Category: Networking



Are You REALLY visible on #LinkedIn? I started to list just a few items. Then found several more, and ended finding a lot of options for your visibility.

Have you checked your visibility settings recently? What do you mean you don’t know where they are?

Go to your picture on the tool bar at the top of your profile page. When you click on the picture there is a drop down to your “Account” below that is “settings and privacy”.

The next pop up will be Account, Privacy, Ads, and Communications. Select the “privacy” tab.

The first step is to click on the first line “Edit my Public profile” Once you click on that you will be able to look at your “Public profile” which is what people see when they search for you on Google or other search engines.

The next step is to scroll down the page on the right side to view visibility. There will be a list of boxes for each section of LinkedIn that you have added to your profile. For visibility you should have all of the boxes checked. If you leave any of those boxes unchecked that part of your profile will not be visible on public websites.

Under the visibility section you will have five choices to select from. The optimum choice is to select the “public” button which allows all LinkedIn members, and others who find you via search engines and other services.

Thee step 3. is under privacy also is “who can see your email address. This section is NEW this year. Before this the only people able to see your email address was your first degree connections. Now you have four choices to choose from. Again, for visibility check the box that says “Everyone on LinkedIn.” Your changes will be automatically saved.

Step 4 Is “Profile Visibility off LinkedIn”. Chose how your profile appears via partners and other permitted service.
Should we show information from your profile to users of permitted services? Yes you want your profile visible to other search engine and sites, if not you won’t be visible on Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

Step 5 “Manage Active Status”

Choose who can see when you are on LinkedIn

Your Connections only
Only your 1st-degree connections will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.

All LinkedIn members
All LinkedIn members will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.

No one
No one on LinkedIn will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.

Choose wisely or you won’t be visible to the people or customers you want to find you.

Step 6. Notifying connections when you’re in the news

Choose whether we notify people in your network that you’ve been mentioned in an article or blog post.
Want to let your connections and followers know when you’re mentioned in the news? This should be a yes, if you want visibility on LinkedIn.

7. Mentions by others
Choose whether other members can mention you
Allow others to mention you in future post and comments

You can control the visibility of your existing mentions.

8. One last option for visibility is for job search.

Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities

Share that you’re open and appear in recruiter searches matching your career interests
We take steps not to show your current company that you’re open, but can’t guarantee complete privacy.

There are a few more options and they are listed under YOUR privacy settings check them out.

Many of my clients are senior executives in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, or if you’d like to update your profile or spend some time together on a 1-2-1 basis simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

If there’s anything specific you’d like to know about making the most of LinkedIn, feel free to ask. I’ll happily answer questions in the comments – or write a future blog to cover wider topics.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com

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Are you Managing Your Active Status on #LinkedIn? What is active status?

It is one of the newer settings on YOUR Settings and Privacy. Go to the tool bar at the top of your profile page, click on your profile picture, and click the drop down. #LinkedIn introduced it recently as one of its new features.

Step one: Go to “Privacy and settings”

Step two: Select “Privacy”

Step three: Scroll to “Manage active Status”

Step four: Three options are…

“Your Connections Only”
“All LinkedIn members”
“No One”

Finally. Your Connections only
Only your 1st-degree connections will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.

All LinkedIn members
All LinkedIn members will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.

No one
No one on LinkedIn will be able to see when you are on LinkedIn.
Changes to this setting may take up to 30 minutes to take effect.

So why would you want to have your settings all LinkedIn members??

QUESTION: Are you an entrepreneur, are you in sales, are you in lead generation, and you in business development, are you a recruiter, OR are you in job search?

On, “Active Status” gives you VISIBILITY to!

ANSWER: Your customers, your clients, yours leads, your possible candidate, your hiring manager, and your recruiter.

Many of my clients are senior executives in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


They did it again, LinkedIn rearranged the profile page. Here is whats new for 2018!

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Here are the features of The New #LinkedIn Profile 2018. I will compare the old and the new.

Here is the old version

The differences are the old version had your picture centered in the middle of the page. The new version has your #LinkedIn avatar on the left side of the page. The banner stayed the same size and dimensions.

Your Banner

Your Headline:

Old headline contained same information just different location

Your Summary:New summary has three lines of info avaiable so it gives you a little more opportunity to market your business.

Old Summary had only two lines of time to address your services.

Your Contact information: New contact information is in view on right side. Click on link and you have LinkedIn URL and websites.

Contact info opened if you are connected

Addendum: New Contact information 2018; Remember ONLY your 1st degree connections can see your email unless On the new contact information you have the option to making your email address visible to people you are not connected to.

Old contact information you had to click on the “SHOW MORE” link to find someones contact info. If you were connected to them you had access to the email and phone number as well as their LinkedIn URL.

Your Mobile LinkedIn profile: Your mobile information remained the same profile picture in the middle contact headline and summary were not changed. One bug in the mobile versions is LinkedIn will duplicate your Headline (I don’t know how many people this effects, but I’m one of them) in the summary section.

Many of my clients are senior executives in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


How Many #LinkedIn Connection Requests Have I sent?

Everyone sends LinkedIn connection requests but do you know how many outstanding requests you have. How many people haven’t looked at their profile for awhile or more importantly how many people have ignored your request to connect.

Start with going to the toolbar at the top of your profile and selecting “My Network” with the people avatar.

Then step 2 your network will open up and you will be able to “Manage All” of your network. Click on “Manage All”.

Step 3 Will allow you to manage just your LinkedIn invitations to connect, both received and sent.

In step 4 you have 4 options to manage: “All invitations”, “From Your Company”, “From Your School”, and “Has Mutual Connections”

Then step 5 select “sent”. These are the invitations that you have sent to others that you would like to connect with on LinkedIn.

And finally You have a choice either wait for the person to accept or you can withdraw the connection request. If you wait the waiting period I suggest would be 6 – 8 weeks. If they dont respond then withdraw the connection request and move on.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Are you searching for a job and using LinkedIn for your search?

One of my connections just lost his job and wanted to know how to use LinkedIn for finding a new position. The job search feature is in the tool bar at the top of the home page. We did this over the phone step by step. We started by locating the job search suitcase in the tool bar

The second step was selecting a job title and a location. LinkedIn says: Your desired location may be pre-filled for you, but it can be updated by typing a different one into the textbox. A dropdown list will appear where you can select your desired location. You can use the Location field to type a city name, state/province/territory name, or country name.

Note: If you search by city, you’ll see a Distance within filter on the right rail allowing you to filter by a mile or kilometer radius. I haven’t found this filter but LinkedIn rolls out features so I may not have it yet.

Step three: location.

Now you have the option in the next step(s) to use more filters such as job function (Marketing, Management, IT, and other plus you can add your own function), job industry, and job type (full time, part time, internship or contract).

Once you have all your filters selected you can create your LinkedIn search alert. With a free LinkedIn account you can save up to three search alerts.

Step 5 is to select the frquency of alerts. Do yu want to be alerted every day or one a week. If you are in job search you may want daily updates so you can stay ahead of others in the search.

Your final option is if you want the alerts emailed or if you want mobile or desktop notifications. Currently on LinkedIn 60% of searches are done on mobile so it would benefit you to have both mobile and desktop selected.

The last feature for job alerts is your ability to manage the three alerts. You have the option to edit or change the frequency of the alerts to suit your needs.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Messaging and Engagement With Your LinkedIn Network Contacts!

There is a new messaging feature on both the desktop and mobile platforms. Most LinkedIn users are unaware of it because it is not widely advertised. I was at a networking meeting last week and showing how LinkedIn messaging looked on the phone when the connection asked what the green dots were for. Now this connection was just hired as an outbound sales manager, so I explained the feature.

On the mobile app when you look at the messaging tab you will see a list of recent meossages from your connections. Just below their picture is either a green solid dot, a green dot with a white center, or no dot at all. The solid green dot means that the connection is on their desktop live as you are viewing the image.

The green dot with the white center means the LinkedIn connection is currently live on their mobile dvice. So if you know the person is using their phone you can either message them or give them a call. If you are is sales this is a great way to engage with your client or customer in real time. This may also help increase your SSI score for engagement on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn wants you to use the messaging system that’s why they keep adding ways for engaging with your connections. They even give you shortcut responses to your messaging, If you congratulate one of your connections and they respond with “THANKS. Your options are a “Thumbs Up”, “Welcome”, or How Are You?”.

Are you engaging your connections on #LinkedIn?

Don’t just use the generic phrases LinkedIn suggests. Like every other communication on LinkedIn personalize the message. This includes your connection requests to another member.

Last, but not least, LinkedIn will score the interaction for engagment with “0” for no response, (1) for a like, (20 for a comment and (3) for a share. As you can see connecting and sharing updates will increase your visibility and your rank on the SSI score for engagement. Dont be a wallflower!

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Did you know you can search your LinkedIn followers as well as your LinkedIn Connection’ Connections now?

LinkedIn says you can Use the Follow Hub to Discover Fresh Perspectives and Manage Your Followers. If you’re interested in finding new perspectives to follow on LinkedIn, check out your follow hub. Here you’ll find relevant recommendations for people, for companies and for publications to follow. You can also see and manage who you’re following and who’s following you — all in one place.

You can also unfollow sources if you no longer want to receive their updates, but would like to remain connected on LinkedIn (don’t worry, your connections will never know you unfollowed them). To find your follow hub, click the “Improve my feed” option in the control menu at the top right of any post in your feed (mobile or desktop).

Following your sources is a great way to stay informed on the topics, news and perspectives that matter in your industry. It’s also a great way to arm yourself with information that can help you be more productive as well as successful at work.

You can ask those following to connect on LinkedIn. You know they have an interest in you because they viewed your profile. View their LinkedIn profile also. There may be a mutual reason to connect. Find out if they went to the same school as you did or are they in the same group(s)s that you are in.

Visibility is opportunity on LinkedIn. Have them join your network so you can increase your visibility on their network.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


LinkedIn Connection Search. LinkedIn just reintroduced searching of your connections connections. Here is how LinkedIn describes it

LinkedIn search: See connections of your connections.

“It’s all about who you know and who they know. The best referrals and new connections often come from people in your extended network, so we’ve added a “Connections of” filter so you can easily search your connections’ connections. If you don’t want others to see your list of connections, simply change your settings so that only you can see them. We’ve also added the ability to click on mutual connections from search results so that you can quickly see everyone you have in common — make sure to reference those people when you reach out!”

If you are in #socialselling, sales, business development, or lead generation this is a game changer! Wake up salespeople, if you want to find a referral, or someone that can help you meet a decision maker, or you need a champion within an organization searching your connections for their connections is a helpful way to go.

Define who is your target person, what level of management are they? As an example we will first start with a search for VP or Vice President of sales. Then select people search and LinkedIn will provide the results.

Keep searching for different titles until you get the results you want. Once you find your ideal customer, client, or hiring manager see who your connections know. You have the filters to the right so you can select either location, company, OR “connections of”.

Once you have everything filtered for your results send a message to your connection to either ask for an introduction or ask them if you can use their name as a reference. Quite often your connection may not know the person well so that is why you could ask them if you can reference their name in a connection request. EXAMPLE: Mike I see that you are connected to Joe A Smith can I use your name as a source for my connecting to Bob Jones.”

Make it as easy as possible you your connection to yes yes to help you out with networking. Leave them an out in case they don’t know the connection well enough to refer you. You connections have value because they add visibility to your network. Use sharing wisely to add value to your connections as well.

Remember on LinkedIn VISIBILITY EQUALS OPPORTUNITY

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


LinkedIn Profile Scary Summary Section Part III

If you want to make your LinkedIn summary scary here is what to do.

– Your summary should start with email address and contact information on the very first line
– Paragraph one should be about what you do, your job title, and description using skills
– Paragraph two should show how you have added value to a previous company, tell a story (SAR) skills
– Paragraph three tell how you will solve a company’s problems use a story (SAR) skills plus “A CALL TO ACTION”
– Your last section should be titled specialties, areas of expertise, or skills.

Here is an example of the different sections starting with the email address.

janesmith@gmail.com or 222-222-2222

Paragraph 1 – What you do.

Progressive Business Development and Client Relationship Manager and Senior Marketer with consistent career growth over 15+ years. Strategic approach to business development and marketing / communications including target market analyses to achieve sustainable competitor advantage.

Paragraph 2 – successes

Noted for analytical strength and intelligence to ensure that products and services are well positioned for success in highly competitive market environments. Key achievements include: ROI 20% in the first 12 months via strategic marketing, advertising and digital campaigns, and successfully launched new division: Online Retail Store, as well as managed 12 month digital marketing agency campaign, design and brand agency, video productions, and other key suppliers.

Paragraph 3 – How you will solve their problems
Contact me if: You need someone adept at solution selling and integrating customer needs and change with the strategic direction of an organization. Diversified industry experience, excellent communication, proven leadership, penchant for action, and the proven ability to identify and seize opportunities that have led to the successful creation of new businesses, initiatives, services, increased revenues and market share. My experience extends across established organizations, start-ups, and profit and not for profit companies.

The above sections includes a CALL TO ACTION which most profiles do not have. If you are in business it makes sense to tell your customer what you want them to do.

The last section is your specialties

Specialties: New Business Development, Client Relationship Management, Marketing Management, Communications & multi-media, Brand Identity, design and digital, Data Segmenting, Profiling.

The total package will give a perfect look.

janesmith@gmail.com or 222-222-2222

Progressive Business Development and Client Relationship Manager and Senior Marketer with consistent career growth over 15+ years. Strategic approach to business development and marketing / communications including target market analyses to achieve sustainable competitor advantage.

Noted for analytical strength and intelligence to ensure that products and services are well positioned for success in highly competitive market environments. Key achievements include: ROI 20% in the first 12 months via strategic marketing, advertising and digital campaigns, and successfully launched new division: Online Retail Store, as well as managed 12 month digital marketing agency campaign, design and brand agency, video productions, and other key suppliers.

Contact me if: You need someone adept at solution selling and integrating customer needs and change with the strategic direction of an organization. Diversified industry experience, excellent communication, proven leadership, penchant for action, and the proven ability to identify and seize opportunities that have led to the successful creation of new businesses, initiatives, services, increased revenues and market share. My experience extends across established organizations, start-ups, and profit and not for profit companies.

Specialties: New Business Development, Client Relationship Management, Marketing Management, Communications & multi-media, Brand Identity, design and digital, Data Segmenting, Profiling.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. You are shown how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Is your LinkedIn profile headline helping or hurting your visibility? It is the most heavily weighted search area on your LinkedIn profile. So why do most people use the LinkedIn default setting of Job title and Company name? How many opportunities are you missing by using a BORING headline?

How many of your customers are searching for a Senior Marketing Manager or how many of your clients are searching XYZ Company? Yes, you can include a title but that is only one part of your Headline.

UVP – Most people have a headline that simply states their position. But that doesn’t tell people why they should connect with you. It doesn’t tell them how you add value, and it doesn’t tell them how you can solve their company’s problem.

You need to learn how to set YOURSELF apart. You need to prove that YOU are a thought leader. You need to show that YOU are the expert.

There should be three parts to your headline; part one should be WHAT you do, part two should be WHO you help, and part three should be HOW you help them. Your headline should be laser focused on the customers (hiring managers) you are trying to attract.

Your headline is a marketing piece, most people on LinkedIn don’t realize this or utilize it to distinguish themselves from other users. Optimize Your Most Important SKILLS. The first few word in your LinkedIn headline gets the best SEO results from LinkedIn’s search algorithm.

Never use the word “Searching” Or “Opportunity” in your headline. Searching is your problem, not their solution. You want to be their solution. You must focus your skills on a certain company, industry, geographic region, or on a particular level of professional. Targeting an audience helps them say yes to you when the fit is there! People like people that are just like themselves.

Avoid ALL of the 2017 top ten overused buzzwords that LinkedIn has identified.

You have 120 characters to use in your headline, so choose them wisely. Do not use buzzwords because people are NOT searching for those terms. They may look good on your headline but they are like empty calories. Use separators – vertical bars (|) are visually OK to define your search terms, but you may want to use Wingdings (*) or Dingbats (✔) to standout.

On LinkedIn you DO want to stand out. Do not do ordinary, which will make you look average and on LinkedIn average is at the 250,000,000 mark. You don’t want to show up there for search results!

Related article.

Edit, EDIT, and EDIT some more. Your profile and headline should not be static they should change when you find skills that are more in demand. When you edit your headline your connections will be notified. Staying top of mind is a good thing in today’s digital world.

If your headline is designed correctly you will show up in results, when you show up that is when you will have an opportunity to connect!

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. You are shown how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com