Happy Friday! We’re back with a strong group of fresh links for job seekers, employees, and employers. This week they feature some great lists with extremely helpful advice, as well as a possible explanation of how LinkedIn will work with Microsoft’s resources. There’s also some information on who is hiring seasonal workers, if you’re interested! Check out the links below.

How Microsoft and LinkedIn Will Work Together and the Value of Social Data

Everyone was surprised when Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Despite many humorous guesses that LinkedIn would now have a helper similar to ‘Clippy’, many are genuinely curious what the new relationship will bring about. In this article Andrew Hutchinson shows where the two companies could harness each other specialties, and it’s incredibly interesting and to ponder the possibilities.

‘Culture Fit’ May Be the Key to Your Next Job

Recently, culture fit has become a hot topic for many companies, citing it as a crucial piece of the hiring process. Some companies believe it can have huge implications with an employee fitting in successfully. Others believe it’s not as important, and could even lead to bias in the hiring process. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

8 Mistakes You Are Making with Your LinkedIn Profile Picture

At this point, with 2 new accounts being created every second, it seems everyone is on LinkedIn. This means you likely already have a profile picture of yourself. If do have, there are a few things to keep in mind, which are brought up here. If you haven’t uploaded a photo, this article will make sure you choose wisely.

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Job Search

You’ve probably seen similar listicles before about what you’re doing wrong, but this one is different in that it dispenses with the niceties. The first on the list is ‘Looking Like an Idiot on Social Media’. This article is brutally honest, but it will keep you on track in your job search.

Stop Whining About Your 9-to-5 – Workers Want Stability More than Flexibility

The ‘dream job’ has gone through phases over time. It began as wanting a reliable 9-5 job. Next remote work gained popularity, with many professionals keeping a room in their house as a designated office. Recently, many employees simply want to work less hours in a full time role. However, this study shows that despite what we think, many people still desire that 9-to-5 stability.

Ask This Question to End Your Job Interview on a Good Note

If you’ve kept up with our past blogs and advice, you probably have a list of questions to ask at the end of an interview. It’s a great way to demonstrate interest and learn about the potential role. While you may have a few great questions prepared, this one is a good addition to any list. It’s a play on the old ‘What do you like the most about working here?’ that is likely to get a more genuine answer.

6 Ways to Make Networking Feel Less Forced

It’s easy at networking events to just wind up hovering over the food/refreshment table eating anxiously. Whether online or in person, networking can be tough. This article has some advice that will help you connect in new and better ways.

Meet the Job Seeker Who Used Snapchat to Get Noticed by Employers

We knew following up the chocolate bar and doughnut resumes would be a challenge. However, Erik Sena may have found a way to top it, using a geofilter on Snapchat to get himself noticed for a social media position. Check out how he did it, you may be inspired to tackle your own job search in an outside the box way.

9 Companies Hiring Thousands of Holiday Workers

Companies around the United States are gearing up for the big holiday sales boom. If you’re curious which companies are hiring seasonal workers, this article breaks down the top 9 to look into. Also, some of the seasonal workers may be offered permanent positions after the holidays, such as JCPenney.