Sharing is Caring

Sharing events/promotions and job postings is easy with LinkedIn groups.

Do you participate in groups? One of the ways that you can really score some points with the other group members is to share value. Everyone determines value differently, but if you are always sharing things that point back to you, your services or products, or your own interests, the value that others see may begin to diminish with time.

One group to which I belong on LInkedIn, doesn’t want it’s members to post external links in the initial discussion post. I understand their philosophy. It is a large group and many people are only interested in getting their blog posts out to promote their product, service or thoughts. But, one of the best features of a group is the ability to promote an event or post a job opening.LI group postsWhen you are entering your discussion into a group directly, you can select “General”, “Job”, or “Promotion”. This differentiates the post and puts it into a category that appears at the top of the group menu. If you have an upcoming event or item/service that you want to promote, share it with the group, but be honest about the fact that you are promoting something. Not everything is a valid “Discussion”.

Now, when it comes to jobs, if you know of any job openings, it is great to share them in the LinkedIn job discussion postgroups to which you belong. If you are not a recruiter and posting the job on LinkedIn, just share the link in the discussion post and it will show up in the “Job Discussions” like the picture. If you don’t see jobs, check the job discussions option. You may find something worthwhile that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Remember that sharing is caring and you want to share as often as possible in the groups to which you belong. When you are sharing in a group, it also shows up as a status update to your connections!

 

LinkedIn Hands-On Workshop January 29

Do you need some updates to your LinkedIn profile?LinkedIn Hands-On Workshop

Everyone needs to spend a few minutes on social media a few times a day. Does that include your LinkedIn profile? You bet it does. Making tweaks and knowing the right updates to make will help you show up better in search results.

Do you need to learn how to warm up cold leads?

Have a meeting coming up with someone you have never met? Trying to find some potential clients?  Find out more about the power of LinkedIn to help you find and warm-up leads.

This hands-on LinkedIn workshop is the place you want to be to help you use LinkedIn better. We will go over your profile to help you establish the best use of keywords to be found, how to invite new connections, how to track connections using the CRM function in LinkedIn, and how to use the search features in LinkedIn to your business’ benefit.

  • When: January 29, 2014 8AM-to 11AM Includes continental breakfast.
  • Where: Northern Kane County Chamber office 20 S. Grove, Carpentersville, IL 60110
  • What: Bring your laptop. This is limited to the first 20 people who sign-up.
  • How: Sign-up by linking here – if you sign up by December 31, you will save $5 on the $30 registration fee. Click here to sign up! Select the workshop option that applys, enter your name and you will be taken to PayPal, where you can pay by credit card or PayPal.

Build Your Network

How can you build your network without having to physically network?

I just read a LinkedIn post from William Arruda advocating that you accept every invitation that comes your way on LinkedIn. Read it here While I totally agree in principle with what he says, I do understand people’s reticence to actually doing accepting anyone and everyone.Broaden your network

For an experiment, I went to my invitation box. It had 328 invitations in it. Almost every single one of them was not personalized. That means that either the person just clicked the connect button too quickly, they thought I would know who they were, or they were just inviting someone from the people I might know section.  I did find a few people that had personalized their invitation that I may have overlooked during a busy time period, but for the most part they were generic invitations.

To follow through on the advice from Mr. Arruda, I decided that I was going to connect with almost all of the people whose invitations were awaiting my response. I added about 170 or so people to my network in about 20 minutes. I received a response from 2 of them relatively promptly, so I could begin to build a relationship with them right away.

One of the reasons that I didn’t automatically connect with the people is because I like to tag my connections for future reference. Read more here.  With this in mind, I tagged all of them with a tag that let me know they were “on-line only” connections.

Another reason I like to keep at least some of these generic invitations in my in-box is that when I teach LinkedIn classes, I like to show people how to “reply don’t accept yet. Read more here.

My mantra when I teach is – It’s not about who you know, but who they know. The broader your network is, the more likely you will be able to connect with a potential employee, employee, or new business connection.

Whatever you choose to do with your LinkedIn connections, it is the best way to build your network without actually having to network!

I invite you to share your thoughts.

Social Media and Recruiting

Do you use social media for your recruiting and hiring efforts?

I recently helped Illinois workNet create a series of recordings and a webinar focusing on recruiting what works for youpractices using social media.  Check out all of the resources on the Social Media Guide.

Here are a few of the tips:

  1. Create a job posting on your website.
  2. Share the job posting link on your social media platforms.
  3. Ask your employees to share it to their network.
  4. Create a discussion in groups about your job posting.
  5. Participate on social media to build your company brand.
  6. Post items that will provide job seekers an idea of your corporate values and culture.
  7. Use social media to “check” applicants work history.

So frequently, we are reticent to implement change. Just one of the platforms could help you find the right person. It may even save you money.

Everyone knows that LinkedIn is the social media tool of choice when it comes to looking for jobs and looking for new employees. The resources I created help you with a few tips for blogging, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. Also on LinkedIn, if you aren’t making use of the groups including the Illinois Virtual Job Club Network, you may be missing a valuable resource. If you aren’t already using these tools, investigate how you can. If you need more help than the brief tutorials offer, give me a call and I will help you establish a recruiting strategy.

Social Media and Job Search

A few tips for Social Media and Job Search

I have been writing some help-guides for using social media and job search for Illinois workNet. I won’t steal their thunder, but I want to point out a few key items that showed up on almost every sheet that I created.socialJobSearch

  1. Job search and social media do not exclusively mean LinkedIn.
    1. Many of the other platforms have very relevant considerations for boosting your job search.
    2. Some platforms make more sense to find jobs.
  2. When you are in job search mode, you are creating a brand – YOURS. Be sure that you are making a positive impact for your brand on your social media platforms.
  3. Be consistent with your brand appearance – icon, images, voice.
  4. Participate regularly. The number one rule of marketing is your Brand/name has to be remembered. People will not remember your name if it isn’t in front of them regularly.
  5. Search – use the search function of the platform to find information about companies to which you are applying. You will also want to look at company culture and values to help you make a decision about applying or accepting positions.
  6. Status updates need to include two different elements:
    1. Let your connections know that you are in job search mode in a positive manner. NEVER bad mouth your former employer.
    2. Let your connections know that you have the beat on your industry by sharing thoughts and articles that are useful and informative.

If you need to know more of the specifics of the hand-outs I wrote, I encourage you to join the Illinois Virtual Job Club Network. We will be sharing the handouts there over the next few weeks.