I have to admit--I'm hooked on Website Grader by HubSpot (www. websitegrader.
com). The information I get on optimizing my website is pretty cool. I had
never configured a 301 redirect (so if someone types careerdesigncoach.com
instead of www.careerdesigncoach.com, they end up on my website and not get
an error message) until I submitted my website for a grade. For a free
website, the advice you receive on optimizing your website is pretty
One of the items they grade are your inbound links to your website. I learned
the importance of this in my certification as an Online Identity Strategist.
Currently, I have 316+ inbound links. Part of Google's algorithm for ranking
your site (this algorithm or secret sauce changes, so I'm not sure how much
weight it is given), is to assess how many inbound links you have for your
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Are you struggling to figure out how to best leverage social media into your
job search marketing plan? My upcoming book, "I'm Job Searching, Now What???"
will delve into using social media as one of the multiple strategies in your
job search. I wanted to touch on a couple of ways you might use social media
in your job search with Twitter.
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LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Jigsaw, etc. all provide a great research platform. I use
LinkedIn many times when I'm researching a company because not only does it
give me the company information, key statistics, news art... (more)
Today’s “Exude Your Brand” is going to focus on fine-tuning your
elevator pitch (how you introduce yourself in networking – online and in
person) in fewer than 15 seconds. Why 15 seconds? When you are networking,
you want to focus on engaging with other people, finding out more about them,
how you might be able to provide them with a resource for a particular
challenge, etc. Networking is all about giving. Therefore, the traditional
sixty second elevator pitch shifts more focus on you.
One of my colleagues, Susan Chritton of Pathways, found a great resource to
keep your elevator... (more)
I recently read an article about "How Social Media Can Hurt Your Job" by
Rachel Zupeck and it gave me pause. Why? Because I have had people ask me who
can read their tweets.
If you have your tweets on a public timeline, then everyone can read your
tweets. Companies have taken proactive measures to "listen" to their brand
being discussed on social media platforms. It's really quite easy for them to
know if you are talking about them or not. Tweetbeep, Google Alerts, Radian6,
Company Buzz (LinkedIn application), etc. makes it very easy for them to
"hear" when their name has been me... (more)
What is digital dirt? It is anything on the Internet that is unflattering
about you. Run a Google search on your name and put your name in quotation
marks (i.e. "Kristen Jacoway"). What did you find? Are the results consistent
with the personal brand story you want to portray? What if you have the
dreaded digital dirt?
A study done by iProspect shows that most people (92%) will not go past page
3 on a Google search. So, the first question is what page is the digital dirt
on a Google search? If it appears on pages 1-3, this could be problematic for
career management and in a care... (more)