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Navigating the Internet, help with online sites you are a member of, including tips that affect Social Networking sites the same way the tip affects other sites. (Category Social Networking has tips specifically for those sites.)

LinkedIn – Now You Can Show Your Heart Work!

You’ve shown your life work on your profile. Now you can share your HEART work. LinkedIn has added a new section called, “Volunteer Experience and Causes.” This is helpful on a few levels. First, it allows you another way to show volunteer work you have participated or are currently participating in. Second, it allows you to receive recommendations from those you have worked with within your volunteer job. Third, it gives you the opportunity to show your prospective employers that you have more depth than just working and going home to chill on the couch with a beer in hand. Employers are really big on community service these days.

Here’s a little suggestion, though: be careful not to post anything that might preclude you from being considered. If you are an activist with an animal rights group, you might not want to show that if you’re applying to a dairy or meat-packing company. Ok, that was a gross example. But you get my point, right? Also, if you have really strong views that come across as confrontational or that are generally deemed controversial, you might consider withholding that cause from your LinkedIn profile. Just a thought.

So, HOW do you add this section? Open LinkedIn in your browser. Hover over the tab called, “Profile.” Click on “Edit Profile.” Scroll down just below your “Top Box,” which is the box at the top of your profile with what LinkedIn considers your most vital information. You will see an option called, “Add sections to reflect achievements and experiences on your profile.” Next to that you’ll see a green plus sign and the words, “Add Section.” Click that. This dialog box will pop up:

To the left, you’ll see a list of sections. Scroll down to “Volunteer Experiences and Causes,” and click on it. It will appear in your profile, ready to add your information. You can move this section to where ever you want it after the “Top Box.” Moving sections is done by first hovering over the title bar for the section you want to move. You should see a cross-hatch with arrows at all four ends. This means LinkedIn is ready to move the section. Next, just click and drag the section to where you want it.

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Posting a Resumé on LinkedIn

Hi Friends!

I give workshops on LinkedIn and one of the most common questions is, “How do I upload my resumé?” There are two answers for that question. The first will only work IF your profile is not already 100% complete.  Click on “Profile,” then “Edit Profile.” You will see a link on the right side of your screen that says, “Import your resumé to complete your profile quickly.” Note: this  “Import your resumé” on your profile page is actually a link. When you click it, you will be directed to browse to your resumé. LinkedIn pulls in key information from your resumé and places it in your profile. You will want to look over the information in your profile (“View Profile tab), and make sure you’re satisfied with the result. It’s not a perfect application.

Is your profile already at 100%, or would you like to post the actual resumé? You will need to add the application called “Box.net” under the “More” tab. I started to write all the steps to complete this process, but it would be too long. If you want help with this, please use my request for services form on the “Our Services” tab. I will direct you to pre-pay via my Paypal link, it will be $20.

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Online sites: changing your primary e-mail address

Welcome Friends! Today’s tip is really quick and picture-less.

If you want to change your primary e-mail address, and/or delete it, on any of your online sites, these will likely be the steps to follow:

  1. You will HAVE to add the new e-mail first. Every time I’ve ever added an e-mail address, I’ve had to go through a validation process. The site will send an e-mail to the new e-mail address you just added. You will have to open it and click on the link. The link will take you back to the website you were working on. Your new address will be added,
  2. THEN you can make THAT e-mail your primary address.
  3. Once you’ve replaced the old e-mail address, you can delete it IF you want to.

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