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Boost Your Job Search With A Custom LinkedIn URL

By: Susan P. Joyce

If you are using the default URL that LinkedIn assigned your profile when you create it, you don't look like a member of the "In crowd" because the default URL is full of numbers.

The In crowd members have URL's that look like this:

linkedin.com/in/their-name

Rather than a URL like this:

linkedin.com/pub/yourname/29/890/2b9/

You will look like a much more savvy LinkedIn user, and the URL will look better whenever and where every you post it.

Here's how to make this change:

It's easy to do:

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Three Challenges to Keep Workplace Hope Alive

By: Peter Weddle

Today's job market is a cold and indifferent place. It feels as if it is operated by uncaring organizations that treat job seekers as second class citizens. The situation is frustrating and disrespectful and calls out for change. But, here's the rub: change doesn't happen because it should; it happens because it's forced to.

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A Career In The Sky: Becoming an Airline Pilot

By: J.T. Ripton

Editor's Note: Airline pilot is featured in the 2015 Jobs Rated report on Most Stressful Jobs. For those ready to take on the challenges of this career, the following is your guide.

Ask the average American which superpower they'd like to possess, and plenty will say they'd love to fly. There's just something about the freedom of soaring high above the clouds that inspires us all.

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A More Efficient Job Search for Baby Boomers

By: Phyllis Mufson

Would you like to cut the length of time until you're back earning a paycheck? The TV program 60 MINUTES did a moving piece in early 2012 on "Platform to Employment" - a job search program that helps people who've been unemployed for years get back to work. It has elements you can duplicate to make your own search more effective, and shorter.

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Engage Recruiters and Employers with LinkedIn

By: Susan P. Joyce

LinkedIn Groups can be critical to a successful job search because of the many ways you can leverage them for both visibility and credibility - when you use them with care.

LinkedIn members can join up to fifty Groups, although the average LinkedIn member belongs to only seven of them. My strong recommendation is that anyone in a job search join as many groups as they can, all fifty if possible, at least while in job search mode.

Engage Using LinkedIn Groups

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How to Successfully Navigate the Job Hunt With a Rap Sheet

By: Catherine Hoke

Rap sheets and background checks are not created equally — nor should they be treated that way.

The world of job hunting while you have a record of arrest and prosecution (i.e., a rap sheet) can be difficult to navigate, especially when employers request background checks. But it’s important to remember that a background check is a necessary step in the hiring process no matter what.

That being said, it’s crucial that you know the difference between a background check and a rap sheet so you can walk into an interview with confidence.

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