Posts Tagged ‘Linked In’

Givers Gain

‘Givers gain’ is a phrase that Doc taught me a while back in relation to business networking. A few weeks ago a client of mine recommended me to her people and not only do they fucking adore me but the work has been coming thick and fast. Perusing the notices on Linked In over the  weekend, I saw a notice that would potentially suit my client down to the ground, so I forwarded her the link. I then emailed the guy advertising, someone who I actually don’t know – he was one of the names that I’d clicked on as ‘vaguely familiar’, let’s call him Paul McCartney – and I followed it up with an impressive personal recommendation. I had email thanks from them both and I hope that something will come of it. Paul was so grateful, that he extended his offer of recommending me to his many contacts! That’s the lovely thing about doing something without looking for anything in return and why it is true that givers gain, every time.



Linking Right In

Since changing my profile on Linked In, things have started moving – slowly, granted but moving nevertheless. Over the Xmas period, where day had turned to night and night to day, the Light came a knocking during the early hours and I was moved to be bold and start making contacts with people whose names I liked or who looked vaguely familiar (probably due to my having looked a few times at ‘people you might know’). The following day I received an email from an independent researcher, looking to transcribe 35 depth interviews! She wrote, ‘Your linking in with me was timely.’ Although the work quoted for has not materialised yet, she did make contact saying she’d be in touch at the end of the month – so yay. I then got a job through a true contact of mine and on delivering a sterling job was told, ‘You are definitely on my list.’ She wondered if I’d have the capacity to transcribe 8 x 2 hour groups a week, to which I replied, ‘The more the merrier.’ I did a quick tally and decided that it would do perfectly nicely money wise (thank you very much), just what I need, a busy new agency whose arse I don’t have to kiss. Sparrow told me that it’s bad luck to do the maths before the work comes in, so I hope I haven’t jinxed myself.



Bell Curve

Sounding like the proverbial broken record, I cried on Sparrow’s shoulder (not literally) about Alan’s rate abuse. Pulling me up by my collar (not literally), he shouted (again, not literally), ‘What result do you expect to get when you keep doing things in the same way and when that way isn’t working for you?’ … good question … but, but, but … ‘But I refreshed my Linked in profile and I’ve made contacts but everyone still HATES me!’ The revised summary now read:-

“I am the product of a misspent youth, my dad insisted, ‘Rach, if you can learn to use a word processor, you will always have work’ and that has proved to be true, what great advice.”

‘So what’s wrong with that!? I don’t want to write all this boring stuff about qualifications I never took, achievements I’ve never had! I’m a fucking typist, what the fuck!? Give me your fucking audio recordings and I’ll type them for you!?’ and I suppose Sparrow’s point was proven.

He kindly drew me a bell curve and explained that by not going along with the rules and the protocol, I was only going to appeal at best to the very bottom few percent and the very top few percent (maybe he was being kind) and that I needed to hit the big buldge in the middle where all the boring people are. So today I amended my Linked In profile and have made it boring and now I will wait and see if by doing things differently I can get a different result.



Eye of a Needle

I am a struggling transcriber. I think that all my clients hate me and that includes potential clients. TC says that instead of sitting around and moaning that I haven’t got any work, that a modicom of effort is all that is required  of me – a modicom of effort, by definition, means very little; very little is something that I can do. As it happened, I was contacted early in the week by a researcher who remembered me from a while ago and he had tried to find me via Linked In. I joined Linked In about seven years ago; I didn’t make any connections and I filled in the profile as:-

Current position: Broke

Salary: Negligible

Looking for: A life

Education: Yes, I did go to school.

Amazingly enough, on failing to make a connection through Linked In, he got my number from an ex colleague of his, got in touch and made some encouraging noises about using me on an upcoming project. I emailed him later to say, ‘Just revisited my Linked In and have updated and professionalised. Thanks for getting in touch despite it.’ So I’ve updated my profile, made a few connections with people I haven’t been in touch with for a while and will now wait and see if TC’s prophecy comes true.



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