Whether I’m coaching job seekers, career changers or people wanting to start a business, they often struggle with LinkedIn. This is because they don’t see the value, are concerned about their privacy or find it’s time consuming for little return.
I appreciate people will have their reasons and whilst I don’t insist on using this business social networking tool, I do help people see how LinkedIn can support them with their career plans. And, the good news is that it can take less than one hour to give your LinkedIn profile a make-over so that it looks professional and recruiters or potential clients notice you.
Pop over to my blog post about optimising your LinkedIn profile or watch my 10 minute video with some handy tips to increase your ‘star rating’ and your chances of landing on the front page of the head hunters’ lists when searching for top talent.
Get in touch with Gen if you’d like to have a chat about how to get started on LinkedIn, need a profile written or want guidance about using LinkedIn to market your business.
Networking is a healthy life skill that’s not just for people in management roles. It’s for everyone. When I speak with people about networking, some shy away from the concept as it’s seemingly daunting. Comments such as, ‘Nothing could be worse than going to an event and having to make small talk with people.’ I’ll pop some resources at the end of this post with useful networking information for people who feel this way or are more introverted. Continue reading →
When I meet new people in a professional setting I often ask if they are on LinkedIn. They may be a potential client, someone who can add value to my business or a job seeker I’m working with. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and many companies use this tool as a means of recruiting staff.
When it comes to landing a job, your LinkedIn profile acts as the online version of your resume. I’m going to share with you eight ways to build up your profile so you get noticed by potential employers. Continue reading →
One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking. Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting. I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.
I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it. Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place. Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.
The last few weeks I’ve been super busy juggling my business activities between working with clients, marketing via social media, preparing presentation slides, responding to emails and building my professional contacts. All important and exciting stuff to keep my business moving forward and thankfully my efforts are paying off! I’ve started working with some local people to hone their job search skills, I’m presenting to graduate librarians on interview techniques and I’ve joined a local think tank. I attribute these recent successes to networking. Continue reading →
Equipped with a fabulous resume and a well-written cover letter, you’ve been busy submitting applications for that perfect job, but frustratingly the phone isn’t ringing. When you’re in-between jobs or returning to work after a break, seeking employment can test one’s patience and feel disheartening.
So, how do you manage to stay positive in your job search? Here are my top five techniques: Continue reading →
People love to hear what you’re up to. Everyone’s got a story to tell. How do you make it work well for you?
When I set up my career coaching business in 2012 I was so busy mastering basic bookkeeping that not much thought was given to my business branding. I was good a working through my lists, setting up resources and planning how to market, but I hadn’t considered my messageaboutwhat I do.Continue reading →