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Kolby Goodman, The Job Huntr, does more than just simple resume editing. Beyond creating an eye catching and attention getting resume, Kolby does one on one professional interview coaching with every one of his clients. 

Not Every Professional Network is Equal, How to Establish an "Actionable Network"

Forbes.com reported that at the end of 2012, there were 3.6 million job openings and only 20% of them were advertised to the public. This means that over 2.8 million jobs were open, but you probably never heard about any of them.

In order to shift those 2.8 million openings from the unknown to viable job opportunities, you need to start connecting with people who have the inside track at companies that are looking to hire. In other words, you need to start building your Professional Network!

Now, not every network is created equal, so we need to make sure your network is "Actionable.”

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People in an “Actionable Network” do the following:

1) Constantly expand their network beyond what is already established

2) Actively look for opportunities for themselves and others in their network  

3) Are involved in their own community aside from professional endeavors

An “Actionable Network” is only as good its members, including yourself. Here are a few easy, actionable steps to take on a weekly basis to ensure you are a key player in your own “Actionable Network.”

1) Actively introduce people to each other

    Whether online or in person, make sure you are introducing people who can help each other.

    Examples: Students attending the same college or with the same major, a new grad with a professional in the same career, or people with similar social interests (hobbies, sports teams, etc.).

2) Actively inform people of opportunities

    Being the know-it-all when it comes to networking events, classes, job openings or helpful tips and tricks isn't a bad thing when it comes to your network. Share these great opportunities with specific people in your network, they will be grateful and will most likely return the favor!

    Examples: Sharing a Facebook event for vegans with a vegan co-worker, inviting along a fellow student to an on-campus networking event, or connecting a friend with a job posting you saw on LinkedIn.

3) Actively help your community

    Being involved in nonprofits and community outreach are some of the best ways to meet like minded professionals in your area. Not to mention, volunteering is truly a rewarding experience and might allow you to expand on some of your professional skills.

    Examples: Attending fundraisers for a cause you care about, volunteering at a fun run or walk, or joining the board of a local nonprofit organization.

As I mentioned before, make sure to perform these actions on a weekly basis. It can be as easy as emailing a link or sending a text, but the key is to do it on a regular basis. The more often, the better!

Today I challenge you to introduce two people in your network who do not already know each other and will benefit from the connection.

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How to Ask for A Recommendation On LinkedIn

UPDATE: I am launching my 7 Day LinkedIn Crash Course, which includes How To Ask For Recommendations on LinkedIn. Best of all its Free!

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Any professional can put those elusive few words on the bottom of their resume: "References Available Upon Request.”  

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Will your next employer actually go out and get recommendations from your biggest (and hopefully most credible) cheerleaders? My guess is only if you are in the final stages of the interview process.

So how can you leverage your good work and good will from your connections to land an interview at your next employer?

LinkedIn Recommendations!

These act as positive, professional affirmations of a quality employee to any future employer who does their due diligence.

Do you have any LinkedIn Recommendations? Would you like more?

Here are a few tips to effectively request, and more importantly, receive more LinkedIn Recommendations:

1) It Is Better To Give Than To Receive

  • The quickest and best way to get a Recommendation is to give one out first.

  • Find a few connections on LinkedIn and reach out to them with a glowing and positive recommendation.

  • Focus on how this person exceeded at their job, how they benefited you, and how they will benefit their next employer.

  • Be honest! Try not to embellish too much, as these fibs can come back to haunt your connection in future interviews.

  • You can attach a special private message that is sent to the recipient along with your recommendation. I highly recommend sending a short message saying “hello,” stating why you left a recommendation and if they would return the favor.

Here is my example of a short message:

"Dear Sally, I have made it a priority to write more LinkedIn recommendations. I think they are very valuable for anyone's reputation and I hope I have added value to your LinkedIn page. Please let me know if I missed anything you would like me to include in your recommendation and I would be happy to add it. Additionally, if you feel inclined, I would love a recommendation for my work with you as Account Admin at Smith and Co. Cheers! Kolby"

2) Write It For Them

  • Before LinkedIn, the practice of receiving Letters of Recommendation was a lot different

    • You would write your letter from the perspective of your boss/professor/peer, that person would review it, make changes and sign it.

  • I highly recommend taking this same route and applying it to your LinkedIn Recommendations.

  • Reminder, be careful and be honest! You don't want to hand over a recommendation that has  too much fluff or is not in line with the views of the recommender.

Again, here is my example of a message that includes a recommendation request and the recommendation itself:

“Dear Dave, Hope all is well! I was wondering if you could write a short recommendation for me to put on my LinkedIn profile. Great recommendations include direct examples of benefits and results I brought to (company name). Since I want to make it as easy as possible for you, below is a potential draft of your recommendation. Please feel free to edit or write your own as you see fit. 'Working with Kolby was a very positive and productive experience. His attention to detail and job focus allowed our team to deploy our largest rollout to date. We have utilized Kolby’s communication and implementation practices and have seen team productivity increase over the last year. Without Kolby, we may still be in the middle of deployment and drowning in our own email inboxes.' Thanks in advance! Kolby”

3) Not Every Connection Is Created Equal

  • Do not ask for a recommendation from every single person in your network.

  • Sending a generic, mass message to all of your contacts requesting a recommendation will do more harm than good. These kind of impersonal, wide-net requests will most likely end up in the Trash, and may even get you blocked by that person on LinkedIn.

  • Only ask those connections who have first hand knowledge of your professional experience to recommend you. They are more likely to write a more powerful than some stranger guessing about what you were good at on the job.

 4) Don't Forget To Follow Up

  • Just like any favor, make sure you follow up and thank whoever was nice enough to give you a recommendation.  Whether it’s a LinkedIn Message, email or phone call, going that extra mile to acknowledge your recommender shows your true gratitude.

     

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    "Chasing Meaning is More Important than Avoiding Stress

    I came across this TED Talk by Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford University psychologist. 

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    She speaks on something we all have to face, whether we like it or not, Stress.  

    She states that the power of stress is only as strong as an individual chooses it to be.  

    Her most power statement comes toward the end of her 14 minute talk, but is well worth the wait.  

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    Top 7 Reasons Why Teens Should Join LinkedIn

    Recently, LinkedIn started allowing people ages 14+ to join and create profiles on their website. 

    Coupled with todays launch of "Official University Pages", LinkedIn has opened itself up to become the go-to resource for students looking to research, connect and ultimately choose where they may end up for college. 

    But on top of these obvious reasons for young people, ages 14-18, to join LinkedIn, there are a few that may have some greater and more long-term effects.

    And here are my Top 7 Reasons Why Teens Should Join LinkedIn (in no particular order):

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    1) Increase Search Engine Appeal

    LinkedIn pages, including individual profile pages, tend to rank higher than other results when performing full name searches. Go ahead and do it now, search for your name, or even better, the name of someone you knew in high school. Most likely you will find their Facebook profile, Youtube page, and maybe some random news article with their name in it. If they had a LinkedIn profile, it would most likely appear near the top, if not be the top result of their Google search. Future employers and schools (and roommates and girlfriends for that matter) are Googling, so make sure they see the best side of your kid brother/sister.

    2) It’s OK To Show-Off.

    LinkedIn has a great feature that allows you to embed projects and other works directly into your profile page. Your little sister can showcase her grand prize winning science fair project, or upload the PowerPoint she used in the district wide speech contest. Your son can even upload that cool YouTube video he edited of his friends skateboarding. These things may seem minute, but it could lead to great opportunities in school and the workplace if seen by the right influencer! 

    3) Start Keeping The Right Company.

    Most of us have hundreds of friends on our Facebook, but we also know people offline that we would, for one reason or another, never “friend” on Facebook. LinkedIn is the perfect place to connect with this type of person. A LinkedIn profile shows a more conservative and professional side while still highlighting goals and accomplishments.

    4) Make Sure To Take Your (Resume) Supplements!

    A teenager’s resume is normally pretty thin and maybe includes extra curriculars at school or some volunteer experience. Adding a LinkedIn profile address to their resume allows any high school student to directly point a potential employer to their page. Here, employers can look at past projects, recommendations and may gain a better understanding of your teen’s experience. This will make them more likely to get hired. 

    5) I Want THEM! And We Want YOU!

    One of the most under utilized features of LinkedIn that most young people ignore is “LinkedIn Groups.” Similar to Facebook, Groups on LinkedIn allow those with similar interests to come together in a virtual space. You can start conversations, ask questions, and connect with real people, both peers and influencers within the industry, region, or at the school you are interested in.

    6) This Teenager Is Recommended By 9 Out Of 10 peers.

    On top of showcasing projects and accomplishments, LinkedIn is a great place to recommend and be recommended by other professionals. If any teenager can get even 5 recommendations, it will put them ahead of a large majority of adults who are currently using LinkedIn! Recommendations lend credibility to any LinkedIn profile and are a positive signal to future employers.

    7) You, Yes YOU, Can Get One More Connection!

    We as professionals should always be making new connections and expand our network. And doing this with people we already know is the quickest and easiest way to do so. Adding your younger sibling, or even your own child,  will not only add another person to your LinkedIn connection list, but you will also be opened up to their network as well. Now being connected to your little sister's best friend may not seem beneficial on the surface, but maybe that friend’s dad works at the company you have been trying to get an “in” at for a long time. And now you have an easy, and professional, way to reach out and contact him.  Being able to leverage your network’s network is the key to using LinkedIn effectively.  

    BONUS REASON!

    8) The Early Bird Will Get The Worm.

    Simple fact is, even though LinkedIn has opened its doors to the youth of the world, the chances of there being a stampede are slim. Which is why this is the prefect time for any teenager to join! Getting a head start on professional forums like LinkedIn, separate any young person from their peers; something they will have to start doing as they apply for college and job hunting. Help them jump ahead of the curve, establish their professional online profile, and start connecting and networking. They will impress the next influencer they come across by  knowing how important it is to have all of the above as a young professional.

    So get that teen in your life on LinkedIn today! And when you do, have them find and connect with me! Here is the link to my LinkedIn Profile.

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