(He made the mistake of noticing the flipcam I brought with me to his office, which prompted me to turn it on to share some of his gems with you.)
Here's a bit of what he had to say. He covered career decisions, compensation, company culture, and touched on a sore spot for many execs: doing personal business on company time. All in 1 minute and 28 seconds. Check it out!
Jack actually has a lot of views that the old guard might find surprising. Take LinkedIn for example. I nearly stopped cold the first time I heard his view on this subject a few years ago: Forget about banning LinkedIn on the office network! He thinks employees should be on LinkedIn.
Why on Earth would a head of HR say that?
To paraphrase, he believes that given the pace of the world today, there will be times in your career where you out-grow your company, or your company out-grows you. In learning cultures within dynamic industries in particular, needed skill sets evolve with every strategy evolution. Not everyone will be able to keep the pace. His heart breaks for people who find themselves in that situation having no contacts or connections to the world outside. In addition, he recognizes that it helps his company's brand by having you, and your expertise be known and found by others. Not everyone poking around in LinkedIn is a recruiter.
Your Portable, Living, Business Rolodex
Stated simply, LinkedIn isn't just for job search anymore. I see it as your portable, living, business rolodex that enables you to find your professional contacts now and forever in the future, and enables others to find you. Those in the know are also using it as a way to get expert advice on any question imaginable, or to further their reputation as an authority on a given subject. You never know what doors could open up -- for your company and for yourself -- by being found on such a gold mine of networked professionals.
PHOTO: Lindsey Pollak, a Career-focused Networking Author, Speaker, and LinkedIn Pro
A real expert on LinkedIn is my friend, GenY guru & author, Lindsey Pollak. LinkedIn even hired her to teach others how to use it. If you're interested in investing 1 hour in your career to learn the latest, check out this free library of webcasts, where she walks you through it. Please share any tips that spoke to you in the comment section of this post. (Thanks!)
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