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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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By Rebecca Otis

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

Small businesses are often started by someone who has an idea, runs with it, and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. For example, they will set up a Facebook page, then ask an employee, friend, or... Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Should You Use LinkedIn?

How Should You Use LinkedIn?

Social media may be the ultimate frontier proving the old maxim “you get out of it what you put into it.” My students at DePaul think LinkedIn is a joke; my Second City students rarely have profiles on it;... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Why LinkedIn’s Endorsements are Awful But You Should Use Them Anyway

Why LinkedIn’s Endorsements are Awful But You Should Use Them Anyway

Have you logged into your LinkedIn account lately? You should. It’s okay. Go ahead. We’ll wait. Back? Okay. The site has been getting a makeover left and right lately, and the latest wrinkle is the ability to... Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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By JD Gershbein, Edited by: David Wolinsky

When to Remove a LinkedIn Connection

When to Remove a LinkedIn Connection

Housekeeping is important on LinkedIn—and also a best practice. If you’ve been on LinkedIn for a while, say several years, and working it faithfully, you’ve likely amassed a sizeable professional network.... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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By J.D. Gershbein, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Pic is More Important than Ever

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Pic is More Important than Ever

Having already heightened the aesthetic of its home page, LinkedIn has turned its attention to revamping the view and functionality of the profile page. The new look's most noteworthy features are an... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Law Puts Employers on "Limited Profile"

Law Puts Employers on

Employers to be prohibited from asking for passwords to social networking sites. Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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By J.D. Gershbein, Edited by: David Wolinsky

The Three Worst (But Easily Avoidable) LinkedIn Mistakes

The Three Worst (But Easily Avoidable) LinkedIn Mistakes

Of the many mistakes committed on LinkedIn, most fall into the breach of etiquette category. There are also a fair share of errors and omissions that can result in lost business opportunities. Frequently, a... Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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By JD Gershbein, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Sustain Biz Momentum During a Holiday

How to Sustain Biz Momentum During a Holiday

Whereas holidays are important human events and provide much-needed respites from the demands of our professional lives, there’s nothing more damaging to business momentum than a holiday in the middle of the... Read »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Settles on $8.5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Groupon Settles on $8.5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Turns out playing the stock market can be risky business. The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch is declaring that the "social media investment bubble has popped," and that the gains made by companies like... Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM
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By JD Gershbein, Edited by: David Wolinsky

What to Do When Your LinkedIn Recommendation Isn’t Quite Right

What to Do When Your LinkedIn Recommendation Isn’t Quite Right

If you’re engaged in the activity of requesting, crafting and receiving LinkedIn recommendations, you’ve undoubtedly discovered that there are issues that arise when the written content doesn’t match the... Read »

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Daily Deals

Learn from the original daily deals site, Groupon.

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Some officials have estimated the City of Chicago's dog population to be somewhere around 500,000. Add in all the cats, fish and birds and you've got yourself an industry just begging -- and barking -- to be...

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David Wolinsky David Wolinsky is a freelance writer, lifelong Chicagoan, and reasonably handsome business-study scion.
Kim Vatis Kim Vatis joined NBC5 News in 1997. She currently Anchors the weekend morning newscasts, is general assignment reporter and special projects reporter for the 10 PM newscasts.
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