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Enjoy Retirement e-Zine, Volume 3 - Issue 17 -- Mine Your Network
May 03, 2011

Enjoy Retirement e-Zine
Mine your Network and Improve LinkedIn Resources

Volume 3 - Issue 17: 05-03-11

Table of Contents:

  1. Editor's Comments
  2. Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions
  3. 3 Ways to Mine Your Network
  4. 4 Ways to Spring Clean Your LinkedIn Resources

1. Editor's Comments:

Welcome to the latest issue of Enjoy Retirement e-Zine. Our mission is to provide a fun, enjoyable experience to help you achieve your ideal retirement. This e-Zine is set to be a complement to our website

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Periodically, we will present a number new, thought provoking items for you to consider. We want to address, not only the income producing jobs one may want to obtain during retirement, but also the fun, satisfying non-paying jobs. Other aspects of retirement such as health, security, money, education and satisfaction of retirement life will be addressed.

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2. Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions

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3. 3 Ways to Mine Your Network

Whom you know is very important in your job search, just as what you know. Let's say that you have reached out to your friends, family and colleagues but have not found the right position. What do you do?

Find ways to meet new people

You have to find more contacts, even though that can be a scary process. Janet Civitelli, a workplace psychologist at, suggests that you start with the people that you know. Ask them to invite you to events where you can connect with others. Sometimes, just an introduction through an email or telephone call will work. Help your friend or colleague by letting them know what they can say about you and why you want to connect.

You could say "Mary, I would like for you to meet Jack. He is a IT programmer who has a great background working with startups."

Look for some mutual connections, such as, school alumni and professional groups where there may be a common thread to start a conversation.

Be Likable

People help other people that they are comfortable with. So you should try to establish a rapport with others by showing interest in their company and industry. Research the company and learn the language in an effort to help others with their needs.

As you first meet someone, it is better to build a connection that to ask for a job. It is not always about a sales pitch, more about being viewed as a colleague rather than a job seeker.

You could even ask for an informational interview by telling someone that you are considering a career in that field and you would like to gain some insight from them on that topic.

Getting over fear

Most people are nervous about meeting someone they don't know. One approach is to take a class or read a book about small talk. That skill can help ease tensions and be useful later.


4. 4 Ways to Spring Clean Your LinkedIn Resources

This is the time of the year to spring clean. One new area is to spring clean online, as it can get cluttered too. Here are some tips for cleaning up your LinkedIn account.

Re-visit your keywords

Take a look at the words you are using to describe yourself, especially in your summary and job descriptions. Here are some of the most overused in the U.S.:

1. Extensive experience
2. Innovative
3. Motivated
4. Results-oriented
5. Dynamic

You can use them, but the are not memorable. Instead, identify more specific descriptions of your skills and accomplishments.

Feature a new photo

Your headshot is the first thing people see. So, put one in there. Don't you just hate it when you visit a profile and there is no photo? Even if you have one, see how it can be improved.

Place a high quality, professional looking photo, perhaps with a background relating to your industry. That could make it memorable.

Add some apps

LinkedIn Applications are readily available and can perk up your profile page and provide some insight for your reader. One easy one is adding Tripit, if you travel frequently or periodically. Sharing your schedule can help build relationships. You could add Google Presentations or SlideShare to help build your message and image for others.

Join groups and become active in them

It seems that some people are the ones that you always see in a group. You can be one of those. Just start sharing relevant articles and comments and become engaged. Even start your own group.

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“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

“That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end”
~ Lise Hand

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