Friday, March 11, 2005

BIG Linkedin Jobs INsider SURPRISE!

Well, Well, Well!
Just IMAGINE my surprise when I'd forgotten that I installed Linkedin's Jobs Insider and then clicked on a link in a jobs newsletter from and Jobs Insider checked my Linkedin connections to see if I knew anyone in the company I was checking out!

It worked seamlessly! (Unfortunately, I didn't know anyone in that particular company.)

But, the REAL value for me, is how WELL Linkedin's Jobs Insider worked with!

That was an unexpected surprise! And it instantly suggests LOTS of intriguing and positive ways to use Linkedin's Jobs Insider and Monster!

Can you tell I'm SMILING! :-)

Your Linkedin Blogger,
Vincent Wright
My Linkedin Power Forum
12 Mar 2005

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Why I use Linkedin: Reason #1

The question of "Why I Use Linkedin" came up on a discussion group earlier today. Below is the answer I posted with just a slight modification specific to My Linkedin Power Forum. ______________________________________________________________________________________________

I think of Linkedin as being FAR from a large network just sitting there and I'd like to give one prime example from just this morning:One of my current clients sits on a Board of Directors for an organization that recently hired me.

He's known me longer than most people I currently network with and certainly longer than anyone else on the Board that hired me. Indeed, I was the corporate recruiter who interviewed him for employment at his current company almost 10 years ago.

Another former colleague sent me a request through Linkedin just this morning - about 7 hours ago - seeking to meet him for a prospective directorship opportunity.

Irony of ironies, the person who sent the request was someone whom I had worked with in my very first corporate recruiting job at AETNALife and Casualty almost 20 years ago!

BUT, in addition to the possibility of bringing the two of them together and helping a Board member of one of my current clients to perhaps get a new job opportunity (his current company is considering downsizing), and helping one of my first corporate recruiting colleagues some 20 years into our recruiting future, were it not for Linkedin, I would not have recognized her because her name had changed after she got married in the ensuing years since we first worked together.

Having seen things like this happen over and over and over again in my work as a recruiter in the real world is one reason why I choose to use Linkedin as I do in the virtual world.

I'd love to hear similar stories from you.


Vincent Wright
Moderator,My Linkedin Power Forum

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Fear And Risk (7 March 2005)

Here’s a rhetorical question for you: How do you feel aboutasking all the members in your network for an endorsement – all at once?

Aside from matters of etiquette, what comes to mind? Excitement about hearing praise for your name and your work and what your relationship has meant to each other? Or do you have images of fear that too many rejections will come interspersed with the praise you so deeply, deeply want to hear?

Suppose someone says, “No, I can’t/won’t endorse you.” - what then?

Do you concentrate on feeling dejected because they said “No”? (And their “no” is not an isolated “no” – it just so happens that you got 10 “no’s” earlier in the same day.)

Or do you realize what “No” is all about?

While it’s true that “No’s” are uncomfortable and depending upon the way it’s said to you, it can even be downright painful, taking your “no” is NOT all bad!

Because I’ve learned this: “No” is all about clarification.

“No” clarifies the true state of your relationship.

And because “no” is an integral part of our real livesit’s also about your real world education.

When you ask people ANYTHING with a closed end question, you risk getting “no” 50% of the time.

But let’s not be afraid of “no”.

“No” can be looked at as the big bad boogeyman of businessbut it’s really a vital part of your business education. It helps to clarify that you have more work to do in a particular relationship. It helps you to know the truth about what relational assets you currently have. And, at a deeper level, it sheds light on the inner workings of the person who’s been kind enough to give you that illuminating response of “no”.

“No” is like going to the ATM to withdraw cash that youhaven’t put in. – A “No” in a relationship simply says,“You’ve got to put more in to this PARTICULAR BANK ACCOUNT before you can get out what you want.”

And do remember: The ATM isn’t rejecting you, it’s rejectingyour request – at this time. Just put something in and come back later.

So, the next time you hear it, remember, the big bad “No”doesn’t end your world - it clarifies your world.
Therefore, my advice for you today is to reduce the control fear has over you today and greatly, greatly, greatly increase your asking power as you go on your way to greater prosperity whether you receive a “yes” or a “no”.

If you're still uncertain about releasing yourself from the impoverishing "no", just repeat to yourself that you are doing this in "B.E.T.A" mode: Brave Enough To Ask!

So, Ask, Seek, Knock!

Ask your way to greater wealth and happiness.

Your Linkedin Partner,
Vincent Wright
"What good is motivation you can't remember?"
7 March 2005