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How to Build a Federal Resume

There are about 3 million jobs within the federal government, from entry-level to advanced, in all functional areas. These jobs offer generous benefits, solid pay, and job security. Unfortunately, applying for a federal job is a bit of a complicated process. A federal resume is not the same thing as a typical professional resume. USA Jobs is your essential tool for landing a federal job. Use it to search for openings and submit your application. Be sure to read each job announcement very...

4 Steps to Make Your LinkedIn Summary Stand Out

The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is highly keyword-optimized, which means it’s super influential in getting your profile in front of recruiters or other folks searching for people like you. And because it sits at the top of your profile page, it occupies primo real estate, giving you a golden opportunity to establish your personal brand and your professional credentials. How exactly to approach writing a LinkedIn profile Summary section stymies a lot of people. LinkedIn is its own...

The Easy Way to Take a Great LinkedIn Profile Pic

It’s a basic minimum requirement for most any professional to have a LinkedIn profile with a decent profile picture. LinkedIn research estimates that simply adding a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed. Of course, allowing viewers to attach a face to a name makes your profile more compelling and memorable. Furthermore, a good picture lets you promote your professional brand. You don’t need a professional headshot or fancy photography. But your picture must be...

The Mental Hack Proven to Boost Your Professional and Personal Success

Each July, I share with you powerful mental hacks and mindset shifts that can power successful career development. We’ve explored how the happiness advantage can drive your career success, how to identify your personal brand, and how to be a better motivator by leveraging your co-workers’ decision-making styles. This time, let’s talk about a way of thinking that numerous rigorous studies solidly correlate with higher academic, professional, and relationship success. Making this single shift in...

How to Use LinkedIn to Connect with a Real Person When Applying for a Job

Most people know how to find jobs online and apply for the jobs they find. But one of the biggest frustrations I hear from job seekers is the difficulty of making sure your application reaches a real, live human being—and that that person will actually give your application some real consideration. Fortunately, you have a powerful weapon in connecting directly and personally with the hiring manager of your target position. LinkedIn is a huge resource for companies posting jobs and recruiters...

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