Thursday, 10 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019

I wanted to wish you all a very happy and fruitful year 2019 full of challenges to help you grow!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

How to EFFECTIVELY use the LinkedIn Referral for job applicants (Dos & Don'ts)

Tips for Job-seekers on using LinkedIn.

This forum is powerful. It is your CV, as I have said before. It allows you to link with very useful resources at "no fee" (except perhaps the cost of your data!).

Jobs are posted each day and some are obviously attractive.

They are competitive.

LinkedIn, I am told, allows you to reach out to people working in those companies, who are on your connections, for support regarding your application.

It is OK to ask for recommendations from your connections if you are applying for a job in a company.


I think it would be of great help NOT to simply apply the LinkedIn template.

That is LAZY. In my opinion.

IF I wanted a job at company A, and I have a connection on LinkedIn who worked there, I'd write a PERSONAL introductory note, explain to the connection WHY I fit the profile being sought and request a referral.

IF you drop requests on people using generic templates, be sure that the person you are asking to vouch for you KNOWS you well enough to speak on your behalf. IF Not, do a brief CV of yourself.
Honestly, being a connection of LinkedIn is no more than "Accept Connection Request" for a lot of people. Passive relationships.

We hardly KNOW our connections. Maybe we "Know About" them.

That is NOT enough if you wish to be supported. You have to make a case for yourself.

  • Introduce yourself, especially focusing on your career path and relevance to the job you're applying for and for which you seek "campaign support"
  • Do a brief CV of yourself to offer talking points if your connection wishes to speak to the hiring manager about you (you don't want him/her to lack what to say about you).
  • Tell your connection WHY you are fit for the job. Remember there are many more connections using that same route to seek help. Why are you better than them?
  • Figure out how you would like someone to present themselves to you IF you were the one being asked for support.
  • Assume. Assumptions are dangerous. Don't assume that casual social media knowledge is enough to get a positive nod and support
  • Take anything for granted
  • Think you are the ONLY person asking for help!
Take every opportunity as an interview. You would like to be supported by someone who is clear that you take the application seriously and that you don't just ask them for help simply because LinkedIn nudged you to do it.

I hope this helps and happy job-hunting.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Friday, 14 September 2018

Wisdom is

Wisdom is more than mere intelligence. There are plenty of intelligent fools.
Wisdom is the ability to make sound decisions.
It involves empathy and compassion.
It involves real world experience.
It involves imagination.
It involves the ability to connect dots across multiple disciplines.
It involves the ability to break complex situations down into simple ways of understanding and application.
And above all, it involves self-knowledge and self-control.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

light up more candles

No candle losers its lustre by lighting another. Instead it extends its life!

Read on

"In 1896, Thomas Edison, the great inventor who invented the electric bulb, was working on an idea to design a car when he heard that a young man who worked in his company had created an experimental car.

Edison met the young man at his company's party in New York and interviewed him about the car. He was impressed!

He had the same idea as the young man but he was considering electricity as the power source while the young man used a gasoline engine to power the car.

He slammed his fist down and shouted "young man, that's the thing! You have it! I think you are on to something! I encourage you to continue your pursuits!"

With these words of encouragement from the most highly respected inventor in the United States at that time, HENRY Ford continued his work, invented a car and became wealthy.

On December 9, 1914, Thomas Edison's laboratory and factory got burnt. He was 67years old and the damage was too extensive for insurance cover.

Before the ashes were cold, Henry Ford handed Edison a cheque of $750,000 with a note saying that Edison could have more if he needed it!

In 1916, Henry Ford relocated his home to the building next to Edison's home and when Edison couldn't walk and was confined to a wheelchair by his doctors, Henry Ford also bought himself a wheelchair so that he could run wheelchair races with his friend and mentor!

Thomas Edison made Henry Ford believe in himself and got a friend for life!

Don't ever be jealous of other people's success. If you can't win a race, help the person in front of you break the record!

Putting out the candle light of your neighbour in the dark will never increase the brightness of yours.

Your candle will not lose its light when it lights up another candle. Getting the job done is more important than who gets the glory!

Be inspired, speak positively into someone's life today, and possibly save a soul.

Have a brilliant weekend!!"

Happy New Year 2019

I wanted to wish you all a very happy and fruitful year 2019 full of challenges to help you grow!