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IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. How I reached a level of LinkedIn mastery where someone now even refers me to her network as 'The LinkedIn Guru.' Over 5 years ago, I was spending tireless hours learning to use LinkedIn to network for jobs when I was in graduate school. I'm a firm believer that the more we teach things to others, the more we learn. We not only feel great, but we help others achieve a similar goal we want for ourselves. So I decided to apply my innate abilities of teaching and educating; helping people brand themselves on LinkedIn and optimize their own profile to help them network and find a new job. During that time, I was very fortunate through my own research and networking to collaborate and learn from the top LinkedIn 'Influencers,' ambassadors, and staff (such as J.T. O'Donnell, Alyssa Sittig, and Dr. Marla Gottschalk) on how to optimize LinkedIn for networking and career development. I learned more about how the site worked and what the best "tricks and tips" were. Through consistent learning and service to others, I became seen by people as a "LinkedIn expert." In 2016, I was selected by LinkedIn as an industry expert on their Pro Finder feature. I've been featured on sites such as Recruiter.com, WorkitDaily, and KTLA Channel 5 morning news as a Career and LinkedIn Branding expert. To date, I have been able to help out thousands of people optimize their professional brand and profile on LinkedIn to help them grow their network, find a better job, and grow their business. I work primarily with: A) Ambitious women who already have a successful business and want to learn how to specifically use LinkedIn to expand their business. Also independent contractors (male or female) (Real estate agents, Career Coaches, Speakers, Consultants) B) High level or "C" level business professionals looking to make a transition into a different career or industry.
I'd made some good progress on this project, yet felt it would take a while to complete working by myself. I mentioned this to Mark and as if by magic a couple volunteers appeared to help me. Thank you, Mark. We had a brief meeting then immediately setup a Trello board to facilitate coordination and track the project's progress. Some new ideas came up in the discussion. I'm grateful that this community Switchboard exists. It does work!
The Eugene Switchboard is a great. In this case, the main benefit of this post is that I focused my thoughts more and made some progress on how to frame things. I think writing helps for that. It's also sparked a couple conversations that resulted in some useful feedback. As a result of the sort of thinking I did here, I was able to improve my profile on a job board resulting in an interview with a company I would consider a good place to work.
From Matt Sayre "..., local tech companies came out big time to support STEM in Eugene schools. This article sums up the outcome. Thank you for your support in getting the word out. http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33461428-75/community-rallied-to-raise-money-needed-for-school-space-science-project.html.csp "
This worked out great! Ryan offered to help and Jase jumped in and started doing stuff. We used the Slack channel to share assets and ideas. An hour or two later we were done, cards ordered and we should have them in a week. Jade's work was great and we used original logo assets from Courtney. Go team!
Had more than a few people interested - timing was an issue for some. As a result today I posted an ASK to hone in on the best time for meetings. Meetings every other week is the plan and the goal is to focus on developing ideas to help businesses reach customers inside and outside the Eugene / Lane County area. Several conference rooms are available. We may move the meetings around to accommodate both the Eugene / Springfield businesses. Perhaps include occasional meetings in Corvallis and Cottage Grove too.