Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Why you should have a LinkedIn account

LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool which will expand your network and enable you to stay ahead in your career.

I am always surprised when someone tells me they don’t have a LinkedIn account because they can’t see the point.  There are lots of reasons why you should be on LinkedIn and here are just five of them.
1.     Employers and recruitment agencies are now using LinkedIn as a headhunting tool.  It is an easy way for them to find out about you and make contact with you.   Even if you are not actively seeking a job, you may be approached and may be offered an even better job with more money.  If you are not on LinkedIn, you are closing the door to these opportunities. 

2.     Many employers now automatically download a candidate’s LinkedIn profile when they apply for a job.  Your LinkedIn profile gives you another opportunity to tell them what you can do and what you have achieved. 

3.     Group discussions on LinkedIn can enhance your knowledge on topics you are interested in and create job opportunities. 

4.     You can build a large network of contacts.  Imagine you are made redundant next year.  Who would you turn to for help?  Is your current network big enough?  LinkedIn is a hassle free way of networking and can connect you with past colleagues, friends and acquaintances. 

5.     LinkedIn is an online CV which must be kept up to date in order for you to get the most out of the social networking tool. This means that when you are actively looking for a job you will always have an up to date CV to hand. 

Without LinkedIn in your life, you are missing out on a whole world of opportunity to connect with people with similar interests. Start building your LinkedIn profile now and use my blog on writing a great LinkedIn profile to assist.

This article may also be of interest to you: Five LinkedIn Strategies You Haven’t Thought Of Before)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Changing career without starting all over again

I recently read an article in the Financial Times which stated that recent research findings show that 60% of employees would choose a different career if they could start again. 

Once again we are being told that a large proportion of people are unhappy in their job.  It is becoming quite a common piece of news.  However, in this case it wasn’t so much the figure that caught my eye, it was the wording used.

‘……would choose a different career if they could start again.’

What is all this about starting again?  When I pursued a career change, did I really start again?  Did I discount the years of training and practising as a solicitor?  What about my time working for Macmillan Cancer Support, was this also to be discounted?  Did my career then restart?

It all sounds quite dramatic and it doesn’t need to be.  Instead of considering a career change as starting again, think of it as starting the next chapter of your career.  Your career will evolve through gaining different skills and experiences and you can choose to make changes based on this to move you forward. 

If you are ready to take the next step in your career and pursue a career change, instead of considering this process as starting again, consider the process as building on the skills and interests you already have and start investigating how you can use these elsewhere.   Perhaps start putting together your ideal job role and see where this takes you in your investigations. 

As long as you are making changes and moving forward towards a goal, you will get there even if it takes you little steps to do it.  

Allow your career to evolve in the way you want it to.