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This weekend, most of us will end up doing something social that involves meeting new people. Here’s a quick tip for being more memorable... in a good way. Related: 18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events After the normal introductions (i.e. your name and what brought you to the event) do something crazy. Don't ask the person what they do for work. That’s right. Go against the societal norm and avoid asking the question, “What do you do?”

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When you first joined LinkedIn, it made sense to fill out quick facts to get the profile up and running, just to start connecting with others. However, if it’s been a few months and you still have a bare-bones profile, it's less likely to generate any results for your job search, and even if it does attract visitors, they’ll quickly leave to find someone more interesting. The reality about LinkedIn is this: it’s an amazing job search tool that brings you new leads, impresses your network, and entices recruiters to call — but only if you use it in a way that promotes your professional image. Look at these types of problems to see if you recognize yours – and take action to improve your LinkedIn profile before it brings your job search to a halt:

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Looking to shorten your job search? As a career coach and resume writer, many of my clients come to me when they need a job. Perhaps they have been laid off, or their firm closed, or they were unable to land a summer internship. At that point, they’re already playing catch-up. A great resume is important, but it’s not a silver bullet. It can’t single-handedly land you the position of a lifetime. There’s still a lot of work that you need to do. And, unfortunately for those playing catch-up, a lot of that work is investment in time and energy that are best done before you need a resume.

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The “Specialties” section of your LinkedIn profile summary offers you a valuable opportunity to draw in a reader’s eye to the skills you want to leverage in your next job.

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LinkedIn launched a new feature that lets you quickly and easily endorse people in your network for one or more skill sets they've chosen to list for themselves. Anyone who is actively looking for work right now should be striving to get endorsed often. Here’s why...

Recruiters Will Be Looking At Your LinkedIn Endorsements

Until now, people could “game” their profile for a type of job by filling it with skill set keywords that would ensure their profile showed up in a recruiter’s proactive search for talent via LinkedIn. Simply fill your Headline, Summary, Specialties, and Work History with these keywords and you were improving the chances you’d be looked at. The problem is: Just because you claim you have these skills, doesn’t mean the rest of the world feels you do, too. Endorsements solve that problem! Now, when a recruiter sees you say you are good at “sales” and it’s validated by dozens of endorsements, they know you are the real deal.

Mondays Were Made For 'Endorse Day' On LinkedIn

Taking a page from the highly successful #followfriday ritual over on Twitter, coupled with the statistical evidence to support Monday is a terrible day to reach out to recruiters and others for help in your job search (click here to see article on why you shouldn't do that on a Monday), it occurred to me Mondays are the ideal day to start an “Endorse Day” ritual. The idea is simple: Every Monday, take 10 minutes out of your morning to pay-it-forward by endorsing 10 people in your LinkedIn network. Imagine how you would feel if in your inbox on a Monday (a.k.a the day of the week when even the most cheerful people struggle to get going), you found endorsements of your skill sets from your peers. Would it make you feel good? Yep. Would it make you realize what a great colleague they were for taking the time to do it? Sure thing. Most of all, would it make you want to endorse them back? Bingo! In short, you gotta give to get. So, why not make Mondays the day you give to those in your network? Not only will it make you feel good, I guarantee you will get a good return on your investment!

Your Next Step

If you are struggling to stay positive and motivated in your job search, then I suggest you watch all four videos from my new job search training. This video series is 100% FREE and designed to help you understand what’s going wrong in your job search.   Watch Video Now   Photo Credit: Shutterstock