Posted on Jan 26, 2011

Mobile phone with empty screenSara requested a LinkedIn™ link from me about six months ago. I liked the look of her LinkedIn Profile, but since I didn’t know her, I wrote back and requested a “get to know you” phone call. She told me later that talking with a stranger on the phone was outside her comfort zone, but her instincts told her to go ahead with the call.

When we got on the call, I could tell immediately that she was a high quality, intelligent person. Someone who I would definitely want in my network.

There was an immediate connection between us and we could hardly get off the phone after an hour and half of talking. She told me about her career and job search and I told her about the work I do with people in career transition.

She began sending me updates on her job search regularly and she immediately sent information out about my services to all of her most important colleagues and friends. I was amazed and pleased that she became a business advocate for me.

Later, I offered her a sample Coaching session and during the session we were able to start breaking through some the barriers in her job search. I was able to help her see that slow responses and rejections from employers didn’t diminish her worth. And I encouraged her to be her authentic self during interviews.

Sara hired me to be her coach and as we worked together she shifted her thinking and the job search process became less painful and more fruitful. Soon her job search journey landed her a plum position in Washington, D.C.

“Your support allowed me to be myself on the interviews and to gather information about the company from my interviewers so that we could both see if it was a true match. Now I’m in the right job for me! Thank you for your help.”

This is just one story that illustrates the power of networking on LinkedIn. Are you ready to join the party?

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