CareerHMO http://careerhmo.com The Career Improvement Platform Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:04:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 How To Not Be A Networking Nuisance http://careerhmo.com/networking-nuisance/ http://careerhmo.com/networking-nuisance/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:59:23 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2778 Nobody wants to be annoying when they network - especially people looking for work. Here are some tips for better, more effective networking.

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I was speaking to a group of job seekers recently about the “new rules” of networking and the following question came up:

“I’ve connected with a lot of people and they’ve all been very helpful in giving me advice and answering my questions. Some even agreed to meet with me for informational interviews. But now, I just don’t know what to do next. I can’t ask them for more help, and I don’t know how to keep the networking going. What can I do to keep them engaged without them feeling like I’m nagging them for help in finding a job?”

This is a common problem job seekers experience. Nobody wants to be seen as a networking nuisance. Especially people looking for work, since networking is the number one method for getting a job these days.

What’s the answer? It lies in the scales of justice.

Time To Balance The Scales

When someone you’ve been networking with has been extremely helpful to you, it’s as if they’ve tipped the scales in your favor. Your goal has to be to bring the scales back to balance. You do so by giving back. This is usually where job seekers say, “But J.T., I don’t have anything to give back.”

You’re wrong.

You have the ability to share with them your knowledge and experience. You also have something called “social currency” at your disposal, and you need to use it.

Become A Content Curator

As a professional, you have lots of knowledge stored in your head. You also — I hope — stay up-to-date on industry news and trends by reading as much as you can. As you find interesting articles, you should be bookmarking them to share with your network. This is called “curating content” and it involves you identifying information online you feel would benefit your network. The power of being a content curator is, by default, you show how smart you are. The fact you knew enough to select the timely information to share with your network shows your knowledge and expertise.

Here’s What You Do

Once someone in your network has assisted you, besides sending them a thank-you note, put a reminder in your calendar to send them some content you curated in three weeks. When the day arrives, pull one or two articles you feel they’d find interesting and send them off in an e-mail that says:

Hi, I saw these articles and thought you’d find them of interest. Enjoy!

That’s it. Just give them some content and nothing else. I guess you could add a quick sentence or two about why you chose each article, but don’t go crazy. The point is to keep it brief. This tactic is the leveraging of social currency I referred to earlier. It’s you providing value in the form of insight sent by e-mail! If they like it, they might reply back, but don’t expect a response. Just think of it as a little give you are putting in their inbox. Send it and move on.

Then, mark your calendar for six to eight weeks out with their name and when the time comes, do it again. And then, keep doing it every several months or so. The goal is to earn their trust (a.k.a. balance the scales) by showing them how you can add value to the relationship in a respectable fashion. Anyone who is committed to staying in touch with someone as I’ve outlined above proves they are a true professional worth networking with.

FYI – Balancing Will Take Time… But It’s Worth It

Granted, the approach above takes time, but all good relationships take time, right? When you invest in the process above, you’ll give the people you are networking with the chance to get to know you better. You’ll earn their trust and respect – and that will lead to them feeling comfortable referring you. That’s when the networking really pays off in the form of introductions to others in their network. And that, could lead to your next job!

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3 Reasons Why People Ignore Your LinkedIn Requests http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-requests-ignore/ http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-requests-ignore/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:32:09 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2776 Are you networking on LinkedIn the WRONG way? Are your LinkedIn requests not converting to connections? Here are three things you're doing wrong.

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You’re told you need to network. You’re told that one out of four job seekers have found their favorite job through networking. You’re told that “It’s all about who you know.” Networking, networking, networking. Great.

Related: 5 Ways To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile So Recruiters Can Find You

LinkedIn is a big part of networking these days. It’s a great platform to manage and nurture your valuable connections. But are you networking on LinkedIn the WRONG way? Are your LinkedIn invitations not converting to connections?

Are your LinkedIn requests getting ignored? Here are three reasons why…

1. You don’t provide a personalized message in your LinkedIn invitation.

If someone just walked up to you on the street and said, “Hey, you don’t know me, but let’s be friends!” and walked away, would you welcome them with open arms? Well, maybe you would, but to me that behavior ranks prettttty high on the Creep Meter.

Well, when you just send out a generic LinkedIn invitation to a stranger without explaining yourself, that’s basically what you’re doing. Introduce yourself and let them know why you want to connect. It really makes a big difference.

TIP: Go to the person’s LinkedIn profile and use the connection button there when you send out your invites. It will always let you write a personalized message.

2. You don’t have a professional photo (or worse, you don’t have a photo at all!).

This might sound shallow, but it’s true – If you have a profile picture, people are more likely to take your LinkedIn request seriously. If you have a professionally done photo, your chances are even better.

People want to know who is trying to connect with them. Not only that, but if you don’t even have a LinkedIn photo, people might assume that you don’t take your personal brand seriously.

3. Your headline is awful.

Does any of the following sound like your current LinkedIn headline?

  • You use “Looking for opportunities” or “Seeking new opportunities”
  • You don’t use proper capitalization, punctuation, or grammar, and/or have spelling mistakes.
  • Your headline doesn’t accurately showcase your brand.

OMG, stop. Just stop. No one will take you seriously if you do any of the above. Check out this amazing post that shows you what you need to write in your LinkedIn headline.

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LinkedIn Quick Tip: Adjust Your LinkedIn Specialties http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-tip-adjust-specialties/ http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-tip-adjust-specialties/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:33:09 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2772 The “Specialties” in your LinkedIn profile summary offers you a valuable opportunity to get noticed. This is one of the many LinkedIn quick tips we have...

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The “Specialties” section of your LinkedIn profile summary offers you a valuable opportunity to draw in a reader’s eye to the skills you want to leverage in your next job.

LinkedIn Specialties

Tip of the day: Create a “list effect” by hard-returning between each of your LinkedIn specialties.

When you have a lot of specialties, it’s much easier to read them in a column than in a long paragraph.

Example…

Which of the following is easier to read?

Career Advice & Job Search Strategy, Personal Branding, Human Resource Advising, Outplacement Services, Team Training & Corporate Development, Executive Leadership Coaching, Social Media in the Workplace, Generational Differences & Teambuilding Strategies

OR

Career Advice & Job Search Strategy
Personal Branding
Human Resource Advising
Outplacement Services
Team Training & Corporate Development
Executive Leadership Coaching
Social Media in the Workplace
Generational Differences & Teambuilding Strategies

See how the column creates a “list effect” that makes it easier to read?

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Your Biggest LinkedIn Flaws REVEALED In Upcoming Webinar http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-flaws-revealed-webinar/ http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-flaws-revealed-webinar/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:32:50 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2764 Join us for a special webinar that shows you EXACTLY what you're doing wrong on your LinkedIn profile. Register TODAY and start improving!

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Hampton, N.H. (August 19th, 2015) – CareerHMO, a virtual career improvement platform that’s devoted to helping professionals solve their career problems better and faster with its online tools, supportive community, and dedicated coaches, is hosting a webinar called “How NOT To Be A LinkedIn Loser” for job seekers and professionals on September 2nd, 2015 at 12:30PM EST.

Are you overwhelmed by LinkedIn? Not sure how to fill it out correctly? This webinar will give job seekers and professionals the tools to build a better LinkedIn profile faster than ever before.

In this session, you will learn:

  • 3 things that are an immediate turn-off to recruiters
  • The innocent mistake that makes your personality come off all-wrong
  • Why nobody is accepting your connection requests

“Recruiters WILL search for you online so you need to make sure your LinkedIn profile is on point,” said Ariella Coombs, career coach for CareerHMO.com. “LinkedIn typically shows up in one of the top slots in a Google search result. You want to make sure your profile looks flawless and that it includes the right content. Otherwise, recruiters might take a two-second look and move on to the next candidate.”

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CareerHMO, a privately-held career improvement platform, was founded in 2010 by J.T. O’Donnell on the belief that “every job is temporary.” The purpose of the platform is to help professionals solve their career problems better and faster with its online tools, supportive community, and dedicated coaches. The company is the leading online destination for career improvement. For more information, please visit www.CareerHMO.com.

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3 Things EVERYONE Needs To Know About Resumes http://careerhmo.com/resumes-things-everyone-needs-know/ http://careerhmo.com/resumes-things-everyone-needs-know/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:12:25 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2758 You think you know everything about resumes? Well, that’s good, but a lot of people really don’t. Here are some things EVERYONE needs to know about resumes.

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So, you think you know everything about resumes, huh? Well, that’s good, but a lot of people really don’t.

Let’s clear up a few things. Here are three things EVERYONE needs to know about resumes:

1. Your resume should be strictly fact-based.

If your resume has any adjectives or any other subjective terms, you need to hit the Delete button ASAP. Employers and recruiters are looking for hard facts and skills. They are NOT looking for subjective statements like “hardworking team player” or “results-driven.”

Ew. Get. Away. Let’s stick to the facts, shall we? Only list hard skills and quantifiable accomplishments, please.

2. You need to create a custom resume for each position.

Each role you apply for likely has slightly different requirements. You need to tailor your resume to meet those individual needs. If your resume doesn’t have the appropriate keywords or a sufficient keyword density, you run the risk of getting filtered out by the mysterious (and flawed) applicant tracking system (ATS).

Instead, create a Master Resume of all of your experience and qualifications. Then, copy and paste the relevant information into a new resume that’s tailored to the position to which you’re applying. That way, you can keep everything organized in one document. It will make it easier for you to customize accordingly.

3. Your resume isn’t going to get you the job.

A huge misconception is that creating a flawless resume will get you the job. Hate to break it to you, but that’s just not the case.

The purpose of your resume is to present your qualifications and hard skills. Recruiters and employers don’t have time to waste interviewing applicants who don’t showcase the right skills from the get-go. Your resume is a way for them to filter candidates based on their credentials alone.

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The Importance Of Taking Care Of Yourself When Job Hunting http://careerhmo.com/job-hunting-taking-care-yourself/ http://careerhmo.com/job-hunting-taking-care-yourself/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:23:31 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2751 It is no secret that job hunting is a stressful endeavor and many people forget to take care of themselves during the process. Here's why it's so important.

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It is no secret that job hunting is a stressful endeavor. Whether you have left your job by choice or not, you can feel uncertain, unsettled, and more than a little overwhelmed while your life is in limbo.

Job search is very different today from what it was even five years ago. If you find yourself looking for work, regardless of your age or level of experience, it is important that you remember to take care of yourself.

To a great extent, job search is like having a full-time job. At least that is the case if you are serious about finding something that feels more like a “job” and more like a real career or vocation. As you will when you land your next great job, while job hunting, you need to establish a routine. Rather than sleeping in, you need to get up at a regular hour every day. Most importantly, don’t neglect balancing your physical self-care with your emotional self-care, and don’t neglect your family and friends. Your need to take care of yourself and those around you will not stop while you look for a new job. Indeed, you may have people coming at you asking you, “What did you do to get a job today?”

Unfortunately, job hunting is much more complicated—and therefore ever more stressful—than it once was. My dad experienced a time in his life when he went from job to job. After ten years with one company, he was suddenly let go on Friday before the family was set to head out on our annual summer vacation. We went on vacation anyway, and when we got home the following Friday, he went to work looking for a job. He was back to work by Monday.

That would be almost impossible in today’s world. Unfortunately, he was never really satisfied with that job or any of the subsequent jobs because he was not thinking in terms of what he wanted to do as opposed to what he could do. Today’s savvy job hunter starts looking at job hunting a little differently.

Regardless of your mindset, however, job hunting today requires a whole set of skills that you may or may not currently have. When was the last time you updated your resume? Do you know how to customize it for each job that in which you may be interested? What about cover letters? Do you know how to write a letter that will get someone to read it? And don’t forget your LinkedIn profile must be optimized and ready for prime time.

All the while and in spite of these various challenges, it is imperative that you not forget to take care of your SELF. You must not let yourself get run down. You must continue to eat well, exercise, and sleep to get the rest you need. Failing to do so might well result in your getting sick or depressed or both.

Too often, people mistakenly think that they can eat whatever they want, forget about exercising, and delay or defer sleep until later when they are feeling particularly stressed. The truth is, however, that it is  during those times of stress—like when you are between jobs–that you should be more vigilant about taking care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

This phase—this time of looking for a job—is temporary. It WILL pass as long as you don’t give up and stop looking. You are just in a temporary transitional phase. What isn’t temporary is your need to take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.

For a FREE “cheat sheet” outlining the seven strategies you should be using to manage better your stress, go here. You will be asked to offer your email address and in return you will receive a FREE downloadable PDF that is yours to keep, use, and share as you see fit.

Self-care is not selfish. If you are going to be your best, and if you are going to bring your best self to your next great job, you need to BE your best by taking care of your various needs. Taking care of yourself during your job search is critical for you and it is critical to your ultimate success.

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3 Rules To Managing Up http://careerhmo.com/managing-up-rules/ http://careerhmo.com/managing-up-rules/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:55:10 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2749 If you are an employee looking to get ahead at your current job, it's time to start managing up. Here are three tips for getting ahead.

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If you are an employee looking to get ahead at your current job, you need to start managing up.

Related: Unhappy With Your Career? Manage Up!

Here are three rules to successfully working with those who can help your career. Managing up is not difficult and the benefits are worth the time and energy it takes to master it.

3 Rules For Managing Up

Managing up is not manipulation either. It’s simply understanding how to create an exchange that is mutually beneficial – and this kind of exchange cannot occur without trust between both parties. Which leads to the first rule of managing up…

Rule #1: Get to know your manager’s personal and professional agenda.

To manage up, you must embrace the idea you are selling your professional services. It’s time to act like a salesperson, and great salespeople take the time to learn about their clients’ histories, experiences, perceptions, and subsequently, what it might take to shift those perceptions. I emphasize the word “time” because many of the professionals I work with come to me after making the initial mistake of not getting the detailed information they need to manage up.

A great salesperson is actually a really gifted teacher, someone who patiently and creatively navigates pupils, enabling them to arrive to the right conclusions on their own. Yet, everyone knows teachers can’t make this happen for their students without first determining what it’s the students need to be made to understand.

Thus, understanding our managers to the point it enables us to know how to get what we want means doing our homework. Here are just a few questions we should be seeking the answers to:

  • What is my manager ultimately trying to accomplish and why?
  • What does she value most, both personally and professionally?
  • How have past work experiences impacted her professional goals?
  • How is she planning to make her mark on the company?
  • What role does she envision me playing in her master plan?

That last question is most important because the answer tells us what our manager thinks we’re capable of. How can we begin to convince managers we can do more without first knowing what they perceive our limits to be?

Doing extensive research on our manager not only keeps us busy, it provides us with a gold mine of information we can use to help connect our own professional goals to that of our manager’s. And we all know presenting evidence-supported, win-win strategies produces some of the best and fastest results.

Yet, while the “everybody wins” approach is a solid start to being heard and respected by management, we must now explore another sign of a truly successful salesperson, and the next key element to managing up – knowing when NOT to press the sale.

Rule #2: Building a long-term relationship yields more than a self-serving sale.

The most impressive, unforgettable salesperson isn’t the one that closes the big deal. Rather, it’s the one that upon listening to the needs of its client, conveys their product or service actually isn’t a good fit, and then tries to help by suggesting viable alternatives. Now that’s someone we can trust and respect – someone who’s honest opinion we would seek again.

The value in thoroughly exploring the what, why and how of upper management is we may also get a “heads up” as to why some of our ideas might not work as this time. Is pushing a personal agenda worth jeopardizing our credibility? It’s easy to get caught up in the sale of our professional services, especially when we are dissatisfied on-the-job.

But even when we want something, we must recognize our managers may not be able to meet those demands right away.

The timing might be off, or the right pieces might not be in place. And, like that unforgettable salesperson, it’s the employee who recognizes and graciously accepts what can’t be at the moment, and who willingly goes back to the drawing board to come up with another plan that gains the respect of management.

Now, before you say, “but management is too self-absorbed and busy to even give me the time of day,” or, “why would I bother when my boss doesn’t listen to me or respect my opinions,” let’s take a look at the final key element of effectively managing up that has quantum leaped the careers of many professionals I know: a willingness to speak their language.

Rule #3: An appreciative, tactful, and understanding nature is valued by all.

The best salespeople are engaging communicators who care seriously about what they say and how they say it. The old cliche, “You get more flies with honey than vinegar,” is paramount to managing up. If you are a professional looking to get ahead, then learning to speak to management on their terms will be your ticket to success. Let me share a story.

I was recently speaking to a group of managers who had to hire a lot of younger professionals in the last year. Their first comment to me: how inconsiderate these new employees could be when expressing themselves on-the-job. One manager even shared a story of how when she made an effort to commend and recognize a new employee’s efforts with a creative token gift, instead of a “thank you,” the employee said, “that’s corny” and gave her a disdained look.

I don’t care how old you are or how long you’ve been a manager, getting that reaction from your efforts is like a kick in the stomach.

More importantly, it puts up a wall of defense up between the two parties. Why should a manager respect us if we don’t treat them with respect? We may not like their approaches, but lets at least give them credit for trying.

I know how impatient and frustrating it can be for employees on-the-job (the show, The Office comes to mind), but affecting change requires diplomacy – the choosing of words wisely. The desire for greater teamwork, leaderless organizations, and an emphasis on meaningful one-on-one interactions are just some of the concepts employees believe will improve a workplace. Yet, the very success of those initiatives rests on highly effective, positive communication. So, why not start by setting the example?

Before you speak, put yourself in the shoes of today’s seasoned manager and imagine what it must have been like to work over the last twenty years. If you can’t muster some sensitivity for their plight, then look at it this way: The disconnect between older management and younger employers is not going to go away.

Some day, the current crop of younger professionals will be responsible for the workplace, and the new generation entering behind them won’t be satisfied with what they’ve done with it either. That’s the nature of progress – never being satisfied. I must admit, after years of hard work, and working only with what was available to me at the time, I don’t think I’d appreciate folks brand new to the workplace bluntly telling me how I’ve messed it up for them, would you?

Progress only works when ALL parties learn to effectively communicate with one another. It’s not just management’s job to listen to the desires of it’s employees; it’s every employee’s job to find the right way to engage management in dynamic, productive conversations.

For example, we’ve all got questions, but it’s how we frame them to managers that can make a difference. Opening up conversations by saying:

“I am really interested in finding a way to make a greater impact, but I need more information. You have a lot of experience that can help me see the big picture. I need your perspective. Can we set up some time so I can ask questions and get the kind of feedback that will help me?”

This is one way successful young people are connecting with their managers. Give your manager the chance to share how they got their workplace battle scars. Some day, you may want that chance too. More importantly, articulating the reasons for our questions in this fashion is the smartest way to get management off the defensive. Instead of assuming we’re questioning their authority and secretly criticizing their decisions, they’ll understand that we’re just looking for answers that will help us do our job better. ‘

In summary, adjusting our approach to communicating with management is part of the give-and-take necessary for successful partnerships. Nobody, especially managers, want to work with someone who conveys an “all about me” attitude in their efforts to get ahead. We all know there’s no “I” in team, but smart professionals know thinking and subsequently phrasing their thoughts to reflect a “we” versus a ‘me’ mentality is the quickest way to get respect from higher-ups. Ensure your communication with managers showcases a comprehensive view of everyone’s needs, and you’ll be seen as both wise and worth more than your years.

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Job Shoppers ALWAYS Get The Best Opportunities http://careerhmo.com/job-shoppers-always-get-the-best-opportunities-so-can-you/ http://careerhmo.com/job-shoppers-always-get-the-best-opportunities-so-can-you/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:17:25 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2736 Ever heard of a job shopper? They are a rare but successful breed of employment seeker. They make finding a job look easy. Find out how you can be one.

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Ever heard of a job shopper? They are a rare but successful breed of employment seeker who always knows how to get the best jobs and climb the ladder on their own terms. These people make finding a new job look easy.

Related: 6 Job Search Reality Checks To Begin 2015

Well, you can, too. Job shoppers are no different than savvy car or clothes shoppers. Follow the rules of smart shopping and you can be on your way to a better opportunity, regardless of job market conditions.

Know What A Great Opportunity Looks Like

Smart shoppers do their homework. They research their options, study the trends, and make sure they know what a “good deal” looks like. Job shoppers are no different. Start by finding out the salary and benefit options for someone with your skills and years of experience. This is especially important if you’ve been with the same company for a long time. Tenured employees are often surprised to learn they are either at the low or high end of the range.

Once you know what the market is paying for your services, you can evaluate job opportunities quicker and with greater accuracy. Moreover, when you come across a particularly attractive job, you’ll know it. Thus, while others are pondering if they should even apply, you’ll have your application complete and your resume at the top of the pile.

Set A Walk-Away Rate

Every buyer determines the most they’ll spend for an item, a.k.a. their walk-away rate. With job shopping, it’s the opposite. You need to determine the lowest salary and benefits package you can accept. Furthermore, smart shoppers try to have a decent price range to work with. Good job shoppers also tend to have more flexibility in what they can accept. They look at all the factors of the job (perks, location, opportunity for growth, etc.) so that they can consider a broader range of offers.

Connect With Dealers

Smart shoppers make friends with those who can help them snap up a deal before the general public even knows it exists. Job shoppers do the same by building relationships with people who are well-connected in their industry. Networking enables you to share who you are and what you can do for your next employer so that those you speak to can keep you in mind next time they hear about an interesting opportunity.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask If It’s For Sale

Smart shoppers don’t assume they can only buy what’s listed as ‘for sale.’ Instead, they find what they are looking for and make an offer. Job shoppers do the same. When they hear about a great job, even if it’s already filled, they reach out to the person doing the job and inquire as to how someone can apply to be considered for a similar position, should it become available. Often, they learn that the company has other positions that would suit their needs or are recommended to another organization who might be hiring for a similar job.

In summary, with commitment, determination, and a willingness to invest time and energy into becoming a savvy job shopper, you can also be rewarded with a better selection of career opportunities.

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3 Easy Ways To Offer Value To Your LinkedIn Connections http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-connections-offer-value/ http://careerhmo.com/linkedin-connections-offer-value/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:20:06 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2733 Not sure how you can add value to your LinkedIn network? Well, have no fear! Here are three SUPER easy ways to offer value to your LinkedIn connections.

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I’m always talking about the importance of offering value to your network. Today, I want to show you HOW you can offer value!

Related: 4 Things You Should NEVER Say In Your LinkedIn Invitations

Sometimes, just asking someone flat out “How can I help you?” is like asking a 5-year-old what he wants to study in college… They just have no idea what’s available to them or how they can use it to their advantage!

Give them something to work with by being specific about what you can realistically offer them. Make a note of what they are looking to do and ask yourself, “How can I help this person with their business initiatives? What support, resources, or connections can I offer them?”

Once you figure all of that out, you can start being their new best career friend. Here are three SUPER easy ways to offer value to your LinkedIn connections:

1. Share an article.

This is the easiest way to start a conversation and/or keep in touch with a contact by offering value. Consider this person’s industry, interests, and special projects – What can you find on their LinkedIn profile? What have you learned about them in your conversations?

If you come across an article (or video) that you think they would find interesting or helpful, don’t be afraid to share it with them

You could say something like, “Saw this article and thought of you! Wanted to share. Enjoy!”

That’s it – Easy. They will appreciate the gesture and will keep you in mind!

2. Share THEIR content with your network.

Another easy way to offer value to your LinkedIn connections is to share their articles with your network. If you really found a blog post from one of your connections interesting, share it with your network by publishing it to your LinkedIn feed with a brief blurb. (Don’t forget to tag the author with the @ feature!)

3. Introduce a connection.

If you think they could benefit from connecting with someone else in your network, you could shoot them a quick message saying something like:

“I noticed you’re looking to break into the entertainment industry. I’d love to introduce you to Jody Smith. She works as a talent agent out in L.A. and I’m sure she’d be a valuable addition to your network. Would you be interested in getting an introduction?”

Just make sure you ask your other connection if the introduction is appropriate before offering him/her up!

(PS. This is called super connecting, and it’s super cool. Read this post to learn more about it!)

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The title of this Inc. article caught my eye: “7 Habits of the Ultra Wealthy.” Who isn’t a little curious about what a successful professional does differently than the average person?

As I read the tips, I realized it’s not about what they do with their money – it’s how they approach their careers.

Passenger Or Pilot: Which One Are You?

It’s easy to think we are all doing what we can to take control of our careers. However, this article points out a misassumption some people make: Thinking they lack control over certain aspects of their career. Or worse, not even bothering to try to take control.

In our careers, we are either a:

A) Passenger – an employee held hostage by Golden Handcuffs.

B) Pilot – a business-of-one who is in charge of our destiny.

I can see why being a passenger in your career might be attractive. You get to leave the scary, intense work of navigating to the pilot. But, is that what you really want? Currently, I’m seeing a shift in our workforce’s mentality.

More and more people are seeking Professional Emancipation as part of the natural evolution of the employee. (See infographic here.) They are tired of being a passenger and want to learn how to become the pilot of their career. That being said, here are the seven tips from that Inc. article re-tooled for those seeking to become an ultra-successful professional.

1. Realize You’re A Business-Of-One

Your career has equity. Recognize it and start to determine how to use it to your advantage. Inventory your assets as a professional and determine who is willing to pay top-dollar for them. If you don’t have valuable skills sets that are in-demand, start acquiring some.

2. Always Look To Gain An Advantage In Your Business Dealings

You must negotiate with employers. Don’t take what is given to you without a discussion. An employer is a business who is always looking for the best deal. You need to do the same. Learn to effectively negotiate pay, perks, and other benefits so you feel good about the partnership. You don’t work “for” an employer – you work “with” an employer.

3. Do Things Well

Remember that doing things well is more important than doing new things. Get focused on building your expertise and understanding how you are the aspirin to an employer’s pain. You must be great at a few things, rather than okay at a bunch of things.

4. Work With People Who Are Smarter Than You

Look for the smartest people you can work with. Find companies you admire and respect. Not for their pay and perk package, but for the kind of products or services they deliver. You must seek your professional tribe and partner with them to bring up your career game.

5. Get Clear On Your Employer’s Goals, Needs, And Business Intentions

Want to do better in your career? Try not to being so self-centered. It’s not about your needs and wants. Instead, focus on the needs, wants, and business objectives of the people you are partnering with. You’ll be able to offer more value and get more in return if you do. They are your customer. Exceed their expectations and you’ll have them eating out of your hand.

6. Be In A Position To Walk Away When The Situation Isn’t Right

Get yourself in a financial position that enables you to quit a job and survive without income for one year. Every job is temporary. You may lose a job. You may want to leave a job. In either case, having the security of savings will give you the power to make the best decisions for your business-of-one. Who wants to stay in a bad situation just for the money? Ask anyone who held on to a life-sucking job only to get laid-off how that worked for them. They’ll tell you they wish they could have left at the first sign of trouble.

7. Realize You Need Experiences And Setbacks To Move Forward

There is no real failure. We experience, learn, and grow. Stop playing it safe and start embracing your fear. As the old saying goes, “Life begins where your comfort zone ends.” You will not survive and thrive in your career if you don’t constantly learn new things. Making mistakes teaches us what not to do. That’s a good thing! Stop worrying about what others think and start worrying about what will happen if you don’t take control.

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