5-Minute Tune-Up

2019 is rapidly coming to a close!  Now is the perfect time to complete a 5-minute tune-up on your LinkedIn profile to present your professional best in 2020.  

  • Background Photo:  Are you using a generic background photo?  If yes, switch this out to a photo that complements your personal brand.
  • Headshot:  Headshots taken by professionals make a big difference.  Spend the money to look your best. 
  • Contact Info:  Make sure your current email address and phone number are visible.  
  • Email Address:  Are you using an “old school” domain like AOL, Yahoo, or Carolina.rr?  If so, switch out to a modern address like Gmail.
  • About:  Is the “About” section of your profile completed and up-to-date?  If no, take the time to ensure this section is completed, current, and consistent in how you are promoting your personal brand.

Questions?  Reach out to the Croixstone team.


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


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


First of a Kind Roadmap to the Future Economy

So what can the labor flow of 500 million people on LinkedIn tell us about the structure of the global economy?  Quite a bit according to a first of a kind study conducted by researchers at Indiana University and LinkedIn.   One example:  there are strong ties in the flow of labor between the credit card and airline industries.  Learn more here.


LinkedIn’s June Workforce Report

LinkedIn publishes a monthly report on employment trends in the U.S. workforce. The report provides helpful insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country,  From a migration perspective, LinkedIn captures insights tied to members who change their locations on their profiles.  In the June 2019 report, Charlotte was among the top three USA cities (behind Austin and Denver) that gained the most workers.  Read LinkedIn’s June 2019 Workforce Report here.