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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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Facebook Secure Browsing

Hi Friends!

In case you hadn’t seen any status updates like the one I got tonight, I’m sharing this with you now. Facebook has made some more changes. It’s regarding the security of your connection to Facebook. You can check it and change it as necessary though.

1. Go to Account, then Account Settings – Account Security
2. Click Change.
3. Check box (secure browsing)
4. Click Save.

If any of you have had your account “hijacked” before, you’ll appreciate this tip, I’m sure. You can get notified if someone logs onto your account from another computer. If you get that notification, it’s time to change your password.

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Creating Your Own “Button”

Hi Friends!

This tip is for Outlook, PowerPoint, or Word. I’m not sure what other programs it will work in. It works if your recipient will read an electronic (soft) copy, rather than a hard copy (for obvious reasons).

Basically, you’ll copy a logo for your link. In this case I’m going to choose LinkedIn. Then you’ll associate a hyperlink to that logo. In this case I’ll associate my LinkedIn page to the LinkedIn logo. Here’s how it’s done:

1.   Go to Google.com and click “Images”

2.   Enter “LinkedIn” in the search box and hit enter

3.   Choose your favorite logo for LinkedIn and click on it to open it in its largest form

4.   Right-click and select “Copy Image from the resulting list”

5.   Go to you document (e-mail, slide, or Word document) and hold “Ctrl” and tap “V” to paste.

6.   Resize as needed.

Now we’re going to save your hyperlink in your documents.

1.   Go to your LinkedIn profile and find “Public Profile”

2.   Right-click on the URL (circled above) to the right of “Public Profile”

3.   Click “Save link as…”

4.   At this point you will see a file saving screen pop up. Save it in a place and as a name you will remember easily.

Now go to your document (e-mail, slide, or Word document)

1.   Right-click on the logo you pasted and choose “Hyperlink”

2.   Navigate to the URL you saved in LinkedIn and double-click it.

Your logo/icon is now a hyperlinked button! (Make sure you test it before you send it along though.)

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Facebook: correction to status or post

Hi Friends!

I don’t know about you, but while entering a comment or status, I keep hitting “Enter” by accident. Enter causes an immediate “post” as soon as you hit it. Ugh!

No worries. If you like most or all of what you’ve said so far, follow these steps; otherwise just follow steps 3 – 7, skipping 6.

1.   Click in front of the first word and drag across the rest of what you want to keep.

2.   Hold down the “Ctrl” key and hit “C” (for copy).

3.   Hover your mouse over your posted comment (DON’T click on it!).

4.   Look for the little “x” to appear out to the right, and click that.

5.   A box will pop up asking if you want to delete the post. Click “Remove Post.”

Now the bum post is gone!

5.   Click in the new box (if you’re commenting, you’ll have to hit “Comment” again).

6.   Hold down the “Ctrl” key again and hit “V” to paste the stuff you copied.

7.   Fix the rest of the post! Or, if you just deleted the whole thing, write your new post.

8.   Hit “Enter”  – on purpose! (Grin)

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PowerPoint – Creating Your Own Pictures

Hi Friends!

A picture says a thousand words, so they say. But you can help that conversation in PowerPoint. I frequently use screenshots (see my article on that at http://cybersavvyservices.com/2011/03/25/screenshots-snipets-and-snapshots/), and I like to mark them up with circles and arrows. Of course you can layer and group graphics together, but did you know you can save them as one picture? Then you can insert that picture in any document, share it on the Web, Facebook, or wherever you’d like.

Here’s how I do it. Once I’ve grouped my graphics (select all the elements, and there are a few ways to do that), I right-click on the graphic I want to save, and select “Save as picture.”

It will save it as a .PNG file, but it works in most picture applications such as those I mentioned in my introductory paragraph.

Play around with that. It’s pretty handy!

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Posting a Resumé on LinkedIn

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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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Facebook and Twitter vs. LinkedIn

Greetings Friends!

Today, I hope to get a little friendly exchange, because today’s tip is about the major differences between Facebook and Twitter as they compare to LinkedIn. I personally am on all three, but I’m not a huge Twitter-lover. If you like Twitter more than Facebook or LinkedIn, sell me on it! My viewers may also be wondering what you see in it. If you love another Social Networking site, share! I’m all ears!

To me, the ultimate purpose of Facebook and Twitter are similar, whereas the ultimate purpose of LinkedIn is not. Maybe a better way to frame this would be to say the three sites are only three of many siblings. Each have the same basic DNA components, yet each has its own distinct personality and “bent” or focus.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and myriad other such sites have their roots in the idea of making social connections; hence the label, “Social Networking Sites.” You can find your friends, past connections, and make new connections. Once a link is established, you will be able to keep tabs on what’s going on in the lives of your connections based on how often your friends post and what they post.

With sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can post pictures and view those others post. You can also “check in” from a location, so people know where you are at a specific time. I’m sure the more private types are cringing at THAT one! Rest assured, you don’t HAVE to do anything! :0)  Facebook has zillions of games and applications to play (a huge time-waster if you get too involved or addicted, like I’ve done in the past).

LinkedIn is considered a PROFESSIONAL social networking site. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter all allow you to link with interest groups and businesses. The main difference with LinkedIn is that the user’s purpose is business. In this economy and with massive unemployment, LinkedIn has become one of the foremost sites for unemployed to get their resumé seen on THEIR terms. Not only that, but users can project their expertise onto this platform to be seen by headhunters and employers around the world. The power is in the USERS’ hands!

Facebook and similar sites can be used the same way as LinkedIn where it comes to the individual’s profile, but the other professional focuses are not as well-known. Companies are recognizing more and more the power of social networking, and Facebook is more of a “check” for balance and loyalty than a go-to site for headhunting.

The opinions expressed here are just that. I welcome respectful debate, so bring it on! I can’t wait to see what I’m missing!!

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