Maybe you just got your MBA or maybe you are looking for the next step in your career. You may have your sights aimed on Silicon Valley or one of your dream companies that you’ve been wanting to work at for as long as you can remember. As an employee of a large tech company, I receive hundreds of LinkedIn messages a month from curious, determined and even sometimes demanding people.
Losing a job can be a positive experience
My daughters tease me about how I’d always sing the wrong words to popular songs. The best example was the Chumbawamba hit Tubthumping from the 90s. The song lyrics say, “I get knocked down but I get up again,” but for some reason I heard it as “I got no job but I’ll get one again.” Sadly, a few months ago I was singing that song and the lyrics matched my situation for real –my personal version with the wrong lyrics about not having a job. Continue reading
Tip #1: Use LinkedIn as a Tool NOT a Turnoff
If you haven’t already done so, create a LinkedIn page. Include a professional picture and make sure your profile is up to date with any awards and past job descriptions.
Unless you are a professional athlete, keep the action shots for Facebook. The same goes for selfies and partying. Recruiters on LinkedIn aren’t looking for the next best party. They’re looking for professionals who have a welcoming and friendly profile picture. Continue reading