Major LinkedIn Changes, Managing Your Career and Setting Goals for 2017

Happy New Year! Here’s to hoping each of you had a very happy holiday season. Welcome to the New Year! This issue of the MTS offers some resources for planning the year ahead in your career and life. What will you accomplish for your career management in 2017? Take time now to set some goals for yourself, while you still have 11 more months to make them happen. As for the LinkedIn Tip of the Month, this issue has an update about a major change coming to your LinkedIn Profile plus two tips. Best wishes for your career success in 2017! Paula P.S. I only want to send things to those who want to receive them. If you want to unsubscribe at any time, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this message.


New Year = New Look:  In December, LinkedIn starting rolling out a major overhaul of their user interface. If the look of your profile hasn’t changed yet, it should soon (I still see my older profile version). Some things are gone, like the ability to tag contacts and the advanced search feature, which will be sorely missed by those who used it. The design is different (new layouts for the profile and home pages) and aligns with the look and feel of their mobile app. LinkedIn Expert Viveka Von Rosen gave a great summary of the changes in a December post. The embedded 12-minute video is a great visual tool, as she walks you through the new and old displays, side by side. Back Up Your LinkedIn Data:  My colleague, Jim Peacock of Peak Careers, shared useful advice and instructions on backing up your LinkedIn data. Upon reading his post, I followed Jim’s advice and backed up my profile and contacts. Set a 2017 Goal for LinkedIn – IDEA:  Increase your virtual network by 10% in 2017! Break your annual goal down by week or month and commit to it. I have about 1500 contacts so my goal is to increase by 150, almost three a week. I’ll report in December how I did.


CAREER MANAGEMENT This resource from Ora Shtull and William Arruda of Career Blast offers a great career management audit tool that you can put to use right now. It’s a downloadable e-book after sharing your email. Complete the questionnaire to see how well you are “fueling your career.” Use your responses to challenge yourself. In 2017, set realistic goals to address a few of the areas needing development. GOAL SETTING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT In case you didn’t get time to reflect in December, this resource is for you. Executive Coach Michele Woodward offers an engaging and holistic way to assess your past year of life and to set goals for the year ahead. Use this link or go to the very bottom of her home page and click on Download the 2017 Personal Planning Tool. Also, creative giant Charlie Gilkey has an array of free planning resources (among paid options). I find the Individual Project Planner useful.


Tuesday, February 28 at 5 pm (closed to the public)
I will be speaking about LinkedIn at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Monday, May 15 at 7 pm (free and open to the public)
I have also saved a date with the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) Broadneck Branch, for a workshop on LinkedIn Profiles. More details to come in the next issue.


Paula Brand - MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC
Paula Brand – MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC, Global Career Coach & Consultant | LinkedIn Expert | Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator
As an experienced Career Counselor & Coach, my mission is to inspire you to manage your career by embracing LinkedIn! Reach your career goals faster by letting me show you how to use LinkedIn more effectively. By staying on top of the constant changes, I can save you time and make this process much easier. Write to: or call me at 443-254-8173. If you received this from a friend and would like to receive your own Monthly Tip Sheet, subscribe to our blog and be notified of future workshops, please email me or visit my website to sign up.

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