Today's LinkedIn Nugget

A matter of career persective

stairsThe search for a new position, whether you are under-employed and looking for something better, or unemployed and urgently seeking matches to open positions, is a long walk with open or closed doors to select from.

How do you best spend the energy and time to win this game?

Since you never know when you will need a LinkedIn profile to speak for you to casual readers, my primary advice is to keep yours up-to-date and polished.

Your archaic backward-looking resume, while still needed, may precede you to an interview. But a smart interviewer will read up about you on your LinkedIn profile, a living document with your past describing how you arrived at your present and your present predicting your future possibilities. Write it well. Your interviewer will appreciate you better and you’ll get to drive the conversation more directly.

And once that new job is in hand, keep that profile continually updated. LinkedIn after all, is not a job board or resume substitution. It’s the currency of new business prospects and relationships in all you past, present and future work positions.

Walk the hallway, be ready to show your stuff on LinkedIn. select from the various doors, and keep striding on!

Careers have ups and downs.

Some experiences are enriching. Recruited, Hired, promoted and rewarded.

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Almost everyone has lost a job sometime in their career. RIFs, mergers, economic downturns, or fired.

Yes, it happens to almost everyone so almost everyone can empathize with you in that situation between spots even if they currently are not. They want to help you move forward.

You have to want to move forward too.

Telling your career story is part of that healing. I am always asked how to state under- or un-employment on a LinkedIn profile and I always respond that you must show your future-oriented optimism, yet be truthful.

If the company was bought out, as happened to me twice, once in my early career, and once in the last corporate position I held, then state such.

Ultimately it was a good move for me to go on to the next spot.

If the job was not working out, and it was a mutual decision, or even a one-sided decision (them), then state the skills you gained and successes you attained while there.

I too worked for immoral, sick managers, top down, but I don’t say that vindictively on my profile. I show what unusual things I was able to accomplish in those years, a credit to me, despite the challenges.

One class I taught contained refugees from the Bernie Madoff companies. And you think you have a tough time talking about your situation????

Good or bad job, or in-between, be real, be honest, state the highlights, and practice how you will speak in your interview to those points on your LinkedIn profile.

You will win this game of matchmaker if you properly show and tell how well you competed.

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