It is no secret I am a fan of LinkedIn. I have seen how powerful the tool can be for job seekers and professionals focused on growing their professional brand, but like any powerful tool in order to see positive results you must know how to use the tool. I teach LinkedIn to students, individuals in transition, coaches and consultants and the primary thing that I focus on is using LinkedIn to both build and foster relationships.
The power of LinkedIn doesn’t come from having 500 contacts. LinkedIn nirvana begins with 500 relationships. There’s a difference! So today I want to share three things that you should do today...like right now after you read this article…to win on LinkedIn.
Last Wednesday I partnered with the Georgia State Alumni Association and presented the workshop, So You Have a Resume, Now What? From my experience many job seekers see the resume as the the most important part of the job search and I understand. The resume is a necessary tool for the application process, but did you know that your chances of simply uploading a resume and landing a job through an online application are extremely low? The latest reports show that up to 85% of all jobs are filled through networking. So in addition to a resume active job seekers should have three additional tools:
So you’re on LinkedIn. Your friend, neighbor and career coach have all convinced you that you using LinkedIn will decrease your job search time. You’ve built an excellent profile and you’ve added a bunch of connections now you’re waiting…to be hired. It’s not quite that easy. As a matter of fact you may be doing a few things that are turning recruiters and hiring managers away before they even get to your Experience section.
March 1, 2016 marked the launch of my new initiative, the Selfishly Happy Academy. The goal of the program is to unite women in the spirit of community to encourage, educate and empower us to live and excel in our own happiness. I am a career coach. In order to help my clients lead happy and rewarding careers and to find meaning and satisfaction in their work I often use a wellness model to address the whole person.
There are various models with six, seven and even eight dimensions. I typically use a six dimension model to evaluate overall wellness. During the 30-day Selfishly Happy Academy, participants will be challenged to strengthen their whole selves using the six dimensions of wellness model. The dimensions are:
Last year I was invited to speak at the I AM Women’s Empowerment Conference. CEO, Lawyer, and philanthropist, Yaminah Childress, produces this amazing event every year. The purpose of the event is to provide a space for women to socialize, support each other’s businesses and empower each other through presentations, conversations and of course…mimosa’s! I was in the company of a bunch of dynamic women such as Dr. Bertina Banks, Deborah Anglin and Lori Wilcox. By the time I got up to speak I felt led to shift gears and conduct a visualization exercise instead. I promised the attendees I’d share my original thoughts and so here they are as this week’s blog.
My presentation was originally titled Six Quick Tips to Manage Any Transition. Here are the tips below:
Today I had a great networking conversation with a professional in the financial planning arena. Although we're in very different professional spaces, we were both able to share resources and ideas that were beneficial to each other. Networking is very important to your professional growth. It's important that we find ways to talk to people all the time.
For today's Career Tip Tuesday, I thought I'd share ten places you can find networking partners:
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know that I’m a huge proponent of using vision boards to help attract the things that you want in your life. I go all around the country leading lessons on the power of vision boards and conducting vision board classes and workshops, but you don’t have to wait for me to visit your city to get your board off the ground.
People leave jobs for many reasons sometimes willfully and other times due to business decisions made by the job (layoffs, acquisitions and restructuring), but after a decade of career coaching and development the one thing that I can say with certainty is that most people do not quit soon enough.
Whether it’s loyalty to the company, fear of the unknown or uncertainty of options beyond their current job, more often than not, my clients find me after years of ignoring the signs. Hanging on when they should be running for the hills. Begging for a seat at the table when they should be creating an exit strategy.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Your network is equal to your net worth. Birds of a feather flock together. These phrases remind us of how much your network influences your career success. Now everyone in LinkedIn Land is telling us that the magic starts at 500+ LinkedIn contacts. So we go about connecting, calling, reaching out and networking with people to build our network, but are you using any strategy? The highly effective network must be diverse and should have five types of people.
As you know I’ve been working on reorganizing my office. In my last blog I issued a challenge to myself. I said that I would have a beautifully organized workspace in the next ten days. Well that time has come and gone and I’m not quite finished with my office, but it’s come a LONG way. Partially because of some really great advice that I received from a professional organizer.
My daughter is 12 and quite the introvert. She values relationships, but does not perform the commonly acceptable actions to initiate and maintain those relationships. I’m always encouraging her to reach out to people and express interest in what they’re doing. I want her to have friends, associates and later in life, a professional network.
Today I was having a conversation with an old friend and she was telling me that she struggles to meet women as an adult. Once you’re no longer in school or playing outside with your friends, she asked, how do you create new bonds? Great question!!!! I gave it some thought and came up with a couple of ideas. This is by all means not an exhaustive list; feel free to add your tips in the comments section.
The other day I was chatting with one of my best friends and success partners. She was telling me about a challenge she was running into with a business venture. She was extremely disheartened because she’d turned to her family for support and one by one they all flat out turned her down or pulled out after committing. She just couldn’t understand how her flesh and blood could turn her down when she wasn’t asking for them to invest anything but their time.
This is such a familiar conversation. I’ve had it a million times. I myself have observed my family and friends sharing other coaches content, events and products on social media while not sharing mine. I’ve created campaigns and asked friends to share my posts or hashtag my events and received very little support. I used to get really upset about this, seemingly lack of respect, for me and my business until I stopped and really thought about why people don’t support their family and friend’s businesses. Here are the reasons that I came up with: