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How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Career

By University Of Phoenix

Instead of spending hours posting old prom pictures on social media, you might consider using that time to bolster your career, suggests Virginia Green, owner of The Biz Visions Group and an instructor in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus.

Employers are paying more attention than ever to social media, Green emphasizes, so it's important to make your time online count if you're seeking a job or want to enhance your professional standing. According to the Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2011, 89 percent of companies planned to recruit through social media, up from 83 percent in 2010.

Here are Green's recommendations on the best social media options and how to use them to improve your career:

 

1. LinkedIn
Why: Green says "absolutely everyone" should have a Linkedin® profile. With 175 million members, "it's the way people are getting jobs."

What to do: Not only should you fill out every aspect of your profile to strengthen your credibility by providing details about your experience, education and expertise, but you should scroll through your connections' contacts for people who work at companies you admire, and actively reach out to them.

"If you discover someone on LinkedIn with whom you have a second or third degree of connection, and they have your dream career, request to be introduced to them," Green says. "Once you make contact, ask to set up an informational meeting to learn more about their expertise and pick their brain." A professional's perspective also can add to your credibility in your field.

2. Twitter
Why: "I think of Tweeting as micro-blogging, with a potential audience of millions," Green says.

What to do: On the Twitter® network, start by finding and following relevant people in your field, and then Tweet content of interest to your target audience.

"If you want to be respected as an entrepreneur, for instance, don't Tweet about your favorite ice cream flavor," Green says. "Instead, Tweet things that demonstrate your knowledge." This will garner relevant followers among Twitter's 500 million members, who could turn into business partners or lead you to more contacts who might help you in your career.

3. Viadeo
Why: With 45 million members in 226 countries, including the United States, the Viadeo® platform offers the opportunity to network worldwide, which is increasingly important in today's global economy. The Paris-based company plans to further expand internationally using $31.6 million the French government invested in it earlier this year.

What to do: Create a profile that gets you both national and international exposure with a base of professionals with whom you can seek business opportunities. Viadeo also has a portal where users can post their blogs by topic, and the site offers a vast job board.

"As with LinkedIn, seek out professionals working in companies that align with your goals," Green advises. "With a smaller user base, you have more opportunity to connect with higher-level professionals on this site because desirable contacts may not be inundated by requests."

4. Facebook
Why: You may be familiar with the Facebook® site as a way of connecting with friends and family, but - if you do it right - this social sharing network also can be used to give your career a boost. Best of all: You've probably already built a community that includes work-related friends and acquaintances, as well as potential clients or employers, so you won't have to start from scratch.

What to do: Create a professional Facebook page where you only post information and links related to your profession. Facebook has almost 1 billion members, so you'll have the possibility of wide exposure. Green also suggests limiting your separate personal Facebook page to close friends and family by setting your privacy settings so no one else can find you.

5. Blogging
Why: It can cast you as an expert and serve to expand your resumé.

What to do: Write how-to articles about different aspects of your work and post them on your blog. If you're a CPA, for example, you could explain new elements of the tax law. "Blogging," Green says, "can demonstrate to the business community that you know what you're doing and have the expertise to succeed in your field." For more exposure, link your blog to your Twitter profile and your LinkedIn and Viadeo accounts.

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How To Talk To Your Husband – What Not To Say To Your Husband – Woman’s Day

1. “Yes, I had an orgasm.” (when you didn’t) 

Lying is never a great idea, especially when it comes to sexual intimacy. “The definition of intimacy is letting another person see your vulnerabilities,” says Ford, and that includes admitting that your sex life might need some S.O.S.

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Know How The Wealth Systems Helps In Making Money Online?

Every one of us would like to know how to easily turn his or her life by quickly creating wealth.

Every one of us would like to know how to easily turn his or her life by quickly creating wealth. This is so given the economic hardships in today's world, something that has called for wealth creation strategies to help improve people's incomes. At this point, the wealth systems come in. Their aim is to help you make money online. They are also instrumental in letting you set aside some of your income for your loved ones to inherit once you have passed on. If you are looking for a wealth system that you can join and then you should make sure that it has a good structure and sound savings. This will ensure you get a continuous income and even greater returns for the energy you put into the system.

A good system will provide the necessary training, information and support to its members to guarantee them success. Below are some of the things to put into consideration when looking for a good system.

Have proper leads for your business : If you want your online business to succeed, then you will need the right customers to buy your products or services. It is good for the business to have a constant flow of customers and more so new ones. However, the old customers should not be neglected while you concentrate on new ones. Be sure to make a list of all prospective clients, refereed to as the opt-in list, and it's used to send them emails. They should be people who can meet you own requirements. The list is derived from the people who log in to a site where the products or services have been advertised. This will eliminate the need to follow up clients who may not be interested in whatever you may be offering.

Website Traffic : In online marketing, the number of hits your site gets determines the possible volume of buyers. So do all within your means to direct traffic to your site. Lack of a substantial hits means your business is not on stable ground. Being specific about a particular aspect of your product could be the key to unlock the lack of traffic. Being too general will leave clients vague and lost.

Safelist Marketing : Safelist is another method, which you can use to increase you returns. If you get your message across the Internet, you can be popular in online business and your contacts can enable you get more information. This can be through those who register to get emails from you. Emails may be sent daily or weekly.


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Get happy in 30 minutes


Try as many of these nine ideas as you can in half an hour and boost your mood. » Get started

In the next half hour, tackle as many of the following suggestions as possible. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you've achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.

Jay Gosney
1. Raise your activity level to pump up your energy. If you're on the phone, stand up and pace. Walk to a coworker's office instead of sending an e-mail. Put more energy into your voice. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. Even better...

2. Take a walk outside. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning. Find the best walking workout for your exercise style.

3. Reach out. Send an e-mail to a friend you haven't seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Having close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel more friendly toward you, but you'll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

4. Rid yourself of a nagging task. Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.

5. Create a more serene environment. Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organizing bills and tackling the piles in the kitchen. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do. In that time, take a quick look around the house and see how to get organized using everyday items.

6. Do a good deed. Introduce two people by e-mail, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. In fact, you can also...

7. Save someone's life. Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Do good, feel good―it really works!

8. Act happy. Fake it 'til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you're smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable. There's no need to walk around in a constant state of worry. After all, what's the worst that can happen if you bounce a check or leave wet clothes in the dryer?

9. Learn something new. Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest! Pick a topic that really interests you, not something you think you "should" or "need to" learn about.


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