This is an article written for two different categories of readers. First, those folks who are looking for a job. How many of you are listed on LinkedIn, with an up to date resume or CV, and are members of LinkedIn’s many professional groups that include the areas of work you are interested in?
If there isn’t a group that suits you, have you started one? It’s all free, highly effective and believe me, if you are more interested in finding a job in the Philippines than you are in playing Farmville, much more productive. Playing Solitaire will not find you a job … I can pretty much guarantee that.
You know I have a little tool that searches my Outlook email files for me … I have a couple gigabytes of emails going back to mu days with the US government … and I searched for job+Philippines+resume. I found a ton of “help me find a job in the Philippines” emails but get this … not a single one that linked to a potential employee’s resume. That’s right, not a one.
So if I did know of a potential job for you, how would I hook you up? Hmm? Riddle me this. You want to rent your body in return for a job in the Philippines, but you haven’t even put up a “For Rent” sign? Why not?
LinkedIn is one of the primary social networking tools aimed at professionals, world-wide. Unlike Facebook and other general interest sites, it is attuned to people who are working, people who employ workers and people looking to upgrade and relocate their employment.
A majority of “self improvement” gurus will tell you something I have found true in virtually every aspect of life … if you want to succeed? Then hang out with successful people. I recommend you take a very close look at LinkedIn and that you spend some productive time there, often. Lucky Breaks happen most often to those who prepare themselves to be “lucky”. Who are you currently “hanging out” with? Successful folks or “whiners” and ‘wishers”?
The second group I am reaching out to with this article are those of you who don’t necessarily care about having a job in the Philippines, but are looking for ways to make money without getting into the often “hard sell” side of Internet Marketing or even blogging. Something you are already good at, but oriented toward the on-line world and very importantly, something you could do just as well in the US, the Philippines, or anywhere else on earth you chose to live.
Well, guess what. LinkedIn certainly has great possibilities for you too.
A few weeks ago I published an article on Could You Make a Career Out of Facebook?. Frankly, I was a bit “underwhelmed" by the reaction. I know that thousands of you out there share two interests. Facebook. And how to make some additional, legitimate cash. Seemed like a potential winner to me, but I seem to have guessed wrong.
Here’s another try, this time with proven ways you can profit from LinkedIn. To me, it sounds ideal for a lot of people out there wondering where that extra income could come from. Go read the article from my colleague Michael Dunlop’s site and see if you can make 2 plus 2 add up to 4 for you, personally. here’s a teaser:
Today I have an interview (MP3 Podcast and Transcript) with a very good buddy of mine – Lewis Howes.
Lewis Howes has one of the coolest and most inspiring stories of any online marketer I know and I am pleased that he has gave us so much background not just on Linkedin.com but also on his personal story and how he has overcome adversity to be where he is today.
Like all great entrepreneurs Lewis’s story starts with an idea
Following a Football Injury (more on that in Interview) Lewis had a lot of time on his hand and spent a lot of time on LinkedIn – building relationships and connecting with people. (This was a couple of years ago when there was only something like 23 Million people on LinkedIn.com)
Lewis became an EXPERT on Connections and online networking (all great entrepreneurs are) and one day had the ‘crazy’ idea of trying to get people to meet physically and not just in the virtual world of LinkedIn.com.
Using his personal 30,000 plus email list of contacts he built up using LinkedIn he promoted a 20-city tour around the US. Entry to these live networking events was not expensive (between $5 and $20) but on average he got 300 people and sometimes up to 500 people coming to these events – all marketed via LinkedIn.com
And that is just part of his story. Even if you have never thought LinkedIn was a medium you wanted to use in your business please listen to this interview – I just have a hunch that Lewis may change your mind – plus either way you will be inspired.
And the other great think about Lewis as you will find out in this interview is that he is a very cool guy to hang out with. I believe in ‘modeling’ the success strategies of others and what they do that works. Perhaps the coolest thing about Lewis and the thing that more of us could do with modeling is his authenticity. He is sincere, approachable, caring and inspiring. He is not a Pitch Master – Lewis always delivers value first, indeed his success is as a direct result of him adding value first. That is a powerful point to remember.
You don’t have to have regular J*O*B to make money. You also don’t have to sell soap or flog eBooks to make a living either. And if a football player can do it ….
If you’re interested in a more intimate, hand’s on way to generate income, you might want to read about my business associate Kim Hoffman … she’s not even a football player … but actually I think it’s much harder to be a single mom 😉