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How to show up higher in your LinkedIn network

Kathy Bernard

Want to show up higher on LinkedIn as a top job candidate or service/product provider? You can! LinkedIn’s “How You Rank ” feature can help. It lets you see where you stack up compared to others in your 1st degree network for profile views. The more page views that you receive; the more likely you will be found by prospects.  Your score changes weekly and the good news is that you can improve your score immediately and see your progress every week.

Here’s how: From your LinkedIn home page, click the number to the right of your name/photo box that reads, “[NUMBER] people viewed your profile in the past [DAYS, WEEKS, OR MONTHS]”.

Click the blue number to the right of your name/title box.

Click the blue number to the right of your name/title box.

The next page reveals a chart showing what you have done to secure your place on the “How You Rank” index.

Click on the individual weeks in the chart to see what you did each week to increase your page views.

Click on the individual weeks in the chart to see what you did each week to increase your page views.

Note: If you’ve set your profile to be anonymous when visiting other people’s profiles, you cannot view the chart. Visit Privacy & Settings > Manage (under your little picture in the upper right hand corner of any page to change your settings to show your name and headline. 

Select "Your name and headline" under the Privacy > Profile viewing options section.

Select "Your name and headline" under the Privacy > Profile viewing options section.

As you can see in this next image, I am showing up in the top 5% in my network, but by taking quick action, I can show up higher.

By following the following steps, I can show up higher ... and so can you!

By following the following steps, I can show up higher ... and so can you!

To secure a higher ranking in your network:

  • Endorse your connections through endorsement boxes that pop up, or by going to a person's profile, scrolling to their Skills section and clicking the blue + sign next to each skill. 
  • Share article links, questions, and inspirational quotes through the “Share an update box” on your home page and share full length posts on LinkedIn Pulse by clicking “Write an article” on your home page.
  • Share posts on up to 50 LinkedIn groups. For best results, mostly share other people's posts relevant to the group’s topic so group members won't complain that you are being self serving.
  • Comment on, share and like posts by other people on your home page, in groups and in response to LinkedIn Pulse articles. 
  • Add more connections by inviting people to connect and by accepting other people's invitations to connect. Encourage people to invite you to connect at the end of your Pulse posts and consider becoming a LinkedIn Open Networker (LION).

Use the knowledge!

Study the profiles and posts of people ranking higher than you to learn what they are doing right so that you can improve your own profile and presence. Use the knowledge that people visited your profile to establish a relationship with them. Invite them to connect from their profile, customizing your message to let them know why you want to connect. “NAME, Thanks for visiting my profile. How can I help you? Let’s connect and let’s set up a time to talk. Thanks, YOUR NAME.'

In conclusion

Use the “How You Rank” feature to become more active on LinkedIn. After all, LinkedIn is the world’s largest business network and the best place to attract employment and business leads. – Kathy

 

Kathy Bernard, CEO of WiserU, LLC, trains companies and job seekers to master LinkedIn to grow your business or get a job. WiserU also provides breakthrough LinkedIn profile and company page creation/optimization services and LinkedIn lead generation/ marketing services. To get started, visit WiserU, contact Susan at susan@wiseru.com or call her at 847-606-5160. Feel free to invite Kathy to connect on LinkedIn

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How to get a LinkedIn connection to introduce you to someone

Kathy Bernard

LinkedIn, how to use LinkedIn,

Use the "Ask for an introduction" feature to get 

introduced to the hiring manager at your target company.

The LinkedIn "Ask for an introduction" feature allows you to reach employers who you don't know through people who you do. 

Here's how to use it find the right person at the right company:

Step 1:

Find the hiring manager using LinkedIn.

  • Log onto LinkedIn and then click the Advanced link at the top of any page. 
  • Select the People option on the left navigation bar. 
  • Type the target company name in the Company box and the target person's probable title in the Title box. Choose "current" in the Current or Past box to view only current employees.
  • If it is a company with multiple locations and you seek a local employee, add the company's local zip code into the postal code box. 
  • Add keywords, such as "accounting" in the Keywords box (optional) to fine-tune your search.
  • Click Search. 
LinkedIn, LinkedIn advanced people search, LinkedIn search,

Find the right person by using LinkedIn's Advanced People Search.

Step 2:

Find the right 2nd degree within the search results. Click the person's picture or name to visit his/her profile. 

Note: You can't reach a 3rd degree connection through the "Ask for an introduction" feature. To reach a 3rd degree connection, invite him/her to connect (free, but

customize your message

), join a LinkedIn group that he/she is in and send a message to the person through the group (free - see instructions below), or send an

InMail message

 (premium account required, unless the person is an Open Profiler -- you can send them messages for 

free

.    

LinkedIn, LinkedIn advanced people search, LinkedIn search,

Use Advanced People Search to find the name and title of the probable boss for the position that you want.

Who should be your target recipient?

(Best preferences, in order) 

  1. The likely boss of the open position
  2. That person's boss or the division or department leader
  3. The company CEO, particularly if it is a small company
  4. The in-house recruiter (although you may want to go around him/her)
  5. Any person at the target company if you cannot find the target recipient

Step 3:

Choose your best mutual connection to the target person.

 You can do so by finding the "How You're Connected" section on the lower right portion of your target person's profile. If the person shown, for example, Tom E., isn't the best person to introduce you, click the more tab and choose a different mutual connection to introduce you. 

how you are connected on LinkedIn, LinkedIn connections

A box will pop up (linking you to your LinkedIn Messaging Center) that will allow you to type a new name into the To: box. Remove the original name from the To: box and from the automated message. You can customize your message to your connection, but don't remove the target recipient's LinkedIn profile address and don't put anything in the message that you don't want your intended recipient to see.

Once your message has been sent, your connection can forward your message 

to your target person or decline to send it. If they decline, you will receive a notice as to why they didn't send it so that you can fix the reason, or choose a different person to introduce you to the target person.

Prepare your 1st degree connection

For best results, ask your 1st degree connection before sending him/her an "Ask for an introduction" message.

Send a LinkedIn InMail message or email to your connection and write something like, "

Tom, I notice that you are a 1st degree connection to Bob Brown at Mega Corp. I'm interested in working there. Would you be comfortable if I sent you a LinkedIn "Ask to be introduced" request for you to forward to him? Any information you can pass along about Bob or Mega Corp., or any good word that you can put in for me to Bob would be greatly appreciated. I'm seeking a position as a (TITLE). If you’d like, I can email you my resume so you can speak knowledgeably about me to Bob. Let me know your email address so I can send it to you. Thanks for your help."

Don’t abuse your relationship

with your 1st degree connections by sending them too many introduction requests. Instead, establish a relationship with them where you can be of help to them. Also let them know how their help benefited you and thank them for their assistance. 

In conclusion, the "Ask for an introduction" feature can be a great way to become acquainted with the right person at your target company, so give it a whirl … getting introduced could help land your dream job!

What tips or horror stories do you have about getting introduced through LinkedIn?

Share them! Thanks, Kathy

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Messaging a person in a LinkedIn group

If you are in a LinkedIn group with the intended recipient, 

you don’t have to go through a 1st degree connection.

 Simply contact the target person directly through the group. 

LinkedIn groups, messaging LinkedIn group members

Here's how:

  • Click Interests at the top of your home page and then select Groups.
  • Click the group's name from your list of groups.
  • Click the number of members link.
  • Type the person's name into the group's Search box to find the person's name in the list.
  • Hover over the person's entry and then click the Send message icon.
  • Create your message and click Send Message.

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5 career alternatives for those who fear cubicle life

Kathy Bernard

cubicle-free careers

The 9-to-5 office job isn't for everyone. Non-stop paperwork and computer work can leave some people emotionally empty and uninspired. If you're a hands-on worker, look for jobs that play to your strengths. The following jobs often require intense physical labor, but also provide the excitement and active lifestyle you want for yourself.

Massage Therapist

If you have a sensitive touch and enjoy helping people relax, a career in message therapy may be right for you. Message therapists need a special certificate to have their own practice, but the training is relatively brief compared to other occupational training. Plus, you help connect physical and mental health for patients in a relaxed atmosphere. If you have your own practice, you also get to keep your own hours/schedule. This profession isn't only hands-on; it also promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
Message therapists, on average, earn between $24,000 and $51,000 annually.

Landscape Architect

If you love botany and gardens, a career as a landscape architect is a grounded option that can be quite lucrative. Though work commonly comes and goes with the seasons in many climates, the hard labor involved can see you turn a nice profit. This career also encourages innovation, an eye for composition and a love for the outdoors. While this career doesn't require a degree, if you want to start your own business, an understanding or degree in business management will be useful, as would a background in accounting.
The median pay for a landscape architect is about $60,000 annually.

Crime Scene Cleaner

If you have an iron stomach and nerves of steel, a crime scene cleaner might be a fascinating job for you. Of course, this career may be more along the lines of a nightmare than a dream job, as it's packed full of blood, guts and bodily fluids. But these hardcore janitors don hazmat suits and make anywhere from $50,000 to six figures in a single year.
While your own company will make you the biggest bucks, you can make a healthy living as an employee for a cleanup firm, which will train and equip you with the knowledge you need.

Personal Trainer

A personal fitness trainer works with clients and helps them achieve their fitness goals. Whether it's their goal is to lose weight, build muscle or increase stamina, your job is to provide clients with the workout and nutritional advice that puts them on a successful fitness track. While nothing is more important for fitness than dedication, technology has also played a part in how fitness trainers measure progress. For instance, products like Fit Bit and the Apple Watch track your activity, steps taken throughout the day, your workout behavior and your sleep.
Many personal trainer certificates exist, and the courses aren't long. Fitness trainers, on average, earn $20,000 to $40,000 per year.

Registered Nurse

Few professions help people as much as registered nurses. Nurses don't only provide physical care to the sick and injured, but they also help deliver babies, provide emotional and physical support to patients and administer care.
Unemployment for nursing is an impressively low 2% and career advancement for nurses is always an option. Nurse practitioners can hold their own practices and make upward of $80,000 per year.
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How to land a job in a different country using LinkedIn

Kathy Bernard


Want to work in a different country, but have no clue as to where to start? 

These 10 LinkedIn tips can help you get started on your path to employment in a land far, far away.

1) Create a strong LinkedIn profile to show that you are a viable candidate for jobs.
  • Make sure that your spelling and grammar are correct and that your profile is written in the language of your target country.
  • Include the job titles that you qualified for and want in your headline.
  • Include a friendly head shot photo of you dressed professionally.
  • Indicate languages that you speak and write fluently. List your target country’s main language first. Seek to learn the target country's language as well as you can.
  • If your name may be difficult to pronounce in your target country, add an easy-to-say nickname. Example: Dahye (Debbie) Kim. This can give recruiters confidence that they can pronounce your name correctly.

2) Have at least 100 LinkedIn connections. (Have many more than 100 if possible including connections in your target countries). This assures people in sought-after countries that you are not a spammer.
  • Mention in your invitation if you have mutual connections.
  • Consider joining LinkedIn Open Networker groups and inviting people from these groups to connect. To find these groups, type “open networker” into the search box.

3) Join up to 50 LinkedIn groups and follow companies.
  • Particularly join job-related groups in your target countries.
  • Join groups related to your industry or field. Such groups can be great places to learn about influential people who you can invite to connect.
  • In addition to groups, follow companies in your target countries and cities.
  • Apply for jobs on LinkedIn through the Jobs tab.

4) Participate in LinkedIn group discussions. Ask questions, share news stories and start your own discussions.
  • Seek to become a respected participant so that people will come to know and trust you.
  • Pay attention to group members who participates frequently. These people can be the first and best people to invite to connect.
  • Also consider posting articles on LinkedIn Pulse and interact with people who make comments about your posts. 

5) Customize your LinkedIn invitations to explain why you want to connect, but don’t include wanting to work in their country in the invitation.
  • If you are not strong at writing in the language of the person you are writing to, have someone who is good at it, proof or write your message. Save your proofed invitation text in Word so that you can simply copy/paste it into the invitation box when inviting other people to connect.
  • As much as possible, learn and use the language of your target country.
  • Don't use words like "Dear Mrs. (NAME)" or "Madam/Sir" or flowery language in your invitation message, like "Dearest" or "Beloved". This makes you sound like a spammer. Instead, just use the person's first name and get to your point. Example: Bob, We are both in the same LinkedIn group for financial analysts. I have learned a lot from your group discussions and would like to invite you to connect. If I can be of help to you, let me know. Thanks, YOUR NAME
  • Once you have established the connection, you can explain to the person your intentions. Example: Bob, Thanks for accepting my invitation to connect. I am seeking a financial analyst position in New York City, so if you ever hear of opportunities, please let me know. I have the necessary visa to work in the U.S. Thanks, YOUR NAME

6) Feel free to invite me to connect. I will accept and then you can ask me questions there. I am the Kathy Bernard in Greater St. Louis (USA).
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7) List the job titles and the types of industries that you want in your LinkedIn Summary section. Also list the same skills that you list in your Skills section into your Summary section. This can dramatically improve your chances of being considered for positions. Learn why.
  • Include up to 50 skills in the Skills section. Particularly list skills that relate to the jobs that you want
  • Get friends and connections to endorse your skills. Seek to have many endorsements.

8) State your employment status for being able to work in another country. Do you have the necessary visa to work elsewhere? If not, learn how to get it within your home country and take every step possible to acquire the proper paperwork. Most companies in another country will not hire you without them.
  • Once you have the needed visa paperwork, mention it on your profile.
  • Share your knowledge of how to work internationally with other job seekers in relevant LinkedIn groups. Also share information about companies that hire international workers. By doing so, you will quickly become recognized for your helpfulness.
  • Add a standard "signature" at the end of your group discussions so people will know that they can invite you to connect. Simply type: YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, Seeking LIST JOB TITLES in COUNTRY NAMES, Open to connect

9) Mention on your profile if you have already worked internationally and where. This will help convince people that you have the necessary paperwork.


10) DON'T expect miracles. Most people will not be able to help you get a job in your target country because they don’t know how the work visa process works.


  • Be aware that some people will not accept an invitation to connect from someone from another country.
  • Watch out for people who promise you an international job that seems too good to be true. Only work with reputable sources and government agencies.
  • Be persistent and consistent in your quest to land a job in a different city, but don't inundate people who try to help you with too many questions and don't ask them for special favors or for money. 

What have I left out? Share YOUR ideas or questions about how to land a job in a different country!  -- Thanks, Kathy

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We provide training and services for job seekers, new grads and students including:


  • Expert resume creation / optimization
  • Expert LinkedIn profile creation / optimization
  • Career coaching
  • Job interview preparation
  • Group/class LinkedIn training 
  • Group/class career training (resumes, applying online, etc.)
  • Individual LinkedIn training
  • Recruiter reach services to connect top recruiters to you

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19 steps to landing a job in a different city

Kathy Bernard

Want to pursue a job in a different city? It's tricky, but doable to do. The reason why it's tricky is because many companies prefer to hire locally to avoid transportation and relocation expenses, as well as the risks associated with hiring someone who may decide not to move after all.   

To compete successfully for out-of-town jobs, follow these steps:

1) Research target cities and select the one that best fits your lifestyle, career aspirations, comfort level, and income. Particularly target cities that have low unemployment in your field or industry. You can conduct such research online, such as on Business News Daily, through your local library and by speaking with current or former residents of the target city.


Take into account your interests and weather preferences when deciding where to move.

2) Firm up your relocation plans including move time frame so that you can tell prospective employers exactly when you will be moving to town. 

3) Learn about companies in the target area through sites like Hoovers and DNB. Research nonprofits through Charity Navigator or Charity Watch.


4) Sign up for local job boards. Quintessential Careers has an extensive list. You can also receive job alerts for openings in your target city through well known national job sites such as Monster, Career Builder and Indeed.


5) Establish a local address to use on application materials. Use a friend’s or family member’s address or rent a mail box at a local Mail Boxes Etc, or similar company. If you opt not to establish a local address, make it clear on your application materials when you will be moving to the city.


6) Sign up to receive local news (such as the local newspaper's daily e-news blasts and the local Business Journal) to learn what’s going on in the community and about target companies so you can speak knowledgeably. Also read the news sections of target company web sites.


7) Join locally-focused LinkedIn groups, particularly job seeking and networking groups. Participate in discussions and establish relationships with members. Great question to ask a local group: "I'm moving to [CITY] soon. What are some of the best restaurants?" Locals love to share their advice.


8) Connect with locals on LinkedIn. Employers notice if you have a local network -- it helps assure them that you are really going to move to town. Ask locals about job leads -- they can be an enormous help.


Locals are often willing to help you get acclimated to your new city. Ask for their help and advice!

9) Follow your preferred companies on LinkedIn. By doing so, you alert the companies that you are interested in them. To follow companies, click the magnifying glass next to the search box at the top of any LinkedIn page and then click "Companies". Narrow your search by location, job opportunities, industry, company size, number of followers, or Fortune (magazine's) largest company status. 

10) Seek phone or Skype interviews to establish rapport with target companies. If they become well acquainted with you, they will be much more likely to arrange an in-person interview with you.

11) Visit your target city to make sure it's right for you. Seek to set up informational interviews and job interviews before you arrive. Make sure your target companies know time to meet with you is of the essence. 

12) Take a class at a local college and make it clear on your application materials that you are doing so, even if it is through distance (online) learning. It makes you sound more local and by being enrolled, you can access the school’s career center resources.

13) Enlist local recruiters in your search. Select recruiters who specialize in your field or industry. Learn more.

14) Join local associations and organizations. Help with projects from a distance. For example, write articles for their newsletter or sell ads by phone for their membership directory. Get to know members through LinkedIn, phone calls, etc. Particularly network with people within your target companies. Let everyone you interact with know you are seeking work in their city.

15) Be convincing in your cover letter that you are really moving to town. Mention the date you will make the move, why you are moving, mutual connections to the hiring manager or recruiter, and what you know and like about the city and the company.  

16) Let it be known if you are not seeking interview transportation and relocation expenses. Some companies may cover such expenses, but most companies prefer to hire less costly local candidates. Quintessential Careers has a different and equally valid perspective about letting hiring companies know this information.

17) Consider temping or doing contract work in your new city while looking for work. Resist taking a lower level position lest you get pigeonholed into long-term work that you don’t want.

18) Change your city on your LinkedIn profile. To do so, go to Edit Profile and then click on the pencil icon next to your city at the top of your profile.

19) Most importantly, make it clear to hiring companies that you are:
  • The most qualified candidate for the job
  • Committed to making the move and sticking with their company
  • Worth the risk and expense to hire you

Prepare well to seek jobs in other cities. Doing so can make the move to your dream job in your target city a reality! -- Kathy

Related Article: 
Landing a job in a different country

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Share them via the Contact tab, and if we can be of help to you, let me know. Invite me to connect on LinkedIn -- Kathy Bernard

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