Now that you are inviting people into your LinkedIn network, you will want post a consistent flow of status updates in order to maintain your network visibility.
On your LinkedIn home page, you have the capability to “Share an Update”, “Upload a Photo” or “Write an Article”. Every time you perform one of these three tasks, the updates will appear on the home page feed of many of the people in your network. It keeps you visible to your network.
What kind of updates should you post? I suggest posting links to important articles in your field, news announcements, economic trends or updates that you have written yourself.
LinkedIn has many groups that you can join. “Groups” is also a great place to share information just like updates that you send out from your profile. You have the ability to join 50 LinkedIn groups. I suggest that you join as many LinkedIn groups in your field as possible. Join groups that are in your profession, alumni groups, chamber of commerce groups, non-profit groups, etc. Try to be consistent in joining groups in your field. Don’t confuse the reader by joining professional groups outside of your field. For example, joining groups in operations and sales sends a mixed message.
Continue to share one update with your network and your groups each day. This should only take you about 15 minutes.
✔ Business Cards – If you don’t already have business cards, go you your local office supply store and purchase business cards. Information on your card should include: Your name (as it appears on your resume and LinkedIn profile), street address (not a post office box), cell phone number, email address, LinkedIn Profile URL and the title from your general resume (i.e. Program Manager or Business Development Executive). On the back of your card, you can print the nine to twelve key words that appear in the “Strengths and Expertise” section of your resume.
Let’s practice breathing exercise today to relieve stress:
- Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
- Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
- Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
- Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison