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By Jolie Miller | Monday, February 09, 2015

10 Smart Ways to Tune Up Your LinkedIn Presence

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The beginning of the year is the perfect time to update your LinkedIn profile.

An up-to-date, relevant profile is your virtual letter to colleagues and future employers, letting them know you care about your image, your networking, and your future.

Follow along for a quick LinkedIn tune-up that shouldn’t take you more than a few hours.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five ways for women to “lean in” to their careers in 2014

Five ways for women to lean into their careers.

Sheryl Sandberg challenged women to lean in to their careers and aim for the top leadership positions of their industries. Make 2014 the year you shatter the ceiling by using these great strategies from other savvy women.

1. Disrupt yourself—to get to the next level. Harness the power of disruptive innovation, the strategy that helped Amazon and others blow past their competition.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Advancing your career: Management Tips

This week we’ll talk about earning your next promotion and raise.  The secret is not about building up enough courage to ask for what you want; it’s about thoughtful planning that lets you experience more wins and helps others do the same. It’s about turning yourself into a much better candidate for promotion.

Some people believe that if they hang out long enough at a job, they’ll get a promotion or at least a good raise. This sense of entitlement has become widespread in organizations and is often associated with the “Participation Trophy Generation.” Critics argue that the parenting trend from the last couple of decades of offering constant positive affirmation to kids has created a whole generation of people who were brought up receiving trophies just for showing up to play on a team. Now these Millennials have entered the workforce and seem to expect a promotion, raise, or at least a lot of praise just for doing their basic jobs.

By Juliana Aldous | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Manage your career with LinkedIn

We now have two courses on LinkedIn in our library from Richard Colback, one for individuals and one for businesses.

• Up and Running with LinkedIn
• LinkedIn for Business

I took Richard’s first course myself when I was interviewing at lynda.com, and it really helped me—so in turn I’d like to share five ways I’ve learned to use LinkedIn that can help you manage your career.

By Tom Geller | Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Want to freelance? Five tips to get you started

Who willingly leaps from a warm bed on a rainy morning? Yet that’s a question you might ask if you want to start freelancing. The world awaits, while the familiar comforts. Even if a difficult situation motivates you—a bad boss, job dissatisfaction, or unemployment—fear of the unknown can freeze even the intrepid.

But take heart. You’ll still be the same, familiar, human being; you’ll only become a new human doing. Here are five tips to help you use what you have, stay what you are, and get what you need to prepare for a transition to freelancing.

1. Collect your assets.

You have a professional history: use it! Make a portfolio of your past work, even if it’s not directly relevant to your new freelance practice. The online version can be built with WordPress, Drupal, Muse, or any other web software, and it should contain tangible results of your past work, such as print or digital samples. (If your work is service based and doesn’t produce tangible output, replace portfolio samples with client endorsements and illustrations of your work process.)

By Tom Geller | Friday, March 22, 2013

Staying motivated when business is slow

Most freelancers live a feast-or-famine existence. We’re either pushing hard to finish a client’s urgent project—and aren’t they all urgent?—or we’re wiling away the time, wondering what to do with ourselves.

When there’s a feast of work, clients define your activities and goals. But during famines, you’re on your own. You want to use the time well, but don’t have an external authority guiding you. Uncertainty can freeze even the most intrepid freelancer into inactivity.

By Bonnie Bills | Thursday, May 19, 2011

How can you get the most out of LinkedIn?

LinkedIn’s IPO is making waves in financial circles, but there’s a number being bandied about that should resonate with job seekers as well: 41 percent of its revenue comes from hiring solutions, which signifies the extent to which employers and recruiters are using LinkedIn to find job candidates. LinkedIn is a powerful tool for any job seeker, whether you’re a college student entering the job market or a seasoned professional looking to advance your career.

[Source: OnlineMBA.com]

Richard Colback, author of LinkedIn Essential Training, shares his top tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn:

Complete your profile and keep it up to date. LinkedIn is a live platform with millions of people referring to the profiles it contains on a daily basis. By creating and maintaining a full profile, you will feature more prominently in the results shown to this huge network of people.

Add connections. The value of a network is exponentially greater than your profile on its own. By adding business, educational, and professional contacts to your network, you open up opportunities not only for yourself, but also for others in your network who can help each other via a shared link to you.

Get involved. There are many ways that you can get involved on LinkedIn. These vary from sharing information that will benefit the LinkedIn communities you are part of, to joining groups and providing people with another way to contact you and share their interests and insights with you. Active users of LinkedIn are finding jobs, creating business partnerships, and helping others to advance every minute of the day. It’s incredibly powerful, and simple to get started.

Richard’s course offers in-depth tutorials in setting up a profile and making the most of LinkedIn’s networking and job search features. (We also have a course on creating an effective resume if you need some help with that piece.) Take some time to develop a presence on the site, and see what happens when you open yourself up to a network of millions of employers, recruiters, and colleagues who use LinkedIn to help their businesses—and each other—be more successful.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, August 23, 2010

The lynda.com culture: lynda.com employees share why they love working here

Our Human Resources department spearheaded a series of behind-the-scenes videos that talk about what it’s like to work at lynda.com, what inspires us, and what we enjoy most about the area in which our company is located.

In this second video, lynda.com employees share how they feel about lynda.com: how they feel about the product, coworkers, quality, work ethic, benefits, and the company as a whole. They also share how passionate they are about making a difference in so many members’ lives.

If you are interested in working at lynda.com, see all of our current postings on our Careers page.

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