Author: Mill Montejo

My 2017 Reflections Guide For an Improved Me (Grab a Free Copy)

Happy New Year 2017!  
Answer the questions to help you reflect and improve in the new year!

One last parting gift to help you bust into 2017.

We wanted to give our clients and followers with an adapted guide from one that has been used successfully by many people in 12 step fellowships to get to the heart of the issues in their lives that might be holding them back. While we make no express claims or guarantees about using the guide in our free resources and tools section, we do feel it is a good place to start in getting to the root of what could be holding you back from career and success in general. Take a look at some of the following questions you will answer as you work through the guide and if you would like to see more and give it a try just follow the link to the download page.

 

1) Am I generally restless, irritable (which means “easily annoyed”) and discontented

(which means “never satisfied”)? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I experience these feelings often? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I feel like I never belong or that I am not a part of, even at work or home? YES _____ NO_____.

Am I usually uncomfortable in my own skin? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I experience an ongoing sense of sadness? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I often feel like “something is missing”? YES

Does there always seem to be the same thing bothering me? YES _____ NO_____.

Can I easily solve a problem YES _____ NO_____.

Or does the problem linger for months or even years? YES _____ NO_____.

2) Am I having trouble managing my personal relationships?

Do I take care for others too much, to the point where I neglect to do the things I need to do to take care of myself? YES _____ NO_____.

Is there anyone in my life that dominates my thoughts, my actions or how I feel? YES_____NO_____.

Is there anyone in my life who is controlling me through their actions?

YES _____NO_____.

Do I snap at people or talk harshly? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I find I disagree with most people? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I always want things my own way? YES _____ NO_____.

Is there a personal or work relationship that ended that I refuse to give up on? YES _____ NO_____.

If so, do I keep trying to find ways to contact or see this person or company?

YES _____ NO_____.

Am I happy with the way things are in my current relationship or work status?

 

*If you would like to see more and give it a try just click the image below to the free tools download page*

*This guide is on the last 2 files at the bottom in both PDF and Word formats*

My 2017 Reflections Guide For An Improved Me

2017 Reflections Guide For An Improved Me

Urgent Before You Tune Out For the Holidays You Must Do This for Your LinkedIn Profile!

Check out The Essential Guide For Backing Up Your LinkedIn Profile (back up, save to PDF, and request your LinkedIn profile archives.)


https://www.slideshare.net/careermill/the-essential-guide-for-backing-up-your-linkedin-profile  

With the site getting ready to make some major upgrades as the year comes to a close we are telling all our clients to make sure to save their profile to PDF and zip archive. This is important in case there are any issues with loss of data so you don’t have to start from scratch in building your connections. 

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones. 

If You Don’t Back Up Your LinkedIn Profile Now You Could Hate Yourself Later

Jobseekers: Do This Before LinkedIn’s Next Update

(Edited and published with permission of Bridget Weide Brooks)

In September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing.

More important than how LinkedIn will look once the redesign is rolled out is what features will — or won’t — still be included.

In the past, when LinkedIn has refreshed its user interface, it has removed features. In anticipation that this may happen with the forthcoming redesign, you should consider backing up your LinkedIn profile right now, so you don’t lose any data. This exercise will take you 5-10 minutes at most.

There are two things to do:

The first is to save a PDF of your profile. This will save the content in your profile only (no photos or graphics).

Log into your account and click on “Edit Profile” under the “Profile” menu.


Next, click on the blue “View profile as” button and it will show the dropdown menu.


Choose “Save to PDF” and it will immediately save a PDF of your LinkedIn profile to the default download location on your computer.

You’ll be able to open the PDF and view your content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second step is to archive your LinkedIn data.


This will create spreadsheet files (in .csv format) of your LinkedIn account — your connections, contacts, email inbox, positions, and profile. It will also include a “Rich Media” folder with images included on your profile.

In contrast to the PDF of your LinkedIn profile, the spreadsheet files will allow you to copy-and-paste your data into your LinkedIn profile, should you ever need to. In addition, if LinkedIn removes sections with the user interface redesign, you will be able to add this information back into your profile, if you want to.

You can find the full listing of what is included in the data archives:

HYPERLINK “https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/50191/accessing-your-account-data?lang=en” https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/50191/accessing-your-account-data?lang=en

Here’s how to get your data archive.

Note: This feature is only available using the desktop version of LinkedIn, not using the mobile app. Also, because your backup may contain private information, do not download your data using a public computer.

Click on your profile photo in the upper right hand corner of your LinkedIn profile. On the drop-down menu, click on the blue “Manage” button next to “Privacy & Settings.”

Once on the “Privacy & Settings” page, scroll down to “Getting an archive of your data.” Click on that link.

That will open a drop-down menu.

You will be able to choose whether you want a “fast file,” which includes selected information from your account or the “fast file with other data,” which includes account activity and history.

Choose the option you want and click the blue “Request archive” button.

Once you’ve made your choice, you will be prompted to enter your password. Once you’ve done that, click the blue “Done” button.

You will receive confirmation that your request has been received.

You’ll receive a notification email with a download link.

When you click the download link in your email, you will be taken back to your LinkedIn profile, where you will find a blue “Download” link. You have 72 hours to download the file. LinkedIn will send a second email when the rest of the data file is ready (within 24 hours).

Clicking the “Download” button will create a zip folder. Once you unzip it, you will see the .csv files with your connections, contacts, inbox, positions, profile, and registration information, plus a folder containing your Rich Media.

For your first-level connections, you’ll receive a file that contains First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Current Company, Current Position, and Tags.

If you get an error when trying to request your data archive, try it again using a different Internet browser, or try it again later.

If you use a premium LinkedIn Sales Navigator account, export your notes and tags to Sales Navigator. It is rumored that the notes and tags feature is going away with the user interface update.

Log into your Sales Navigator account. Move your cursor over your photo in the top right corner of the Sales Navigator home page and select “Settings.”

Under “Import LinkedIn.com,” click “Import to Sales Navigator” next to “Notes & Tags.”

Now that you’ve seen how easy this is to do, make it a habit to export your data — once a quarter is probably sufficient if you don’t add a lot of new connections regularly, or once a month if you do.

*Now get busy before you do that holiday shopping and backup your profile!

Best wishes for a safe and pleasant holiday season no matter where we find it, in how small the gesture, or the meaning. We can all use a little something extra this year it seems. 

Mill the #JobSearchSuperhero & The Talent Mill Team

Common Sense Reasons Why LinkedIn Users Should Be Scared of the New Open Candidate Feature

This post is intended for all job seekers that have active profiles on LinkedIn since they stand to lose the most, or gain the most with the new “Open Candidate” feature. I can introduce evidence to you that LinkedIn does not have a lock on error free web development and how mistakes with your content can and will likely happen. All users must take responsibility for their profile privacy settings, or risk being found out by a current employer while looking for another job. Sure firing you for that specific reason is illegal, but we all know there are many ways to skin a cat when we want to.

Over the past few weeks you may have heard about a new LinkedIn feature called “Open Candidate” where a signal is sent to certain recruiters that you are “open” to receiving open job offers to apply to. While turning this feature on might raise your profile within a recruiters search, I am not convinced that all the kinks have been worked out of LinkedIn’s site coding.

I have been managing a couple of LinkedIn groups for 3 years now and there have been all sorts of technical glitches which I have reported to LinkedIn support. Upon doing so I was told that they have been aware of the problems with the group notifications showing ‘errors in total number count’ and they are working on it. I have included images below of graphical interface of a mess that is my groups management console.

These errors have been there at least 2-3 years.

These errors have been there at least 2-3 years.

LinkedIn Groups Notifications Number Error

LinkedIn Groups Notifications Number Error

In this article from Design Week on September 26. 2016 by Sarah Dawood, she quotes LinkedIn as saying “this is the largest redesign this LinkedIn’s inception.” With this website overhaul going on I would treat lightly in adopting their fresh out of the box Open Candidate feature. I’ve already given this same advice to one of my very own résumé clients. It’s safer to not run the risk of letting your boss get wind of your job search and can you. Sure, they can’t fire you for looking for other work, but we all know there are ways to disguise that.

Another article I’ve recently read on TechGenYZ.com by Ankeeta Pareek shares some good tips on how to make your job searches more private. If you do decide to use the Open Candidate feature and something goes wrong, at least you will be limiting and fragmenting the online data to give you time to prepare a backup plan (i.e. attempting to delete digital trail that you were seeking other employment). Determine ahead of time if your current life and financial situation is worth risking by being an early adopter of this feature. At a time in history where even password manager sites like “Lastpass” get hacked, the DNC gets hacked, movie stars and celebrities have their images stolen, companies lose confidential data and are blackmailed, do you really think that it will matter to LinkedIn that they accidentally leaked your information? See all of their many disclaimers about the Open Candidate feature below.

This is the switch you will flip to signal certain recruiters that you're open to job offers.

This is the switch you will flip to signal certain recruiters that you’re open to job offers.

How It Works - Disclaimer

How It Works – Disclaimer

Share Career Interests With Recruiters - and more disclaimers.

Share Career Interests With Recruiters – and more disclaimers.

Open Candidate Disclaimer - whoops!

Open Candidate Disclaimer – whoops!

So the final question for you to ask yourself before you hit that switch is this; how badly do you want to be an early adopter and try out this new LinkedIn Open Candidate feature in the hopes of finding a new job? If you’re still employed it takes a bit more thought, patience, and common sense. IMHO it’s better to wait and see what happens with this feature as the website is redesigned rather than to turn on that “signal” and have it go haywire.

Be careful, and as always, best of luck in your job search.

*Have you started using the new LinkedIn Open Candidate feature to market your profile to recruiters? Are you concerned that your current employer or others will find out that you are actively entertaining job offers? Comment here or drop us a line via the contact form with any questions.  

Job-Seeker Action Verbs — By Skills Sets | Quintessential LiveCareer

One of the parts of the client résumé we like to focus on at The Talent Mill are the action words and phrases that jump out at the reader when they first look at your career document.  Some argue that these words are just “fluff” and distract from the purpose of the résumé to list your skills and experiences.

I would say that synonyms have been around for as long as the English language so why not pick the best ones to describe what you’re good at? Why not tell them in the strongest terms just how your brand and experience translates into opportunities for their company?  To this end, I have included a link I came across that helps you find alternate words per skill set.

“Listing of critical action verbs organized by skills. Action verbs describe key job-seeker skills and accomplishments and make employers take notice.”

Source: Job-Seeker Action Verbs — By Skills Sets | Quintessential LiveCareer