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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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10 MORE Strategies for LinkedIn I Bet You Aren’t Using

Posted on November 9th, 2013

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LinkedIn is my go-to tool, even when I’m happily employed. Because I never know when I may need to make a switch, it’s best to have an organized platform that enables me to survey my options at all times.

 

 

Due to the enthusiastic response to my previous post about 10 Useful Tips and Tricks for LinkedIn Users, I’ve decided to create Part 2, filled with even more ideas on how to make the best use of the site to job hunt, organize and maintain professional networks, and find potential clients or business partners.

 

 

  1. Provide external contact information. In order to optimize your chances of being contacted by someone viewing your profile, you should prominently display your email address or other preferred method of contact outside of LinkedIn. This is because only a limited number of people – namely your first degree connections, fellow group members, or Premium LinkedIn users – can directly message you on the site. If a second or third degree connection views your profile and wants to reach out, an external channel will be the only feasible way. It’s also helpful to indicate what you are looking to be contacted about – short-term consulting gigs, freelance writing, accounting jobs in Asia, etc., so people feel even more comfortable contacting you.
  2. Indicate your desired next step. Are you looking to switch gears into consulting, banking, teaching, academia, hospitality, or medicine? Are you looking to make a vertical or horizontal move? Are you looking for clients instead of employment opportunities? Let people know so they have a clear idea if it even makes sense to contact you in the first place.
  3. Add relevant links to your profile. If you created a website, started an NGO in Peru, were quoted in an article relevant to your profession, write a popular blog, etc., make sure people can easily access it!
  4. Post professional and relevant status updates on a regular basis. LinkedIn status updates should not be updated at the same level of frequency as Facebook’s, but it is a way to appropriately publicize your profile from time to time when you have something interesting to say. LinkedIn status changes appear on the homepage when all of your connections log-in, so they serve as a reminder for people to view your profile and see what you are up to.
  5. Consistently add people you meet on LinkedIn. Don’t wait until several months or even years pass to look them up. Check out the “People You May Know” feature and add those people, as well. The more people you have as connections, the greater your extended network (your second and third degree connections) becomes. Another tip: add a link to your LinkedIn in your email signature. This encourages others to reach out to you on the site, as well.
  6. Pay attention to your second and third degree connections. Your next job will probably not come from your first degree connection, but rather from a friend’s friend or friend’s friend’s friend. This is why it is important to add EVERYONE you know on LinkedIn in order to maximize your ability to discover new people you are somehow connected to. And don’t be afraid to ask for introductions – that is precisely how you expand your network and potential future opportunities.
  7. Join groups! Groups are the often over-looked heart of LinkedIn. The key reason to join a group is so you can view the profiles of people who you share groups with and message them directly, a feature normally limited between people who are not second or third degree connections. If you need an idea of what kinds of groups exist, check out what groups people you admire are a part of and join them, as well.
  8. Drag and drop elements of your profile. Strategic arrangement of the categories on your profile can help draw attention to what you want people to see first. 
  9. Take a look at the “Similar to…” and “People Also Viewed” suggestions on the right-hand side when you view someone else’s profile. These features can help you find people doing similar work to the people you’re already interested in.
  10. Take advantage of the LinkedIn search engine and spend time browsing your network. LinkedIn has very advanced search properties that allow you to browse for people or groups based on company, title, geographic location, field of work, etc., to help you find interesting contacts. As long as you proactively reach out to the people you find (instead of jealously stalking their careers), learning more about who is out there is never a waste of time.

 

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How do you use LinkedIn? What recommendations would you add to this list? Share in the comments section below!

 

 

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

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