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Career Expert #5: Nicole Williams
Nicole is the bestselling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the producers behind the Academy Award winning films American Beauty, Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. Nicole is also LinkedIn’s Career Expert. Nicole’s role at LinkedIn is to help professionals understand how to enhance their careers using the LinkedIn network. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Career Websites for Women. You’ve seen her on TV— as a regular guest on Today, Good Morning America, and CNN—and in print, where her advice has appeared on the pages of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and the Wall Street Journal. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or browse her site.
Nicole tweets recent articles she’s written full of great advice not only for job seekers, but for everyone looking to better their career and achieve the position they deserve. Follow her to learn how to find a job or advance the career you already have.
What She Posts
— Nicole Williams (@thegirlontop) June 10, 2014
Nicole’s Expert Career Advice
What is the best advice you could give to a job seeker today?
You need to be on LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn Profile is your online professional record. You should list all of your past experience regardless of whether you are still in that field or not. A friend of mine was a former art director turned marketer when applying for a job the interviewer pointed out her artistic eye was what draw them to the interview. They were looking for a candidate with creative flair. Include a photo. LinkedIn has found that profiles that contain a photo are eleven times more likely to be viewed. It’s kind of like shopping for a house online. You might ignore a real estate listing on the Web if it didn’t include photos of the property.
How do you stay updated in the career advising/HR industry?
As a mother of two I don’t have time to actively read the trades as often as I would. Your LinkedIn homepage is a customizable one-stop shop for finding all the business insights you need to conquer your workday. LinkedIn Pulse is where I read the top industry headlines from my industry. I also make sure to read post by following LinkedIn Influencers where I can garner insights from the world’s top minds in business like Rachel Zoe and Arianna Huffington.