Anatomy of a great LinkedIn recommendation

by admin on October 12, 2014

I recently saw an excellent post on the value of a LinkedIn recommendation. The author also had some great suggestions as to what makes a valuable recommendation. See below.

Writing a recommendation lets you drill down into the how and why of your experience working with someone. The golden rule of powerful recommendations is “Show, don’t tell”. Wouldn’t it be more telling to read how Allison built and motivated her team to achieve stellar results instead of reading that “Allison is a great manager”? Always remember that the most compelling recommendations tell a story rather than provide empty statements.

A well-done recommendation should describe and give specific examples, whether they reflect someone’s ability to excel under pressure, act as a compassionate leader, succeed as a collaborative team-member or business partner. For recruiters, future hires or potential business partners, such a recommendation provides an important sign that this connection could be the person they are looking for.

If you’re the one looking to receive recommendations, always begin by identifying the people who know you well and who can best speak to your aptitude for excelling in a particular professional domain, attest to your leadership or management skills or shed light on some of your best accomplishments.

How to find your tagged LinkedIn connections

by admin on October 2, 2014

If you’ve been following this blog you’ve know that I equate navigating LinkedIn to shopping at Costco! They’re constantly moving things around to get you to spend more time on the site. And this can be VERY frustrating.

One of my clients asked about finding his tagged connections. The video below shows you how to do this.

Publishing your content on LinkedIn PULSE

by admin on September 26, 2014

If you’d like to publish your blog content on LinkedIn, LinkedIn’s PULSE will allow you to do this. On your Home page, in the field where you would type in a status update, look to the right of that box for a pencil icon. If you see the icon, you have the publishing tool. (If not, be patient…the tool is still rolling out.) Click on the pencil and a blogging space will appear.

How to tag your LinkedIn connections

by admin on September 12, 2014

Tagging your LinkedIn connections allows you to organize your contacts. In this video I show you how to perform this task.

How do direct people to your LinkedIn profile

by admin on September 2, 2014

I tell my clients that your LinkedIn profile needs to be viewed as your sales page vs. your resume. If you have an effective profile then you’ll want to maximize it’s exposure. The short video below shows you how to find your LinkedIn URL so you can share it with people.

Adding a video to your LinkedIn profile is very simple and easy. The following short video shows you how to do this.

LinkedIn is all about getting introductions FROM the people you know TO the people you’d like to meet. In the following short video you can see both the mechanics and the strategic approach to making this happen.

With LinkedIn constantly changing the user interface it can be very frustrating to find where things are. Please watch the video below to locate the tags you’ve created for your contacts.

While I find that 95% of the LinkedIn groups are a waste of time, there is a 5% of those groups that is a goldmine! To better increase the chances of finding the 5%, you’ll need to learn how to start eliminating groups from consideration. One of the ways to do that is using a “keyword search.” The video below shows you how to do this.

A recent article talks about how LinkedIn can hurt your job search if you’re not careful. Specifically the author writes about turning off the notifications that get sent to your network when you update your profile. Click here to read the full article.

The video below shows you how to turn off your activity feed while you’re making changes to your profile.