I have been using Linkedin for some time now and I often notice individuals making the same mistake - creating a profile just for the sake of creating a profile. I had assumed that these people never stopped to think about the purpose of their profile and how they planned to benefit from this resource. I needed to know how a successful LinkedIn profile was structured, so I spent hours scanning top rated profiles and reading a vast amount of blogs discussing the ins and outs of networking on LinkedIn.
When I came across the highly rated profiles, I messaged those individuals in hopes of gaining some insight into the meaning behind the structure of their pages. Surprisingly, I found that each of the individuals I spoke with had three things in common that they had established before creating their profiles. Thats right, there are things you should know before you start your LinkedIn page to be most beneficial!
I have thoroughly brainstormed to establish these points pertaining to my profile and as a result, I have significantly increased the amount of connections I have over the course of the past two years.
Whether you’re still in the midst of getting around to creating a profile or you’ve been established on LinkedIn for a while, I guarantee that following these three steps will enhance your profile and grow your network.
I have been on the hunt for the top LinkedIn groups for business in order to assist my readers in furthering their networking skills and becoming successful. My search criteria was “networking” and “groups with active members”. This has been a very exhausting journey, reading too many blogs and drinking too many glasses of Stella Artois Cidre. However, It was well worth it, as I have made excellent contacts and learned a great deal about connecting with others and maximizing resources. I wanted to save my wonderful viewers time searching so without any further delay, the top 3 business groups are below. Enjoy!
On Startups - The Community For Entrepreneurs - The largest entrepreneurial startup group on LinkedIn with close to 400,000 members.Discuss marketing, sales, financing, operations, hiring and any other startup or small business related topic.
Leadership Think Tank - Leadership Think Tank is a Community committed to collaboration for the improvement of leadership concepts and practices. Our world has entered a new era of relationships between leaders and followers. Clearly, this new revolution calls for new leaders and a new brand of Leadership in Business and Industry.
Young Entrepreneur Connections - This group is for small business owners, entrepreneurs, startup businesses, attorneys, accountants, marketing, PR, advertising, coaches, SEO, website designers and other consultants, advisors and professionals providing services to small businesses.
Do you agree with my top 3? If you have found groups that you have found resourceful, please share the knowledge below! If you enjoyed this article, take a look at our previous blog, Realizing the Power of Transferable Skills.
In today's society, it is likely that individuals make both minor and major moves within their career. Over the years, I have learned that despite how minuscule or unimportant a job may seem, most of the time it encompasses some sort of skill that will be transferable in the future. leading you to new opportunities and ultimately increasing your earning potential. My name is Sylvester Gittens and for my first blog I would like to share with you experiences from my first position working as a teenager in White Castle and how I still, to this day, make use of the skills I acquired within that job.
I thought working at this job would be an amazing experience due to its portrayal within the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong! I smelled like onions, the customers were extremely rude, and after eating the food the burgers made me run to the bathroom faster than Usain Bolt. I told myself I could never work in fast food again! Unfortunately, I could not quit my job at the time because I needed the paycheck. However, when the urgency to get out kicked in, I went home and for the first time ever I wrote down my goals.
My older brother always gave me lectures about being great and instilled in me that failure wasn’t an option. One day, I finally started to internalize his words and started surfing the Internet for self development articles.I came across an article that would change the outlook of my experiences. The topic of the article was Transferable Skills, and it promoted finding the transferable skills from every situation. It took me about a week to find the transferable skills from working at White Castle.
1. Customer service: I learned how to deal with rude customers and to never let my emotions get the best of me.
2. Building relationships: Our staff and client base was very multicultural in terms of age, culture, and gender.
3. Managing money: I taught myself to save and plan how I would use my check.
4. Leveraging resources: I learned to ask for help and use the people around me.
5. Trial and error: I learned that is was ok to fail as long as I learned from my mistakes.
6. Work smart: I always found easier ways to complete tasks more effectively.
I applied this same concept of transferable skills to school and soon earned admission into a community college. I asked my big brother for advice (use of resources) and he informed me that I could eventually transfer to a University. I got accepted into the University at Buffalo, who originally rejected me when I applied in high school. The rest was history. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Information Technology. I had an interview with Google (I beat out 3k applicants for the interview!); I didn’t get the job but it gave me confidence for my next interview at Ingram Micro. I have been with Ingram Micro for over three years now and was promoted four times. Additionally, I started my first business, Elevated Progression.
I learn from each experience and write down each and every transferable skill that I add to my tool set! I challenge you to do the same. Share your story below!
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