LinkedIn: Let’s Get Personal

11 08 2014

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Every week, I receive (and send) connection requests through LinkedIn. What continues to surprise me is the fact that the large majority of those who wish to connect fail to personalize the message. Now, let me explain first that I’m not too caught up with this since there are so many new smartphone and tablet apps that simply don’t let the user provide any personalization, thus the “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” standard messaging.

If you could hit the “easy” button and fire away simple connection requests without personalization, would you do it? Some say yes, but what are your results? Why are you really connecting?

Here’s the better question: What if you took 20 seconds to craft a quick note to provide the person you’re reaching out to with a frame of reference?

Put yourself in the shoes of the person receiving the connection request. For all intents and purposes, let’s just say they’re a recruiter for the most awesome company in the world and you want to work for them. You meet the recruiter at an event, perhaps a career fair. You exchange information and later go to LinkedIn to do a little research.

That little blue “connect” button is calling your name. Heck, LinkedIn even does most of the work for you. Instead of sending the boilerplate “I’d like to connect” blah-blah, you choose to stand out. Your connection request goes something like this:

Hi Kirk,

It was nice to meet you at the career fair today in San Francisco. Cool that you’re also a Cal grad! I’ve already applied online as directed to your awesome company. In the meantime, I’d like to connect with you here on LinkedIn. Let’s keep in touch!

Joe Smith

Now, if you were a recruiter and received tons of the basic boilerplate connection requests, wouldn’t this stand out to you?? It’s that simple.

What inspired me to write this post? These three great connection requests I received this week:

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Did I connect? You bet. Thanks for the added thought in your request!

Here are some other really great posts on LinkedIn:

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome? by Career Sherpa

If You’re Not Linked In, You May Be Left Out

College Students: Are You Linked In? by Emily Bennington

Want to connect? You know what you have to do… 🙂 http://www.linkedin.com/in/kbaumann

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13 Super Experts to Follow in 2013

2 01 2013

Campus to Career's 13 Super Experts to Follow in 2013Happy New Year!  Ready to start 2013 on the right foot?  I find Twitter to be an incredible resource.  As a job seeker or someone who simply wants to improve themselves, the right Twitter users provide excellent advice, insight, best practices, inspiration and motivation to help you achieve your goals. So, to help you get started, here are my top 13 super career experts to follow in 2013 (in alpha order):

Ask A Manager (@AskAManager) – Alison Green delivers easy articles that get to the point.  Love her “6 Short Answers to 6 Short Questions” segment.

CareerBliss (@CareerBliss) – I love this blog.  It makes me happy. Even their logo makes me happy. CareerBliss provides relevant, always fun to read posts that will help you advance in your career.

Career Sherpa (@careersherpa) – Hannah Morgan aka Career Sherpa, is your guide to show you the best paths and methods for making the trek as you embark on your career journey. Check out her awesome list of 98 people to follow in 2013.

ComeRecommended (@ComeRecommended) – Heather Huhman and crew delivers quality career advice for everyone.  Heather and ComeRecommended were some of the first people I followed on Twitter several years ago.

Doug Conant (@dougconant) – Doug is one of the most inspirational business professionals I’ve ever met. He’s the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, leading with head, heart and hands. Read his book, TouchPoints.  I guarantee that you’ll find some excellent tips on how to be a better leader.

Great On the Job (@greatonthejob) – Taking the art of communication and turning it into a science.  Follow Jodi Glickman and crew (don’t forget to check out their site as well) for some great career tips.

HR Margo (@HRMargo) – Margo Rose pays it forward every day.  She’s dedicated her career to helping others get hired.  If you’ve seen me tweet with the hashtag #HFChat or #hireFriday, she’s at the core of this great movement. Follow her!

Keppie Careers (@Keppie_Careers) – Miriam Salpeter’s blog, Keppie Careers, is one of the first that I followed as I entered into the digital space as a career blogger.  Must follow!

Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) – Laurie makes me laugh. She doesn’t take BS from anyone and shoots straight with you every time.  One of the coolest HR peeps out there, Laurie has extensive HR experience, shares some of the best career advice on the web, and is passionate about what she does and what she believes in.  Check out her blog, www.thecynicalgirl.com, and follow her on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindseypollak) – Gen Y LinkedIn master.  Need I say more?

SparkHire (@sparkhire) – great resource for video resume and interviewing.  In the technology age, companies are using video to interview more and more, so why not be prepared and get the competitive edge?

Stacy Zapar (@stacyzapar) – She’s the most connected woman on LinkedIn. Stacy get “it” and shares her expertise and advice on how to maximize the most powerful tool in your professional social networking toolbox: LinkedIn.  Follow her now!

YouTern (@YouTern) – Designed for interns, this blog is a fantastic resource for upbeat, truthful posts to help you land that internship or full-time career after college.

Of course, be sure to follow me (@kbaumann) and Campus to Career (@campustocareer) as well. Aside from tweeting original content, we also share the best of what we find from other super resources.  2013 is going to be awesome – let’s make it so!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!