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LinkedIn 101

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 29, 2010

I often receive questions about LinkedIn and how it works. Here are a few tips for beginners:

1. Define a purpose for joining LinkedIn. This step is extremely important and guides your activity on the site. Do you want to build a professional network? Are you looking for new clients? Maybe you would like to keep in touch with former co-workers.

2. LinkedIn is a starting point for building meaningful relationships or improving existing ones. Connections should be related to your overall purpose for using the site(see #1). You can start connecting with others. However, it will take a little elbow grease to cultivate and sustain those relationships.

3. Complete the profile. Include a professional picture, accurate description of your background, and purpose for joining LinkedIn. At the bottom of the profile page, there is a section called, Contact Settings. Select a purpose to describe your LinkedIn activity such as looking for career opportunities or networking with others.

4. Personalize your LinkedIn Public Profile link and then add it to your business cards, resume and any other networking items. The default public profile link can be long and confusing. Try to shorten and personalize it by using your name and/or initials. For example, my public profile link is http://www.linkedin.com/in/anitasantiago.

LinkedIn is a very powerful network tool and can be used by jobseekers, professionals at any level, students and retirees. These tips should help you get started even if you have limited LinkedIn experience.

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What To Do After a Layoff? Quick Tips

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 6, 2010

You’ve just been laid off. What should you do next? What first steps should you take towards finding new employment? Here is some professional advice:

Put your profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a valuable job search tool because thousands of recruiters regularly search this social networking site for candidates who meet their criteria. Put yourself in a position to be found by a recruiter by placing your profile on this site. An added benefit of LinkedIn is that you can search for jobs on that site and immediately see who you are connected to who works for the company that has the vacancy. This allows you to network your way into a company instead of simply applying for a job online and hoping to hear from them.

Distribute your resume to people in your network and tell them what you are looking for. Particularly for people who you may have a worked with a few years ago, you need to give them a resume so that they can see what you have done most recently. This is also critical for references so that they can speak knowledgeably on your behalf.

Join/become involved in a professional association. A professional association is the best place to find people who are already in your field who have connections to organizations that hire people in your field of expertise. You can raise your visibility in an association by taking on a leadership role. Virtually all associations are looking for people to volunteer to serve on committees. Taking on such a task gives you deeper connections with others in the association that go beyond merely passing out a business card at a monthly meeting. People have an opportunity to see your work ethic and will be more inclined to recommend you for openings that they know of.

Cheryl Palmer, M.Ed. is a career coach and a certified professional resume writer. She is the founder of Call to Career, a career coaching firm that assists people in finding their niche or calling in life.

Cheryl has been quoted regularly on CNN Money. She has also been quoted in other media outlets such as The Ladders, MarketWatch, Yahoo HotJobs, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

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How Toastmasters Can Help You

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Professional Women’s Group recently started a Toastmasters Gavel Club. Professional Women’s Group coordinator Cherilyn Washington suggested to the ladies that having a Toastmaster Gavel Club would be a good idea.  She explained, ” No matter what your goal in life may be,  it’s necessary to communicate with others. Your communication skills may be the only thing that separates you from your competitor.  Whether you’re a professional, a student, a stay at home parent, or a retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication skills.”

Ms. Washington stated, ” Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen endeavors.  Several members have presented their first speech before the group.  The women who are participating now are learning new skills by filling vital roles during the meeting, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving  as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training to enhance their communication skills.

Toastmasters International has grown from its humble beginning in a 1924 at YMCA in Santa Ana, California.  The Toastmasters organization has become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience.   The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in over 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters provide the tools that enable us to become effective communicators and leaders, all at a very low-cost.    Toastmasters training helps everyone:

  • It helps us give better presentations, even  if it is only a request to the boss for a raise.
  • It helps to hone our management skills.
  • It helps us to work better with fellow employees. Often listening to what they have to say will help your day at the office  go a little smoother.
  • You may have invented the better mouse trap. Toastmasters will help you effectively develop and present your ideas.
  • Toastmasters offers constructive criticism, to help you effectively develop and present your ideas and help you make the changes that lead to better communications.
  • Toastmaster will help you to accept criticism more objectively.
  • Toasmasters produces results.

When and Where

St. Charles PWG, every 1st Monday of the month, 7-8pm at the Connections to Success Campus

170 N Second St.

St. Charles, MO

3rd Monday of the month 7-8pm  at St. Louis PWG (Jubliee Community Church)

4231 N Grand

St. Louis, MO 63107

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