January 3rd, 2013
I’ve been working on the content of my 90 minute webinar for the new LinkedIn Profile. It was supposedly going to be rolled out to everyone by end of year last year, but my Profile is still missing some of the new stuff (namely, the ability to add rich media).
The webinar will be on Jan 17th at 9am Mountain Time – you can sign up here (the price goes up on Jan 11th). There are bonuses listed on this page:
I’ve spent time going through the new Profile line by line. It’s cool, but it’s different.
Some things are the same, like the need to write to a human being (the reader), and tell your stories.
Other things are different, like how your Groups are showing, and of course the quasi-new skills and endorsements.
Some people have pictures that were good for the old Profile, but are too small for the new one, so they have a goofy looking THICK border around their picture.
LinkedIn is a place to FIND and BE FOUND. In the webinar we’ll focus on being found, and what impression you are leaving when people find you.
Again, in this webinar I will NOT use it as a 90 minute session to try and sell you on something else. This will be a lot of meaty content, with time to answer your questions… and that’s it. Solid content, no pressure.
Choose one of these as a bonus:
- The LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD (normally a $54 value), OR
- A personalized LinkedIn Profile critique (normally $99). I will do these AFTER the webinar, so you can make some changes based on what we talk about on the webinar, and send you a video recording. Usually between 12 and 15 minutes, from top to bottom of your Profile, OR
- One year premium of JibberJobber (normally $99). JibberJobber is the CRM for professionals to help organize a job search, or if you are not in a job search, to help manage relationships with your personal and professional contacts. Entrepreneurs and solopreneurs use JibberJobber to help keep their contacts organized and nurtured with JibberJobber.
December 20th, 2012
I’m doing a 90 minute webinar on optimizing the new LinkedIn Profiles. Supposedly everyone should have them by the end of 2013.
This webinar is… how do I put this: not free. I like doing free stuff, but my accountant likes it when I charge for my services, knowledge, passion, etc.
I have done over 100 presentations on LinkedIn, and I know this is going to be worth it the price.
Who should come? Everyone who is on LinkedIn, period. These new changes have a HUGE impact on your Profile. Some have said LinkedIn “blew up” their Profile, others have had things disappear without their knowledge, and others have their picture messed up.
Not only that, but changes with the Apps (changes = they went away) and what they are replaced with is powerful, but I’m sure we’ll see gross abuses of the power (embedding video for Funny or Die? Oh boy… :/)
Come join us on the 17th. If you can’t, I’m recording it and you can access the recording.
Click here for more info… including one of three bonuses to choose from, and my commitment to not pressure-sell at the end.
Oh yeah, the price goes up after 1/11. Sign up now… Here are some changes… and that’s just the top:
December 19th, 2012
I finally got it… the new LinkedIn Profile Now I can dig into the Profile and see what’s up.
First thing I notice, I need a new picture since the current one emphasizes my balding too much. I even had a company contact me and say they could doctor up the image to make me less balding :p
Second thing I notice is that my slideshare is slideGONE. I’ll dig in more, but more than one person has said LinkedIn has “blown up” their Profile, and they are frustrated.
Check out this comment from John who is pretty made about the changes… he even uses ALL CAPS to stress his unhappiness with it (and signs off as “Disgusted in PA”)
On another note, do you know the difference between Like, Comment and Share on LinkedIn? One is useless, the other is all-powerful, and the third is… hardly useful (but still okay). Check out this post to learn about it:
LinkedIn: Like vs Share vs Comment
Finally, I’m doing a New LinkedIn Profile webinar on January 17th. It is discounted right now to $97 and includes bonus goodies, and my commitment to not upsell you on anything during the webinar. Learn more here and sign up. The new Profile, and the announcement that Apps went away (and are being replaced) is HUGE, and impacts about, oh, 187,000,000 people.
If you’ve been on my webinars you know I tell it like it is, I don’t drink the kool-aid and try to convince you to upgrade, and I don’t go through link by link to tell you stuff that is boring. This is for busy people to optimize their LinkedIn Profile. You can sign up here.
December 11th, 2012
Yesterday I heard that LinkedIn was pulling the plug on some Apps, including Box.net and TripIt.
Today I learned more.
I blogged in depth about it on my LinkedIn blog: Dec 11: The Day The Apps Went Away (and LinkedIn Profiles became Relevant!!)
At first I thought “they did it again… another change that doesn’t make sense.”
Then, after digging around LinkedIn’s documentation, it made sense to me. A LOT OF SENSE.
This is cool – read more here.
December 7th, 2012
Want to do better on LinkedIn? Here’s a free resource from my Canadian buddy, eh, Dave Perry:
The 12 Days of Christmas Job Hunting with LinkedIn
On that page, click the image a little towards the right. You don’t even have to put your email in or anything – direct access (the file is here… or heck, just click the image right there –>).
On page 20 there’s a link to the JibberJobber Career Management Group.
Maybe next year he’ll do a 12 days for JibberJobber
If you don’t know the name, Dave Perry is one of the savviest job search guys I know. Actually, he’s a recruiter who just happened to write the Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters book. Awesome guy, and fun to hang out with
December 3rd, 2012
Almost five years ago I wrote a post on doing LinkedIn Maintenance. I guess it’s time to remind you to do one of the two things from that original post.
Check out this new post: LinkedIn Maintenance: Backup Your Profile NOW!
This shows you how to backup your Profile (including your Recommendations, which you don’t want to lose). It takes just a few seconds, and only has 2 steps (with a bonus step).
Click here to read, and then DO IT!
And please share this or that post with the little Share on LinkedIn icon to the top right of the post… thank you
June 5th, 2012
I just got back from a run to the post office. I had a box full of envelopes and packages of the new LinkedIn for Job Seekers III DVD. This went out to coaches and resume writers, as well as individuals who bought it on their own, as well as people who got Bundle 1 or Bundle 2.
I LOVE shipping DVDs.
More than that, I love the conversations I’ve had with career professionals in the last few weeks as I invited them to pre-purchase the DVDs. I’m amazed at the trust they have in me, and their enthusiasm for incorporating this into their offerings.
I’m a pretty normal guy but talking with colleagues, partners and JibberJobber users can tend to make me feel pretty special.
Thank you, for your support!
(Note: while I found one type-o on the DVD, another one totally eluded me. But when I picked up the disks it jumped out and punched me in the nose…. that will be an error to fix for the next edition of the DVD! I’ve you find the mistake I’ll give you a pony a virtual high five!)
To get your own DVD, check out this specials page.
May 10th, 2012
Making the LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD is really easy!
Okay, actually it’s NOT easy at all.
There is a lot involved in getting a DVD that you can put into your DVD player and watch.
After many, many hours of planning, preparation, recording, editing and technical stuff, I finally burned an “image” of the DVD from my video team. I’m testing in a few more devices, and then will send it to the “replication” company, which will burn and shrink wrap about 1,000 copies.
I hope to start shipping this DVD by mid-June. Here’s what’s on the DVD:
- Introduction to LinkedIn for Job Seekers
- Home Page
- Profile: Above the Fold (Part I)
- Profile: Above the Fold (Part II)
- Profile: Summary
- Profile: Below the Fold
- Profile: Applications
- Profile: Add a Video
- Group Admins: Owning a Group
- Advanced People Search
- Communicating with Others
- Inviting People to Connect
- Getting Recommendations
- Giving Recommendations
- Answers: Asking Questions
- Answers: Answering Questions
- Manage Your Settings
- Browse Connections
- BONUS: Now, 10 Things to Do
- BONUS: 20 Questions
- BONUS: Export Contacts
- BONUS: Cleaning the Export
- BONUS: Importing into JibberJobber
There are 5 completely new tracks here. Skills, Group Administration (why own a Group), and inviting people to connect are new topics. I broke Recommendations into two parts. Profile: Above the Fold is now two parts.
Everything has been recorded with the latest interface on LinkedIn, with two or three exceptions. The clips are all shorter than the last edition, too. More getting straight to the point, and less frou-frou from me
Want it? Order the LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD here.
February 3rd, 2012
July 17th, 2008. LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?) (61 comments – once you do this, leave a comment to report back )
Make today the day you spend a few minutes to back up your LinkedIn stuff… this post tells you how to backup CONTACTS and your PROFILE (including Recommendations).
It might be the most critical thing you do today… I’ve heard of many, many people who have lost access to their LinkedIn account. How would you like everything you’ve done on LinkedIn to go away? I wouldn’t like that either.
So go read the post, and backup both your Contacts (by exporting your LinkedIn Contacts) and your Profile (by saving your Profile as a PDF). Do this at least once a year.
BONUS IDEA: Once you have your Contacts exported, do something with them! Many people import them into a CRM system (like JibberJobber).
If you don’t do that, at least go through the spreadsheet and look for people you should reconnect with. The spreadsheet will have their email address, so it will be really easy to write an email and reconnect.
A big part of networking is NURTURING the relationship, and you do that with communication… like an email.
I dare you to nurture relationships!
August 25th, 2011
My work continues to get awesome media mentions. This one is from Meridith Levinson at CIO.com. She titles it How Writing a Book Can Boost Your IT Career and Your Income.
“Jason Alba always wanted to write a book. When he started his own business, a service for job seekers called JibberJobber, in 2006, he finally had the time. One night in January 2006, while dining out, Alba shared his book idea—an explanation of how job seekers could use LinkedIn in their job search—with some friends who had books published. Alba says they loved the idea, and one of them offered to introduce Alba to his publisher and serve as his executive editor.”
This is really a fun story… you can read the article here. I know many of you are interested in writing a book. My advice? DO IT!
One of my favorite quotes from her article:
“Even if your book sucks, even if it’s small, even if it’s lame, just being the author of a book … gives you credibility.”
Even if it SUCKS?
Yes, even if it sucks.
I’m not saying to write a sucky book, but don’t put it off for years, while you get to “excellent,” when you can get it published sooner, at “good enough.”
Meridith, thanks for letting me share my story with your readers