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ByDarryl Howes

CIPD Career Connect event – Wednesday 30th November 2016 – The Essential LinkedIn Profile

Thank you for indicating that you’d like to attend The Essential LinkedIn Profile event.

The session will feature facilitated live access to LinkedIn using on-site desktop PCs at the venue. Please come along with your Linkedin login details (LinkedIn email login and password). We will not be using the Linkedin app on this occasion, as it’s easier to make adjustments on a larger screen.

Please follow these instructions to complete your registration for the event:

  1. Please login to the desktop version of Linkedin using a normal web browser and your LinkedIn email login and password.
  2. Right click this link to open a new browser page.
  3. Scroll down the page and click on the yellow box that says ‘Get your score for free’           Essential LinkedIn Profile
  4. This will take you through to a page like this which will show the four components of the SSI and the overall score (a percentage out of 100):Essential LinkedIn Profile
  5. Take a screenshot of the page to clearly show the four components and your overall SSI score.
  6. Email the screenshot to darryl@strategicbusinessnetworking.co.uk
  7. Please do this as soon as you can to complete your registration for the event.

Thank you!

I’ll explain more about the SSI on the evening and how you can use it to develop your Linkedin presence.

Please come along with your Linkedin login details (LinkedIn email login and password) to hand.

I look forward to seeing you!


ByDarryl Howes

Need a job? Need advice? Just try asking…

It can be a tricky thing – asking your network to help with your job search.

So why do it? I mean ‘ask for help’?

We don’t need to disclose our vulnerabilities and no friend or contact wants to feel pressured into ‘helping’ when they really can’t, or don’t have the time.

A better approach is that proposed by the informational discussion. Here you are simply seeking advice.

Research shows that advice seeking can be very powerful. Adam M. Grant (2013) points to four main effects:

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ByDarryl Howes

Tantrums and TIARAs

There’s a very useful technique available to job-seekers. After the initial contact with someone who is minded to help you, the conversation can be moved on to a 121 informational conversation.

These are sometimes referred to as ‘informational interviews’ but, for me, the second word is wrong; as a job-seeker you are not in the position of interviewing anyone.

But how should you approach the conversation? Tread lightly is good advice and, while we are on the subject, advice seeking is the mode to be in (see my other post on this topic).

Here are some ideas for the kinds of questions you might ask. The mnemonic is TIARA (courtesy of Steve Dalton @dalton_steve)
• Trends – “What trends are impacting your business?”
• Insights – “What surprises you about your job?”
• Advice – “What can I do to best prepare for a career in this field?” 
• Resources – “What resources should I look into next?”
• Assignments – “Which projects are most common in your work?”