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Advice From Recruiters
Here are two great recruiter blogs I really enjoy. Bookmark, read and learn.
Ever been in a meeting and a couple folks bring their
laptops? Then they spend the entire meeting typing away and half listening to
what's going on? I don't get this.
First, it is definitely not quiet. Second, what good is half
listening? Half good in my eyes.
Nothing says "I'm really much busier than all of you
and being in this 30-minute meeting is a cramp to my style" then bringing
a laptop, phone, iPad and doing something else while you should be listening.
Be here. Now.
Not half here. Not half digesting what is said. Not half
participating. Half contributing. Half everything.
Physical presence is one thing. Intellectual presence is
another. When you attend a meeting, participate. And to fully participate you
must be paying attention. Replying back to emails can wait. Seriously, I wonder
who the heck is that important that their emails must be returned right that
Not to mention, it is rude.
When you are somewhere with someone, be there now.
Physically, mentally, emotionally. Half there is half good.
I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn and this is my advice.
Choose a tasteful, professional looking
photo. Don’t choose a photo in which it
is obvious you’re cutting someone else’s body/head out of the photo, or one
that makes you look creepy, or you have red eye…you get the picture. Artsy is
perfectly acceptable – just keep it professional. It is one of the first
impressions you get to make. Along with this, always make sure all of your
content is proofread. I see a ton of misspellings and grammatical errors on
LinkedIn. I don’t know why it still shocks me, but it does. Make sure your
LinkedIn profile is thoroughly proofread and professional all around. If you
write a recommendation for someone, the same rules apply.