Tag: reputation

Optimize Twitter and LinkedIn Profile Space

I do a lot of recruitment outreach via social media.  I have multiple Twitter accounts (@jubal_ince and @mscloudjobs), send about 100 LinkedIn InMails per day, and post heavily to LinkedIn groups, LinkedIn Answers, and I’m using Quora more and more.  This drives a lot of passive views of my social media profiles, so I make sure to optimize that space.

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How to permanently delete your Facebook account

I wanted to permanently delete a Facebook account, because I had created multiple accounts and wanted to merge all of my accounts into a single account.  Obviously Facebook doesn’t make this super easy.  If you want to merge or permanently delete Facebook accounts / profiles, here is a straightforward approach to permanently deleting or merging your Facebook account:

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I realized I’m a professional networker. I think that’s a good thing.

Here’s a breakdown of my day:

– Sent about 100 emails and social media messages to potential cloud candidates on behalf of Microsoft.
– Had an impromptu conference with my daughter’s kindergarten teacher
– Invited 500 people to a Portland business networking website I’m working on.
– Played around with some Twitter tools I am developing
– Drove to Portland, texted rap lyrics to a couple of my boys (not while driving)
– Exchanged about 40 emails/IMs with my partners at Microsoft
– Getting ready to attend Portland Seed Fund launch
– If time permits, I’ll roll over to the ERE HR Meetup for last call

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Looking for a job? Three words: "Act as if"

For the most part this blog has been about recruiting strategy.  I’m going to start writing more about job search tips, since most of the people I interact with on a daily basis are job seekers, not recruiters.  Hope you find it helpful.

My overaching theme is to be aggressive.  Whenever I speak about the job market and/or job search strategies, I always reference the scene in Boiler Room when Ben Affleck’s character tells the new traders to “Act as if”.  I can’t quote the scene because it isn’t suitable for all audiences, but the gist of his message is to act as if you are the absolute sh*t, the absolute best at what you do.  Get the message across that you are so good at what you do, they can not afford NOT to hire you.  Of course this is only going to work if you are actually good at what you do, but if you are, don’t be afraid to show it.  The late stage of the interview process is one of the few places you can actually blow your own horn, and most prospective employers want somebody who knows they are good and are not afraid to get things done.

Just don’t get carried away, because confidence can easily translate into cockiness.  Humble confidence may sound like an oxymoron, but it is the best mindset to be in when entering an interview.  Just think to yourself “I’m really good at what I do, and I will be better as I learn more.”

Then you just need to back it up.

Effective LinkedIn Invitations

To really improve your accept rate when sending LinkedIn invitations, be sure to customize your message.  The default “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” is fine if you’re firing off a quick invite to somebody you frequently communicate with.  For other types of invitations, especially those to people you are only vaguely connected with, be sure to customize the message.

This is the message I send when connecting with people via LinkedIn Groups:

“Hi John.  I noticed we’re both in a lot of the same groups.  I would love to connect with you on LinkedIn.”


Your Name:

This shows the person you took the time to learn a little something about them, and let’s them know the value in connecting with you.  This takes about 5 seconds, and it goes a long way.