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NOW look who’s coming to “You Can Get Hired!” Join us at our next Get Hired Event — Tuesday April 4th, 2017 from 9:00am to 11:30am in Maple Grove

Valuable networking opportunities with the Twin Cities’ hottest employment experts, and a chance to get your toughest job-search questions answered if you pre-register today. Attendance for these events is limited to room size and we always fill up. Don’t wait, register today and save yourself a seat.

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller


*Career Coach Joanne Meehl Reveals to YCGH attendees the networking secrets she usually saves for clients only*

Joanne Meehl Career Services, Job Search Queen and Resume Queen talks about “Elegant Networking”

 
All kinds of career and job search experts tell those of you in job search to “network, network, network”. But we don’t tell you how! Old rules say “give your resume to everyone”. Joanne disagrees, and instead talks about connecting human-to-human in an elegant way that honors relationship over “what can I get?”. She will reveal some tips and methods and, “the right words to use” that she usually reserves only for her clients. Afterwards, you will know how to elegantly GET the networking appointment, what to DO during that appointment, and what to do AFTER the appointment so that both you AND your contact win!

So what is it? And how to do it in an elegant way so that you will not be forgotten? Register now and come to this session so you can learn how to make your networking COUNT and land your next great job!

Elegant Networking

  • HOW to make the right appointments with the right people in your network
  • How to create your credibility with them around what you can DO
  • How to continue to touch base with them so they don’t forget you
  • How to best “use” your network
  • Be comfortable being yourself as you job search, not faking it as “someone else”
  • Get amazing results

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller

New to You Can Get Hired in 2017

Gracie Miller

Career Clarity Now…is a dynamic 40-minute creative Master Class. You WILL walk away with greater clarity about not only what you want to do, but how to do it.

 

By rolling our passions and skills together and taking an honest look at our deal breakers, we come to creative career options you never would have considered otherwise. You will receive a complimentary guide to go along with the workshop titled “4 Steps to Creative Clarity” that is yours to keep.

What are YOU on Earth to do?

Struggling to come up with a career that uses all of your passions, skills and experience?

Get ready to identify and create a career you will love!

Join Gracie on April 4th and she will impart

“4 Steps to Creative Clarity”

  • Identify your Greatest Passions
  • Identify your Marketable Skills
  • Identify Professional Dealbreakers.
  • Then, Roll your passions and skills into creative career options
  • Create SMART goals around those options and
  • Break down goals into manageable steps to get into your new career or business.

Get ready, because change is coming! Register now-you won’t want to miss all that Gracie has to offer, and at no cost to you for this 3 hour workshop!

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller


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Have a LinkedIn account?  Check.

Have any idea how to use it to find sales leads?  Probably not.

I know the feeling.  You’re responsible in some way, shape or form for finding new sales leads.  You need to find people that want or need what you have to offer.  What are you currently doing to find them?  I’m pretty sure I’ve tried almost every tool out there, and I dare you to find me a tool that gives you the power to generate and craft a better list of targeted leads than LinkedIn.  The real problem will be finding the time to follow up with all of them!  I’ll let you figure out that problem 🙂  So what are these top 3 ways to fill your funnel?  I thought you’d never ask!

1) Advanced Search

Take a look at this picture below.  Follow the arrow to the promised land!

Click that “Advanced” link.  If you have never used it, your world is about to change.  In this advanced search area, you can actually type in the title of the person you are looking for, the company the person works for, or even their location based on their zip code (and several more).  You can have fun with this one.  You will find some combinations work better than others.  Get creative using keywords that your perfect prospect might have in their profiles!

2) Introductions From Common Connections

If you hate cold calling, this will be your new favorite technique.

If I wanted to connect with Cindy McDonnel, I’m in luck.  I have 2 shared connections with her.  That means 2 people that are my 1st level, direct connections, are also connected to Cindy.  But how do I make that happen Adam?  Glad you asked…  I’ve found the most effective way to do that is to reach out to my common connections (Chad and/or Michele in this case), either on LinkedIn, email or over the phone and say something like this:  “Hi Chad!  I’m planning on reaching out to Cindy McDonnel this week.  I happened to notice you are a connected to her on LinkedIn.  Would you be open to introducing the two of us?  No problem if you aren’t able to…like I said, I was planning on reaching out to her either way, but we all know a warm connection is better than a cold one.”  No one likes to feel obligated to do something, or feel like a crutch.  By doing it this way, you’re giving them an opportunity to help you instead.  Everyone likes to help, so this usually works very well.  If you think about it, that’s basically what LinkedIn is all about.

3) Saved Searches

Wouldn’t it be great if LinkedIn was your own personal lead delivery service?  It can be….using saved searches.

With the free version of LinkedIn, you can save up to 3 searches.

After you have applied step 1, (if you haven’t, try it!) there’s a good chance you have a list that you really like.  Just click the “Save Search” link.  You can name the search whatever you want, and then select either monthly or weekly for your alerts.  From that point on, anyone new that meets your search parameters, that wasn’t on your original list, will come directly to your email.  Free delivery!

Put these 3 strategies to use today, and you will have a sales funnel that’s too big to handle!  Trust me, it’s a better problem to have than and empty funnel.

Want my 27 Point LinkedIn Checklist?  Text the phrase “mychecklist” to 44222 or you can get it by clicking this link

 

Adam will be joining our Feb 28 You Can Get Hired workshop and there is no cost to you. If you would like to meet Adam and pose your own questions about LinkedIn, click the button to register you and a friend. The workshop is just 2 1/2 hours and will produce a return many times over in your job search!

Eventbrite - 02/28/17 You Can Get Hired! - Adam Wallschlaeger & Janine Bear

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If you’ve noticed more than one voice in your head, fighting for your attention, don’t worry: you’re not crazy. In fact, it’s quite normal to experience these different voices popping up at random moments and influencing how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

To be more accurate, these “voices” are thought patterns we form over a long period of time. Oftentimes, we can tell what circumstances prompt one voice to start talking. Our inner cheerleader comes out when we accomplish something we’re proud of, for instance. Other times, it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint what exactly triggers a certain thought pattern, and if you’re not careful here, it becomes difficult to discern between what’s real and what’s a lie the voice in your head is telling you.

I want to talk about the worst liar of them all. In my book, I call it the “self-saboteur.” He/she is the voice that whispers, “You’re not good enough. Nobody will trust you. Nobody will notice you. It won’t work, it never does, you might as well stop trying, it’s hopeless.”

The self-saboteur is crafty, resilient, and an almost universal phenomenon. How do you keep this negative voice in check?

In his ARTICLE on negative thinking patterns, life coach John-Paul Flintoff advises that we externalize the self-saboteur. The brain is flexible, and continues to develop past childhood. We can take advantage of this and disrupt negative thinking patterns. “The first step,” says Flintoff, “is to become aware of your automatic negative thoughts–and for me, anyway, that’s much easier (and more fun, actually) if I personify the inner critic, with a sketch, and give him/her a voice.”

Flintoff’s inner critic is shriveled and bald, with dark shadows under his eyes. He looks worried and avoids eye contact. He stays in the shadows but comes out to whisper hurtful things.

By creating such a detailed image of his self-saboteur, he is able to distance himself from this bad thinking pattern. It’s not him talking, it’s the shriveled liar in the corner.

Externalizing your self-saboteur takes practice. Old habits, and thought patterns definitely count as habits, take time and effort to break. But once you begin distancing yourself from your negative inner-critic, this thought pattern loses an incredible amount of power. As you continue learning to identify when and how the critic starts talking, you’ll get better and better at learning how to stop listening.

Another suggestion of Flintoff’s (which I find quite wise) is to think of someone in your life you greatly admire. The next time your self-saboteur takes the floor, imagine that this person is defending you. What would they say? If you’re honest (this is your defender’s turn to talk, so don’t allow the inner-critic any influence here), you’ll find that your defender has a great deal to say on your behalf. By doing this simple mental exercise, it becomes clear that most of the time, your self-saboteur is talking utter garbage, and you’re giving him/her a platform to let it get to you. Don’t do that! You’re so much more valuable, so much more loved, and so much more worthy than your saboteur will ever give you credit for, so stop wasting your time listening and put a sock in that liar’s mouth.

Eventbrite - 01/24/17 You Can Get Hired Kickoff - Tracy David & Margaret Smith

Margaret will be our guest speaker at You Can Get Hired on Tuesday, January 24th from 9-11:30 a.m. If you haven’t registered CLICK HERE to reserve your seat-and bring a friend!

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Questions to Ask During an Interview

As a job seeker, it is likely that you have experienced several interviews, been nervous about how to present yourself, and wondered the likelihood of actually landing the position. Whether you are interviewing at a manufacturing facility, fast-food restaurant, family-owned business, or well-known company, YOU (the interviewee) have probably been asked this question, “Do you have any questions for us?”

The smart answer is “YES!” However, if you haven’t planned ahead, this question may throw you off of your game—jeopardizing the last impression you leave with the potential employer. Fear no more – check out our list below for several questions that can be asked at the end of the interview.

Question #1 – Is this a newly-created position or did someone leave? This will tell you if the company is expanding and needs to add staff members or if someone voluntarily left the organization. As a follow-up if someone did leave the position, you could also ask how long that person was in that particular job.

Question #2 – What is YOUR favorite part about working here? This is a question that you can directly ask the interviewer. If there is more than one interviewer, then you can ask each person—within reason. If you are part of a panel interview, you will want to ask each person a different question. If they can answer this question quickly and confidently, it is likely the person actually does like his or her position and you may be able to find out additional benefits of working within that organizational environment.

Question #3 – If you could design the ideal candidate for this position, what are that person’s top three strengths? This question provides you with a way to once again identify your skill-set and how you fit that position’s needs. Again, these are questions asked near the end of the interview and this is a method for leaving a positive and lasting impression on the interviewers.

Questions #4 – When do you anticipate making a hiring decision regarding this position? By asking this question, you reiterate your interest in the job and show the employer that are you serious about the opportunity.

These are just three examples of questions that can be asked during this crucial part of the interview process. Obviously, you do not want to bombard the organization with questions and you should also not ask questions that can be easily researched. For example, asking about the organizational mission statement is not a good idea if that information is clearly posted on the company website.

Do you have a question for us? Or, are you excited about your upcoming job interview and want to know the question that WE would ask that organization? Contact us today for a free consultation – we look forward to helping you!

 

Would you like to meet Dr. Heather? She will be one of our featured experts on September 27th at a Free You Can Get Hired workshop from 9-11:30 at the Maple Grove Community Center. If you’d like to glean from Dr. Heather and learn some great tools for getting hired in today’s current market, click the blue button to reserve your ticket today! See you there!

Eventbrite - 9/27/16 You Can Get Hired! - Tracy David and Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanisch

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resumeMethods for Modernizing Your OLD Resume

If you haven’t sought a new employment opportunity for 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years, you may be confused about where to start with a resume for today’s marketplace. Has that much changed since you last applied for a new position during 1995 or even 2005? The answer is YES! And, if you choose to not implement these key tips, you can almost be assured that your resume will never see the light of day at the hiring manager’s office.

Tip #1 – Lose the Objective. Gone are the days of stating why you want to boost your skills, share your talents, and optimize your career path. The truth is—your objective is clear. If you are sending resumes for a new job, then your objective is to get an interview. The objective serves no purpose and should be eliminated from today’s resumes. Rather than wasting this prime real estate at the top of the resume, be sure to capitalize on it.

Tip #2 – Use a Career Summary. Instead of an objective, utilize that space to provide a high-overview of your career thus far. This allows you to pinpoint those qualifications and skills that make you different than other candidates, along with discussing a bit of your employment history. This is also a great place to add key words that are used in job advertisements.

Tip #3 – Identify Key Words and USE THEM. Speaking of key words, what are they? These are the words that are repeated in a job advertisement, specifying the technical knowledge, soft skills, and abilities required to be successful in the position. Many companies utilize an Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) system to filter through incoming resumes. Without these words used in your document, your resume may be out of contention before an HR professional reads it.

Tip #4 – Don’t Date Your Education. Unless you graduated from college during the last six months, there is no reason to put your graduation date on your college degree. A recent college graduate may choose to do so (and even place Education prior to Professional History) simply because he or she doesn’t have any relevant professional experience at this point. However, for the rest of us, dating your education can be a reason for age discrimination in the future. And, why open yourself to that possibility?

Tip #5 – There is No Need to Include All Jobs. The most frequent question I receive from clients is about how far back to go on the resume. Should they include that first job from 1985? The answer is no. Typically, resume writers will recommend only including the relevant past positions and that usually aligns with the last 10-15 years of employment.

Tip #6 – It’s Okay to Split Your Job Experiences. For example, if someone has been in sales and marketing for awhile, but has also had IT experiences, it is perfectly acceptable to have two sections of professional history. In fact, this works very well if someone is specifically targeting one of the areas only. If sales and marketing is the future focus, then place that section first. And, if IT is where the candidate wants to go in the future, be sure to put that information first. This allows the candidate to adjust the resume as needed for future opportunities.

Tip #7 – Remove Personal Information. Many years ago, resumes potentially contained personal information such as marital status, number of children, and hobbies. Today, that type of information could become HR’s worst nightmare. There is no place for personal information on today’s resumes. Keep it professional at all times.

 

The bottom line is this: if you are ready to start your job search in the current marketplace, be sure that you are complying with all of the unwritten rules of modern resumes. And, if you are unsure where to start, please contact us today!

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish is one of our featured experts for the May 17th Free, You Can Get Hired Workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. She is eager to meet you and would be happy to connect on how she can help you get the best resume possible. Register now to get your ticket. Click the button below.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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After Losing Your Job…7 Tips for Job Searching Success  what-next

Everything has been going along just fine with your career—nothing exciting, but things are stable. But, are they really stable? Do you know what’s around the next corner in your company? And, are you established enough in your career just in case something does happen? Most companies, many industries, and the economy in general are constantly evolving. What does this mean as a worker in this twenty-first century? It means that you have to be prepared for uncertainty and a potential job change.

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), I have partnered with over 1,000 clients in developing forward-thinking, eye-catching, and industry-appropriate resumes and cover letters. Unfortunately, many of those clients contact me only when they have lost their jobs and need to quickly rework a 20+ year-old resume or are starting with no documentation. Along with needing a new resume, there are other things to consider if you lose your job.

#1 – Don’t be ashamed of the job loss. First, a job loss can happen to anyone. Companies, merge, businesses close, and organizational needs change. Tell people that you are actively seeking new employment opportunities. Did you know that most jobs are found via networking and existing contacts? It’s a much better way to find a job then replying to hundreds of job postings online.

#2 – Be sure your resume is up-to-date. Although it was mentioned before, it deserves repeating. If you have let others know that you are seeking a new job and they ask for your resume, it doesn’t look good to make them wait for an updated document. Be sure to include your most recent job and know that you don’t have to list why you left that particular position.  

#3 – Get a new email address. Many of us are tied to our job email address, which is obviously gone if you have lost your position. And, home email addresses could be checked by multiple people in the household. Instead, open a new email account that is used specifically for job hunting. Then, you can be sure you will be the only one checking the email account. And, always use your name or a portion of your name as the email address. Don’t use your graduation year, birth year, or other information that could detail your age. Keep it professional and simple.

#4 – Join LinkedIn as your preferred social media outlet. LinkedIn is a professional resource for social media content, updates, company profiles, and job searching. If you already have Facebook, Twitter, and other profiles, then be sure there is nothing out there that could harm your job search. While it is true that everyone has a personal life, it is also true that a quick Google search of your name will generate hits on your social media profiles.

#5 – Attend networking events. Again, most people find job opportunities through contacts they know. If you can attend a local chamber of commerce expo or a local networking group, take the chance and do so. And, if those aren’t available to you, then schedule a lunch appointment with a contact you haven’t seen for awhile. The more people that know you are seeking opportunities, the more eyes and ears are out there assisting you with your job search.

#6 – Never badmouth your ex-employer. Never. Ever. Do. This. Have you ever heard the saying, ‘don’t burn your bridges?’ Well, this rings true when seeking employment. The more you badmouth your ex-employer, the more you are viewed as a critical, sad, and annoying ex-employee. Furthermore, you never know who may know the people and/or company that you are criticizing. It doesn’t matter if what you are saying is true—just don’t do it.

#7 – Take on part-time work, freelance projects, or volunteer opportunities. If you are unsure of your career direction or can’t seem to find the perfect full-time job opportunity, then grab the chance to volunteer with an organization close to your heart, find a part-time opportunity that meets your family needs, or be open to the idea of freelance work. These short-term gigs show future employers that you kept busy during your time away from the full-time workforce and still honed your skills while networking with entirely new groups of people.

Remember that you are not the first person to lose their job and you certainly won’t be the last. By keeping a positive attitude, being proactive, and establishing a network of people that are also seeking opportunities for you, you can be on your way to a new opportunity that may meet your needs even better than your previous position.

 

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish will be one of our featured experts at the May 17th Free, You Can Get Hired workshop in Maple Grove from 9-11:30 a.m. If you would like to meet Heather, Click on the Blue Button Below to reserve your seat. Register for your ticket TODAY and arrive early to get the best seat!
Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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Is Your LinkedIn Summary a Winner or Loser

How do you show up in your LinkedIn summary?Is Your LinkedIn Summary a Winner or Loser

Is your LinkedIn summary compelling or boring and does it tell people who you are, what you do and who you serve.   In other words, is your LinkedIn summary a winner or a loser?

Perhaps you have you copied your resume into your summary section, which is something I see all the time which would fall into the loser category.  If your headline is compelling, people will gravitate to read your summary which you should move right up under the top section of your profile.

This is where you get to shine!

Your LinkedIn summary is that place where you get to share who you are professionally and let people see who you are personally.  Think of your summary as that place where you get a chance to really speak to people in a more personal way.  You should write this section in the first person tense so you sound friendly and you want people to learn more about you.

This is also a place where you should share your credibility, those achievements that you are proud of and tell people more about what you’ve done and how you can help them get the same results.  Often when I work with people on updating their LinkedIn profiles,  they say “I don’t want to brag” which is most typical among women versus men.  But what I want to say about that is – it is your time to brag!
Think in terms again about what makes you credible?  That can be everything from facts and figures to media appearances.

In the digital world, the most important version of your bio is your LinkedIn summary.
– William Arruda via Forbes.com

What do you do? It Belongs in your LinkedIn SummaryIs-your-linkedin-summary-a-winner-or-loser

Use your summary section to let people know what you do. I suggest you do this in short sentences with highlighted bullet points. The idea is to just give your viewers an idea to decide if you are an ideal connection for them.  How many times have you received the default invitation from someone and so you view their profile to see who they are.  I guarantee you have looked at their headline and then you scroll down to their summary to gain some knowledge about why they may have invited you to join their network.

Who do you serve?

By being clear on the people you serve you will end up with a better quality network.  In terms of marketing, clearly defining your target market helps you focus on and attract those people who are well suited to what you do.  So include a sentence or two on who you serve or a few bullet points.  Remember everyone is not your customer and being intentional about developing a solid network of potential customers, referral partners and influencers will benefit you now and in the long term.

Job seekers should make the LinkedIn summary their priority

According to Laura Smith-Proulx of Job-Hunt, Laura “If you want to quickly distinguish yourself from job-hunting competition on LinkedIn, look no further than your LinkedIn Summary.The “elevator pitch” of your social media profile, a powerful Summary can compel employers to take a second look at you for their needs.”

How will you Update your LinkedIn Summary Section?

  • What makes you credible?
  • What do you do?
  • Who do you serve?
  • What makes you interesting?

See How Your Profile Stacks Up!Grab the LinkedIn Profile Check List

JoAnne is a featured expert at our Free You Can Get Hired workshop on May 17th at the Maple Grove Community Center from 9-11:30 a.m. Register today and change the course of your current job search by making sure you have a WINNING LinkedIn! Click on the button now to register. See you there!

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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Highlighting Your Value on Your Resume

If you are working on your resume, it is important to position yourself as if you were reading it from the employer perspective. Instead of thinking, “What can this job do for my career?” – think more about “What can I possibly bring to this employer?” It is the answers to the second question that will help you align your skill-set with the needs of the potential job opening.Tell Me About Yourself

First, include several job titles or skill-sets at the top of the resume (immediately after the heading). For an administrative position, the headings could be something similar to Customer Service Expert | Administrative Oversight | Office Management. If someone is in accounting, they may want to use a heading such as Accounts Payable and Receivable | Financial Management.

Next, be sure to include a career summary. This is a three to five line section at the top of your resume (immediately after the job titles and heading) that describes your career from a high overview perspective. This section should include key words from the advertisement, a list of some of your past experiences, and the diverse skill-sets that you can bring to the employer.

Then, include a section that discusses Core Competencies or Areas of Expertise. This section can be modified for each job opportunity and should include skills that are listed in the job posting. Items like Leadership, Communication, Detail-Orientation, Decision-Making, and Time Management skills can be included here. This section is critical to making it through the Applicant Tracking System or ATS. Many companies utilize this computerized scanning system to go through resumes and put them into a ‘yes’ pile or a ‘no’ pile. If you don’t have the appropriate key words listed on your document, you can say ‘goodbye’ to your chances of an interview.

Finally, under Work Experience or Professional History, ensure you can back-up your claims. Rather than stating you have marketing skills, state the dollar amount of the budget you managed. If you increased sales during your tenure with an organization, list the percentage that sales increased by each year. Quantitative information is a key to relaying the relevant information when applying for a new position.

The bottom line is to be as specific as possible with your information, ensure you read and re-read the job posting to verify you are using the right key words, and include all appropriate sections within your document. If you have any questions on what should or should not be included, feel free to contact us today!

 

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish will be a featured speaker for our May 17th Free You Can Get Hired Workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Register today and reserve a ticket to talk to Heather about your Resume! Click the button to register now.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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How a Recruiter Uses LinkedIn to Find Talent

how-a-recruiter-uses-linkedin-to-find-talent-2I had an opportunity to meet Stacey Stratton, owner of True Talent Group, a talent agency and learn how a recruiter uses LinkedIn to find talent.

I found the conversation useful and wanted to share her perspective as her feedback will be useful to any job seeker. Learn how to leverage LinkedIn for job searching after college.

To say you have a LinkedIn profile is not enough particularly if you copy your resume word for word and paste it into the appropriate sections in LinkedIn.  LinkedIn profiles must be dynamic, stand out from the crowd and get the recruiter or hiring manager to take action and want to learn more about you.   Stacey told me she spend a few minutes reading a resume then goes directly to their LinkedIn profile because “people can shine on LinkedIn where they cannot in a resume.”

When I asked Stacey what she first looked for when scanning someone’s LinkedIn profile here is what she said:

  • #1 is do they have a professional photo – first impressions matter
  • Experience – do they have the experience for the position  they are applying for
  • Summary section – do they exhibit some personality?

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How important is LinkedIn’s summary section?

She relies heavily on this section to determine personality and if there is a cultural fit.  “You can have great skills but if you have the wrong personality, it won’t be a good fit.” Read my tips on how to best use your LinkedIn summary section.

The importance of Skills & Endorsements

Stacey thinks this section is mildly important.  If you have no endorsements at all this could be a negative because it leaves her wondering WHY no one would endorse the skills you say you have.

The value of LinkedIn Recommendations

Typically Stacey will not place people without recommendations, there may be some variable in that according to the length of time they have been at a job but she likes to know others have recommended the person.  Often she uses recommendation to help place a client and add that your recommendations should be recent, over the past three years.

Any value in the volunteer and causes section?

Stacey says yes, goes toward character and what the person cares about.  I would agree and often companies that are philanthropic and support causes want employees to share that value.

Are the number of your LinkedIn connection important?

Not necessarily is the short answer. However, Stacey said if you are a social expert and you have very few connections that wouldn’t make sense. She does look at the types of people you are connected to, so be intentional with the people you invite to be in your network.

Top tips for job seekers to leverage your LinkedIn profile

* Get a professional photo, unfortunately people do judge.
* Work on a great summary – be true to who you are, let your personality shine through.
* Have a compelling headline that says I want to learn more.
* List your awards – be proud of your accomplishments and show future employers what they can expect from you.
* Note when you have been promoted. This shows the level of progression in your career.
* If you still play team sports – list it.  It says you are a team player.
* Utilize the media feature particularly if you are in a creative field, showing your work visually highlights your talent

Knowing how LinkedIn can help your career is imperative

According to a recent poll done by The True Talent Group, they wanted to know the skill level of their network when it comes to using LinkedIn.

50% said “They don’t know how to make their profile stand out”

50% said “They don’t know what to do once they invite or accept invitations”

I read that ABC News reported , 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. So knowing how to network on LinkedIn is as important to your job searching success as is having a great profile that stand out and highlights the points Stacey Stratton and other recruiters tell us are important.

LinkedIn Recruiter customers get access to all of LinkedIn’s users—not just those in their own personal networks. The product allows you to scour this enormous pool of professionals using advanced search functions such as industry, location and current company. – New Talent Times

To learn more about Stacey Stratton and The True Talent Group visit:  www.truetalentgroup.com

To get a professional career profile update, be sure to visit: https://linkedinforbusiness.net/career/

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JoAnne Funch will be featured at our Free You Can Get Hired workshop on May 17th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Register Today and find out how she can help you be sure your LinkedIn is “Recruiter Ready”! Click the Button to reserve your ticket now.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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Tasks to Accomplish on A Daily Basis to Grow a LinkedIn Following
6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn

If you are serious about using LinkedIn to maintain your professional brand reputation, stay top of mind with your connections and generate business leads than  I know you are consistently showing up.

 

For those who have never been to one of my trainings or have not heard me speak I emphasize investing time to grow your LinkedIn network.  LinkedIn is a long term strategy that requires consistency.  Often I get asked how I personally use LinkedIn, since I am a LinkedIn Trainer. So I decided to share the 6 things I do everyday on LinkedIn and I want to say up front, these things typically take less than 30 minutes per day!

Overview of Top 6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn

1. Respond to any email message

2.  Review and accept new LinkedIn connections

3.  Check the LinkedIn news feed for current updates

4. Check on Who’s viewed my profile

5.  Flip through the “Ways to keep in touch” section

6.  Share an update on the LinkedIn platform

Top 6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn in Detail:

1. Respond to any email message

I always try to acknowledge a message from someone within 24 hours of receiving it. First because that is professional courtesy and second because I want to be timely.  If someone has taken the time to message me, I always give them the respect to reply regardless of why they have messaged me.

2.  Review and accept new LinkedIn connections

Reviewing new invitations is a quick task for me because I have a process n place to read and respond.  I always read the profile of the invitee, I accept all invitations with a few exceptions such as no photo or details in their profile or if something about the profile seems inappropriate. If I received the default invitation, than I have several responses that I use in reply to learn more about the person who invited me.

3.  Check the LinkedIn news feed for current updates

I scan the news feed for current updates over the past 6-8 hours to with the intention of looking for updates from clients first that I can engage with such as posting a comment. Second I scan for people in my LinkedIn network who have new connections, and see if there are people I may also want to connect with and thirdly I scan for interesting content I may want to take a quick read on.

4.  Who’s viewed my profile

I always like to see who has viewed my profile because I look for trends in location, industry, people I may have met recently and I decide who I might take the time to send a note to if they have not invited me to connect.  This is intelligence work that has provided me new opportunities that may have been missed opportunities had I not taken the lead.

5.  Flip through the “Ways to keep in touch” section

I don’t click the Congrats! button on everyone celebrating a work anniversary, but I do scan for clients and prospects I want to stay top of mind with and I send a quick hello or comment on the work anniversary, birthday or such in a sincere and intentional way.

6.  Share an update on the LinkedIn platform

Staying top of mind with my connections is paramount!  My intention is to be authentic, relevant and credible.  I post content that I believe my network would be interested in and  is relevant to why people connected with me in the first place.  I typically post a combination of content through the week that consists on my blog posts, other people’s relevant content, industry content and I try to be sure each post has an interesting graphic to accompany the article.

Networking offline as well as online is all about showing up.

How do you show up on a consistent basis?
How are you building your online reputation?

While there is lots you can do everyday on LinkedIn, some are more important than others. Learn more about how to “Jump Ahead of your Competition with LinkedIn Advantages You Can Leverage”

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