Marketing Yourself: Using LinkedIn to Partner with God in the Marketplace

LinkedIn is a vast universe of opportunity and has experienced rapid growth year over year since its launch in 2003. When I first began coaching professionals to use LinkedIn in 2013, there were 130 million people on the social media platform. As of today, there are over 850 million people in over 200 countries using LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a tremendous …

Are You the Right Fit?  Ask for References!

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away…   Nope, actually just a few years ago when I was coming out of college and looking for my first job, the common advice was to have “at the ready” at least three references.  I was advised to have these references on a separate sheet of paper with the people’s name, address, …

Are you the right fit? Network!

Few words are as dreaded in the job transition world as “networking!”  Over the years, when I’ve talked about this process (highlighted in Step #4, Search, in our Crossroads Career workbook entitled, “You Are Created for Good Works”), many people actually have a visceral physical reaction to their perception of reaching out to complete strangers and trying to have a conversation that …

Reconnect for Success

Maintaining your professional network is important in every season of your career. When things are really good it’s easy to forget how important it is to maintain them, and then we tend to react when things go south by calling on relationships we haven’t maintained. Avoid these pitfalls and make sure that in every season of your career you work at …

Network with Everyone Everywhere – Part Two

Multiply Your Results Personal referrals will power your networking. With each new connection you make, use the name of the person who referred you. Not only ask for help, but also for referrals to others who might be willing to help. Conclude your call, email or message with, “Thank you for your help. Who else do you know who can …

Network with Everyone Everywhere – Part One

You never know who knows who. Bill, an unemployed sales manager, took his car for maintenance. While waiting, he and the service manager struck up a conversation. The service manager asked, “What do you do, Bill?” Bill shared that he was unemployed and looking for a job. “What kind of job?” asked the service manager.  Bill replied, “I’m looking for …

Best Ever Top-10 Job Websites

This past Monday I got a call from one of my friends with good news and bad news. Good news–New baby on the way and due in November. Bad news–His career development plan has to shift from “education” to “get job now.” What to do? How to find opportunities? So many job websites! Where to start? Not surprisingly, my #1 favorite …

Help Your Career – Volunteer

Why Volunteer? You believe in what an organization is doing. You really like the work. You make new friends. You give your vocation new meaning when you work for a higher purpose. On the practical side, if you are searching for a job or changing careers, volunteering gives you experience, skills and contacts for the next step. From a spiritual …