I talk with many clients who not only don’t know what LinkedIn is but if they even need it. Do you need it? Yes!

It wasn’t too long ago that people looking for positions would contact their friends and family to let them know they were looking for work. They might attend a networking event often sponsored by a local chamber of commerce. But back in 2002, a social professional networking site was created. By 2006, it had 20 million participants and by 2013, it has more than 239 million! So if you’re not on LinkedIn and you are a professional, then you don’t really exist.

The first step is to start your profile. While there are several good resources out there that can give you detailed information about creating a profile, I will simply say that  your LI profile should tell a little (professional) story about you. Unlike a resume which is more formal, here is an opportunity to add a little of your personality. Use the word “I” when you write it and share your strengths and a few accomplishments you are proud of in your career.

But more than having a profile, is how to use LI. Here is a great place to list anyone and everyone you know from your professional network. We often forget how many people we actually do know, but once you write a list, you’ll probably be surprised to discover you may have as many as 100 people!

What’s really cool, though, is once you have them on your contact list, you now have access to THEIR contacts. It has been said that most people looking for a job will do best by networking with people you do not already know. Why? Because the people in your own circle already know you are looking for a job. If they haven’t materialized a job for you, then it’s probably not likely to happen in the near future. But by exploring your network’s network, you have access to perhaps, hundreds and even thousands, of other people!

So if you’re not already on LinkedIn, start working on getting your profile up. It’s sometimes hard to write about yourself. I often write profiles for my clients. If I can help you, please contact me for more information.

 

 

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Although I had your business card for a few weeks, I hesitated calling you until one day, I just felt inspired to contact you. Am I glad I did! After applying for literally hundreds of jobs this past year with not even one interview…after sending the résumé you created for me, not only did I get the interview, but I got the job! I feel that God inspired me to move forward and sent you into my life when I needed it the most. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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So, thought I'd brighten your day!  My new supervisor complimented my resume. She said she liked the summary at the top. She also commented that she wasn't positive that my background would've jumped out as a perfect match, but it was written in a way that highlighted my skills as a match for her needs. The resume you wrote for me did much more than any of those things, however. It changed the way I view myself.  It supported me, and gave me a confidence that I was lacking at that time. When I first saw your draft, I didn't immediately connect with it, yet I knew it was all truth. It grew on me, or I grew into it. By the time I walked into those last 2 interviews, I had a new confidence. Something deeper than just knowing I could do the job. I knew I was the right choice. That confidence, that knowing, attracted those jobs to me as surely as my credentials well presented.  It was both, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
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I have built my business through satisfied clients so I cherish testimonials. One of the most stand-out testimonials that was given to me was shared by a client I coached to help her with an upcoming interview.

This client told me later, that she had met a woman at a community event. Jen shared about looking for a position and was telling her about the "biz coach" who prepped her for the interview. The other woman mentioned how she found this excellent person to do her resume and that the résumé itself was highly complemented on in her interview. And best yet, she got the job in the end! In a few minutes, they deducted they were both talking about the same person…ME!

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