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Protect Your Network – Mixing Marketing and Social Media

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

A recent trend in social media is the idea of direct marketing to consumers (also called network marketing). While this form of multi-level marketing and sales has been around for ages (think Mary Kay consultants and door-to-door salesman), social media has given it a whole new life. If you’re active on social media, then you probably know what I’m talking about; these are your friends who are hosting virtual parties to sell a variety of products, posting incentives to either join their team, and promoting their loyal customer programs. However, this kind of direct marketing can overwhelm your friend’s newsfeed and can cause an unintended result; the loss of that friend and professional connection.

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Going Up? Get Off On the Right Floor with Your Elevator Pitch

By Kristen Carter
Contributor, Career Services

Whether you are actively job seeking or networking, it is important to have a prepared elevator pitch to communicate to your listener who you are and what you do. Even if you are one of those networking buffs that can rattle off a few clever statements and keep your audience engaged the entire time, it is still important for you to plan ahead of time what you might say.

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Misperceptions about LinkedIn That May Keep You from Using It

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

According to LinkedIn, only about 50% of LinkedIn users are active. I have heard many excuses as to why people are not actively engaged - or using it at all - based on misperceptions about what LinkedIn is and how it will benefit them.

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8 Tips For More Effective Networking

By Susan Hoffman
Online Career Tips Contributor

For many job hunters, networking is a proven method of finding a new job. Good networking relies on more than handing out your business cards to everyone you meet at networking events, trade shows, or social occasions. Some preparation and social skills are vital. Here are 8 tips to improve your networking skills.

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LinkedIn as a Career Motivator

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

There is no bigger career motivator than the fear that comes from seeing your friends and colleagues move forward in their career when you are feeling stagnant. A new title in a LinkedIn profile is evidence that colleagues in your circle are progressing forward in their careers, and that realization can leave you questioning your own career journey. Rather than letting fear make you second guess your career decisions, allow the feeling to motivate you to step up to new challenges and branch out into new areas of your profession.

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Professional Organizations: An Untapped Resource for the Young Professional

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

Memberships for professional organizations are often thought to be reserved for seasoned individuals already working in their field. But in fact, most professional organizations are open and encouraging to students and recent graduates who are looking to get a foot in the door and can act as an avenue for networking and employment opportunities. Here are a few advantages to joining a professional organization as a student or recent graduate.

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Parents: The One Thing You Can Do to Prepare Your High Schoolers to Succeed

By William Arruda
Forbes

It may seem like joining LinkedIn as a teen is a sign that we’re making kids grow up too fast, but it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time or become a central focus. All it takes is a basic understanding of LinkedIn, a solid profile, and a few connections who are interested in being part of a future success story.

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How to Hold an Effective Business Dinner

By Adrienne Erin
Online Career Tips, Contributor

Hosting a business dinner can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t do it very often or the attendees are people you want as future clients or coworkers. However, planning in advance goes a long way, as does taking anything that happens in stride and responding in the best way you can.

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Are Business Cards Still a Relevant Networking Tool?

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

A recent conversation with a colleague left me wondering if using business cards for networking is becoming obsolete. With the growing use of social media, is the business card no longer effective? Worse, does it make one appear dated and - eek! - very "90s"?

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