Talk about the power of LinkedIn™! My husband just got reconnected to someone who he had worked with 14 years ago and he was able to connect her to colleagues in two companies she was applying to for jobs. His stellar recommendation of her will weigh heavily with these colleagues, much heavier than a job application through Monster.com. I’ll let you know how it works out for her within the next few weeks.
Either way, having a known quantity vouch for her will put her higher in the pack. And without using LinkedIn to it’s fullest advantage, she would have never have gotten personal introductions and a recommendation from someone who had intimate knowledge of the quality of her work. In addition, I’m sure both of them will benefit from being in each other’s LinkedIn Network in the future. This is a testament to the power of Social Media to support Career Growth, and the power of using LinkedIn for job searches.