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Get a New Job, Life and Love with Match.com + LinkedIn

How to get a great job + life leveraging Match.com and LinkedIn

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A client called me seeking my coaching help for a new life. She had been divorced for over a year, her job was only okay, and the cold weather and lack of sunshine was bumming her out. She was ready for a new life. Have you ever felt that way?

Below is the real life case study of how my client found a dream life, new love, and great job in Hawaii.

4 STEPS TO A NEW LIFE:

GET READY :: READINESS ASSESSMENT – after answering a series of questions, she realized that she really wanted to create a new life. Can you answer these questions?

  1. Are you self-aware?
  2. What are people coming to you for?
  3. Who are you?
  4. Where do you want to go?
  5. What three things do you desire to be known for? (Kathleen Crandall’s question)
  6. What happens because of you? (Kathleen Crandall’s question)
  7. Who do you want to find?
  8. Who do you want to find you?
  9. How do you want to be found?

LOOK GREAT :: BUILD YOUR MARKETING TOOLS

  • Build a great resume – I restructured my client’s resume, as she wanted to move into a palliative care, hospice position, from nursing.
  • Build online profiles – I created her www.LinkedIn.com profile, she got a beautiful new headshot, researched, and connected with HR and Palliative Care and Hospice Directors in Hawaii.
  • Leverge www.Match.com – I created a targeted profile, researched ‘partner’ options in Oahu and Maui, and started conversations with six kind and compassionate people in her respective areas.
  • Build ‘lifestyle online profiles’ – a created a www.About.me website, this is a personal portal where we showed photos of her with her dog providing Emotional Therapy support at nursing homes, gardening images, and my client running – all photos representing her hobbies, and showing her love of the outdoors.

MAKE THE MOVE :: DO YOUR RESEARCH, VISIT THE LOCATION

  • My client booked the trip to Hawaii, at a targeted time, and began preparing and researching options.
  • We visited www.LinkedIn.com and www.meetup.com and looked up Hawaii Palliative Care Groups, Hospice Groups, Hospice Associations and she joined some of these groups.

  • She researched the Group owners and connected with them on LinkedIn and on Match.com. (She got referrals from people that she knew who were connected to them. She did thorough research on the people before meeting them)

  • She researched LinkedIn Companies and found 13 Hospice companies in Oahu and three in Maui and she researched their company pages and found the hiring managers and HR representatives.

  • She researched jobs on Linkedin, www.indeed.com and www.hospicejobs.com and she set up Google alerts. She noticed keywords in the job descriptions and each week updated her LinkedIn profile and resume, prior to applying for jobs.
  • She began conversations with six people through LinkedIn and Match.com and let them know that she would be visiting Hawaii. She set up coffee meetings with them. She even asked them if they might know ‘hiring managers’, which they did.
  • Prior to leaving for Hawaii, she set up four interviews, three on Oahu, and one on Maui. She also found out that the Hospice Association was meeting on the Thursday, when she would be there, so she planned to attend with one of the people she had met through Match.com. One of the www.Match.com friends even invited to on an afternoon whale-watching event in Maui.

A TRIP OF A LIFETIME :: BE PREPARED

  • During the trip, her new friends met her for coffee and decided to drive her to the hospice companies for her interviews. The new friend even sat in on the interviews. (I would not have recommended this but it turned out to be a real blessing).

After the last interview, she was offered the job. The hiring manager said that many people from the Mainland that want to come to Hawaii do not stay because they do not have a support system. Bringing a friend, from the Island, to the interview showed that she had a support system and it made her a better candidate.

When my client returned home, she began preparing for her move to Hawaii. She even got her dog ready by getting him certified as a Service Therapy Dog so that he could fly on the airplane with her.

My client and her dog are loving the good life in Hawaii.

Everything is possible!  What are you waiting for, my friends?

Anne

anne@meaningfulconnections.net

@annepryor

Anne Pryor is know as a Universal Connector (she creates strategies to and faciliates connections for anyone to connect with anything or anyone that they desire in the Universe), LinkedIn Trainer, Certified Online Brand Specialist, Future Mapper, Career Coach, and Co-founder of Meaningful Connections, a national leader in personal branding, online visibility using LinkedIn, and career and new world of work strategies. Meaningful Connections is a collaborative partner of the Collaborative Leadership Center at Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, MN. See her other blog posts at: www.MeaningfulConnections.com.

 

 

How to Write a Meaningful LinkedIn Introduction at LinkedIn Networking Parties

New LinkedIn Party Make New Meaningful Connections

How to Write a LinkedIn Introduction at a LinkedIn Networking Party, by Anne Pryor

How many really meaningful networking meetings do you have in a month? Do you know how you can help others by sharing your connections? Do you get stumped on what to say in the connection email?

As a Executive Career Coach and LinkedIn Sales Trainer, I have coached more than 55,000 people to be found for great jobs and profitable business opportunities leveraging LinkedIn. I find that all people appreciate being around people and they genuinely want to help others but sometimes don’t know how.

As a former job seeker and sales person, I liked to be with others, brainstorm, share ideas and connections. I have noticed that job seekers are often isolated, especially my introverted clients. In addition, my sales rep clients sometimes get stumped on who to contact next.

Because I have am a connector and my 1st degree connections know me, like me and trust me they are willing to help me and my friends (or 2nd degree connections). In order to help each other more meaningful, quickly and honestly in more fun way, I have created LinkedIn Parties.

Here’s how a Meaningful Connections LinkedIn Party works:

  • Invite: 3 to 5 people who have different but complimentary networks to a ‘LinkedIn Party’.
  • Meet up: at a location with internet access for instance a coffee shop community room, local community center, library room, virtual office location, the outplacement companies meeting room. In Minneapolis / St. some of our grocery stores have free community rooms .
  • Bring: computers, cords, business cards, calendars, and an open mind
  • Check settings: everyone has their connections open (check the Settings to open connections to Everyone).
  • Prepare: a list of 10 people that they’d like to meet: titles, industries, companies, specialties, location, size of company, (their target audience).
  • Take turns: each person gets 10 minutes to ask the other members to search for his / her targeted people.
  • Search: friends all go to the “Advanced” area located next to the white Search box at the top of the profile page and type in the targeted keywords, titles, industries, companies, locations, etc. and click search.
  • Make meaningful connections: when the member finds a good connection they send a message, inside of LinkedIn, they include the friend and create a message such as:

“Hi Nate,

I would like to introduce you to my friend Max. He’s on my softball team and he is a seasoned product manager who is interested in your advice and expertise around medical device manufacturing as he is seeking to transition from Company X. I am including him on this message and will invite him to reach out to you.

Please let me know what I can be on the look-out for you. I know that when good people meet good things happen.

Be well, my thoughtful friend,

Anne

Nate Nelson: nate.nelson@abc.com

Max Smith: maxsmith2@abc.com”

TIP: I always include the email addresses for each person in the introduction email, I get an 80% response rate with this template.

  • Goals: each person is targeting 10 introductions. After the initial message is sent the person connected follows up and sets up a networking meeting or call.
  • Thank, celebrate + measure: finally, each person reports back to the group at the end of the week and share their successes.

LinkedIn Party Successes:

  • Financial planner client scheduled a LinkedIn Party with a CPA and an attorney friend and he secured 14 coffee meetings with good prospective clients. Two turned into clients. They are now scheduling monthly meetings and inviting additional members.
  • Executive job seeker client is scheduling Friday LinkedIn Parties at the outplacement center with different executives from industries he is targeting. This client set up 11 networking meetings in 2 hours.

Do you think that you can host a LinkedIn Party? Try it and let me know how it works.

We’re all connected!

Anne

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Anne Pryor is a LinkedIn Trainer, Certified Online Brand Specialist, Future Mapper and Co-founder of Meaningful Connections, a national leader in personal branding, online visibility using LinkedIn, and career and new world of work strategies. She is the creator of LinkedIn Parties.

It’s all about Networking

You’ve heard the saying: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”  That statement is so true – especially in these challenging economic times.  If you’re looking for a job, you may have and MBA with 15 years of experience in your chosen field, but so do tons of others out there that you are now competing with.

How do you differentiate yourself? It takes more than just skill and a well written resume. You need to harness the power of networking, establish your own personal brand, and take control of it.  We launched Meaningful Connections to help people like you learn how to make yourself stand out among a sea of other well qualified competitors.  We look forward to talking with you.