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Paying attention to your Linkedin rankings will reveal a goldmine of plentiful and useful information -- especially if you're designing and building a career; more on-line visibility, or aiming for a massive tribe of appreciative followers!







Tips* from Linkedin: "Make the Most of Who’s Viewing Your LinkedIn with ‘How You Rank’"

With the new “How You Rank” tool, you can now see where you stack up to others in your network with profile views (this feature is coming to mobile). 
Take a look at the top profiles in your network to gain inspiration for changes you can make to your own profile, or content you can share to increase views to your profile and drive opportunities for advancement. 
Or, take a look at the suggestions LinkedIn offers on the right-hand side of the page for ways you can begin increasing views to your profile immediately...
*Excerpt from the Linkedin Official Blog
Written by Dmitry Shevelenko



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Productivity And The Education Delusion

There is a constant tension about education in labor economics these days. 



On one hand, education is strongly correlated with income and employability. Workers with college degrees, or even just some university-level courses, are significantly more likely to have a job and to be paid better, as well. 
This is borne out by today’s U.S. jobs report, which showed a decrease of unemployment for college graduates, but an increase of unemployment for high school graduates.
The tension comes when you look at the government’s projections for job growth over the next decade. 

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The jobs with the highest expected growth are also among the jobs that are least likely to provide a living wage, occupations like personal care aides (median salary: $19,910 per year), retail sales people ($21,110 per year), home health aides ($20,820 per year), food preparation workers($18,260 per year), and the list goes on. 
In fact, of the top 20 occupations with greatest expected job growth, only two of the categories are above the current median wage of the country.
This is the largest problem facing society this century. 
Read full article, by   posted in TechCrunch, here: http://bit.ly/EducationDelusion

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Join 20,000+ respondents in the world's largest Employer Hiring Evaluation!

Be one of 20,000+ respondents in the world's largest employer evaluation of universities. Forming part of the QS World University Rankings® your views are crucial to the future of universities. 
The results will be published both by QS and our partners: The Guardian (UK), Forbes (USA), RIA Novosti (Russia), The People’s Daily (China), Chosun Ilbo (South Korea) and more. 

Who can take part in the Employer Survey?
• Whatever your title, you must have hiring responsibility 
• You must work for a company that has 100+ employees located in the USA or Canada
• You must work for a company that has employed at least one (1) recent graduate in the past 12 months 
• The company that you work for can be from any sector or industry
• There is no limit to how many people from your company can complete the survey to win prizes and get free gifts. Please feel free to share this Survey with your colleagues and partners.

Gifts & Prizes:
• WIN an iPad Air – selected from one of the respondents in your region in 2014 
• Receive a FREE copy of the "QS Rankings Guide for Employers", a publication on how to use QS Rankings to recruit the right graduates, available ONLY TO respondents of this year's survey 
• Receive FREE copies of reports on graduate salary trends when released in Q3/Q4 
• Promote your business: Get FREE job postings on QS’s international job portal Global-Workplace!

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Zorka Kovacevich
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Companies, Take a Chance on New Grads... Please?

I should start off by telling you I was a bit weary to write this piece because I didn't want to come off as whiny or desperate, but I feel that is important to be honest about the situation I find myself and many others in.

How many times have you heard the fact that many young people can't find work in their field after graduation? It's become a regular topic in the news and sadly, at my dinner table.

Three years ago I completed a four-year program that allowed me to graduate with both a degree and diploma. It was a solution to the problem I had heard about (university students having to attend college to get hands on skills, and vice versa for college students to get a degree).

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With that being said, can someone please tell me why, three years later, I have yet to land my first "adult" job in my field? ... Click Here to Read the Full Article by: Sarah Robertson, Mental Health Advocate/ Founder of Canadian BFRB Support Network

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SBA Launches $2.5 Million Competition for Accelerators and Other Entrepreneurial Models

The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a $2.5 million competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each to fund operating budgets. 

To award the prizes, an expert panel of judges will consider each applicant’s stated mission, founding team members and business goals among other core components. 




The panel will give particular attention to, and the SBA encourages, applicants that fill geographic gaps in the accelerator and entrepreneurial ecosystem space. 

It is well known that the most successful accelerators to date were founded on the coasts. Through this competition, they are looking to support the development of accelerators and thus startups in parts of the country where there are fewer conventional sources of access to capital (eg: venture capital and other investors). 

In addition to accelerators which fill the gaps described above, they are also seeking out accelerators which are run by and support women or other underrepresented groups. Lastly, special consideration will be given to any accelerator models which support manufacturing.

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For the purposes of this competition, Growth Accelerators include accelerators, incubators, co-working startup communities, shared tinker-spaces or other models to accomplish similar goals. 

More specifically, they expect that applicants will have most if not all of the following characteristics: 

Selective process to choose participating startups
Regular networking opportunities offered to startups
Introductions to customers, partners, suppliers, advisory boards and other players
High-growth and tech-driven startup mentorship and commercialization assistance
Shared working environments focused on building a strong startup community
Resource sharing and co-working arrangements for startups
Opportunities to pitch ideas and startups to investors
Small amounts of angel money, seed capital or structured loans to startups

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 2, 2014. 

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION: http://bit.ly/SBAAccelertorFundApplication

Mind-Full Marketing Thought For The Day: Taking Your Time Doesn't Scale



The problem is this: we've scaled the number of contacts, of patients, of Christmas card recipients, of Twitter followers, of email correspondents, of investors, of backers, of Kickstarter supporters, of readers, of correspondents, of co-workers, of... we've scaled it all.
And the one thing we can't do is scale our ability to take time.
So, this year, when you sent out 500 cards, of course you didn't take the time to hand write each one with a personal note. 
How could you?

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And recently, when you sent a blast to 500 donors announcing a matching grant, you didn't personalize each note and leave out the people you told personally, because, hey, it's a huge list... READ SETH'S BLOG IN FULL, HERE: http://bit.ly/TakingYourTime

Google Partner Connect Presents @Our Exclusive New York City Event!

Google Presents @Our Exclusive Event!

We're hosting an exclusive event, streamed live from Google on May 21st, and you're invited to join us.
It's a great opportunity to learn from top experts who work for Google about how to grow your business.
We'll provide refreshments, all we need is your company.
We'd love for you to come learn with us!
When & Where:


Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Regus

230 Park Avenue 
The Helmsley Building, 10th Floor
New York, NY

The Regus offices are located between East 45 and 46th Streets on Park Avenue

How to RSVP for this Event:
Join any of my New York City professional groups (membership is free). A full list is available here: http://bit.ly/ZorkasMeetupGroupsList
All groups offer live networking, learning, sharing and socializing.

Limited seating:  available to only 20 attendees for the "Google Presents @Our Exclusive Event!"
Even though this event is to be held on May 21st, we ask that you please RSVP by May 12, 2014.
Ticket sales will end on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:45pm.

Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door. Online reservations are required.
Bring your business cards as there will be plenty of time to network and get to know each other.



Organized & Hosted By:



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Our Speakers:
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Arjan Dijk:
Company: Google
Title: Vice President
Expertise: Global Small Business Marketing

Topic: "Helping Small Businesses Succeed on the Web"
Arjan, author of The Small Think Big Book, will share unique insights, inspirational stories, and actionable ideas to help small businesses thrive in a hyper-connected marketplace.
Background:
Arjan has more than 20 years of marketing management experience:
He joined Google in  2008 and is Google’s Vice President of Small Business Marketing. His main responsibility and passion is to help small businesses across the world to be more successful on-line.
In addition to his position at Google, Arjan is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Direct Marketing Association.
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Fred Vallaeys:Company: Google
Title: Google AdWords Evangelist
Expertise: Online Marketing

Topic: "Maximize Your Business Online"  
Fred will examine how businesses can navigate online advertising and expand their online presence through smarter insights—leading to greater customer engagement with digital ads.
Background:
Fred  is an expert in the online marketing field, and was an early employee at Google where he was instrumental in growing the AdWords search marketing system. 
Most recently, he serves as Google’s AdWords Evangelist, helping advertisers learn about which Google products are best to support their marketing goals. 
His goal is to help companies grow by improving their online marketing results. 
In addition to his position with Google, he is a Co-Founder at Optmyzr.com.
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Ben Wood
Company: Google
Title: Director, Channel Sales Americas
Expertise: Online Marketing

Topic: "Work and Win With an Agency"
Ben will discuss how small businesses should approach working with an agency, what resources the Google agency team provides, and the importance of working with an online professional.
Background: 
As Director, Channel Sales Americas at Google, some of Ben's specialties include: management, strategic planning and execution, staff training and development, contract negotiation, sponsorship, new business, partnerships, online media, print media, budgeting, mobile advertising, display advertising, and partnerships.
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