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Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling

Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future.

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    Navigating your job search with precision and purpose

    Looking for a new job and not sure where to start? Or perhaps you don’t quite know what you’re looking for in your career? Well, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Starting your job search with a clear understanding of the kind of job that would truly fulfill you is crucial. So, before jumping into submitting resumes and updating your LinkedIn profile, it’s important to set a clear direction for your search. This will save you time while also increasing your chances of finding a job that really suits you.

    Begin by asking yourself what kind of job you would love. It’s fine if you don’t have an immediate answer – discovering this is part of the process. This initial self-reflection is important because it informs every subsequent step – from crafting your resume to networking. Without this clarity, your job search efforts can feel scattered and inefficient.

    A powerful tool in this discovery process is LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool. This resource lets you explore where alumni from your educational institutions have ended up in their careers. By understanding the paths others have taken, you can better navigate your own options and set realistic career goals. For instance, you can filter alumni by where they live, where they work, what they studied, and their current roles to gather insights that are relevant to your interests and goals.

    To effectively use this tool, begin by selecting your school on LinkedIn and navigating to the “Alumni” section. Here, you can apply various filters to tailor the information to your needs. Suppose you’re interested in moving to a specific city or transitioning into a new industry – this tool can show you alumni in those exact contexts, providing a practical roadmap for your career exploration.

    After identifying potential paths, the next step is testing these options through informational interviews. Reach out to alumni with a brief, respectful message explaining your shared background and your interest in learning about their career. These conversations can provide a wealth of real-world insights into what daily life in various roles entails and whether these might be a good fit for you.

    Remember, the goal of these interviews isn’t to secure a job offer but to gather information. Approach these interactions with curiosity and respect, and always follow up with a thank you note, appreciating the insights shared.

    By taking these structured steps, you will make your job search more targeted as well as more likely to lead to a career that is genuinely fulfilling. Armed with a better understanding of the possibilities and how they align with your aspirations, you can approach your job search with confidence and direction.

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    What is Linked about?

    Linked (2022) offers practical advice on how to use LinkedIn effectively for career development. It provides strategic tips on optimizing profiles, engaging with the right networks, and unlocking new job opportunities through the platform. The guide emphasizes the importance of a well-curated online presence in today’s digital job market.

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    Linked by Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling (2021) offers a fresh take on leveraging connections to advance in today's digital age. Here's why this book is worth your time:

    • Insights on navigating the digital networking landscape empower readers to build meaningful professional relationships online.
    • The book delves into strategies for cultivating a strong online presence, providing practical tips for enhancing one's career prospects.
    • By emphasizing the importance of authentic connections in a digital world, it ensures the content remains engaging and relevant, steering clear of monotony.

    Who should read Linked?

    • Job seekers looking to enhance online profiles
    • College students preparing for the job market
    • Professionals interested in expanding their networks

    About the Author

    Omar Garriott is the Global Head of Education for Qualtrics, with past roles at Salesforce, LinkedIn, Apple, and Adobe. He began his career teaching 3rd grade with Teach for America and continues to mentor a wide range of individuals, from students to executives. He is also a cancer survivor and a proud father.

    Jeremy Schifeling has focused his career on helping students and professionals excel. His experience includes recruiting at Teach For America, leading student marketing at LinkedIn, and coaching military veterans and business students. He founded Breakinto.tech to assist newcomers in launching tech careers and created LinkedIn’s most-viewed video.

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    What is the main message of Linked?

    The main message of Linked is to navigate and leverage the power of professional networking.

    How long does it take to read Linked?

    The estimated reading time for Linked is a few hours, while the Blinkist summary can be read in under 15 minutes.

    Is Linked a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Linked is worth reading as it provides actionable strategies for enhancing professional connections, essential in today's world.

    Who is the author of Linked?

    Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling are the authors of Linked.

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