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There are two primary ways that people might use LinkedIn, the first of which is as a recruiting resource. Here, they are using LinkedIn to learn more about potential future employees. The second is as a networking resource. Knowing others in your field can help you get an in. In learning how you might use LinkedIn as a way to build and learn about these connections, there are five, distinct ways to use your LinkedIn profile more effectively.

Back in 2011, I shared with you my resume journey. During that time, my resume underwent one of the largest transformations in its history. I still remember my very first resume. It was built using a Word template that was inefficient at best. But, I was young and didn’t know any better than :-). Since then, my resume undertook a journey that has led it to where it is today. Of course, a resume is just a tool, and I haven’t lost the pieces through the journey. Now I have different resumes for different purposes. So with all these resumes, the…

In all my research and experience, one of the most consistent pieces of advice I’ve received and given is to show that you are active in the field you want to pursue. Whether your career shift is in a different direction in the same field or whether you are looking to break into something completely new, showing you are a mover and shaker in your field is a great way to get people interested in what you have to offer. And, if you’ve already taken that first step towards a new career and left your previous job, this is a great way to maintain your activity to show that not currently having a job has not slowed you down at all. In today’s digital age, there are countless ways to stay active in your field and show prospective clients and employers that you are at the forefront of what you do.

In my time working in nonprofits, I’ve had the pleasure to work in several sectors from education to healthcare to youth development to wilderness preservation. And now, I spend the majority of my time working as an instructional designer in research administration at a state-funded university. In all my experience in the non-profit world, there are several commonalities I see between them. These are, in this author’s humble opinion, the core values surrounding all nonprofit sectors.

Ever since I started taking courses at UW with the Certificate of Technical Writing and Editing, I’ve been itching to continue working in the Human Centered Design and Engineering Program. And now I’ve finally applied to their Master’s Program. I thought I’d take a moment and share with you my entrance letter to the program.

We live in a tough time to be without a job right now. For two or three years now, I’ve been positioning myself and searching for a new career path. It’s not that I didn’t love my old one, but I had grown ready for a change and ready to take on more responsibility and a larger leadership role in my career. Six months ago, I made a monumental decision. I fully committed myself to this new career search, and formally resigned from my teaching position.

This post originally appeared on the Content Equals Money blog.   Google+ business pages are just now becoming available…but while they get the kinks worked out, here is what you can do: 1. Internal information disaggregation The most talked about aspect of Google+ is Circles. Circles allows us to quickly and easily identify groups based on our relationship to them. For an individual, this allows us to identify family from friends from coworkers. It also allows us to go deeper, identifying close friends from occasional friends from acquaintances. Or, from a business perspective, your entire company, the various groups you…