Nederlands: Linked In icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In order to give potential clients (or employers) an idea of the type of work you do LinkedIn allows you to show media samples on your profile.
One of the notes from the LinkedIn help center states:
“You must use a compatible file type or content provider for best results.”
Or – to quote William Shakespeare, “ay, there’s the rub.”
The (amazingly simple) trick to this is to know what content providers work well with LinkedIn. Two that I’ve found work for all purposes that I need are slideshare.net and YouTube.com
So, first step is to upload a slide show to slideshare or upload a video to YouTube. (If anyone needs tips on that let me know, I’m always looking for more blog posts).
Now it’s 5 easy steps:
- Go to your LinkedIn profile page.
(It’s the second tab on the top)
- Now, hover over where it says “Profile” and click on “Edit Profile.” This will put you in edit mode.
- Go to the section you’d like to add the video or slideshow to (I often use the “Summary” section.)
- Click on the icon that looks like a box with a “+” sign.
- Now, add the link.
After you’ve added the link it will give you a chance to change the title and the description.
Thanks to Beth Tomas of BTomasDesign for the question.
Yes, I’ve talked about delegation before. It’s a topic that comes up often. The other day I was reading a Facebook Status from a friend that has a spouse in the construction business.
“Watching all these shady contractors on the news ripping people off makes me sick when there are good guys out there like ____________ who follow all the guidelines and have insurance and proper registration and do a great job for their customers and lose jobs to these clowns that rip people off. If the bid is low, there is a reason. You get what you pay for.”
Sometimes we think it’s hard to find the “good guys,” but if you do your research ahead of time, you’ll save time and frustration in the long run.
Here are three tips that should help you whether you’re looking for a plumber, a lawyer, or a virtual assistant:
- Just ask. Ask everybody you know. Ask your friends, ask your neighbors, post a request to Facebook. Rest assured, if you don’t know somebody, you know somebody that knows somebody.
- Do background checks. I’m not talking about the background checks that go with hiring bank employees or Sunday School teachers*. But if you do a Google search on a name, look at a service like Angie’s List, or look at a person’s profile on LinkedIn, that will give you an idea of their professional persona.
- Interview. Most reliable service providers, in any area, are more than willing to sit down and talk to you for some amount of time for free (or at a greatly reduced rate) so that you can see if a working relationship is possible.
I honestly can’t think of a single time I’ve made a decision based solely on cost that I’ve been happy with that choice. On the other hand, I’ve often been happy with work done by people that have come with strong personal referrals.
Think about what you can do if you release some of the things that make your life difficult. No dollar amount can be placed on time with your family or on peace of mind.
No Secrets (Carly Simon album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
*As an adoptive parent what I often tell people is that if I had any skeletons in my closet, they would have been found during the background check process. I’m like Carly Simon and I have no secrets.