Share a Little Kindness

kindness photoEveryone who knows me, knows that I love paying it forward! Money doesn’t have to be an issue; sometimes I’ve had money, sometimes very little and sometimes very, very little.

There are plenty of ways you can accomplish this task, actions speak louder than words. Some examples with no monetary contribution include: letting someone in front of you in the grocery store line, smiling at someone whether you receive a smile back or not, giving up your seat on the bus or subway for someone who needs it more, asking a physically challenged person if they need help, giving up that closer parking space if you can use the exercise, reading to child or sitting with an elderly person and just listening.

Here is my personal favorite: Having had a rare autoimmune disease 6 years ago which required me to use a walker, I simply can’t tell you how often the door was slammed in my face. It only takes a few seconds to look behind you and hold that door for someone else. Needless to say, that is now a no-brainer for me!

With little money to spare, I love paying someone’s toll on the bridge or expressway, provided there is someone in that booth, LOL! Ok, I am sometimes a sucker for the homeless person on the off ramp. More important to me than that dollar bill is offering them a protein bar from the box I keep in my car. Do they appreciate food instead of money, maybe or maybe not? It’s the thought that counts. I often see the guy selling newspapers on the side of the road and offer him a dollar for the next person who asks to buy a paper.

My favorites which do involve some money 😉 . I love paying someone’s tab in the car behind me at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Of course, I always ask the cashier their total- buying lattes for the entire office- not so willing! In the line at the movie, I might see a child between me and tell the cashier I would like to purchase their ticket. Whether the family needs it or not, it costs a lot these days to take your family to the movies.

Kindness can be expressed in many ways. What are some of your favorites?

 

 

5 Reasons to Have a Stellar LinkedIn Profile

Linkedin Connections1. You are currently a college student: If you start working on your LinkedIn presence prior to graduation; you stand a better chance of finding a job when you DO graduate. It takes time to make the proper connections, so the sooner you can build your brand- the better. LinkedIn is more highly regarded than Facebook because it is strictly a business social networking site. It’s where your future employers are seeking candidates. If an employer Googles you, you will stand out in the crowd if your profile is well constructed.

2. You are a job seeker: Recruiters and hiring managers are constantly searching for new employees on LinkedIn. You want to be found and noticed by them! An All-Star profile is full of your accomplishments and should let a company know why they should hire you? And what you can do for their company?

3. You have a job but you might want a better one: You are already successful and very attractive to other employers. If you have a rocking profile, you will definitely be found via a search and just might be contacted by hiring personnel. You may love your job but the next one might be your dream job!

4. You are a small business owners who would like more clients: Know your find-ability factor, what service do you offer that no one else does? I believe that LinkedIn is fast becoming the new search engine. People are searching on LinkedIn to do business with you. Create your headline to attract new customers. Have recommendations on your profile; there is no better way to advertise than the words of your current or past clients.

5. You are a recruiter or in HR: Your employees are on LinkedIn! Knowing how to search for the right candidates is crucial. Have a clear focus about who your target candidates are, so they can find you as well. Sometimes your candidates will come from your other connections. Keep in touch with your clients who you have worked with in the past.

The bottom line: It’s all about the relationships that you build on LinkedIn. Be assertive, be honest and always be professional.

Happiness and Success Always~ Sherry

 

 

Recommendations: How to give and receive these valuable testimonials

Seal of ApprovalAsking for Recommendations:

There is a right way and a wrong way to go about asking for recommendations. If I have provided a service for you and you are happy with my work, I may ask you for a recommendation. I may also go as far as giving you some talking points such as speaking to my expertise, the timeliness of my work, and my communication style while working with you.

Many people are too busy to compose the recommendation. They may ask you to write it for them, then forward to you for your approval so they can then recommend on your profile. It is not a given that someone will give you a recommendation, don’t take it personal! They could be too busy or simply not able to get back to you. Just ask someone! It’s perfectly fine to ask coworkers or previous employers. If by chance, you receive a recommendation that you are not happy with; you have a two choices. Ask them to edit the recommendation or choose not to show it on your profile.

Also, be careful if you have exchanged services. Not that you can’t endorse each other but most of your recommendations should come from your clients, co-workers or previous managers.

I would not consider asking someone to recommend me who doesn’t have first-hand knowledge of my service. I also list my personal philosophy in my “Advice for Contacting (Your Name) section.

Giving Recommendations:

If you have provided a service for me and I was happy with the result; I would be more than happy to recommend you. If I worked with you in the past, I may speak to your expertise while working with you. If I was employed by you and it ended amicably, I would be happy to recommend you.  However, I DO NOT recommend someone I don’t know.

Happiness and Success,

Sherry