Monday, December 29, 2014

Not Widely Known But Incredibly Helpful LinkedIn Feature



I usually steer away from writing about LinkedIn because the user interface changes on what seems to be a daily basis (slight exaggeration but not by much). I have found though that a significant number of people are not aware of a feature that has been in LinkedIn for a while that is very helpful. It allows you to track how you met a contact, record additional contact information for and notes about that person, organize and lookup your contacts into groupings (tags) – groups that you define, and to set periodic reminders to reach out to your contact.

Here is my disclaimer. LinkedIn may (probably will) change the user interface at any time. This article was based on the interface as of this writing (Dec 2014). Also since LinkedIn changes frequently, I suggest backing up or recording the information in another place as well.

 Where to find these features

These features work for your first level connections only. Go into a first level contact’s profile and under their picture, you will see two tabs: Relationship preceded by a star and Contact Info preceded by an icon of a rolodex file tab.

It is important to know that only you can see the information you are entering into these fields.

Relationship

There are multiple features under the Relationship tab.



Note

The field under this option allows you to document information you would like to retain about this person either about them or about conversations you had with them.  

Job Seeker Tip: A person with strong interpersonal skills remembers things about the other person to show that they care. Since memory does not get better with age, this is a place you can store that information in order to personalize your conversations with them.   


Reminder

The option allows you to set a periodic reminder (day, week, month or recurring) and a field to record a note about what it is you want to remember to do.

Job Seeker Tip: Job security does not come from a job title, company, or industry. Instead job security today comes from keeping your skills up, your experience current, and your network active. To keep your network active you need to stay in touch. It is not the number of people you meet but the depth of the contact. Set a reminder so you stay in touch with each of your contacts on a regular basis; your closer contacts you will want to stay in touch with on a more regular basis but you should reach out to everyone at least once a year.  This feature can help with that.



How You Met

At the bottom of the Relationship window is the date you connected with this person on LinkedIn. If however, you have a number of contacts or like me have a less than strong memory, it is good to remember how you know each other. There is a large note field as well as a separate field to enter the name of the person who introduced you. As you enter the name this field is automatically propagated (autotype) using the names of your LinkedIn contacts that match.

Job Seeker Tip: When you are out networking and receive a business / network card from someone, in addition to what it is you want to get back to them about, note on the back of the card where and when you met them. Once you connect on LinkedIn, you can enter that information into LinkedIn using this feature.



Tag  

At the top of the Relationship and Contact Info window are the tags (groupings) associated with this contact. Hovering over the tag there is a message displaying “See contacts tagged ” indicating that you can look up others with this same tag in your contact list.

This lookup feature did not return a list for me. It is either because most of my connections are all of the same type and I didn’t wait long enough or this feature is not working at this moment.

When you click Tag on the Relationship window, a list of options with checkboxes will display. The option that was used when you initially connected on LinkedIn (the answer to How do You Know…) will be checked. You can check more than one tag for this person which puts them into other searchable groupings for you.  To remove a tag from a person, just unclick that box.

Also under this option you can add a new tag and manage tags.



Add New Tag

Once you click Add New Tag, a single field will display where you enter in the name of the new tag you are adding and then click Save. This tag will now display in your available tag list.  



Manage Tags

Under the Manage Tag option, you can rename (edit) tags or delete tags to remove them from your available tags list.

 

Contact Info

The Contact Info tab has specific information fields for your contact that are propagated from the person’s LinkedIn profile or you can enter them including e-mail, Birthday, IM address, Phone, Address, and websites.

Job Seekers Tip: You may have the e-mail addresses or phone numbers of people you didn’t even know you had.

More?

If you have any additional tips regarding these options I encourage you to go to the original article on my blog (RightChangesJobSearchCoach.blogspot.com) and comment on this article. Be sure to test them before submitting them.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Being Laid Off - Know Your Rights

There is a good web site recommended by the best consumer advocate Clark Howard for finding out about your rights when your employment is being terminated.


Go to www.nolo.com.


Of course the law in every state is different but there are some very good guidelines to use when determining your rights. Check these BEFORE signing anything.  


More:
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Now is the time to be prepared for the interview before you get the call. As Coach Wooden says "When opportunity knocks, it is too late to prepare. "


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So What Will You Do Differently in Your Search TODAY?


You are looking for a job. It is hard; finding a job is hard. The job market is tough. You have worked hard at it. You have applied to what seems like thousands of jobs and not landed one yet. If you are a Boomer, you wonder if it is your age. If you are a recent graduate, you wonder if it is your lack of experience – but then how do you get experience without a job? You start to doubt yourself and wonder if it is you.


It is hard! But think about what Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


Now that you agree that what you have been doing isn’t working, what will you do differently TODAY? 


Many job seekers don’t even know where to start to get objective and professional feedback on their marketing materials, their job search approach, or their interpersonal skills (which makes up 50% of what companies are looking for).

 

 

Here are some questions to ask and articles that will help you but only if you implement the changes NOW:

 

  1. If you have “references available upon request” on your resume, if you start out with an objective statement that says what YOU want, or if you updated your resume without looking at what companies are looking for, and if your bullets are job description then you need help.

Help

Business Cards: http://www.rightchangesjobsearchcoach.blogspot.com/2011/08/job-seekers-do-you-have-all-of-right.html

Resume: http://www.rightchangesjobsearchcoach.blogspot.com/2014_02_01_archive.html

Cover Letter:


Networking Guide: http://www.rightchangesjobsearchcoach.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

Accomplishments


 

 

  1. If your primary job search strategy has been to apply on-line and network with unemployed people, then you need help.

 

Help


 

Job Search Checklist:


 

The 5 Deadly Sins of the Job Search (videos)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+5+deadly+sins+of+the+job+search

 

 

  1. If you haven’t taken training in the past month, you are letting your skills atrophy and you need help.

Help

 

Free Training: http://www.rightchangesjobsearchcoach.blogspot.com/2012/08/keep-your-skills-up-or-learn-new-ones.html

 

  1. If you could play the character of Eeyore in the story Pooh, then you need help.

 

Help

 


 

http://www.rightchangesjobsearchcoach.blogspot.com/2011/03/4-killer-job-search-mistakes-part-1.html

 

It only costs $25 to get an initial hour with a professional job search coach who can review your marketing materials and assess your job search approach to date, share a lot of information that can get you moving forward with more success. Go to our web site and complete the Contact Us Form. Is that insane? No – staying stuck is.  

 

Judi Adams

www.RightChanges.biz