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5 LinkedIn Profile Tips for Millennials

With over 470 million users, LinkedIn has emerged as the digital hub for professionals across the globe.

Replacing the old school resume with a nifty customizable profile url, and outdating the rolodex in favor of Connections, LinkedIn is where today’s business professionals connect.

A 2014 Jobvite survey indicated that 94 percent of recruiters search for job candidates via LinkedIn, while only 36 percentof job seekers have a LinkedIn presence.

For entrepreneurs, the impact of maintaining a standout LinkedIn profile can extremely influential, as prospective clients and investors often vet companies and founders through social platforms.

LinkedIn offers the ideal platform features to showcase one’s professional expertise and network influence in ways other social apps are lacking. ​ Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Technology/ Wellness

Unplugging: My First Digital Detox

Confession: I’m a pretty tech-obsessed millennial.

Over the past few years, the digital world has emerged into a portal for me to realize exciting opportunities, expand my network, and connect with inspiring individuals around the globe.

Maintaining a fairly consistent presence on a variety of social apps, e-mail, and my blog has evolved as one of my favorite expressions; however, digital saturation can have its drawbacks – like when I start to think “in tweets” or am unable to sleep due to an obsessive tendency to monitor a well-performing Instagram post.

Left unchecked, the technological advances that make our lives easier can become major hindrances to our well-being.

​Recent surveys show I’m not the only tech-dependent professional: a 2015 Deloitte survey revealed that the average American checks their phone 46 times a day. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Technology

30 Must Follow Millennials on Twitter

It was love at first sight – Twitter and me.

From the first day that I landed my handle, @MotivatedGenY, Twitter has been a major influence in both my personal and professional lives.

Empowering me to connect with millennials across the globe, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I “met” someone on Twitter and our digital interactions led to significant working relationships. Taking the conversation offline to conferences, panel discussions, and skype collabs are just a few examples of how a few tweets can springboard strategic connections.

Whether I’m tweeting to connect, promote, or research, Twitter has emerged as my favorite go-to social platform (minus a few weeks there when America’s “Tweeter-in-Chief” attempted to initiate World War 3 in 140 characters or less).  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Technology/ Workplace

Should I Post This? Millennial’s Guide to Social Sharing

Social media is old hat to most of us digital natives – arguably having evolved into the millennial’s second language. Most of us post regularly on a variety of social media platforms without even thinking twice, much less thinking about the “appropriateness” of the post.

Today’s popular social media apps are all about being “in the moment” – from Twitter’s literal “Moments” to Facebook LIVE to Instagram stories – and we tend to think of our social content strictly in the present tense, neglecting any future implications of one’s digital footprint.

But recent reports indicate that we should put some thought into our online branding, as it might come around to haunt us in the future. 79 percent of job recruiters check out candidate’s social media profiles, and 70 percent of recruiters have even rejected candidates based on inappropriate content they found online. For those of us that are self-employed, similar consequences may surface when it comes to securing investors or prospective clients. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Technology

9 Tips for Writing Your First eBook

eBooks are all the rage.

Nifty little self-published jewels of personalized expertise – amazing!

Perhaps you’ve downloaded a few noteworthy eBooks; maybe you’re new to the whole eBook scene.

That’s cool. 

Regardless of your company’s stage of development, industry, or market, creating an eBook can be a great way to provide value to your customers and establish your expertise.

Here are 9 tips for writing your very first eBook: Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship/ Technology

3 Tips for Automating Your Business

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Running a business can be hectic, and chances are, you didn’t dive off into the world of entrepreneurship to make your life more stressful.

​Whether you’re running a full-service consulting firm, or juggling freelancing + full-time job, implementing some time-saving (and stress-reducing) automation into your business model can be a god-send.

So if you’re tired of feeling run ragged, burned out from endless client communications, or just about to pull the final strand of hair out over your dream biz turned nightmare, check out these three automation areas that are guaranteed to make entrepreneurial life a little more enjoyable: Continue Reading…

Technology/ Wellness

OCD: How Social Media Can Bring Us Down

social media mental health

I do it. 

You do it.

We all do it.

Obsessive Comparison Disorder, a non-scientific term coined by millennial author Paul Angone back in 2012, describes our compulsion to constantly compare ourselves with others, producing unwanted thoughts and feelings that drive us to depression, consumption, anxiety, and all-around joyous discontent.

Comparing oneself to others isn’t anything new, but it’s a helluva a lot easier to do now (thanks to social media) than ever before.

You know the drill:

Rolling along, having a pretty good day, when – BAM! – your old college pal’s recent home upgrade or trip to Jamaica or baby announcement shows up in your Facebook feed.

Darn it. 

You know you should be happy for them – and maybe you are – but you also feel pretty shitty because your life doesn’t feel as “awesome” as theirs (looks) right now. Continue Reading…

Technology

4 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

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I love blogging. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. 

Wanna know a secret?

I didn’t always love blogging.

In total truth, I never really considered myself a “writer” and had a nice fat “C” on English Comp to back that up. Blogging? Yeah, I used to think that was just something for bored housewives and armchair historians to fill the endless hours. I had no idea it was freakin’ awesome. 

Fast-forward five years. 

I blog almost daily – from my personal blog to client’s blogs to national media blogs, blogging has become a major component of my daily life, and arguably, a total game changer for my career.

Today, I love blogging, and I think you will too, so here’s my stab at four reasons you should stop everything you’re doing right now and start your very own blog:

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