Tuesday Tip: Update Your Career Interests and Discover the Right Jobs

Finding the right job can sometimes feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. One action you can take to help is to share your career interests, which in turn helps LinkedIn personalize job recommendations for you. Using the Career Interests dashboard, you can set your career interests by location, company size, industry, and the job titles you’re interested in pursuing. Here you can also turn on Open Candidates to privately signal you’re open to a new opportunity — in fact, this can...

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Huawei and LinkedIn: A new way to power your professional relationships

We’re excited to share a new partnership with Huawei, which announced its new Mate10 flagship smartphone in Munich, Germany today. As part of our collaboration with Huawei, you will now be able to access the power of your LinkedIn network directly from your Huawei smartphone. It’s an OS level integration available to all users of the new EMUI 8, which means that you can now connect your LinkedIn account to see the latest profile information about your professional contacts directly integrated...

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How to Easily Download Your LinkedIn Connections for FREE

Have you downloaded a list of your LinkedIn connections lately? Did you even know it's possible to download it?

This extremely useful function has been available for quite some time, but most people have not taken advantage of it.

But the good news is LinkedIn has expanded this feature, and now—in addition to a list of your connections—you can download lots of other valuable data from your LinkedIn account.

Now, if you're saying to yourself, It's probably hard to figure out how to do it—and even tougher to know how to capitalize on the information—I've got good news for you: It's very easy to do.

Just follow these three simple steps:
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  1. Click Me in the top toolbar from your LinkedIn homepage.
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  2. Choose Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu, which takes you to the Account section of this page.
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  3. Scroll down and click Getting an archive of your data, and choose either fast file only or fast file plus other data.
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That's it. Within an hour you'll get the fast file, and you'll receive the rest of the data within a day. It will be sent to the primary email listed in your LinkedIn account.
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Here's what you'll get

You will obviously find some of this information to be more useful than others, but I can assure you there are some real gems in here. Here is a partial list of what you'll receive. (Click here to see the full list)
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Account information:
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  • Registration information
  • Login history, including IP records
  • Email address history and status
  • Account history, including account closures and reopens


Other information:
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  • Name information, including the current name on your account and any previous name changes
  • A list of your first-degree connections
  • Photos that have been uploaded to your account
  • Endorsements you've received
  • List of skills on your profile
  • Recommendations given and received
  • Connection invitations sent and received
  • Inbox communications
  • Group contributions
  • Your search history
  • Content you've posted, shared, liked, or commented on
  • Mobile apps you've installed
  • Ads you've clicked on
  • The targeting criteria LinkedIn uses to show you ads

In my opinion, the most useful information is the list of your first-degree connections. In that spreadsheet you'll find first name, last name, current job title, current company, connection date andpotentially the most lucrative informationemail address. I'm sure you'll find numerous uses for all of this material, but knowing you can have all these email addresses in one handy dandy spot is probably the best news you've gotten lately.

Don't delaygo get your data now. And why not do yourself a favor and make a note to follow this procedure at least quarterly. You never know when you'll need this goldmine of information.

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Tuesday Tip: Never Miss a Beat with the Daily Rundown

Ever worry that you’ll be caught tongue tied when your coworkers are talking about the news of the day? Fear not. Each day, LinkedIn’s editors publish the Daily Rundown to make sure you’re up-to-speed on the day’s top professional news, trends and career tips. If you have the LinkedIn mobile app, you’ll see the Daily Rundown in your notifications when it’s ready: The Daily Rundown is currently available to members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and India, with other countries...

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Practical Tips for Finding The Way In: Claire’s Job Search Story

Claire was worried her dream job didn’t exist. For her, a dream job was one with an exciting role, cool technology and a just-right commute. Oh, and it needed to be a job that would make a big impact in the world. A tall order, right? But then she found it — all of it, at a company right in her backyard. If you’re thinking this was pure luck, think again. Here are 3 things Claire did that any job seeker can do today to help find their way in to a new opportunity: #1 Search and find companies...

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Why Is it Important to Know Who’s Viewing Your LinkedIn Profile?

If you owned or managed a retail store and someone walked into the store, what would you do? Obviously, you'd say, How can I help you? and engage in a conversation because the person may be interested in what you have to sell.

LinkedIn has something similar to your very own retail store—your profile. People are viewing your profile (stopping into your store) each and every day. So why not take these visits seriously and engage in a conversation with at least some of your visitors.

LinkedIn's Who's Viewed Your Profile feature can help you with this. However, in spite of this feature's tremendous potential, it's a bit confusing to navigate, so most users fail to capitalize on it.
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How to access Who's Viewed Your Profile and how it works

To access this feature, click the words Who's viewed your profile on the left side of your home page.

If you're on the free account (like 79% of the users I've surveyed), you'll see some of the details on the last five people ("stalkers") who looked at your profile. Premium members see the same amount of details but have access to a list of all their stalkers for the last 90 days. The details you see for each stalker are based on a setting chosen by the stalker and not by you. Thus, even with a paid account, you'll see no more than the person has chosen to reveal to you.
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How to adjust your settings when you're viewing people's profiles

Go to your Settings & Privacy page by clicking the down arrow under your photo on the top toolbar and selecting Privacy & Settings>Privacy>Profile viewing options from the drop-down menu. There are three options to choose from.
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Personally, I want my name and headline to show up in every possible place. Hey, it's free advertising. But you may have a different strategy.

If you choose full disclosure but want to be anonymous for a short time while you stalk, say, a competitor, change your setting to Anonymous LinkedIn Member while you gather your competitive intelligence. But don't forget to change it back when you're done, because on the free account LinkedIn penalizes you for choosing anonymous. While in anonymous mode, you cannot see who looked at your profile. They also remove the five people who looked at your profile immediately prior to your choice to remain anonymous. So you'll want to check out the list before changing your setting.
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Why should you care who's looking at your profile?

People typically don't look at LinkedIn profiles to pass the time when they're bored. Trust me—if someone is on your list, one of two things has probably happened:

1.  Someone has referred you. In other words, someone you know has passed along your name and maybe some information about you with a statement like, "Check out Wayne Breitbarth's profile; this guy really knows his LinkedIn stuff."

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2.  You stood out in a LinkedIn search, a discussion, a comment you posted, or LinkedIn selected you to be listed in one of these features—People Similar To, People Also Viewed or People You May Know—and the person was interested in seeing more, so (s)he clicked through to your profile.

But no matter how the person found your profile, it's a good thing they're there!
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What should you do with this list of stalkers?

There's nothing you can do if they've chosen to be totally anonymous or mostly anonymous. If any of the others look interesting to you, click through and review their profile to see if there's any reason to message them (if they're already a first-degree connection) or connect with them. They obviously have an interest in you, so you should probably contact them if they look interesting to you.

Remember, with a free account, you only see the last five people who've viewed your profile. So check your list frequently. You wouldn't want to miss someone who's dying to be your next customer or future employer.
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Final thoughts

The more time I spend using this feature and discussing it with LinkedIn power users, the more I understand why Who's Viewed Your Profile is the top-ranked feature on LinkedIn.

And the more popular this feature becomes, the more important it is that you have a great profile, don't you think?

For help with sprucing up your profile and formulating your personal LinkedIn strategy, sign up for a one-hour, one-on-one phone consultation with me for the significantly reduced rate of $175. (This is a limited-time offer.)

Book your personal session today by clicking here: https://calendly.com/waynebreitbarth/special1on1linkedinconsult

Here's what one client said about his session:

"Wayne provided excellent advice and recommendations during our recent LinkedIn consulting session. He is an expert in this area and was able to provide insights into my profile that will help me advance my brand and positioning. Wayne is an excellent listener and took a great deal of time during our session to understand my background, experience, and interests. I strongly recommend his services."

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Hiring Remains Strong: LinkedIn Workforce Report October 2017

Hiring across the U.S. was 19.8% higher this September versus September 2016. The crunch for construction workers intensifies in the Southeast. Growth in Nashville’s tech sector outpaces supply of skilled workers.

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Tuesday Tip: Using the Follow Hub to Discover Fresh Perspectives and Manage Your Followers

If you’re interested in finding new perspectives to follow on LinkedIn, check out your follow hub. Here you’ll find relevant recommendations on people, companies and publications to follow. Additionally, you can see and manage who you’re following and who’s following you — all in one place. From here, you can also unfollow sources if you no longer want to receive their updates, but would like to remain connected on LinkedIn (don’t worry, your connections will never know you unfollowed them). To...

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Cracking the Interview Code to Find Your Way In

Nice work, you've landed an interview for that job you want. Now what? The initial excitement may wear off as nervous energy sets in. You may start to wonder: How does my experience compare to others? Is this the right fit? What do I wear? How do I make a good impression? The good news is that some of the most common interview pitfalls that can distract potential employers from our strengths are super easy to avoid. Based on survey feedback we gathered from professionals across the U.S., we...

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Be an Ally for the Women in Tech at GHC 2017

Seeing women in tech and the allies that support them come together each year at the Grace Hopper Celebration is powerful and inspiring. This year, we’re proud to send 180 LinkedIn employees and have 12 women speaking  including software engineers, product managers and designers, as well as many of our male leaders, to the event. As one of the leaders of our Women in Tech (WIT) program, I am constantly in awe of the women who are part of this group. WIT’s mission is to help give technical...

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