|Workplace meeting, landing the dream job through LinkedIn.
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Over the years, LinkedIn has developed their platform for job seekers and for companies looking for employees.
Linkedin is now a must-check-tool, when a person is looking to hire.
Even when they don’t actually look for you at Linkedin, they will google you, and there Linkedin (usually) pops-up as one of the first.
LinkedIn is getting better at matching companies with job seekers but it is far from perfect. Therefore, you need to fill that gap they haven’t been able to.
- The first 73 characters are shown, in small places, like the comment sections.
- The first 83 are shown in the posts.
|The full LinkedIn headline on my profile|
|Headline, as shown in posts|
|Headline, as shown in comments|
I have seen many better and worse. Right now, this works for me.
You need to check out well-known people in your industry and your colleagues. Find one or two thing(s) in each headline that works and what doesn’t work.
Use theirs to better yours!
Like our elders always tell us; Learn from others mistakes.
If you find it suitable, you can use a couple of emojis but remember to check them on desktop and mobile. They need to be suited.
2. Stop being unspecific and talking in terms
I know from working with marketing for more than six years, that people don’t always understand what I am trying to tell them. I actually realized this, when I started to sell nail polish in 2013.
3. Stop being private, be open
It’s not that hard.
My links are also old and some without pictures. I need to cleanup in there. 😉
- An article, you were mentioned in or interviewed for
- A video you are in or of the project you are working for or have
- Your own blog or website, where you share your expertise
You get the point, right?
5. Start sucking-up, visibly
- Like their posts
- Share some of the interesting posts, but not too many
- Comment (ask, confirm, etc.) – This will make them recognize you.
- If you find a mistake, don’t humiliate them but send them a private message
P.S. Want to connect? I just want a message when you sent me an invite. Breaking that cold barrier we have online.
Yes, I would really like to connect!
What is it with LinkedIn, that non of the other social media has been able to do?
It is that blue side of people.
(No, not the sad blue, but the professional blue.)
Other platforms are actually really good to reach consumers, but LinkedIn is a little different.
Yes, of course you can reach consumers too, but the main thing there is …
That it is an amazing tool to reach out to bigger fish (companies).
It is especially relevant, if your company’s activities are on the Business-to-Business market.
Or if you are looking for a new job, new opportunities or just want to expand your network.
In this post, I will tell you things you should NEVER do on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a little tricky and therefore it is very hard for new people on the platform to figure out what to do and whatnot.
This is for you!
|The power of using LinkedIn right.
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1. Sending invitations without messages
Everyone one has done this!
It is only okay in the situation, when you have meet the person and you know that he/she knows about you and you guys are going to be meeting many times to come.
Otherwise, do not do it!
Just add a small personal message.
It is not that hard!
And you give the person a much better presentation of yourself, then just letting your profile to speak for itself.
And trust me, it is not everyone, who has profiles that actually show their talent.
Wouldn’t you rather just use a couple of minutes to write a short message then risk being ignored?
It might be your next big opportunity.
Maybe the person knows a person, who can get you that job you are interested in.
2. Sending sales messages, as soon as accepted
This is just like being shot by a bazooka!
I mean … I am sitting here like, “Oh cool, an interesting person!”
HOWEVER as soon as I accept.
I receive a message, something like this …
Are you interested in buying bla bla bla …’
Just stop doing that.
I don’t want this kind of person to be in my network.
I don’t want to be sold something.
I want to connect to interesting people!
If you have to sell me something, then do it in a proper manner!
I want you do make me like you, your product and believe that the price is actually right and you are not just trying to rip me off!
3. Just posting stuff and not interacting with others
You just want to post and not interact with others.
You just want people to click on your links, like your post and comment.
Yeah … just remember if you really want to have people like you, you need to make them notice you, with kindness, be helpful and a little witty.
You will become top of mind.
Think about it.
Why would you remember a person?
He/she is noticeable by …
- popping up in the comments you see.
- him/her sharing relevant posts/articles.
- seeing the person help others.
- remembering he/she helped you, when you needed help.
- getting recommended by others you trust.
- seeing that person as an expert – this one is hard to reach but worth it!
- and properly something else.
But you have gotten my point right?
You need to become this person!
It will open so many opportunities for you!
4. Expecting something in return
This actually goes for everything you do.
Never ever expect anything in return for what good you do for others.
If you do … you won’t be able to do it for very long.
You will simply loose the motivation and drive for doing it.
Make this a life-rule!
You will find yourself feeling satisfied with yourself and won’t need anything from others.
If someone does do something good for you be happy about it.
See it as a nice gesture.
And don’t expect that person to do it again.
If he/she does it again.
Just enjoy it.
5. Have a poor picture
This one is very common.
Please just think about your image.
Do you want to look like someone who just woke up or a party-person?
Or someone who is professional, presentable and approachable?
The latter, right?
Just get one taken by a professional or just have someone at home take it.
It is easy now.
You just need a one-color-background and a smartphone.
P.S. Want to connect with me on LinkedIn?
Yes, that sounds interesting!
P.P.S. If you are already connected with me, cool!
I have over the past years deleted all the spammers and profiles who are only about selling me stuff!
|When to wake up and when to sleep.
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1. Your internal clock starts working right
2. More time to do be effective
3. You get extra time
4. Feeling more driven and motivated
5. More willing
6. You can’t break your routine
7. Get up, even if you slept bad
This is how you get most out of the day
Reflection on unhealthy entrepreneur living.
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You might wonder, why I wrote those two scenarios.
If you do not know what I mean, you should read my post:
On both scenarios
Breakdown, stress, heart attack and worse
|Remembering Allah. Dhikr and a dasbhi.
GIF by Hafsa Farooq (me)
Think of Him
|Not as lonely as you think – I know, you don’t like me.
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I don’t know why.
You would always say something to hurt me and my parents.
Many times did my family leave crying, from your house.
At one point my sister didn’t want to visit you anymore.
She didn’t like it.
You would always say something to hurt us.
She is the oldest, so she understood more than I.
It’s just me you don’t like.
Everyone else you are fine with.
You don’t like the way I speak or the sound of my voice.
The way I walk.
The way I dress.
The way I think.
The way I breathe.
I remember once.
My parents were so proud.
So were my siblings.
The whole family was together at your house. – This was sometime after my celebration. We were talking and you said “That’s not a real high school.” My cousin asked why and you said “It’s just not real high school in my eyes.” – Even when it is.
Why so much hurt?
You did a lot of hurtful stuff to us.
But now, before anyone can do it to your children, you stop.
You spread false rumors about my siblings and I.
Fill our ears against each others.
Say you will help if needed.
When my sister asked you for help.
I know what you are.
We know what you are.
I know you hate me.
I know you will always hate me.
The only reason I see you is because we are family.
It is supposed to mean something.
Something you haven’t shown me.
I am sorry.
Sorry for not being perfect.
Sorry for you too.
|Step-by-Step guide – How to write your best blog post.
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Do you want to know how to make your blog post?
The answer is probably yes, since you are here.
Many entrepreneurs out there either do not know how to write a blog post or do not think it is important.
I will not go into how and why it is important. – You probably know.
This one is for you!
I will go through each step, one by one for writing this post.
This is how I do it.
1. Step: Getting the idea
This can happen everywhere. For example:
- On the toilet
- While you are eating
- About to sleep
- Or anywhere else.
Make sure to write it down as soon as possible, since you probably do not have the time to write right away.
2. Step: Research
If you do not have any knowledge about the subject then do some research by Googling it. Use Googles settings and search tools, this way you will get the best and most accurate results.
The key here is being critical, since everyone has access to write practically anything on the internet.
Even if you know almost everything about the subject, it is still a good thing to do some research first.
3. Step: Brainstorm
For beginners this is an important step, even if it sounds boring. – You need to know what is important and filter the unimportant part out.
If you do not know how to do a brainstorm, here is how you do it:
- Take a piece of A4 paper and a pen.
- Write the subject in the middle.
- Write every word, which comes into your mind down and draw a line from the subject.
- If you can, then make sure to connect the connected words.
As you get more used to writing, this step will automatically happen inside your head and you will not have the need to do a brainstorm.
4. Step: Make notes
Now it is time to find out what is important and to only choose the most necessary information, which you want to give your reader.
Put them as bullet points and then put them in order. Under each bullet point, you can add points; you might need it to go into extra detail.
For this post, my notes looked like this:
- Find a picture
- write the post/ what is on your mind
- read trough – does it make sense at all?
- cut back – remove unnecessary words
- Sections and headlines
- Shift places if needed
- Make important things pop
- Proofread L
- Proofread again
- Proofread after one day
- Share on social media etc.
And yes, they probably do not make sense for anyone else. – The thing is, that only you need to know what they mean.
Yes, it does not matter if there are spelling mistakes.
5. Step: Find your picture
Now you have enough information to find or take the perfect picture. I usually use Pixabay to find royalty free pictures, even though there are many other sites. Here are 73 different sites.
6. Step: Write your post
It is finally time to write. For me, this is the best part. I can in an hour or two write a thoroughly worked post, like this one.
Take each bullet point and write everything important about it. Try to get your message across to the reader as much as possible. It is all right if it does not make sense.
7. Step: Take a break
Time to take a break. Take five minutes making tea, coffee or do something else.
Personally, I like to take a break to do a prayer, make a cup of tea or go check my social media. The last one takes too much time.
8. Step: Read it critically
Come back to your work and read it as critically as possible. Ask questions like:
- Does it help?
- Would I understand this, if I did not know anything about it?
- Try to include the reader by asking questions.
- Use the word “you” to target the reader.
If you remember what is where, you can just make sections and subheads. If not, just read it again and while reading, make the sections and subheads.
Having sections and subheads gives your reader a better overview of the post and gives them the illusion that they are not reading as much as they are.
If you have a text without sections and subheads, few are going to read it. – It simply looks too overwhelming.
- Sometimes it gives more sense that one section is first, so now is the time to move the sections around, if needed.
10. Step: Bold, underline and italic
Make important things catch the readers eyes by making it bold, italic, underline or mixed. It draws attention to it and the reader will most likely read it twice. – It will sink in.
But do not overuse it.
Your post will look too overworked.
11. Step: Another break
Yes, time for another break. Take a minimum of 15 minutes. Now social media is a good idea. – You need to think of something completely different.
12. Step: Proofread loudly
Time to proofread your post. This is very boring for me and even if I do it more than once, sometimes basic words gets misspelled because I already know what is supposed to be there.
By doing it loudly, you can hear the mistakes. – I usually read to any person next to me. They can also tell me if something is unclear.
13. Step: Publish
Yep, it is time. Just press it. Even if you think, there are mistakes in the post.
14. Step: Proofread it again
Yes, again. In addition, make sure someone is listening to you this time. Now it is available for everyone on the internet!
15. Step: Proofread next day
This is the last time. Just repeat step 12 or 14. When done, you are now ready to share it on your social media.
That is it!
P.S. I would love to read your post after you have read this step-by-step guide. Send me a link on my Facebook page @HafsafarooqX2 and I will read it.