Should You Connect With Strangers on LinkedIn?

The Croixstone team has long held the belief that you should not make a practice of connecting with strangers on LinkedIn.  In fact, LinkedIn’s terms of service originally prohibited the practice of inviting people you do not know to join your network. But times are changing, and LinkedIn has shifted its thinking.  The site is now asking for all of us to take the “Plus One Pledge” to ensure that equal talent has equal access to opportunity.  

Learn About the Plus One Pledge


The Case for Hiring Older Workers

Croixstone’s advisory practices are built around connecting highly-experienced professionals with organizations that can benefit from their expertise.  Research proves that with age comes workplace wisdom.  Harvard Business Review published a great article at the end of September on the case for hiring older workers, and the steps that organizations can take to overcome age discrimination.

Read the HBR Article Here

LinkedIn Skill Assessments

LinkedIn recently announced its latest feature to help professionals showcase their skills.  The professional networking site has rolled out LinkedIn Skill Assessments, a new way to validate technical skills.  Robin Ryan, a writer who covers baby boomer careers for Forbes magazine, has published a helpful article that explains this new LinkedIn feature. 

Read About LinkedIn Skill Assessments


ISM’s Report on Business

The Institute For Supply Management‘s Manufacturing “Report On Business” is often cited as a key barometer of the economy.  The organization released its latest report on September 3, 2019 with statistics showing that manufacturing activity has shifted into reverse last month for the first time in three years. 

Learn About ISM’s “Report On Business”