do in life. I’m going to give some light science behind each of my answers but to…

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  • Work Life Balance

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    Want a better work life balance? Exercise.

    Today, I have a lot on my plate  -- work deadlines, kids home from school, my parents coming over for dinner. I just don't have time to workout in the gym, even though I made an exercise schedule and I should be sticking to it. When I'm stressed and feeling overwhelmed, I usually give up exercise to get more done. Now, I'm rethinking my behavior. Researchers have found that exercise empowers people to feel they could better manage their work life balance. People who exercised regularly were more confident they could handle tough tasks. They felt better prepared for the challenges of the interaction of their work and home life and were less likely to be stressed at work, researchers found. "The idea sounds…

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  • Career Inspiration

    Planning for the Life You Want

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    Planning for the Life You Want

    Photo by bibekthecrony By Gary Stokes Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill I haven’t always been as intentional about the life I want to live as I am now. And I haven’t always been as successful at getting what I want. Now I know that simple old-fashioned formal planning about my life makes getting what I want much more of a sure thing. Earlier in my life I probably could not have easily identified what I wanted. For instance when I had been married 17 years the first time, and I had three teen-age children, I was depressed, confused, and adrift with no vision or strategies for my life. I remember toward the end of the marriage trying to…

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  • Career

    CNN Asks Why Male Trial Lawyers Aro…

    CNN has a heartbreaking new story that examines America's growing epidemic of crippling depression a…

    CNN Asks Why Male Trial Lawyers Around America Are Killing Themselves

    CNN has a heartbreaking new story that examines America's growing epidemic of crippling depression and suicide among attorneys — particularly male trial lawyers. State bar associations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Iowa, and other states have taken action to protect lawyers' mental health in light of their high suicide rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says lawyers are the fourth most suicidal profession after dentists, pharmacists, and physicians. There are a few theories about why lawyers are vulnerable to depression and suicide. For one thing, the law can attract workaholics who are prone to stress. The law — particularly trial law — also involves constant strife and conflict, which can be inherently stressful and depressing. "There are a lot of high stress professions,"…

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  • Career

    10 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Ca…

    When you get lazy or frustrated, you can develop some bad habits that can harm your career. When I h…

    10 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Career

    When you get lazy or frustrated, you can develop some bad habits that can harm your career. When I have a pause in my day, I slump. Literally. I lean forward in my chair, rest my chin in my hand, and ponder what I’m reading and writing about. It’s a posture that feels right to me. It requires no thought or effort. It’s the pose I used for my online picture. You might even call it my comfort zone. As it turns out though, my slump is not working for me, and has actually been doing me some harm. I got my wake up call last week when I went to the chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my neck. By slumping…

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  • Career

    5 Tips For Dressing Your Best For I…

    First impressions stick. How you look when you walk through the door to your interview will create a…

    5 Tips For Dressing Your Best For Interviews

    First impressions stick. How you look when you walk through the door to your interview will create a lasting impression. Make it count! Here are five tips for dressing your best for interviews: 1. Add A Touch Of Personality A smart skirt and shirt combo always works well. Add a blazer and you will look like dynamite. Include a splash of color with accessories to give some personality to your outfit and to help make you stand out from the crowd. Personalizing your attire is always a good move as it creates interest, making you someone the interviewer wants to find out more about, but be careful not to overdo it. Browse online on sites like Stylekeepers and find a look that feels…

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  • Career

    8 Ways To Deal With The Monday Blue…

    Feeling the Monday Blues? You are not alone in this. Millions of people feel the same way you do. So…

    8 Ways To Deal With The Monday Blues

    Feeling the Monday Blues? You are not alone in this. Millions of people feel the same way you do. So how do you deal with it? 1. Don’t Think About It The more you think about it, the worse it becomes. The way I deal with the Monday Blues to not think about it. Does it go away? I am not sure. But it sure makes me feel better. Think of it as you can’t scratch. If you think about the itch, it seems to get itchier. So, I just don’t think about the Monday Blues and I do not remind myself of the feeling. I simply ignore it and I feel better immediately. Get that concept out of your mind. The more…

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  • Career Woman

    New Year’s Intentions and Career Pl…

      New year’s day only comes once a year, and it offers us an opportunity to create a beginni…

    New Year’s Intentions and Career Planning

      New year’s day only comes once a year, and it offers us an opportunity to create a beginning like no other day. We like how Dana uses this day to do some intuitive career planning. Whatever you do today, enjoy the beginning. – InPower Editors A few years out of school and into my career I found myself really enjoying New Year’s Day. It was always quiet. Everything was closed. The bustle of the holiday was over and while some nursed their hangovers, I usually found myself with little to do. One year, I found myself writing out some intentions. Even early on I’d given up on “resolutions,” knowing that if I didn’t want something to the point of planning on…

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  • Career

    Do You Have a Networking Bucket Lis…

    Recently I have met many interesting people. Among them, I spoke with an MBA intern, a branding guru…

    Do You Have a Networking Bucket List?

    Recently I have met many interesting people. Among them, I spoke with an MBA intern, a branding guru, human resources enthusiast, a leadership author and someone in the social media/website industry. Their backgrounds and talents varied widely. This is what made my discussions so interesting and exciting. I learned something from each of them. The point of this post is to help you understand that "networking" (I hate this word), isn't just something you do to find a job or secure new business. It is something you do to develop yourself. Several months ago I was asked to make a list of three people I would like to get to know better; people I admired or respected. Geography was not a restriction. I…

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  • Work Life Balance

    I Wish I’d Spent More Time In The O…

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    I Wish I’d Spent More Time In The Office…

    Chances are you won’t be whispering this on your deathbed. You only have one shot, so make it count. One of the top regrets of the dying is that they worked too hard. Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, uttered ‘I blew … Continue reading → The post I Wish I’d Spent More Time In The Office… appeared first on Officevibe.

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  • Social Media

    Connecting With An Old Boss? Use Th…

    So, you’re on LinkedIn and you notice that an old co-worker or boss works at one of the companies yo…

    Connecting With An Old Boss? Use This LinkedIn Template

    So, you’re on LinkedIn and you notice that an old co-worker or boss works at one of the companies you’re interested in. Great! There’s only one issue: you haven’t been in contact with this person in years. So, how should you reach out? Having a strong connection within the company you’d like to work for is key in landing the job. Even if the person you know doesn’t have final say in the hiring process, they can recommend you or direct you to someone in the company that could help you through the application/interview process. Not only that, but you can learn more about the company culture and values from this contact, which could potentially alter your feelings toward the position. That’s why it’s…

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  • Career Inspiration

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Stop Writing Your LinkedIn Profile in the 3rd Person!

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If your LinkedIn profile is written in the 3rd person, stop reading this blog and go change that description of yourself right now. I am dead serious. Nothing annoys me more than inflated egos (most employers think this way), and one simple technique for identifying inflated egos is the reference to the self in the 3rd person.

Stop writing your Linkedin profile in the 3rd person!

by David Smooke

I know you may think you’ve accomplished so much that someone should be talking about your professional conquests, and maybe they are, but not on your own LinkedIn page. When I see the 3rd person on a LinkedIn page I think, has this person been hacked? Or are you just that out of touch when it comes to presenting yourself on the social web?

The social web’s value lies in direct connection to anyone’s personal page. Whether it’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, or wherever, nearly everyone stores some from of their identity on a page online. That’s why my company’s job advertisements encourage candidates to apply with whatever profiles already stores their information. Candidates (and companies for that matter) should be forthcoming. Your information is out there for reference. When you write about yourself on your LinkedIn profile, the use of the first person is appropriate.*

recruiters and linkedin contact

What I am writing about is nothing new; it’s just arrogance manifesting within another medium. When Esquire tackled, “Why the F%$# Do People Refer to Themselves in the Third Person?” Harvard Medical School Professor and Author of Identifying and Understanding the Narcissistic Personality explained:

Referring to yourself in the third person creates distance between “I” and “he.” So if you have an exaggerated view of how great you are, you could be using this distance to make yourself even bigger. Or, if you’ve achieved major success suddenly, using the third person could be a way to adjust to the bigger role that’s been assigned to you. It’s a way to enlarge yourself to fit that role.

Why would people refer to themselves in the 3rd person on LinkedIn more often than they do on Facebook? LinkedIn’s emphasis on role. The 3rd person is a way to enlarge yourself to fit that exaggerated role of how great you (seemingly) are. At some point exaggerations become lies, and that will red flag your resume. Sometimes, the resume is better off simple. Often times your titles and company names are plenty to give 80% of your professional profile. For the final 20% of your professional profile, be humble, be honest, and above all else, be yourself.

(*If you are one of the few people who had their LinkedIn profile written by someone else – there is nothing wrong with ghostwriting –  acknowledge that no matter who wrote the page, your LinkedIn page is you telling me what you do.)

Editor’s Note:  This also applies to resumes and any other profile you are maintaining on your own for social purposes, like Twitter.  It is okay for annual reports, bios for blogs (particularly ones that you don’t maintain) and items distributed at your speaking engagements.  Those of you who pay attention will note that my bio on TheCareerKing is in 3rd person.  I am guilty of taking a shortcut because I wrote it for other publications too.  Don’t make the mistake if you are looking to get a job or grow your following on Linkedin.

Author: David Smooke is Director of Social Media at @SmartRecruiters.

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