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How to Get Endorsed for Skills on LinkedIn

Getting more endorsements on LinkedIn for skills — applicable both to yourself and the types of job you seek — is an important aspect of any modern career development.
THE TABOO IS GONE:

It used to mean that if someone was active on LinkedIn = they’re looking for a job. Times have changed. Now, it is accepted that people use LinkedIn… actually it’s expected.

WHY PEOPLE USE LINKEDIN:

  • To manage their network of professional connections.
  • To share their ideas and tips with others in your field.

  • To seek advice for a professional challenge you’re facing.

  • To give advice out to others for a professional challenge that they face.

  • To expand your network (more connections = more visibility & more chances of being discovered).

  • To always be ready. Your résumé, essentially, is in a constant state of keeping up to date.

  • To connect with people that might be able to help you get the job you want.

  • To connect with people that you’re considering for recruitment.

Personally, I invest an equal amount of effort adding contacts that could potentially help me or with whom I someday may want to recruit for myself. I also help connect others to their destinations, when I can.*

* = See “Law of Reciprocation” at the end.

GET ENDORSED FOR YOUR SKILLS:

  1. Establish & maintain continuous, gradual expansion of your network of connections.
  • Endorse other people often.

  • Done.

  • LAW OF RECIPROCATION:

    If you endorse “Joe” for a skill he has, the probability that Joe will endorse you for a skill increase exponentially.

    When you do something nice to someone, they feel compelled to return the favor. This is especially true on LinkedIn, with the endorsement of skills, because to do so is extremely simple, easy, and not time-consuming.

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    Buzz Words That Kill Your Chance to Get a Job.

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    At least that’s how I read the title of this article trending from a legit business site. As I browse the list of words, a majority of my LinkedIn profile and resume.

    Innovation is Not a Buzz Word

    We didn’t get past that phase, yet. Innovative thinking, and getting that to become the norm in society is still focus number one. It hasn’t been accomplished.

    I’m sure there are a few job seekers who took advantage of the trend to get spotted, but of course people are going to try and do that. I shouldn’t have to innovate the word innovation just look legit on my resume.

    Innovative businesses, processes, and concepts are what need to be implemented further. Most people still don’t get it.

    Other buzzwords I saw on the list: Creative and Strategic.

    Once again, this is still the focus. This hasn’t happened in significant amounts. Not creative business models, concepts, or methods of thought. For sure, companies are not focusing more on the strategic side of efforts, such as marketing or operations.

    On a Side Note

    The writers of the original article don’t understand the concept of “buzz words.” “Buzz words” to me is an exaggerated form of a concept that could be explained simpler.

    For Example:

    “think outside the box” could be simplified to creative.

    Creative can’t be simplified, and it shouldn’t be ignored or discouraged. Some people are, some people aren’t. There are roles for both types in businesses and in society, but it’s an important distinction.

    Same thing goes for strategic.

    Google+ Communities: A Step Towards The Future of Networking

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    Can You Meet Me Halfway?

    Since it’s introduction, Google+ has created an entirely new means of communicating. It’s now possible for newbies to interact with leaders in the field.

    It created the opportunity for an individual to “get their name out there” and actually contribute to topics that interest them. Personally, I’ve gone from a “nobody” to someone that actually knows what they’re talking about, simply by posting my thoughts and engaging in the comments of other people’s posts.

    Who you know is becoming less important, and what you know is becoming more relevant. This trend will continue to open more opportunities to people that may otherwise be lost out in the world somewhere.

    It still hasn’t fully evolved to the point that it will soon, but we’re making progress. Eventually, this organic networking will replace traditional methods of sourcing and recruiting.

    Communities

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    From The Verge:

    “Today Google+ is announcing its first major new product, Communities, which lets users create groups, organize, and communicate around their interests. It’s a clear effort to define Google+ against competitors like Facebook and Twitter.

    It’s not about organizing around friends and family or following your interests in real-time. It’s an online hub where people, both friends and strangers, can congregate around topics of interest, post their own thoughts, and chat in real time with Google+ Hangouts.”

    Google’s Promotional Video for Communities

    The Effect

    With the introduction of Communities, there will be an even greater shift in the direction to a more open, collaborative web. This also means a ripple effect out into the real world.

    There will now be consistent homes for certain topics, providing a chance for anyone to make an impact, to learn, to have support, and to be noticed.

    Reinventing the Wheel

    Of course, all of these functions have been available for years, in one form or another. Communities is really nothing more than a forum. What makes this so relevant, is its tight integration to the social network.

    Facebook and LinkedIn have had Groups for some time now, which is essentially the same concept. The nature of Google+ vs these other networks, however, means that it will have a much larger impact on society.

    Facebook is all about sharing with the people you already know, such as close friends and family. LinkedIn is about professional networking and job searching.

    Google+, however, is about being who you are, following and discussing passions and interests, and meeting people who share those interests with you. The interest or passion might be a favorite TV show, a topic, or a profession.

    Evolving Society

    Google+ is about everything that matters to you and then being able to teach, learn, and share that with similar people from around the world.

    It is the future of society, where lines start vanishing between the things that they now separate:

    • Personal and Professional
    • Education and Fun
    • Local and Global
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Consuming and Sharing

    I’m looking forward to the complete roll-out and all the possibilities created by it. I already have a growing list of ways I’d like to use it…

    Connect

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    Connect with me on any or all of these social networks!

    Sometimes there’s an overlap of content, but sometimes you’ll find hidden gems on one of the networks. Follow the links, sign up, and if I’m not already, and add me in. If you run into any trouble, let me know on this post here.

    If I’m already a connection, but we’ve never interacted on the site before, shoot me a quick message letting me know who you are and what you’re about Also, I urge anyone else who wants to expand their networks to post a link to their profile in the comments section.

    My Blog – Backwards Time Machine

    This is where I post longer articles, dealing with my primary passions: Future Problem Solving, Innovation, Future Trends, Creativity, Leadership, and Giftedness.

    LinkedIn

    My professional-ish way to present myself to future collaborators, look for jobs, and connect with recruiters, people I’d want to work with someday, and newcomers to the scene that I see potential in.

    Facebook

    The classic, instigator of all this social networking nonsense. Not the first, but the biggest impact, by far. I don’t use it very often, but love some of the features they have, especially the tight, seamless integration it has with most of the other sites. Google could take some notes on that aspect, but I still don’t really use the site.

    Twitter

    I’m not going to explain twitter or why I have an account. Sometimes. I’m a sheep just like everyone else (I don’t really like Twitter, honestly). But hey, I’m on there, so follow me!

    Tumblr

    I do re-post my blog’s articles, but I also re-post anything I find interesting.

    A great resource is to see only other people’s content I that I enjoyed, by checking out my “liked” page.

    Instagram

    Photos I post. There is also a link within to see the photos from other people I liked.

    YouTube

    I don’t make very many videos, but on this profile you’ll be able to see videos I’ve liked or favorited. A lot of music, futurist stuff, and funny stuff (Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Arrested Development, and The Simpsons).

    StumbleUpon

    This site I very highly recommend signing up for, and taking for a test run. It’s called a “discovery engine:”

    As you initially set up your profile, you select from a long list of topics that interest you. Then, you just hit the “stumble” button, and a random web page pops up, based on what they think you’ll like. If you do like, you give it a “thumbs up.” If you don’t, a “thumbs down.”

    Over time, it learns from this and the sites are more consistently enjoyable. It’s also possible to stumble everything, or a specific interest. Think Pandora, but for the entire Internet.

    Pinterest

    I mostly just play around on there, but I’ve found some awesome photos there, as well.

    Pearltrees


    A visual way of bookmarking great content around the web. You can also discover similar content and users, based on what you have in your pearls. It’s pretty cool.

    Delicious

    A more traditional way of bookmarking sites you enjoy.

    Klout

    Not a huge fan, Klout is supposed to measure your social influence around the web. I find it turns more into an unhealthy obsession with how you rank on the Internet. How rank on the Internet is relevant in any way has yet to be discovered…

    Step One: Collaboration

    Let’s get our heads a little closer together, so that we actually can take the world from the greedy, selfish, and arrogant, and put it in the hands of the adaptive, optimistic, and brilliant minds of future generations.

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    Big Tech’s Recruiting Fail

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    It makes me laugh a bit when someone adds me on LinkedIn. I always accept all invitation, but it’s an invitation to a party that has long since died for me.

     

    I started out the beginning of last year with a hope and a prayer: that LinkedIn could provide me with the right connections to get a job suitable for me.

     

    I aggressively networked and ended up with over 500 connections in 3 months; 1000 connections in 6. Eventually I was even cut off from adding new connections, as I had connected too much, too soon. I paid monthly for the upgraded “job seeker” account.

     

    I only ended up with three promising job opportunities. The first with Amazon, then with a hip new startup in San Francisco. Captain Hindsight says I should have jumped on those opportunities, but I was too tunnel visioned at that point to find a job at Google that I didn’t even take those great opportunities seriously.

     

    Eventually, I did get contacted by a recruiter from Google, but the recruiter flaked out and ended up not working there a week after our phone interview was to take place (that she blew me off on).

     

    I don’t know that anyone is truly finding a job on there, or maybe my bizarre way of presenting myself and unique background is too off putting for the traditional recruiting methods.

     

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    So join up, link up with me on LinkedIn, I have more valuable connections on there than I can even think of. Recruiters to all major technology companies. I will help you connect to anyone of them, but it is bittersweet. I did not find that site to be effective at getting my message across.

     

    Then along came Google+, and I had hope yet again. Finally a chance to connect with the people I want to work with on a real level and show myself for what I know, not who I know. I really expected Google+ to set a new precedent for recruiting.

     

    Alas, it has not been. It seems to be filled with people like me: people with passion and knowledge, but I don’t see any of them getting hired either. I see people like +Eli Fennell working his ass off at asking relevant technology questions and commentary that any of these companies would more than benefit from. I see more quality in his work than most of the big companies put out there. Why isn’t there someone like me, scavenging these new resources and begging for talent like his?

     

    It seems to me that the only way to be recruited is to know someone at the place you want to work, but some of us worked full time jobs and went to commuter colleges and didn’t network with our fellow alumni.

     

    Would you rather have someone who’s been a manager since 19 who went to school slowly, or a frat buddy who took the easy road. It seems to me that the choice is simple, but the reality of it all is disappointing. There is a ton of wasted talent out there in the world who would benefit these big tech companies, but I have yet to see a company be creative enough in their hiring practice to take advantage of these alternate recruiting opportunities.

     

    May the odds be ever in your favor.