I was delighted to be greeted like a rock star at a conference in Miami earlier this week.
Moments after my presentation was over, a person came up to me and said excitedly, "You are Polly Pearson!"
Me: "Ah, yes."
Then she said, "Because of you I have my job!"
Me, with quizzical look, "Really?"
Her: "Yes! I found you on the Internet. I read your LinkedIn and said to myself, 'That's it! That's the job for me! I modeled my ideal job description after yours and presented it to my company. They said 'Yes!'"
This person, btw, works at one of the largest and most reputable consumer brands in the world.
Way to go assertive career management skills, the Internet, LinkedIn ... and what the heck, the Smart Engineers of the world who figured out how to harness all the bits of digital information so that they may be stored, shared, accessed, and retrieved in such a way that they add value in the most remarkable and humanly impactful ways!
... For the non-techies, that was a blatant plug for the abilities of the good and brainy engineers at EMC.
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Are you having similar experiences thanks to LinkedIn, a cool job title or category, (brainy engineers,) or other? Please share!
Interestingly, when I asked the people at this national employee engagement and employment branding conference, how many were in their jobs less than 3 years, 90% of the people in the room raised their hands.