Recently in LinkedIn Category
I've found great pleasure and abundance from sharing my connections with others just starting out in business, seeking career change, or looking to expand their social and business network.
I encourage you to give your friends and trusted associates a "LinkedIn High Five" - give people the ability to ask you for introductions to 5 of your contacts and for reasons they'd like to be introduced.
This will do a few things:
1. It will demonstrate to others the strengths of your connections and network.
2. It will establish credibility with others who see value in who you know.
3. It will create opportunities for you to re-engage with your connections that may have gone dormant.
Give a LinkedIn High Five today! If you'd like a LinkedIn High Five from me, connect with me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertbraathe
Since January 2011, Braathe Enterprises has mentored over 80 students through the Braathe Enterprises Virtual Internship Program. Working remotely with students for 5-7 hours per week, we have managed to produce some great improvements to resumes, engaged in incredible skills building and personality building activities, and helped students to gain experience with companies while they are still in college.
This fall, we are going on tour with our Virtual Internship concept. Tuesday October 2nd, we will be speaking at the University of Southern California to my current interns and future candidates. Sunday October 7th, we will be doing a free webinar covering how the program works as well for prospective interns and prospective for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
For more information, visit http://saratogacollege.eventbrite.com
Recently, a few job seekers have contacted me about their concerns about the job market being too incestuous, where there seems to be too many of the same people rotating among the same positions at different companies due to their familiarity with the area and their experience in the field.
My response, which took a while to gel in my head, is that if you feel an environment is incestuous, you probably are right; once you have made the decision that you are an outsider, it may make you come across that way. As well, it may be an indicator that you are swimming in the wrong seas when it comes to job search.
The best options for those who may be entering a new environment or new industry are to get connected with a solid recruiter who can give you the insights on the local job market; networking with others to break into the local business environtment; and possibly most importantly, to carry yourself as if you belong.
LinkedIn recommendations and video testimonials are two great ways to get people you've worked with, worked for and who you've made a difference with to tell people how wonderful you are.
Having someone other than yourself tout your greatness and your abilities is an easy way for others to find out what you really stand for.
For LinkedIn recommendations, the best way to get them is to give them. Find someone in your connections who has made a different and write a glowing recommendation. If you don't know what to write, check an email you may have sent to that person in the past complimenting them or read other people's recommendations.
For video testimonials, more people have access to video than ever; they can post it themselves to a YouTube channel or Vimeo channel, send you the video via Dropbox, or record it right on your computer.
Get out there by getting people out there telling the story of you!
I talk to my students, virtual interns, and colleagues nearly every day about how important it is to network, schmooze, and have booze (or other suitable beverages such as coffee or a soda) with colleagues, potential employers, or key connectors. A recent article in Business Week also stressed the importance of making connections:
"A large body of research shows that half or more of all jobs come through informal channels--connections to friends, families, and colleagues, according to Limited Network Connections and the Distribution of Wages, a study by economists Kenneth J. Arrow of Stanford and Ron Borzekowski of the Federal Reserve. What matters is a recommendation and personal assessment. Valuable recommendations come from what Stanford University sociologist Mark Granovetter calls "the strength of weak ties." Acquaintances (weak ties) have networks that go beyond a job seeker's immediate circle (strong ties). Yet the acquaintances know the applicant well enough to vouch for their character."
Get out there, people! A $2.00 coffee or a walk through the park with a potential suitor can net quite a bit of long-term results. Even better, reaching out to others on LinkedIn and sites like it can bring about similar results.
I volunteered my time yesterday at the Times Union Job fair from 10-1 yesterday to critique resumes of those who were seeking jobs at the fair. One of the recurring themes I saw among the resumes I reviewed was the lack of a LinkedIn profile link at the top of the page.
If you have a LinkedIn account, you should put your LinkedIn URL on your resume to use it as an enhanced version of your resume to direct employers to greater details than your resume can provide.
LinkedIn has become such a valuable resource for employers, job seekers and consultants among many others. From finding the right talent to finding the right service provider, having LinkedIn as part of your strategy as a job seeker or business person is crucial.
For those seeking to switch jobs or finding jobs, using the Skills feature on LinkedIn can enable you to stand out from others in your field of interest.
Earlier this year, I wrote about Attitude, Attendance, and GPA and why most employers and schools that matter don't care.
Today, I expand on this thought by coming up with a new meaning for the GPA acronym.
With a Genuine Professional Attitude, you can walk into any door and find work wherever you go. Without it, you will end up endlessly searching for work and the right opportunity.
People who are genuine show it not necessarily with their words, but always with their actions.
People who are professional walk their talk, apologize when necessary and carry themselves with a high level of credibility.
People with the right attitude look for the opportunity in every failure and success.
What is your GPA? Have you paid attention to it lately? Think of this new GPA acronym -Genuine Professional Attitude instead of your Grade Point Average.
It doesn't matter if you have a 3.0 or 4.0 if your attitude sucks, you aren't professional or are insincere!
PS - If grade point average meant anything, it would be a field you'd need to fill in on your LinkedIn profile! (Guess what, it's not!)
I have spent the last 4 months participating in an internship with Braathe Enterprises and Saratogacollege.com. I happened upon it while searching internship opportunities online. I don't think I could have found a better company to learn and develop my professional skills and all by accident. On a whim, I contacted Robert Braathe and so began my journey from student to intern began.
During my very first conversation with Robert, I knew that I would gain so much from his expertise and professional experience. His knowledge from running his own company and working for large corporations is invaluable and span from social media to traditional marketing techniques and far beyond. As a mentor Robert is support and pushing you to pursue and find as much information as you can. He frequently forward information, stories or websites of interest. I felt like my development was always top of mind.
The benefits of an internship with Braathe Enterprises include unlimited knowledge, weekly conference calls, real professional assignments, and access to a free online course through saratogacollege.com. Besides all the benefits listed above, I was impressed with my first assignment. I was asked to compile a list of 6 or 7 objectives I would like to explore during my internship. It's unusual to be able to almost dictate the content and direction. I was almost curious in a way to see what and how my list would play into my 4-months. And sure enough we went through each and every item on my list and I had the chance to explore, ask questions, and complete an assign with real-world application. I wasn't forced to fit into a mold and go through the motions....I learned about things I was interested in knowing. That for me made all the difference.
Saratogacollege.com added a unique element to my internship. I was able to have access to an online course at no charge to me. I also had access to a free online textbook. I was able to locate in formation at anytime and to challenge myself with the course work. We all know how expensive college course can be, what a fantastic benefit to have provided to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to take an additional class.
This on my very last day as an intern find myself elated to have completed an internship in a professional arena and be successful, and even more grateful for the opportunity. I very much look forward to taking the skills and knowledge I attained while interning with Braathe Enterprises and Saratogacollege.com and applying it to my next journey.
This free hour-long interactive presentation and Q+A session will show you how to create your profile, optimize it, and use LinkedIn as a networking tool in order to improve your job or internship search. Presented by Robert Braathe, founder of Braathe Enterprises, and Kelsey Weiss, Skidmore College '12 and intern for Braathe Enterprises
Skidmore College - Palamountain 202 - Wednesday December 14th
To RSVP, visit the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn Presentation by Braathe Enterprises - December 10th in Saratoga Springs