Author: Mic Johnson
Ah, it’s that time of year again. We’re all feeling bloated and overweight after indulging just a bit too much on food and drink over the holiday season.
As a new year approaches, we look ahead with optimism, grit and determination to lose those extra pounds, clean our houses, get organized, and make 2015 the best year of our lives.
And no year can be the best year of your life without making a serious effort on LinkedIn (ok, that may be pushing it, but work with me here.)
It’s with that in mind that I offer up 3 LinkedIn New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 that I know you can do!
1. Update your LinkedIn profile with a new photo and current information.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me (usually after I tell them that we train companies on how to use LinkedIn),
“Oh, don’t look at my profile. It’s horrible.”
It doesn’t have to be that way. Schedule some time on your calendar right now (yes, before you even finish reading this post) to update your LinkedIn profile.
I scheduled some time myself to review my LinkedIn profile. It’s a good thing to do at least a couple of times a year. In fact, I just updated my profile picture recently. Sexy, isn’t it?
2. Grow your LinkedIn network.
Chances are if you’re reading this then you know that you aren’t connected to all of the people that you know, trust, respect and can vouch for on LinkedIn.
So now go back to your calendar (yes, again, before you even finish reading this post) and schedule a RECURRING WEEKLY CALENDAR APPOINTMENT reminding you to take a few minutes each week to connect to people.
(Friendly Tip: Use your computer when you do this and connect to people directly from their profiles. Go to their profile page, hit the blue CONNECT button, and PERSONALIZE your connection request. It makes it more personal and makes you look better than all of those people who send “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” messages.)
3. Pay regular attention to what’s going on in your LinkedIn network…and engage with them.
When you log in to LinkedIn and you’re on the HOME page (you can always click on HOME in the upper right hand corner if you’re not sure), scroll down and pay attention to what’s going on in your LinkedIn network.
Has one of your connections been promoted, got a new job, connected with someone recently that you’d like to meet, published a blog post, etc.?
Take a few minutes to see what people have been up to, hit the LIKE button, share their update with your network, or leave a comment with your thoughts.
It only takes a few minutes and it lets people in your network know that you’re paying attention.
Ok, if you’ve made it to the end of this post and haven’t set those calendar reminders, DO IT NOW!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and profitable 2015!
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