[DARE #4] Get Unstuck – Start a LinkedIn Conversation

[DARE #4] Get Unstuck – Start a LinkedIn Conversation

October 19, 2014 LinkedIn, Work-Life Balance

sunday dare4

Last week I asked you to “ask for more.”

The rationale behind that dare was three-fold, to get you to:

  1. Think through what you might need more of to live a more manageable life
  2. Identify who holds the power in giving you this need
  3. Persuade that decision-maker in a way that focuses on their needs


Truthfully, I got you to start thinking like an expert negotiator!!!


Think about this exercise when you stand in front of a prospective employer who has just presented you with an “okay” job offer.

On my end, I asked for many mores, here are some of my successes:

-More childcare to attend an all day conference (pretty psyched about this)

-More radio on-air time since my first experience was fulfilling (I got a yes and will be recording next week!)

-More resources so I hired a new consultant to help me with operations (welcome Catherine)

-More reliable web hosting solutions (boring, but necessary, it’s live right now)

Now, on to dare #4


LinkedIn matters.

69 out of 100 of the Fortune 100 companies recruit using Linkedin.

Additionally, top executives from all Fortune 500 firms are on Linkedin.

And recruiters who post jobs across social media networks are getting more applications via LinkedIn than on any other social media site.

These stats along with a plethora more make standing out on LinkedIn essential if you are going after a competitive firm in finance in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

So, here’s the dare

  • Get on LinkedIn
  • Go beyond being a passive user and start standing out
  • Join a career-specific LinkedIn group
  • Write a thoughtful message on said group geared towards sparking a lively conversation!
  • Then email me a screenshot of what you wrote as viewers will see it in LinkedIn

What’s in it for you? Other than gaining the attention of industry professionals via LinkedIn?

I’ll email you back a fill-in-the-blank script template to help you refine your LinkedIn summary section.


Happy Sunday, all!



About the author

Melissa Llarena: is the CEO and career coach behind Career Outcomes Matter. Her craft is coaching top executives on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview. Her client base includes US-based as well as international business leaders with 15-plus years of experience who are undeniably really good at what they do yet simply want a strategic partner who can quickly fully understand their tangible and intangible contributions to effectively scale up their interviewing skills for the toughest interviews. Click to gain instant access to her 20-page interview preparation kit to gain an edge then schedule a phone call to see how she’d leverage her most powerful insights based on your unique situation -- all in time for your next interview.