Introvert Posting on LinkedIn

July 31, 2020 in Blog

One of the most common LinkedIn usage questions I get is how and what content to post

While on LinkedIn you should post and comment on articles relevant to your background – an easy way to get started is writing about something you can relate to.

My first post was about pet peeves I had about emailing. Among more than 100 comments:

**Excessive email chains
**Re-read your email before sending it out
**Not everything needs to be URGENT
**Emails that were more like documents
**Cc’ing excessively
You will always be able to find a topic of interest related to something in your professional life or in job search which you can turn it into a post

Above all – don’t overthink this –

Some suggestions:
**A post seeking advice (e.g. interviewing tip, follow-up)
**How you’ll gear up for an uncertain fall season (balancing school and work or job search)
**Changes you’ve needed to make in your daily routines – asking others to add theirs
**Mention any networking events you’ll be attending and why you’ll be there


The water’s fine – jump in!

May 25, 2020 in Blog

Networking can be easier said than done if you don’t know where and how to start. Networking was extremely hard for me when I started.

I was devastated when I was shown the door by UPS in 2008. I had no idea what I was going to do next. As an introvert, meeting people I’d never met before was the hardest thing I ever had to do – harder than any job or assignment I had. I got better at it, but not before my share of failures. I’m more at ease networking these days and it does gets easier but I’m still an introvert by nature.

Think of it this way, you’re by the ocean and you want to go in. But the water is too cold. So you dip one toe in, then another, then your feet and eventually you take the plunge.

Networking is like that

+ Start slowly with people you meet here
+ Follow-up on connection requests
+ Schedule some time to speak or meet virtually
+ Attend online events – even if it’s just to listen in and be a ‘fly on the wall.’

As you continue growing your network, some basic things to keep in mind.

April 20, 2020 in Blog
  • Personalize the invite (which most people know by now)
  • Send a ‘Thanks for connecting’ note to those you connect with, including some type of CTA (Call to Action).
  • While meeting in-person may not be possible for a while, having a phone call or Zoom-type meeting should be.
  • Be empathetic – we’re all in different situations than we’re used to
  • Don’t be pushy, now is not the time
  • Use the time to develop content for sharing and then share with others (like I’m doing on this post)
  • Keep your LinkedIn profile relevant. – Volunteering will help fill in work gaps you may have now
  • And above all, if you don’t know how to do something ask someone