How Many Characters Do You Have?

CharactersLinkedIn characters, that is!  Each section has a limit as to how many characters your profile can have. Since we know that Google loves LinkedIn, Google also likes large word counts. Here is a list of all the characters you can have in each section of your profile:

 

  • Professional Headline- 120 characters
  • Status updates- 140 characters
  • Summary- 2000 characters
  • Company Name and Position/Title- 100 characters
  • Position Description-2000 characters
  • Specialties and Interests-500 characters
  • Interests- 1000 characters

Remember to add the keywords that others will search when looking for you- put them in as many places as possible so LinkedIn as well as the search engines can find you 😉

Happiness and Success Always,

Sherry

What to do when the bottom falls out?

LayoffThe sudden and unexpected layoff! Here today, gone tomorrow. Ouch! First, the shock sets in and What Now? What do I do first? Cry? or Call my friends and then cry some more?

Then comes the anger. I have devoted a large part of my life to this company. They could have at least given me more notice, a larger severance package, and the four weeks of paid vacation I never used!

I believe in allowing yourself a small and intimate pity party or a day in bed with the covers pulled over your head. But unfortunately, that wouldn’t pay the rent. So you push forward, a day at a time, sometimes an hour at a time. You give yourself breaks. Yes, you may have to cancel that gym membership; but you can take a walk.

Yes, there will be days that you will want to throw in the towel and feel completely defeated. That’s when you call a friend who you know will give you that much needed “kick in the butt” to propel you forward.

Once reality sets in, you realize that your resume is outdated. You have fallen behind on keeping in touch with your social media friends, followers and connections.

Remember that saying when things get tough, the tough go shopping! Not a terribly good idea unless it’s the Dollar Store.

But you need to get tough in order to move forward. Stay busy. Ask for help with your resume. Get your profile on social media sites ramped up, LinkedIn is where it’s happening! Let people know you are looking. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it is not a sign of weakness and research has shown that other people really do want to help others, it’s rewarding to them. Wouldn’t you help them if the situation was reversed?

So, try your best to stay positive and put a smile on your face 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts/experiences and how you stay motivated?

 

 

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

 

Could LinkedIn Become The Next Search Engine?

Searching Photo for PostRecently, I was looking for a pet sitter. I knew her first name and part of her company name. So I searched for her on LinkedIn and there she was. I’m not sure Google, etc. would have found her as quickly. Plus when I was in her profile, I looked at her recommendations; another thing that I wouldn’t have found easily on the current search engines. I know I could have gone to her website but LinkedIn was simply, quicker and gave me more information.

LinkedIn reached its 10th year anniversary and a lot has changed over the years. Ok, so things aren’t always perfect. Finally, everyone has the ability to add a link or upload a file, the new toolbar and especially the new LinkedIn contacts app; putting everyone on a level playing field. They are making changes sometimes daily but they are definitely doing something right!

People are finding jobs on LinkedIn. People are getting business on LinkedIn. It has replaced pet tales, photos of what someone else is eating, and nights out on the town details on Facebook.

The best place to start on LinkedIn is to listen to what others are saying and reach out to help them. Helping others is what the big social media players know and do well.

Happiness and Success Always 😉

Sherry

 

LinkedIn: The Envelope and the Flag

Screen for Blog_Envelope and FlagWhether you have the new LinkedIn format or the old LinkedIn toolbar, you have the envelope and the flag! Both should be near your name with the old bar or to the left of your photo with the new version.

Let’s talk about the Envelope first:

This is the place where your current invitations and messages reside. By clicking on the envelope your invitations appear first and your messages below them. I typically make it a practice to look at the person’s profile before accepting the invitation to connect. If you decide you want to connect with someone; you can send a message thanking them for reaching out to you to connect. I know I discussed how important your photo can be, here is another example of why it is important. People want to see who they are connecting with. In this crazy world of spam, it’s important to know just who your connections are. Remember when connecting with others don’t sell, it’s a turn off! As for the messages you receive, you can decide if you want to reply or not. Some people will blanket their entire network with a message about an event or try to sell you something.

As for the Flag:

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How Long Does It Really Take To Be Found on Social Media

Connected on Social MediaOf course, we all want to be seen and hear on the social media platforms. However, it’s a lot more than just adding a page, an account or a profile. It’s all about the communication but more importantly, the listening. It’s a two-way street!

If per chance, you drop off of the social media grid like I did ( due to personal reasons) it will take time to rebuild those relationships. It could even take three months or more! Be patient and don’t take it personal. After all, it’s not like folks don’t want to know what’s up with you. You just need to get in front of them. So, post more often and engage in their conversations. Add a photo or video to your updates 🙂

Invest some time every day to interact with someone; it will definitely pay off. Just when you think it’s a waste of your time, people will start responding!

Happiness and Success Always,

Sherry

 

The NEW LinkedIn Contacts Application

LinkedIn INThis is probably the best new feature that LinkedIn has introduced. I highly recommend setting up this new format. It moves your profile organizer into the contacts area. You can sort your contacts by name, saved contacts, you can tag them (200 tags total). You can also sort by companies, titles and locations. You also have the option to import them from various sources, hide them or even remove them.

Most importantly, it shows you when you last chatted with them and the entire conversation. It gives you the ability to add how you met and who introduced you.

Can you tell I’m excited?? Yes, because this is a great opportunity to connect or reconnect with your contacts. If you are like me, you think you will reach out to this new contact later, but that never happens.

More about this feature later; need to send some more reconnect messages!

Happiness and Success Always 😆

Sherry

 

Let’s Sum It Up On LinkedIn

The Sum Up (225x225)It’s time to brag!! You can tell your connections how great you are but with a twist. Allow me to explain. They want to know who you are but more importantly -how being who you are can help them. An example: You won an award in your industry doing what you do best. This award states you are an expert in your field. Yes, that’s what they want to hear! At that point, they are thinking “You are the expert; therefore you can help ME!”

You have a total of 2000 characters to woo them. Why should they hire you?

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Tag Your LinkedIn Connections!

Linkedin TaggingRemember playing tag as a kid? Well, it’s not exactly the same 😕 However, you can tag your connections. Some of you may have been doing this for years and others may just be starting. Here is where it pays to have fewer connections! You are allowed to have 5 tags or let’s call them lists because that is really what they are. Go to your connections and set up lists for your connections. No one but you can see your tags/lists so call them anything you like! Maybe potential clients, clients that really need my help, prospects I want to invite to a special event or offer a podcast, etc. You get my drift!

Happy Tagging~ Sherry

 

New Website Is Up!

LinkedIn is the “Business- Networking Site for Professionals” with over 200 million users in over 200 countries. However, only a few are taking full advantage of this client- generating/job- seeking site. Anyone can create a LinkedIn profile with the basics; but if you want to be found, you need to have it optimized.

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