Summary Sunday: Issue 553

Tools and technology change rapidly. Yet as wonderful as technology can be, it doesn’t replace the need for human connection through interactions. Keep this in mind as you are searching for a new job. It’s your human connections that often open doors!

In this week’s collection of news and tips for job seekers, you’ll find:

  • FTC bans non compete agreements (and what that means)
  • Use LinkedIn to get a referral
  • When to use “I’m Interested” feature on LinkedIn
  • Should you contribute to LinkedIn collaborative articles
  • Older job seeker tips
  • How to use ChatGPT to help you interview
  • 10 Productivity tips
  • GenZ is getting their career advice online

Please follow the publications and authors of these articles to keep up-to-date and informed.


U.S. bans noncompete agreements for nearly all jobs | NPR

If you have ever been laid off and been told you can’t work in the same industry or for a competitor, you know how challenging that was. No more! Read more about this ruling.

“The ban, which will take effect later this year, carves out an exception for existing noncompetes that companies have given their senior executives, on the grounds that these agreements are more likely to have been negotiated.”

And here are some of the economic benefits of this ruling.


Do you need to KNOW someone inside a company to get a referral? | Jeremy Schifeling

Here’s a simple hack to find people who work at a company with a job opening (or without a job opening). The key to success is identifying something you have in common with the employee. Did you go to the same college or do you know some of the same people? Follow these steps and see if you get referred.

When to Use LinkedIn’s ‘I’m Interested’ Feature | LifeHacker

Before you go looking for the “I’m Interested” feature, note that not all company pages offer this. LinkedIn’s Help Articles states:
“You can find this feature on the company’s About or Life tabs or on the About the company section of job details pages. Once you signal that you’re interested, recruiters at the company will be able to view your profile when searching for interested candidates.”

Learn about how this feature works and when to use it!

Should you participate in LinkedIn’s Collaborative Articles? | Marie Zimenoff

If you’ve been prompted to contribute your expertise to a “collaborative article” on LinkedIn, you may want to think about whether it’s worth your time. Starting at about the 8-minute mark of the linked video, you’ll hear about LinkedIn’s Collaborative Articles (as announced here by LinkedIn). This video addresses some pros and cons and what to consider before posting (for resume writers and career pros). This feature is open to everyone on LinkedIn, so see how you might use it to help you create awareness of your industry expertise.


How To Find A Job If You Are 55 Or Older | Robin Ryan

It happens A LOT- older workers who, due to no fault of their own, find themselves in the market for a new job. Here are some things to keep in mind. And one final reminder:
“Caution: Don’t share your concerns, worries, fear, or desperation. Only promote what an asset you’ll be to an employer, no matter who you talk to.”


How to Use ChatGPT as Your Interview Coach | Jan Tegze

There are a few AI mock interview tools, but ChatGPT works by entering your answer in written form. If you are looking for feedback, definitely try this hack to see if the answer you write meets the expectations of the “hiring manager.”

If you are looking for feedback on the video presentation of your answer, Sarah Johnston recommends Yoodli (which isn’t free, but a good tool) or see these 4 tools recommended by Jan Tegze.


10 tips to 10x your productivity while you search for a new job | Adam Broda

Do you ever find yourself procrastinating? Here are some hacks to help you work through the tough slog of job search (or any project) you need to get done.


Gen Z workers pick genAI over managers for career advice | Computer World

A new study by outplacement firm Intoo and research firm Workplace Intelligence found “39% of workers said they’d received bad career advice from managers. In fact, employees said they get better career advice from their friends and family (62%), Google (44%), social media (36%), and genAI (34% overall) than they get from their boss.”


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