Linking and Stuff

Job search networking is now a three legged stool.
• Transition groups
• Personal contacts
• Linkedin®

The first two are where you find people. The third is where people find you.

When I first looked at Linkedin®, I didn’t know whether to scratch my watch or wind my butt. I looked at friends’ profiles. I read a book. I went to free seminars. I knew where I wanted to be, I just didn’t know how to get there. I did what I thought was right and when I searched for my name under ‘executive outplacement’, I was still buried on page 22.

And when clients had questions, I looked like a dog watching a ceiling fan.

So, I went looking for someone who knew a lot more about this social media stuff than I did (a target rich environment to say the least). I decided make an investment in one-on-one coaching relationship because I have yet to discover a substitute for a face-to-face conversation.

I now work with Paul Hattimer. Paul knows his stuff, and he’s patient. He knows how to structure a profile to get you 100% completion (very important) and how to maximize your network after you get there. He also keeps current with all the new stuff and especially all the new free stuff. I am now on page one. Thanks to Paul.

Linkedin® is an important tool that can help expedite your job search if you invest the time and, sometimes, the money to get you where you want to be.

Price is what you pay to do something. Cost is what you pay when you don’t.