"LinkedIn is for job search,
but I'm not in job search, so..."
For those who think LinkedIn is for job search only, and thus don’t update their profile because they’re not in active search, consider this an instructional tale.
A job search client of mine in South Carolina who I’ll call Andrew, a technical project manager, wanted to leave the company he was with. “I don’t see how I can grow there…they are not appreciating what I can do, so why stay”.
We redid his resume and updated his LinkedIn profile. He was sending the resume out and starting to get responses.
Suddenly his manager left the company and a new manager came on board. In our next meeting, Andrew said: “You won’t believe what happened! It’s a good thing I updated my LinkedIn profile. When my new manager saw it, he called me into his office."
“You can do all this?” he asked Andrew, sounding surprised.
“Yes, I can”, Andrew answered.
“I was told we had no one who could use these tools…I thought I was going to have to hire someone new. But we have this amazing resource right here: you! I’m so glad I checked out your profile. Let’s talk about what else you could be doing here. I have some projects in mind for you that need your help right away.”
Andrew then said his new manager is getting him a raise, as well. He now senses a future there. "So I'm staying," he said, with a big smile.
A change in management, who recognized what Andrew could do and put him to work doing it, kept him from leaving his company. A curious view of his LinkedIn page made it all possible.
Does your manager (or potential client, if you're a consultant) truly know what YOU can do, from reading YOUR LinkedIn profile?
They should. If not, hire someone to help you update and upgrade yours so that an unexpected reading of it can work in your favor, like it did Andrew.
It might not only be career-changing, it could be life-changing.
(Yes, I help people do updates of their profile. Attract more views from the people doing the hiring: Check out my store for the description
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