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Job hunting is always an exercise in patience and managed expectations. Whether you're looking for a new gig, trying to get your foot in the door of an unfamiliar industry, or just want to ensure your professional life stays up to date and appealing, there's no doubt you'll have to get on LinkedIn and spruce up that profile. Let's be honest: Your current profile probably isn't cutting it, and needs some work if you want to make a good first impression before you meet face-to-face for an interview.

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Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn just over a year ago seemed like a weird deal to me but perhaps we're starting to see some of the fruit. The Microsoft Word Resume Assistant is rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows and will use insights from LinkedIn to create your new resume. Microsoft says about 80% of resumes are crafted in Word. By leveraging the information in your LinkedIn profile, it's easier to keep things up to date as you search for a new job.

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Australians are starting to change the way they describe themselves in their professional profiles. Analysis from LinkedIn shows that Australian professionals have shifted to highlighting skills and experience rather than personal strengths.

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Australians will be amongst the first in the world to be be able to pass or accept - the LinkedIn version of swiping left or right - on choosing a mentor using a new LinkedIn service. According to reports, LinkedIn has selected a small group of potential mentors from whom people can choose a potential mentor.

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Since Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, I've been dreading the day notifications to add someone I've never met to my professional network pop up in my screen. Turns out that day is here, with LinkedIn announcing its Windows 10 app that comes complete with notifications about whatever professional bullshit you don't care about. Luckily, you can change what apps demand your attention in the Windows 10 Action Center.

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I'm going to admit something. I'm on LinkedIn but I really have no idea why any more. Adding to their social media for business and employment ads, they've now added Trending Storylines in an attempt to salvage some relevance .

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As you're doubtlessly aware, anything you publicly share online can end up in the hands of a prospective boss when you apply for a new job. Indeed, the number of employers actively searching social media accounts has increased by 500 per cent in the last decade.

You might think your social media accounts are private and/or faux-pas free - but it definitely pay to double check. As this infographic from Rawhide explains, there are many ways your social media "brand" can affect your chances at landing a new job - for better or for worse.

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Professional social networking website LinkedIn is now an invaluable business tool for hiring managers and recruiters to find new talent as well as for workers to promote themselves to prospective employers. Microsoft certainly sees a lot of potential in LinkedIn and has forked out $US26.2 billion to buy it. Sure, you may have a profile on the networking site that is fleshed out with words about your qualifications, but have you spent much time thinking about the pictures you put up on the page? Here's why images on your LinkedIn profile deserve more care.

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Scammers posing as an IT support technician trying to get access to PCs aren't new and they use a variety of methods to gain your trust. One of the ways they do this is through creating a fake sense of legitimacy using professional websites such as LinkedIn. Read on to find out how.

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People tend to have difficultly putting together a description of themselves in a professional context and end up using buzzwords that are so cliché that they're probably rolling their eyes as they are writing it. Professional networking site LinkedIn has released a list of the top 10 most commonly used words that people use to describe themselves on their profiles.

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Knowing what skills were on employers' radar last year will give you a good idea on which jobs will be hot in 2016. LinkedIn analysed the hiring and recruiting activities that occurred on its professional networking site in 2015 and compiled a list of the 25 most sought after skills last year. This was then broken down by country.