Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Being positive on #LinkedIn (part 1 of 5)

I declare this week’s blog posts to be positive all week. I meet a lot of people who are struggling to find the bright side. So these 5 posts will be for everyone, no matter your degree of positivity.

So here’s the first in this week’s series of “upward-looking, down-to-earth, centered-on-your-innate-abilities” blog posts: I urge you to share them with others to brighten your and their outlooks.

(Each graphic this week I found in a museum bookshop over the weekend.)

positivecofeecupBe positive, open, limitless.

Repeat that thought.

It takes a lot of upside to overcome some downsides.

You reach inward when you confront a challenge or get smacked with a defeat (remember it’s momentary). Try your best to persevere. Something else, perhaps even better, will come along. That’s the rollercoaster life of an entrepreneur.

Be sure your LinkedIn profile speaks well on your behalf by making every effort to make it the best you can. No one can speak your part like you can.

True story: I really wanted a piece of business. I could see a few of the company’s staffers reviewed my LinkedIn profile after I pitched them. Then we interviewed (each other). At the end the training manager explained to me that I was too old to offer the course. Yes, that’s what she told me. I warned her that just saying that was illegal, but I politely told her to check with her legal staff before she ever utters those words and told her I decided if that’s their attitude, I want to make a positive effect on another business.  Did it sting? Sure it did.

I find an upside in that ugly moment: an example for others. I tell that story to the babyboomer jobseekers I teach. I do not deny ageism exists. But you cannot fight what you cannot see. So I advise them to show the date of college/grad school degree(s) in LinkedIn profiles and show details of job experience in this century, while aggregating the jobs in the 1900’s together into one entry for context.

Tell your story. Embrace your seniority and experience. Offer it as a positive and proud aspect of your repertoire. They will figure out how old you are anyway, so save them the math gymnastics. If they don’t want you for your age, you don’t want to work there. Move on and up.

You are positive. If not, become so.

You are open. Share experiences with others who can benefit.

You are limitless. You must live your life that way.

Then all 3 become part of “why you do what you do.”

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