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Join LinkedIn Groups to Develop Your Online Presence!

LinkedIn color Background IconI love LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great place to be a voice. Today I'm going to write about one of the many ways you can begin to establish your online presence through LinkedIn Groups. When I discovered people were watching me on LinkedIn, I honestly had no idea. I was just doing what I do, i.e., helping people. After all, I am a Career Coach. And, I do participate in Groups on LinkedIn with other professionals related to Career Coaching.

Typically, I would simply answer a question by commenting for one of my teammates or Group members. I didn't realize I was creating an online presence until people started contacting me and telling me they knew who I was from my online presence on LinkedIn.

 

Here are a few pointers just to begin your LinkedIn online presence:

1. Join a Group

2. Write a Comment or ask a question in the Group

3. Create a Group

 

Join a Group. To find LinkedIn Groups, go to the top right corner of the menu bar. Click on the arrow next to the hourglass in the search key. You'll see options to search for People, Companies, Groups and more. Click on Groups. Select a Group of interest to you. For example, Charlotte Job Help is a great Group to join, if you're a job seeker in Charlotte North Carolina. As a Career Coach from the Outplacement industry I joined Outplacement Professionals Network, and many more Groups related to my profession as a coach, trainer and resume writer.

Join a LinkedIn group you are passionate about!

Write a Comment or Ask a Question. This will encourage you to jump in and ask a question or discuss a comment. Here's how you can develop your online presence. For example, when you ask a question to begin a discussion in a LinkedIn Group that creates the highest number of members commenting on your question, suddenly you will find yourself …

A LinkedIn Group "Top Influencer of the Day" or "Manager's Choice."

Create a Group. You can also Create a Group on LinkedIn. Why? There are many great reasons. Here's one example. Let's say you're working for a company experiencing a planned or unplanned major expansion. You can create a LinkedIn Group as a forum for the employees to quickly have answers to questions 24/7 by and for the members of the LinkedIn group. Why? To share information for the organization or for specific groups within the organization.

To create a group, click on Groups in the right center of the menu bar. Then click on Create a Group, fill out the form options and select Create an Open Group or Members only Group.

 

In closing,  I hope this blog has challenged you to take the next step and dig a little deeper into LinkedIn. Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world?  Or, maybe you are a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered "Yes" to any one of these situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. You can reach me on LinkedIn, call 970-672-8476 or email me at Kim@JustResumesUSA.com. Until next time. Remember to be inspired and be an inspiration to others.

Top 7 “Must Haves.” Daily Marketing Tips Using Twitter for Business!

Using Twitter for BusinessI love Using Twitter for Business! Twitter is a place where you and I can develop relationships with professionals and consumers worldwide. In Using Twitter for Business, I communicated today with Followers from the USA, Ireland, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Finland and more. Twitter is a positive community of people sharing valuable information, inspiring quotes and stories in 140 characters or less, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In this week’s blog I’d like to share with those of you Using Twitter for Business, the Top 7 “Must have” tips from my “Daily Twitter to do list.”  A list I created,  over time, on how to use Twitter in a way that increases and connects to my Followers by consistently adding value to each Follower, every day. Sound like a plan for you? Some of you may be using some of these techniques already. For others, it will be new ideas which will help you increase your following and connect to new Followers. For some, you may think it too time consuming. Especially since these tips will increase your Followers. I take the time and I recommend you do too. Ready? Here it is. When you receive emails letting you know you have a new Follower from Twitter,

I recommend the following 7 Tips when Using Twitter for Business…

1. Go to their Twitter Profile. Their tweets will come up on the left for you to read. Find 3 or 4 positive, inspiring or informational Tweets you really like and Retweet them.

2. When Using Twitter for Business, go to their website blog, read at least one of their blogs and write a positive comment. If they don’t have a blog, find something you like about their website.

Using Twitter for Business3. The Mention icon is where you'll say thank you for the Follow and mention something you liked about their blog or website. Remember to personalize it with “I especially enjoyed the piece about  … you can also read their Profile to find Hash Tags (#)  to add to your thank you with words that add value to your new Follow. When Using Twitter for Business, for example, your new Follow may have the words #Marketing, #Leadership or #Inspiration in their Profile. Include these hash tags to your thank you mention.

4. Follow back if you like their tweets and would like to share their tweets with your Followers when Using Twitter for Business.

5. On #FF (Follow Friday,) pay attention to who your Followers are thanking and the comments they are making. If you click on the Follower's Twitter user name, their profile will come up on the right of the screen. If you like them, Follow them.

6. When Using Twitter for Business, I recommend joining Klout.com.

Klout is a site you can rate Followers on Twitter and your Followers can rate you, by giving a +K for Job Search, Business, or Leadership, for example. Start giving your Followers a +K rating to increase their ratings which will increase their Followers, too. Do this and you'll see it come right back to you. Twitter is a community of very cool, intelligent, positive leaders of influence and friendly people.

7. Remember to check your Mentions and Retweets throughout the day. Always send a thank you, remembering to add a Hash tag (#) word of meaning to your Follower when Using Twitter for Business.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you.  If so, Retweet to your Followers on Twitter, Share on Facebook and Connect on LinkedIn.

If you're a professional or job seeker with a success story  you'd like to share, please email your story. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world.  Or, maybe you’re a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered yes to any one of there situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

 

Job Seeker’s Tool Kit for Twitter Newbies

 Twitter Tips from JustresumesUSA.comAs a professional resume writer and career coach, I know how important it is for job seekers to use social networking in today's job market.  I love Twitter. Twitter is a great place to connect to people daily you may never have a chance to talk to anywhere else in the world. Twitter is a place where you can give valuable advice and wisdom to those who ask for help. It’s a global forum of people where you can connect to colleagues and ask questions.  There are features on Twitter you’ll want to know when you first sign up.

You don’t want to miss out on using Twitter, a fabulous tool to connect to people immediately. 

So, where do you start? What do you need to know now? Whether you are a career coach, resume writer, recruiter, LinkedIn specialist, job seeker, mom or in any other profession, below are invaluable tips I discovered and wish I knew when I first got started on Twitter. 

The following 8 tips will help you connect quickly and maximize your daily use of Twitter right away. Here they are …

1. Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who will want to follow you.

2. Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.

3. Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. If you're a #blogger, include #blogger to your Twitter profile.  (The # are hash tags, explained below.)

4. Register on Google Alerts to find other companies using Twitter.

5. Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day.

6. Sign up on justunfollow.com.

7. Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your followers.

8. Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers.

 

Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who want to follow you.  How do you find specific Twitter users? You can find specific Twitter users by typing key words in the Research section. This will bring up all timelines with those key words. For example, if you're an environmental engineer looking for a job and you type the key words “recruiter seeking environmental engineer,” you’ll find the recruiters writing tweets to the world “seeking environmental engineer.”  Okay, you found your tweeters, now what?  Next, reply to 10 or 12 tweets each day. Include a link to your website or LinkedIn profile so they can easily find you.  Then click on their website, check out their blog and make a comment about their blog you found useful. Next click to Follow each one. When they see you are following them, went into their website and took the time to read one of their blogs and commented, they will want to Follow you. 

This is one of the ways you can build a Following, land interviews and find a job. And, a great marketing strategy for your job search in 2011.

Are you wondering why I recommended only 10 or 12 tweets a day when there are more than 75 tweeters right there? Here’s why. All your current Followers will get each reply you send to your new tweeters. Believe me they will not want their Timeline filled with your 75+ replies to all the recruiters you Tweeted.  I learned this the hard way. I remember being so proud of myself that first day when I replied to 47 tweeters.  The consequence may be to lose one or two of your Followers. Typically, your Followers will be forgiving the first time when they realize you’re new.

 

Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.  You can search for companies that interest you. This is a great place for you to engage in conversation with the employees at the company.  I do not recommend asking for a job right away. By engaging in conversations, let them get to know you first. And take the time to get to know them. Getting to know people internally at companies on Twitter could turn into a great networking contact. In addition to having fun with the process, this can help you prioritize which companies are a better fit for you.

 

Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. And, include the words #blogger to your Twitter profile, if you are a #blogger.  The number sign (#) is called a hash tag. The hash tag helps like-minded Tweeters find you or people looking for Tweeters with the # next to a word. For example, I recently added #Blogger to my Twitter profile and within 24 hours, more than 20 Twitter Followers with blogs on their websites started following me.

 

Register on Google Alerts to find other bloggers using Twitter. Google Alerts is free and a great way to find other websites and articles from companies that interest you. And you can use this as a tool to stay abreast on the latest news at the company. When you register on Google Alerts, you will receive emails with the articles and website of the key words you select. For example, if you want to find articles about “talent management,” Google Alerts will email these articles to you if you choose these key words. Pretty cool tool!

After you receive emails from key words that interest you, read and comment on the blogs in the articles you like and retweet them to your Twitter Followers. This is another way to gain followers that compliment you. 

 

Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day. @Mentions is where Twitter collects tweets with your name mentioned and places them in @Mentions. For example, anyone who responded with a question or a “thank you” from the 10 to 12 tweets you replied each day will be in @Mentions. This is the best place to track people responding back to you. Always reply back as soon as possible.

 

Sign up on justunfollow.com. justunfollow.com is FREE and a great find.  My web marketing colleague, Jan Rossi at GetYouStartedeMarketing.com told me about this website.  I recommend it for everyone.  It’s a website that shows you all the people who are NOT following you.  After you begin Following the 10 to 12 tweeters each day, check back after a few days or a couple weeks to see if they are Following you back.  If they are not, unfollow them.  It’s protocol to match within 50% how many people you are Following versus the followers you have developed over time.  I recommend Following people you’re interested in Following and Follow all the people who are Following you.

 

Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your Followers.  I recommended earlier today to retreat articles from the blogs you find interesting.  I also recommend retweeting any tweets you receive with other links or tweets you find interesting, as well.  Remember this … the tweets you receive are only coming to you, not your Followers.  It’s up to you to retweet the information to your Followers.  For example, if an event is coming up or information you’d like to share with your Followers, retweet the information back to them.

 

Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers. It's good practice to create Lists for your Followers.  For example, as a job seeker, you may have a list for the best recruiters, career coaches, resume writers, and companies,

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips to share, you're welcome to email me at Kim@justresumesusa.com.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at Kim@JustResumesUSA.com

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

 

Top 5 “Must Have” Marketing Tips using Twitter for Business!

I love Twitter. Twitter is a great place to connect to people daily. People you may never have a chance to talk to anywhere else in the world. A place where you can give valuable advice and wisdom to those who ask for help. It’s global forum of people where you can connect to colleagues and ask questions.  There are features on Twitter you’ll want to know when you first sign up. You don’t want to miss out on using this fabulous tool to connect to people right away.  So, where do you start? What do you need to know now?  Whether you are a career coach, resume writer, recruiter, LinkedIn specialist, job seeker, mom or in any other profession, below are invaluable tips I discovered and wish I knew when I first got started on Twitter.  Tips to help you connect quickly and maximize your daily use of Twitter right away. Here they are …

 

1. Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who want to follow you.

2. Register on Google Alerts to find other bloggers using Twitter.

3. Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day.

4. Sign up on justunfollow.com.

5. Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your followers.

 

Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who want to follow you.  How do you find specific Twitter users? You can find specific Twitter users by typing key words in the Research section. This will bring up all timelines with those key words.  For example, if you are a recruiter and you type the key words “looking for job,” you’ll find the professionals writing tweets to the world “I’m looking for a job.”  Okay, you found your tweeters, now what?  Next, reply to 10 or 12 tweets each day with a great tip to help them find a job.  Include a link to your website so they can easily find you, if they choose.  Then click on their link and click to follow each one.  When they see you are following them and you gave them a job search tip, they will want to follow you.  This is one of the ways you can build a following.

Are you wondering why I recommended only 10 or 12 tweets a day when there are more than 50 tweeters right there?  Here’s why.  All your current followers will get each reply you send to your new tweeters. Believe me they will not want their Timeline filled with your 50+ replies of the same job search tip.  I learned this the hard way.  I remember being so proud of myself that first day when I replied to 47 tweeters.  The consequence may be to lose one or two of your followers. Typically your new followers will be forgiving the first time when they realize you’re new.

 

Include the words #Blogger to your Twitter Profile.  The number sign (#) helps likeminded Tweeters find you. For example, I recently added #Blogger to my Twitter Profile and within 48 hours15 Twitter Followers with Blogs on their websites started following me.  Pretty cool!

 

Register on Google Alerts to find other bloggers using Twitter.Google Alerts is free and great way to find other websites and articles.  When you register on Google Alerts, you will receive emails with the articles and website of the key words you select.  For example, if you want to find articles about “talent management,” Google Alerts will email these articles to you if you choose these key words.  You can also select your own website as a key word and Google Alerts will email you when your website was mentioned somewhere. Pretty cool tool!

After you receive emails from key words that interest you, read and comment on the blogs in the articles you like and retweet them to Twitter.  This is another way to gain followers that compliment you. 

 

Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day. @Mentions is where Twitter collects tweets with your name mentioned and places them in @Mentions.  For example, anyone who responded with a question or a “thank you” from the 10 to 12 tweets you replied each day will be in @Mentions.  This is the best place to track people responding back to you. Always reply back as soon as possible.

 

Sign up on justunfollow.com. justunfollow.com is FREE and a great find.  My web marketing colleague, Jan Rossi at GetYouStartedeMarketing.com told me about this website.  I recommend it for everyone.  It’s a website that shows you all the people who are NOT following you.  After you begin following the 10 to 12 tweeters each day, check back after a few days or a couple weeks to see if they are following you back.  If they are not, unfollow them.  It’s protocol to match within 50% how many people you are following versus the followers you have developed over time.  I recommend following people you’re interested in following and follow all the people who are following you.

 

Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your followers.  I recommended earlier today to retreat articles from the blogs you find interesting.  I also recommend retweeting any tweets you receive with other links or tweets you find interesting, as well.  Remember this … the tweets you receive are only coming to you, not your followers.  It’s up to you to retweet the information to your followers.  For example, if an event is coming up or information you’d like to share with your followers, retweet the information back to them.

 

Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in conversations.  This is a great way to get to know employees and decision makers and give them a chance to get to know you.  And, a great strategic move for the job seeker.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips to share, send them my way to Kim@justresumesusa.com.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …