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Power up your networking efforts with a 5-point LinkedIn strategy


What’s the best way to get a job right now? Networking, according to a recent survey of HR execs by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The best (and easiest) way to nurture your online network is through LinkedIn, the one social networking site you can’t ignore if you’re a professional. Here’s how to best use the web site:

Make 2011 the year of comp & benefits strategy

Much of your work as a compensation and benefits professional involves putting out fires and dealing with day-to-day tasks. But don’t let the details get you down! Start the new year by resolving to think strategically. Use this planning guide as a road map for 2011.

What’s your negotiating style?

We all have a personal approach to negotiation. Individual differences in how we prefer outcomes when interacting with others strongly affect how we approach negotiation. Prep for the next time you find yourself across the negotiating table (perhaps for the big raise you deserve) by figuring out which negotiating style fits your personality.

Help wanted: Benefits experts to demystify health law

If you fancy yourself an expert on implementing the new health care law, now may be the time to test the employment waters. As Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, noted last month: “People are dying to get talent that can deal with this health care law.”

6 ways to network on LinkedIn

What’s the best way to get a job right now? Networking. What’s the best way to network? According to many experts, via LinkedIn.com. The online service offers innovative ways to interact professionally with colleagues and build your web of contacts and connections. Here are six ways LinkedIn can advance your career.

Get twice as much done in half the time

Smart time management doesn’t always guarantee you’ll work productively. You’ll operate most efficiently if you banish aimless anxieties and the urge to procrastinate. Follow this road map to actually increase the amount you accomplish at work.

The 5 questions to ask before every meeting

It’s time to ban unproductive meetings! Ensure the success of your next meeting by asking these five questions. They’ll set the stage for participants to make the most of the time they spend in the conference room. Feel free to pass along these suggestions to everyone in your workplace who organizes meetings.

Across the table: 10 tips for preparing for a deposition


A deposition may feel like a simple conversation between the parties in a lawsuit, but it isn’t. It is a tool used by a highly skilled practitioner to lock-in your side of the story, build his or her case through your admissions and evaluate you as a trial witness. The following are my top 10 things to think about as you prepare to give testimony in a deposition.

Self-Quiz: Do you need more ‘think time’ in your day?

iPhones, e-mail, Twitter … the electronic distractions in today’s society have us moving at a faster pace … and have all but eliminated “silent time” in our day. Researchers say this fast pace of society can hurt your health. Are you leading a “hurried” life? Do your habits show that you need to reserve more “think time” in your day? Take this simple quiz to find out …

Move up by focusing on big picture, not just HR

The most valuable HR professionals in coming years will be those who have an understanding of the business strategy and can contribute to it. “If you work in business, you have to be a businessperson first with a specialty in HR,” says Conrad Venter, global head of HR at Deutsche Bank.