Networking Online & Offline Requires a Positive Mindset

Networking Online & Offline Requires a Positive Mindset

When networking with others in online meetings or on LinkedIn, Meetup, or on other platforms, you need to leave your pessimistic attitude, words, and writings behind.

Be an optimist!

Even though the pandemic has wreaked havoc on jobs, businesses, mental health, finances, and more, no one wants to hang with Debbie or Donnie Downer. 

No one wants to help Negative Nancy or Ned. 

I’m sure you have heard the expression that you catch more flies with sugar than vinegar. It’s not an old wives tale but is the truth. 

Focus on having a positive attitude and a positive mindset. Yes, it’s hard at times, especially when you ride emotional rollercoasters.

Networking is all about building relationships with know, like, and trust. 

When you hear rotten garbage coming out of your mouth or off the end of your fingers as you type, take a deep breath and pause, and regroup. 

Do you think people will LIKE you if you spew negativity? Do you think they will want to help you? They will probably not want to add your baggage on top of their own. Save that for a therapy session and not for networking. 

Have EQ and be emotionally intelligent and self-aware. Start your day with positive affirmations and turn any negative self-talk into positive self-talk. 

According to Positive Psychology, “Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.” It includes optimism, acceptance, resilience, gratitude, mindfulness, and integrity and the article includes 89 ways that you can strive to achieve positivity in your mental attitude.Speaking of attitude, here is one of my favorite quotes on attitude by Charles Swindoll that I posted on LinkedIn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  

Stay positive, everyone!

AUTHOR BIO

Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that provides career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today

Sales & Account Management Professional Notes Value in Bronze Membership

Sales & Account Management Professional Notes Value in Bronze Membership

Tell us about yourself and your career.

I have been in sales for over 25 years.

Why were you looking for a job?

I left the last job due to a difference of opinion between a new coach and me. That was almost a year ago.

How did you discover PAGCG?

I found PAGCG through a networking event in Great Valley, and Lynne Williams was there. I instantly did everything I could to become Lynne’s groupie and found her to be so helpful. She would ask people where they wanted to work, and often, Lynne knew someone at one or more companies and offered to connect them. I quickly became a Bronze member. Lynne helped me with her LinkedIn workshops, tips for resumes, having a positive attitude, and focusing on a career change.

How did PAGCG help you in your job search?

I enhanced my job search by first updating my LinkedIn profile according to Lynne Williams’ brilliant instructions, and I redid my resume for each different ad I answered, using Les Segarnick’s perfect method.

How did you find your job? How long did it take?

It took 11 months of looking. I was looking for a place that fit me and I fit them; it wasn’t just about money. From the day I found an opening that seemed perfect, it took two business days to get an offer. I looked on LinkedIn at this company’s employees and found one I “knew”. We were connected and we had met, but I just couldn’t remember where or when. Over the years I attended many network events for HR, most recently SHRM. He interviewed me first and a day later I was interviewed via Facetime by the man who is now my boss. He made me an offer on that call.

What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?

I went to many of the events, and I’m happy I did. The hosts, speakers, and the other people there who were also looking for work were so supportive, down-to-earth, and helpful. I made many connections.

What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?

Become a Bronze member of PAGCG and go to the events (they are all virtual for now). Grow your network.

Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?

Grow your network. These events are a lifeline.

What will you do in your new role?

My new employer is national. My job is to call clients and prospects nationally; I’m the only one doing this; I filled a brand new position. My boss calls me his “secret weapon” and has big plans for me. I love this company and everyone in it. Most of the people have been there for 10 and 20 years.

What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to share?

Never give up. Create a system and work it. My system is an Excel tracker for jobs applied, a Word file for each prospective ad and my responses as well as phone calls and emails.

How to Use Hacks at Your Virtual Events for a Fun Factor
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LinkedIn Events

On October 22, 2020, LinkedIn Marketing hosted a live webinar to share new updates about their events platform for both private and public events. They have a decision guide to help you determine the best path for your event. 

The options available could be useful for the solo practitioner to the marketing professional for mega-events and everything in between.  

To create an event, refer to this article from October 2019 or go straight to this link.

Here are some of the enhancements or important factoids that LinkedIn shared in their webinar:

  • Add free registration form of event attendees
  • More organic discovery features
  • Personalized dynamic recommendations
  • Notify page followers
  • Promote events with ads
  • Seamlessly retarget event attendees to nurture campaign
  • Use keywords for the title for the event, and they will get used in the back end
  • The event can be online or offline 
  • Broadcast link can be on LinkedIn Live (if approved) or via a 3rd party
  • Speakers can be tagged and will get notified, and the speaker’s contacts will get notified, which they noted is very powerful
  • Event visibility – can be public or private
  • You can add in a privacy policy link, and here is LinkedIn’s Privacy Policy
  • You can invite your connections to the event
  • You can engage attendees through polls as part of the event to create continual engagement
  • There will be some organic distribution
  • LinkedIn will even recommend some events
  • You can recommend the post to the attendees two times per week
  • There is a campaign manager for brand awareness, consideration for website visits, and conversions
  • There are targeting options available to promote the event
  • You can measure event registrations and click event registrations and view image registrations as metrics
Audience Engagement Ideas and Other Hacks
Event Management Platforms, Virtual Training, Webinar and Online Software, and More Remote Tools
Online Learning to Enhance Your Skills

The above links are not a comprehensive list by any means, but you will hopefully find some of the links helpful as you spend your time online. Hope to see you at the Friday happy hour! It’s a BYOB!

AUTHOR BIO

Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6700 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

Military Army Veteran Networks Her Way to a Corporate Job Through Career Education and Building Relationships

MILITARY ARMY VETERAN NETWORKS HER WAY TO A CORPORATE JOB THROUGH CAREER EDUCATION AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

Veteran Networking Success Story by Army Veteran Janel Kim Mariani.

Tell us about yourself and your career.

My name is Janel Kim Mariani, and I’m a West Point grad and Army veteran with experience across a wide variety of functions and industries. For most of my career in industry, I was with Fortune 100 companies.

Why were you looking for a job?

I was looking for a job because I had lost my last one and needed to pay some bills.

How did you discover PAGCG?

I discovered the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Great Group through another phenomenal organization, the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN). Alex Archawski of GPNV partnered with Lynne Williams of PAGCG for a 6-week Veterans Career Success Group program to help veterans in career transition with career education.

How did PAGCG help you in your job search?

Let me count the ways PAGCG provided an organizational and philosophical structure for how to manage the job search. It offered professional development, keynotes in the recruiting and career transition industry, career transition support, and experts in ATS, LinkedIn, and more.

How did you find your job? How long did it take?

I networked my way into my role. I spent several weeks speaking with people and following different leads into the final conversation. The journey took about seven months.

What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?

Since PAGCG had several virtual sessions a day, I found myself with a like-minded group of people who were interested in learning about the ins and outs of LinkedIn. As people landed, we celebrated their success together.

What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?

A great lesson I learned is to target the company first, and then network your way in.

Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?

Continue to modify your objectives and your elevator pitches until they roll off your tongue naturally.

What will you do in your new role?

My role is to find companies that are interested in hiring high performing military veterans.

What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to share?

I enjoyed the project management approach to a targeted job search presented by Paul Cecala.

Marketing Director Discovers Career Group to be a Wonderful Community That Is Motivational and Informative

Tell us about yourself and your career background. 

My name is Daria Duda, and I am a career marketer focused on entertainment and technology, specializing in product and content marketing.

Why were you looking for a job?

My company closed its office in King of Prussia, and I was part of the 80 or so folks laid off as a result. It was a huge change because I was consistently employed for 20 years, even surviving mergers, acquisitions, and company layoffs.

How did you discover PAGCG?

I discovered the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group (PAGCG) by happenstance and didn’t even know that an organization such as this existed. I heard about PAGCG from two people: a recruiter and a friend at my gym. When they both raved about how helpful the chapter meetings were, I knew I had to check it out.

How did PAGCG help you in your job search?

The chapter leaders helped me stay positive; they were motivational, and the sessions were informative, often highlighted by expert guest speakers. At first, I was skeptical because I had never joined a networking organization, and I didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered was a wonderful community filled with smart, hard-working people. We all had the same goal of finding the right next job that would maximize our specific skills. Many folks were employed but looking to transition to a different position or even different career, and it was inspiring to support others on their journey.

How did you find your job? How long did it take?

Well, it did take longer than I thought. I also learned that taking the first option didn’t mean it was the right one for me. While I had plenty of interviews, I quickly recognized it would best to be particular about choosing the right company for me. It wasn’t without effort – lots of networking through PAGCG, lots of meetups, and events at Venture Café, along with adjustments to my LinkedIn profile. Then simultaneously, two good options came forward. One was from a personal connection who introduced me to a business acquaintance. The second was a posting on LinkedIn, and having been taught all the tricks by the PAGCG folks, I contacted the recruiter on LinkedIn before applying. Having a personal connection with the recruiter added an authentic element to my job search and made the right impression of getting the interview and landing my job.

What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?

Hah – chocolate, and of course, the PAGCG chapter meetings! Seriously though, support from my friends and family. My husband was one of my biggest motivators and would encourage me to attend all the events possible – I was going out nearly every day to events all over the city!

What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?

There were many things, and PAGCG helped me tremendously. It is not just about networking, optimizing, and maintaining a LinkedIn profile, or doing practice interviewing – but with the building of personal connections. I look at my contacts now on LinkedIn, many of whom I met through the group and now follow their successes, and it’s humbling to be a part of it all, and know that we are all worked together to help each other be successful – in whatever way that meant to each of us. 

Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?

I would say, strive to have two meaningful conversations during an event. As an introvert, networking was difficult and exhausting for me at first, but I found that meeting even just two people and having meaningful conversations truly matters. It’s best not to overthink what you should talk about with someone and instead relax. Don’t panic and enjoy the conversation, be engaged, and work on your listening skills, make eye contact. You never know who will keep you in mind when an opportunity arises. When you let yourself have a great conversation with someone, you end up finding some common topic to discuss or learn something new – it’s a great way to stay motivated.

What will you do in your new role?

I am the Director of Marketing for a start-up focused on safety for automation and robotics. The subject matter is all new for me, and it’s exciting and exhilarating to be a part of emerging technology.

What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to give us?

Personal connections are more important than online job applications. Even when my resume keywords matched a job description, it still wasn’t a guarantee that I would get a response at all, and, most of the time, I got no responses. Talk about a downer. Instead, reach out and add that human element to your job search and meet people, exchange ideas, and you’ll find inspiration and even advice in every conversation. 

Are you tagging on LinkedIn?

By using the @ symbol in front of a person’s, company’s, or organization’s name on LinkedIn, the name is hyperlinked in blue and it brings the post to their attention. 

There are times when the tagging may not work.

LinkedIn has been known to have some glitches here and there. Therefore, you might need to try a couple times to see if the name comes up. Don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time as LinkedIn is sometimes finicky.

Sometimes people do not want to be tagged, so they untag themselves or they may work for a financial institution which prohibits them from being tagged. Certain financial services firms mandate according to regulatory compliance with FINRA and social media. A financial firm may have a mechanism that automatically untags their staff.

If you are tagged in a post, you can like the post, comment on the post, or share the post. 

If you reply to a comment below a post where you are tagged using the reply box, it will be nested and indented under that comment and may be less visible (once buried) than if you commented directly under the original post.  

Here you will find LinkedIn’s instructions on mentioning people in posts, which will allow anyone to navigate to that hyperlinked profile. Note that if you publish an article, mentioning is not available, so you would have to hyperlink their LinkedIn URL using the figure 8 hyperlink symbol.

If you find any of the articles I have written that are helpful and you want to share, please feel free to tag me in your post!

AUTHOR BIO

Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

What is Commercial Use Limit on LinkedIn?

If you have a free LinkedIn account, you may have received a warning that you were approaching your commercial use limit of 300 searches in a month. Your searching ability may actually come to an abrupt halt if you reached the maximum views by viewing too quickly.

This happens because you have viewed too many profiles on your mobile device or desktop or you looked at the profiles in the “People Also Viewed” section.

You do not get dinged for browsing for jobs on the jobs tab, for looking at your first level connections, or by searching by name in the search box at the top left of your profile. 

What LinkedIn hopes you will do is purchase a premium plan on 1) Sales Navigator,  2) Recruiter, or 3) Premier Business. Any of these upgrades will allow increasing the number of searches you are allowed. 

Upgrading to the Career and Premium Essentials plans have no bearing on increasing your commercial limits, as both of those are subject to the 300 searches also.

If, for example, you set up your account on the 16th of the month, your month would typically end on the 15th of the next month.

However, for the purposes of the reset for commercial use limit, you must wait until the 1st of the following month to reset your new count of 300.