Thursday December 12, 2013
What's speed networking? Speed networking is like speed dating in a business setting. It evolved from the speed dating model of meeting a lot of people in a short amount of time.
Speed network is a structured process for facilitating introductions and conversation between people who don't know each other. It takes some of the stress out of meeting new career contacts because you only have a few minutes, at most, to chat with each participant.
Where can you find speed networking events? College alumni groups, chamber of commerce groups, professional organizations, and college and corporate orientation programs may all use a variation of speed networking to develop relationships among participants.
Here's more on how speed networking works, tips for partipating in speed networking events, and questions to ask during the program.
Read More: Speed Networking Questions to Ask | Career Networking Events | Types of Career Networking Events
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Thursday December 12, 2013
Update December 12, 2013: A budget deal has been reached in Congress. However, it does not include an extension of federally funded extended unemployment benefits. News reports indicate that Congressional Democrats are expected to continue efforts to pass an extension in separate legislation. Please keep in mind that if legislation to renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is not passed prior to the Congressional recess, it can be passed retroactively early next year. If you are collecting unemployment benefits continue to file for benefits, if you can.
Your state unemployment office may provide notification saying no further extension benefits can be paid. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a chance of benefits being continued for 2014.
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Update December 1, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014. Without an extension there will be no extended benefits in place next year.
Update November 16, 2013: I'm getting questions about what will happen to extended unemployment benefits in 2014. Unfortunately, we don't know yet. The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires at the end of 2013. In addition, the 100% federal funding of Extended Benefits (EB) also expires at the end of 2013. Nothing will be decided until legislation is voted on in Congress in December.
In order for extended benefits to continue through 2014, Congress will have to pass legislation approving an extension. What typically happens, unfortunately, is that legislation isn't passed until late December, leaving everyone collecting benefits worrying about what will happen to their unemployment compensation. However, the Obama administration is supporting the extension. Gene Sperling, Assistant to President Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum said "With an unemployment rate of 7.3% we need to raise the emergency unemployment insurance and push for extensions to 2014."
Here's information on unemployment benefits in place for 2013, including regular (state) unemployment insurance, emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) and extended benefits (EB). If an extension is passed, it will most likely continue these benefits for another year.
Important: Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, so check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.
Read More: How to File for Unemployment | How to Calculate Unemployment | Unemployment Extension | Unemployment Benefits for 2013| Unemployment Compensation | Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits Listed By State
Thursday December 12, 2013
What can you do if your unemployment runs out or you're about to run out of unemployment benefits? First of all, check with your State Unemployment Office to make sure that you are receiving all the extended benefits you qualify for, and for updates on extended benefits in your location.
If you're out or close to being out, take a look at the other resources that are available for unemployed workers and take advantage of whatever you can to help you get by until you find a new job.
Here's information on where to get help when your unemployment checks run out, including federal and state government assistance, local organizations which may be able to help, and where to find job search assistance.
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Wednesday December 11, 2013
There is plenty of information you should include in your LinkedIn Profile - your education, work history, skills, volunteer experience, association memberships, recommendations, links to your professional websites and Google+ and Twitter, and a compelling and engaging summary that will attract potential employers.
There are also some things it's fine to leave out, including some of the terms that almost everyone uses in their LinkedIn Profile. Your goal, when creating your Profile, is to stand out from the crowd and make a great impression on everyone who reads your Profile.
What shouldn't you include? Here is LinkedIn's 2013 list of the top 10 buzzwords that are overused by professionals in the United States:
The biggest losers in previous years include: 2010: extensive experience, and 2011 and 2012: creative.
Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's career expert says, "Building your professional brand is an important step to being successful in the workforce. But if you sound like everyone else, you won't stand out from other professionals vying for opportunities. Differentiate yourself by uniquely describing what you have accomplished in your career and back it up with concrete examples of your work by adding photos, videos and presentations to your profile that demonstrate your best work. Providing concrete examples to demonstrate how you are responsible or strategic is always better than just simply using the words."
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