Is this One LinkedIn mistake hindering your job search?

By now, most of us are pretty comfortable sharing information about ourselves. Professional networks, such as LinkedIn, provide us with a platform for showcasing our careers and the best part is that we control what is seen. So, the question now comes up, Why do so many of us not take full advantage of this? Worse yet, why would anyone create a “professional profile” and leave it looking as though it was done by an amateur?Social Media concepts isolated on white background

LinkedIn profiles without a clean, professional-appearing
photo are hurting your chances at getting noticed by recruiters.

If your profile picture doesn’t project a clean, professional image, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Yes, you’re proud of your family or your pet Pomeranian, but those photos belong on your desk, not your LinkedIn profile.

Selfies are for Instagram and Facebook.

If your goal is to project a professional image–which it should be–it’s important to start with a good profile picture. Selfies won’t do. Photos with your best friend mostly cropped out look just as bad, and the one of you holding a margarita…not smart.

In past years it was necessary to use a professional photography studio. Fortunately, getting ahold of a high-resolution camera phone and photo editing software is easy these days, so paying a professional isn’t necessary.

baby faceI like the DIY method. My current LinkedIn profile picture was taken by one of my colleagues here at the office using my phone. The wall behind me came out a strange green-ish color that wasn’t flattering, so I used a free photo editing app online that let me change the background color to white.

Problem solved!

If you can’t be somebody, don’t be a nobody.

LinkedIn profiles with no photo get the lowest number of views. It doesn’t matter if yours is a household name–no pic, no click. Humans are visual. A report recently published by TheLadders that tracked eye movement while recruiters viewed online profiles indicates that 19% of a recruiter’s time is spent looking at your profile picture.

Do yourself a favor and, when you finish reading and sharing this post, take an objective look at your own profile picture and spend a few minutes to make it better. It will be time well spent.

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“Secrets” to getting more job interviews?

The truth is, there are no “secrets” that will guarantee you an interview or a job. Like anything else in life, it takes preparation and a positive attitude. With the right preparation, you will get interviews and ultimately job offers. The attitude is all up to you. But, I’m confident that once you’re properly prepared, your attitude—and optimism—will soar.lobbypeople

Where do you start?

You don’t need to start from scratch, but you will need to begin looking at yourself from the perspective of a recruiter, HR staff, or the direct hiring manager. There are hundreds of emails and resumes submitted every time a job is posted. Whether it’s a computer-based system or a real person reviewing your resume, they need to see the key words that are relevant to the position.

The first contact you have with a potential employer will be with your resume and cover letter. If you haven’t customized your resume for the company and position, you’re already at a disadvantage. You cover letter allows you to point out or summarize particular experience that might be missed by even the sharpest reader.  You want to show how you’re good at what you do, and why you make a good fit for the company. Continue reading

ANGIOPLASTIES – Interesting article about varying cost that should make you scratch your head

The cost of angioplasties — among the most common treatments for heart disease — varies widely in markets across the country, with significant variations emerging even within the same market area.

A new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) shows that prices for angioplasties or Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs) can cost more than five times as much depending on which hospital a patient chooses within a market. The analysis is based on independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ claims data.Angioplasty_391x269

While many angioplasty procedures are performed while a patient is experiencing a heart attack, the procedures studied in this report are not performed on such an urgent basis, making it possible for some individuals to consider both quality and cost as they choose the best facility for their care.

A Study of Cost Variation for Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (Angioplasties) in the U.S.” shows the median typical cost for an angioplasty procedure was$27,144 in 86 of the 100 largest markets where claims data were available.* It could cost as little as $15,494 in Birmingham, Alabama, and as much as $61,231 in Sacramento, California. Continue reading