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How University Students Can Use LinkedIn to Develop Career Opportunities

It’s never been more important for today’s students and graduates to use tools like LinkedIn for their career development. The opportunities that lead to career success are in more places and connected to more people than ever before. Even as the world of work has been drastically transformed by cultural, societal, and technological trends in the last 10 to 15 years’ education has changed very little in the past 150 years. Education is not keeping up with the realities facing students, and students are letting themselves down, even when they have more options than ever before to learn and succeed outside of formal education. At the same time, less graduates are getting the jobs they truly want and feel like they deserve. If LinkedIn is the number one place for career opportunities why aren’t students and graduates using it more effectively? Where is the disconnect? LinkedIn is perhaps one of the least used and understood social media platforms by students and young adults between the ages of 18 – 25. I believe this comes down to the combination of three main objections from this demographic: We don’t think LinkedIn is for us. We don’t have time to use LinkedIn. We […]

LinkedIn’s Dirty Dozen: 12 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

In the world of nutrition, the dirty dozen is a list of produce that has the highest level of pesticides. In the world of marketing…we have some similar pests that can plague us. In fact, this happens more often than not as businesses, professionals, sales people and marketers are overwhelmed with the number of tools and platforms. Most are either using them incorrectly or not using them at all out of fear that they’ll make mistakes. There’s a list of spoken and unspoken rules of etiquette and best practices that when you’re aware of them you’ll be more comfortable and confident in using social media for business. To help you out, I am creating a series of Dirty Dozen articles, which will help you to avoid the biggest mistakes in etiquette and best practices on the most popular social media platforms. I am starting this series with my favorite social media platform, LinkedIn. These mistakes on LinkedIn range from simply keeping you hidden from the people you want to connect and build relationships with, to in a worst-case scenario, making you look unprofessional and possibly getting you blocked or banned from the platform. Don’t make these twelve key mistakes on […]

How to Create an All-Star LinkedIn Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

Having a LinkedIn profile is no longer enough, especially if no one is seeing it. Or worse, people are seeing your profile but it does a poor job of representing you and what you do. Your LinkedIn profile is an essential part of your personal brand and having a great one is a MUST if you plan to do any form of LinkedIn marketing. According to LinkedIn, your profile may already show up with All-Star status. Sadly, that means nothing at all. It could simple mean you’ve added the various sections into your profile, perhaps with little to nothing in those sections, yet it still shows all-star status giving you a false sense of your professional presence. To me an all-star profile means that you… Are easily found when someone searches for what you do and Your profile intrigues people, makes them want to connect and learn more about you In this article, I am going to show you exactly how to have true all-star status with a comprehensive step-by-step LinkedIn profile infographic so you can visually make sense of what it takes to truly have an all-star profile. In following the steps laid out in this article and infographic, […]

Introducing the New LinkedIn User Interface [UI Makeover]

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the new LinkedIn user interface (UI)? You may be trying to figure out how to do or access some of the things you are used to on LinkedIn. In this article, I will outline the changes to the new UI so you can become accustomed to what’s changed, what’s lost and what’s still available. While it certainly looks like we lost more than we gained with LinkedIn’s UI makeover, there is still plenty of functionality to help professionals, sales people and marketers to find, connect and build relationships with their ideal clients. If you are comfortable with the user interface and are looking for help to modify or update your lead generation or social selling strategy, keep checking back as I will be covering this soon in a future article. Below you will find my complete breakdown of the new LinkedIn user interface. What’s Changed with LinkedIn’s New User Interface (UI) Home Page While the new home page contains many of the same elements, it has a clean, new (almost Facebook) look. The look of both free and paid accounts is similar with the only difference being the Premium identification at the top of the […]

LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs Premium vs Sales Navigator

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received numerous emails and messages asking me questions about the differences between the LinkedIn membership levels, Premium Business Plus and Sales Navigator Professional. In fact, many people currently using Business Premium Plus want to know what benefits are left to having this account level or if they must upgrade to LinkedIn Sales Navigator to be able to accomplish their lead generation and social selling goals. I have put together a breakdown of the different features and tools included in each LinkedIn membership level, the cost and how they can be of benefit to you. Free LinkedIn Membership Let’s start with free LinkedIn accounts, as I have had plenty of questions come in from community members regarding the LinkedIn free membership. With so many important features gone, many are left wondering if LinkedIn is still useful with a free account or if they now need to pay for it to remain worthwhile to invest their time and resources in. With the removal of the Notes & Tags feature and the downgrade of the LinkedIn Advanced Search tool, lead generation has become more work with the free account. Not only must you use outside tools […]

LinkedIn Advanced Search Now Only Available with Sales Navigator [Tutorial]

Have you used LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people and/or companies for lead generation? With LinkedIn’s recent changes they have removed most of the advanced search functionality. This move is essentially forcing those that are using LinkedIn for lead generation to upgrade to Sales Navigator. In this article I am going to provide an in-depth look at how to use LinkedIn Sales Navigator’s Advanced Search as part of your lead generation and social selling process. Many within my community have expressed frustration at having to modify their lead gen process with the recent changes to LinkedIn. I am happy to report that only slightly modifications will be necessary to your existing process if you use Sales Navigator. Because it is a LinkedIn product, it already looks and functions similar to what you are used to. There are also additional benefits to using Sales Navigator as this product is built for the purpose of lead generation. You should be able to create an even more efficient and effective process using it, as you become more familiar and fine tune your process. The biggest downside is the cost. But, depending on what a sale is worth for you, it will be worth […]

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Tutorial

LinkedIn is an amazing tool for lead generation. Unfortunately, with the removal of the Tags & Notes with LinkedIn’s new user interface, this makes the lead generation process less efficient and effective. If you have taken any LinkedIn or social selling training with me, you will know the process I teach relies heavily on this feature to keep you organized and on track with your lead gen. I have spent the last couple of weeks researching alternative options for my community as to replace this lost feature. In my last article, I shared an affordable option to replace the Tags & Notes feature called Dux-Soup. This tool will work best for those who have a limited budget or those who are just starting out. If you have a large account and are doing a serious amount of lead generation on LinkedIn, you will need something a bit more robust. This is where LinkedIn Sales Navigator comes in. You can you import your existing Tags & Notes into the system (although it is not without issue, which I will explain in more detail) and you will also be able to once again do advanced searches. Here is a breakdown of how to […]

LinkedIn Changes Tags & Notes: Here’s Your Alternative

LinkedIn has made some big changes and anyone I have taught how to use it for lead generation will need to make some changes on how to stay organized in their lead gen efforts. You may have already noticed the big warning at the top of the Relationship Tab section, LinkedIn will soon be removing your ability to save tags and notes for each of your connections. Quite frankly this is terrible news. If you are actively using LinkedIn for lead generation, this will severely impair your ability to do so, especially efficiently. I have been researching potential solutions, and while none will be as efficient, effective and affordable as LinkedIn’s own Relationship Tab was, the two options I am going to share will help you to continue your lead generation efforts going forward in the future. In today’s post, I am going to share an affordable and user friendly option, the Chrome plug-in called Dux-Soup. This will work best for those who have a limited budget or those who are just starting out. In my next article I will dive into LinkedIn’s own Sales Navigator. While more costly, this option is ideal for anyone who is doing a serious […]

Changes To LinkedIn Company Pages [Tutorial]

Have you noticed when logging into your LinkedIn Company Page an invitation to review the new design of your page? LinkedIn has once again done a revamp to the user interface and you’ll want to understand what’s new and what’s been changed. While these changes are not yet fully completed and integrated, you are able to get a fairly clear idea of what your LinkedIn Company Page will look and function like going forward. Here is a breakdown of the currently accessible LinkedIn Company Page changes, to help you adapt quickly and effectively. Changes To Your LinkedIn Company Page Right away you will notice that LinkedIn has done a complete redesign of their Company Page, with a feel somewhat similar to the redesigned LinkedIn Groups and Privacy & Setting areas as well as the upcoming full redesign of LinkedIn.   When you first visit the page, a popup will appear with a welcome message which shares: With the new feed you are able to quickly view engagement metrics for individual and aggregated company updates. Members will continue seeing the company updates feed on the Company Page but in Admin view the company feed has its own dedicated page… Updates Page […]

7 Old School Lessons That’ll Help You Rock LinkedIn

Do you remember those fundamental social skills that we were taught as children back in kindergarten? Being told to “play nice” with the others on the playground or to use “please” and “thank you”. Who would have guessed that many of these vital skills could be directly applied to your LinkedIn activities and increase your success with engagement, relationship building and establishing your authority on your topic. By consistently applying these seven primary social skills, you’ll more quickly and easily develop relationships with potential clients as well as create a powerful and invested community of connections. 7 Key Social Skills To Utilize For More Success On LinkedIn SKILL 1: Uses words like please, thank you and excuse me Never underestimate the power of good etiquette. All too often I see people breaking the written and unwritten rules of LinkedIn etiquette – aka common sense and good manners. While in a few cases these can get you in trouble with LinkedIn, for the most part these simple etiquette rules simply aid you in better relationship building with your connections and keep you from making mistakes that can hurt your brand personally and professionally. When in doubt always error on the side […]

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