Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, it's always best to remember that no one cares about your success like you do. Sometimes your boss will behave in a fairy godmother like way, and grant you your wish without you even asking, but in most cases, you need to take the initiative.

Jacob Share went out and asked the top HR bloggers for their pieces in 2014 that got the most views or shares. Out of those, I've picked out top ones that will help Inc readers succeed in their careers.

1. Julie Walraven 7 fatal mistakes on LinkedIn. Walraven's article actually has a lot more than 7 tips and tricks mixed in. Things like, remember to keep our profile public (if it's not, recruiters can't find you either), make sure to list your accomplishments, make it easy to reach you (she suggests if you're actively job hunting to include your cell phone number). Tweak your LinkedIn account today and increase the chances of success finding you.

2.Meg Guiseppi The New 10-Step Executive Personal Branding Worksheet. Guiseppi reminds us that our brands are our reputations, so it's important that your's is good. If you're a start up founder, people will work with and for you only when they believe in you. Some of her ideas: Identify your target audience, do a strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats analysis, identify your competition and what differentiates you. The whole list is valuable for anyone.

3. Alison Green here's a real-life example of a great cover letter (with before and after versions!) Green is a long time advocate of the cover letter, and she frequently gives advice to her readers on how to make yours shine. In this article, she gives a before and after version from a real, live, job seeker who landed the job. If you're on a job hunt, read this before writing your cover letter.

4.Margaret Buj A Recruiter's Inside Scoop on Salary Negotiation Tips. Lots of people just accept the first job offer (especially women) but Buj states that employers rarely make their highest offer first. She also points out that you're not going to lose out on a job offer because you ask for something, but you may if you do it wrong. (Here's a classic example of asking the wrong way.) She tells you how to ask and reminds you that even in a bad economy you can still ask and just may succeed.

5.Jenny Foss 6 signs that this job could be a lemon. We all want to land that perfect job, but some jobs are just lousy. Foss puts together the signs that indicate you probably don't want to sign on the dotted line. For instance, if they are hesitant to tell you why the job is vacant, the job description is largely fluff, or no one who interviews you appears to have spent any time reading your resume. Run, run, run, she says.

6. Jessica Miller-Merrell 21 Best Niche Job Boards for Recruiters. Whether you're a job seeker or a hiring manager right now (and we often switch between these two roles), this list will help you find either the best jobs for you or the best candidates for your company. Well worth checking out.

7. Nick Corcodilos Resign Yourself To Resigning Right. Sometimes, it's time to say goodbye. Corcodilos tells you how to do it right. Doing it wrong (or for the wrong reason) can end in a big disaster. That's the last thing you need. Make sure you click through to page two or you'll miss out on the tips.

8. Jeff Lipschultz Leveraging LinkedIn Groups in Your Job Search. LinkedIn is really important in today's connected world. Lipschultz teaches you how to use the groups function to build your brand and reputation, which are critical in the fast moving start up world.

9. Wendy Terwelp Easy 5-minute Tips to Make Your Network Thrive. You can have 1000 people in your LinkedIn connections and still not have a good network. Terwelp gives you tips about making sure your network is actually helping you (and you're helping others) instead of simply clicking "connect."

10. Mark Babbitt The 7 Most Underrated Career Skills... Ever. We often look for hard skills--especially in tech heavy start-ups, but often there are other skills that are just as valuable, like being able to give presentations, writing concisely, or displaying emotional intelligence. Babbitt's list gives you something to think about both for our own development and for your next new hire.

 

Published on: Dec 29, 2014