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
May 6th, 2011
The Power of your LinkedIn Status: December 20, 2008 on my LinkedIn blog.
This is a really powerful story about someone who was laid off, started a job search, and changed his status to what he thought would be helpful but instead was not helpful.
Lesson learned. Check out the post here (and the link to the whole story).
April 26th, 2011
Here are three ways to learn how to use LinkedIn:
- Join me on Thursday at 4pm EST for a live webinar called LinkedIn for Executives – BEYOND the Basics. This is through Netshare’s Experts Connection. I’ve done this a few times for them and it’s always fun, and packed full of content. Cost is $50 or $60. Register now to get on the webinar.
- Get my DVD called LinkedIn for Job Seekers. Cost is $50 + S&H. This has about three hours of content to help you get value out of your LinkedIn strategy. Click here to buy.
- If you are a career coach or in the career space, you should become an Online Professional Networking Strategist (this was the LinkedIn certification, but LinkedIn’s lawyers said we can’t use the word LinkedIn in the title of the certification). We’ll spend six 70 minute sessions going into a number of things on LinkedIn so you can become an expert for yourself and your clients with this online professional network (aka: _________). Cost is $897, and I work hard so you feel like it was worth it (this is the second time I’m doing this)! More info here. TIME SENSITIVE: The first session is TODAY!
I continue to see a ton of potential with LinkedIn “users,” whether they are newbies, veterans, so-called LIONs, and even recruiters, with how they can make some marginal changes to get much better results!
Oh yeah, if LinkedIn is interesting to you, check out the LinkedIn blog behind my LinkedIn book: I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???
April 8th, 2011
Optimizing Slideshare On Your LinkedIn Profile
This is a really recent post (from my LinkedIn blog) but I like it for a few reasons:
- I finally got to optimize something on my LinkedIn Profile, instead of neglecting while I work on other profiles
- I LOVE the Slideshare application and think that EVERYONE should have (at least) one PowerPoint presentation on their LinkedIn Profile.
- Before, I was giving my Profile viewers TOO MANY options, while I really wanted them to focus on ONE presentation. Cleaning it up included the bonus of making that one presentation BIG (since it didn’t have to show 4 ppts in the same space).
Check out what I did, and get your presentation on your profile with the Slideshare app!
January 21st, 2011
I am excited to announce I’m starting a LinkedIn Certification for career professionals (resume writers, coaches, counselors, college career centers, outplacement people, etc.).
The first certification program starts next Friday, January 28, and goes for 6 weeks.
I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but the sun, moon and stars have finally aligned and this is going to be done right (as opposed to me throwing something together without knowing what I’m doing). I’ve partnered with Susan Whitcomb of The Academies to put this program together and deliver it in the most professional way possible.
I have designed, and will be teaching, the 6 week course and it will be offered by The Academies, which as offered a number of other certifications and trainings for career coaches.
If you are a career coach, resume writer, etc., learn more about this LinkedIn Certification here.