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Giving a LinkedIn Workshop? Here’s a MUST SEE List.

May 5, 2010

  Are you preparing to give a LinkedIn workshop?  Have you given a LinkedIn workshop wishing that it would have been nice to know what people are concerned about before hand?

Here’s a pre-registration ON-LINE questionnaire Response that we received prior to giving our SJN’s http://www.southwestjobnet.com/ Get Wired To Get Hired workshop in 2009 in Mesa, AZ.  We broke it down into 5 sections:

  1. “How To” questions
  2. Explanations
  3. What is Important?
  4. Networking
  5. Concerns

“How To” questions:  [tweetmeme source=”@Aidan_Foley” only_single=false]

  • Provide a clear understanding of the benefits, and how best to utilize LinkedIn.
  • How I can best take advantage of LinkedIn?
  • What do I include on my profile?
  • For example, how do I find Travel Agent Positions, or this type of job?
  • LinkedIn is very difficult for me to master, and is critical to my success in finding a job.
  • Show training applicable for people  to understanding the search features.
  • Show advanced searches, introductions advice on how much detail to include on prior experience, and on requesting recommendations.
  • Show advanced functions, and How to establish an attention-getting profile?
  • What are the best practices to use the full power of LinkedIn?
  • What is the best search criteria?
  • Show how to search industries, companies and hiring contacts?
  • What are the best means to be introduced, and connect with others?
  • SHOW HOW TO ADD .PDF FILES TO MY PROFILE?
  • Show how to develop and work contacts?
  • Show how to get your profile to rank #1 when displayed for your job description.
  • Show how to use LinkedIn to network.
  • Curious to know about keywords, buzzwords, and/or SEO.
  • Clear example of a great profile with suggestions for field contents.
  • Don’t understand the different public profiles observed by others – For example, one profile appears to be general, yet another position/company/date specific….fill in holes.
  • Show how to refine job search on LinkedIn SEO strategies.
  • LinkedIn always changing and what should we do to remain on top of these changes?
  • Can’t find recruiters.
  • Show how to connect/link to Groups.
  • Overview SEO words, and other ideas to be noticed.
  • Show how to use for job searches, and to find contacts within target companies.
  • Suggestions on how the profile section should be set up.
  • What is the ideal ways to search for jobs?
  • Show how to find Companies?
  • Show how to complete my profile without recommendations.
  • Help me understand why I have pending emails when I have already responded to those emails.
  • How do asking/responding to questions make a difference in a profile?
  • How to get started, and how to use site how to maximize use, also learn value of LinkedIn.
  • How to set it up to be effective, and how to use it properly.
  • I don’t know enough about it to know what I might need.  I have a basic profile, and about 45 contacts….I just don’t know what to do now.
  • Key words, phrases that highlight strengths.

Explanations:

  • A strategic approach in how you can best present yourself from the beginning on LinkedIn.
  • As much extensive information as possible. Details, details, details.
  • Please do not assume that everyone is techno, and can read between the lines.
  • Networking, networking, networking. It’s tough out there and anything the presenter can do to make the presentation more understandable would be greatly appreciated.
  • Explanation of the best way to utilize LinkedIn.  IT’S NEW TO ME, SO I NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT HOW AND WHY.
  • Better search techniques connecting with those 3 degrees or more away.
  • Understand more about company profiles use of search companies and jobs.
  • When asking for an introduction, what should we write? What should we include?
  • Any helpful hints – I’ve had no instruction…appropriate profile formatting.
  • Basics of LinkedIn, and how to appropriate present information for job seeker.
  • Is the pay feature worth the investment?
  • Use of company searches for network contact information.

What is Important:

  • Provide a clear understanding of the benefits and how best to utilize LinkedIn.
  • The value and importance of the service.
  • What value does LinkedIn provide for someone who has a job?

Networking:

  • I think I need help on wording a message to approach someone who is not currently a contact.
  • Advice on how much detail to include on prior experience, and on requesting recommendations from former colleagues.
  • What information should we include?
  • Should I post the job description, or the accomplishments in the job?
  • What info should be put in, and how to use it better.

Concerns:

  • Discussion on the relative security of putting personal information in LinkedIn.
  • What is too much and what is not enough.
  • Maximizing my connections in relation to my job search….make it more impactful.
  • Making contacts outside groups, which groups to join.
  • What type of information to include in summary and job descriptions.
  • Making sure key words/phrases are entered correctly to be good search results.

Good luck with your workshop!  Please visit my LinkedIn profile:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/afoley

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