Social Media and Cause Marketing Strategist
There was one point in my life where I dreaded the Monday through Friday work week. I spent all week waiting for the weekend and all weekend dreading the upcoming week. I hated my job and thought that was normal. I thought this was how it was supposed to be. The point was to go to work everyday, grin and bare it so that one day I could save enough money, retire and finally enjoy life. I was stuck in the endless rut, I didn’t look forward to each new day and I was simply waiting out my time so I could one day enjoy retirement life.
If ANY of this sounds familiar to you, it doesn’t have to be this way. Life is way too short not to enjoy the beauty of each and everyday. You can find everyday happiness by discovering your true passion, do the thing that makes you smile and gives you goose bumps. The most important thing is to love what you do and do what you love.
You may be thinking, yes, that sounds great in theory but I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Well, I have the answer for you. A very dear friend of mine Marcy Morrison, founder & CEO of Careers with Wings, has written a great book called “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career”. Marcy has decided to give some extra bonuses to you if you purchase by May 15, 2009.
· Chance to win a free one-on-one career coaching session with Marcy Morrison (contest ends May 15, 2009 winner announced June 1, 2009)
· Exclusive Interactive Online Community
· Exclusive Career Resource Center
· Free Downloadable Forms
· Special gift - “A Life on Fire” a 100 page article on how to live a life of passion – from Janet Bray Attwood, author of “The Passion Test” – includes articles by the Masters including Janet, Jack Canfield, Harv Eker and others.
By Dan Nye, CEO of LinkedIn
What are CEOs getting from LinkedIn? More effective hires, more efficient sales, and better use
of their networks. Why? Because LinkedIn makes it easier to manage relationships. You can check out prospective partners, find experts, close sales, identify potential employees, contact media, and research competitors—and spend less time doing it. You control who sees your connections, your questions, your experience. Here are seven tasks LinkedIn helps you do better:
1.) Help your team - You have a great network already, but it’s your network. LinkedIn puts your network to work for your whole team, when you and your team members connect with each other. Suppose one of your salespeople is calling on a new prospect. She searches for the company on LinkedIn and sees that one of your connections knows the VP of purchasing. She can leverage the trust of that connection to build her relationship with the customer. Net result: You accelerate your business.
2.) Vet the demands for your time - Someone wants to meet with you to pitch a service. A group wants you to speak at an event. Is that person or group relevant to your needs? Legitimate? A good contact for you? LinkedIn makes it easy to check them out before committing. A quick search reveals anyone you know in common, gives you a capsule impression, and helps you allocate that valuable time.
3.) Hire smarter - Looking for new talent? The best people aren’t looking; they’re already employed. So your best hires come from referrals—from people you and your employees trust. With LinkedIn you can leverage your employees’ networks to find more talent. After all, great people know other great people.
4.) Check references with one click - The best time to check out potential hires is before you meet them. Do it afterwards and the tendency is to use references to validate the decision process. Validate the pool of applicants instead, before they jump in—with one click on a LinkedIn profile. Case in point: LinkedIn ran 23 blind reference checks on me, just by searching for people who had worked at my previous companies. By the way, reference checking also comes in handy when you’re considering an acquisition.
5.) Find and reach experts fast - LinkedIn is a rich directory of experts that you can tap into when you’re looking for a critical skill set or need to perform market research. By using the advanced search page you can find a specialist on almost every topic, industry or company. LinkedIn’s inMail messaging system allows you to reach out to them directly.
6.) Gather competitive intelligence - Contacting former employees of a company is a great way to conduct competitive research. Perform an advanced search for company name and uncheck the “Current Companies Only” box to find people who used to work at a company. This is also a good way of recruiting employees with experience at particular companies.
7.) Gain insight - Use LinkedIn Questions to take solicit input and gain perspective from your connections or from the broader LinkedIn community. Learn how others approach new markets, revamp processes, and resolve problems. Find funding. Question industry experts. Draw on the collective knowledge of your trusted connections—and their connections.
Make your network work harder on LinkedIn, where networking isn’t just about who you know.
Tapping into who your connections know gives you greater access to talent, greater reach into your industry—and greater trust in the results.
The above article was written by Dan Nye, CEO of LinkedIn.com, it can be found on page 38 of the “Help” section or Click here to Download PDF.