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You can now use Traditional Chinese on LinkedIn

Editor’s Note: This post is also available in Traditional Chinese. I am pleased to announce that LinkedIn is now available in Traditional Chinese, bringing the total number of language options available on LinkedIn to 23! This latest launch also marks the 8th Asian language option we added to our platform in just over two and a half years. The other Asian languages available on the LinkedIn platform include Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malay, Korean and Simplified Chinese. As a global professional network, LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. A big part of that is to help professionals like you, build your professional identity, your network and your knowledge. We believe that, along with new innovative product features that are regularly introduced (such as “adding rich media to your profile”), providing you with more language options to engage with other professionals on LinkedIn is important to fulfill our mission. Besides serving our growing base of more than 50 million members in the Asia Pacific region, we are also helping clients to transform the way they hire, market and sell, leveraging our unique data assets and insights. These clients include Lenovo, Walmart, Intel, Cathay Pacific and Epicor. Professionals who wish to register as LinkedIn members in Traditional Chinese can do it by going here. LinkedIn members who have been using the site in English or other languages can switch their language settings to Traditional Chinese, should they wish to do so, by going here. Thank you for your support! 多謝大家的支持!  

Inside Story: LinkedIn’s VP of Mobile on Driving in the Snow, Houzz and Anticipatory Computing

Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a new Q&A series called the Inside Story where we sit down to learn more from the people behind the products at LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s VP of mobile, Joff Redfern, chats with us about how he became a great winter driver, why Houzz is one of his favorite apps and the investments his team is making in anticipatory computing. Q: We access LinkedIn via phones, tablets and our desktop. Does that pose challenges for you and your team? A: Of course. People have shifted from using just a PC to using multiple devices throughout the day. They might start their day with their phone, use a desktop during work hours, and then a tablet in the evening. On top of that we also have members using more than one of our five mobile apps. So throughout the week we have lots of potential touch points with our members across devices, across apps. We’ve been focusing more of our attention on how our products work together in symphony versus as stand alone instruments. For example, if you have our flagship app, but then download our Pulse news app you shouldn’t need to login or register again. Since we already know you are a member we just let you press a button on the new app confirming it’s you and viola you are using the app. This is just one of the many ways we are trying to compose a score for our instruments to play better together. Q: Why does LinkedIn have five apps anyway? A: While we don’t envision having dozens of apps, we also don’t want one single monolithic app. We want to keep simple, simple, so we build apps that are dedicated to specific use cases or experiences. In fact, you’ll see a brand new app coming from us in a few weeks. Our apps are like an à la carte menu. Obviously we’d be thrilled if you order one of everything on the menu, but for the most part our members just pick out a couple apps that make sense for them. Q: As someone who oversees mobile for the company, you must also be well versed in new and interesting apps. Do you have a current favorite non-LinkedIn app? A: Houzz is one of my favorite apps right now. My family has strong real estate and architecture ties. My grandfather emigrated from Italy and did a lot of residential and commercial building work. My mother was the first woman building inspector in Massachusetts and one of my brothers is an architect. I love looking at, and appreciating, great architecture and design. You learn a lot about people from the way they design and live in their home. It’s inspiring to see people who are able to get a ton of utility out of tiny spaces. I also enjoy seeing the different ways that people tackle similar space issues. Q: You’ve been at LinkedIn for almost five years, how have things changed? A: How our members visit LinkedIn looks very different from when I started. Just over three years ago mobile accounted for eight percent of unique visiting members to LinkedIn. Today it’s 43 percent and before the end of this year it will be over 50 percent. We went from being a desktop company to being both a desktop and mobile company. My goal is to have the whole company thinking about mobile and focused on making LinkedIn work where you want to work. Looking forward we will also invest more in what I would call “anticipatory computing”. Mobile allows us to better understand your context because we carry our phones everywhere we go and they are connected to the Internet and have lots of sensors. More and more apps should just infer what I need next. It’s like going to your favorite restaurant and they know your name, what you like, and how to cook it. As a result they anticipate what I need before I have to ask. It leads to a wonderful experience and we want to capture more of those kinds of moments with our mobile program. Q: What’s your favorite LinkedIn tip you’d like to share with members? A: If you don’t follow any LinkedIn Influencers you should. They are some of the top influencers in the world writing on a variety of topics. Be sure to check out the comments because they are often filled with the hidden gems. The comments are written by everyday professionals who have a perspective that is often as eye opening as the thought leaders. A couple suggestions of people I follow are Jeff Weiner (not because I’m sucking up, but because he’s talented), Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital and Angela Ahrendts of Apple. Q: What’s not on your LinkedIn Profile? A: During my first four years at LinkedIn, I had one of the longest commutes. I lived in Lake Tahoe, California, but worked out of headquarters in Mountain View, California. It’s about 250 miles each way, so I put over 110,000 miles on my car. That’s the equivalent of driving around the world more than four times. It gave me lots of time to think and one of the benefits is that I’m pretty awesome at driving in the snow.

LinkedIn’s Workforce Diversity

Reflecting on the imbalance among women and minorities in the overall tech industry, along with Google’s recent decision to publish their workforce diversity numbers, we at LinkedIn felt that we also wanted to be transparent with regard to our employee demographics. There are currently more than 5,400 LinkedIn employees working in offices from Mountain View to Sao Paulo to Bangalore. Over the past few years, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and have become a truly global company, but in terms of overall diversity, we have some work to do. For additional information, please refer to our EEO-1 You’ll notice that our gender breakdown is representative of our global employee base, while ethnicity is U.S. only. That’s because legal complexities prohibit us from asking about the ethnicity of employees in many countries outside of the U.S., so accurately reporting that data is not currently possible. In our pursuit to close the gaps, we’ve initiated programs and developed partnerships that we believe can make a difference. Here are a few of the initiatives we are involved with that we feel will help us get to a point where we will achieve greater diversity: Year Up: For the past several years we’ve been partnering with Year Up, an organization that seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Anita Borg Institute: We have an ongoing and growing partnership with the Anita Borg Institute, a world-renowned organization focused on Women in Computing. The organization has been a key partner in our inclusion efforts at LinkedIn, and we are also a sponsor of their annual Grace Hopper Conference. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: This organization is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. LinkedIn is also a sponsor for the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, which will take place in San Francisco this fall. Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT): We have a deepening relationship with MLT, the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching, and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential. DevelopHer: We are particularly proud of this annual women’s hackday, which LinkedIn created and pioneered several years back. The event is a great way to engage and support women in tech, and we hope to see its impact continue to be felt in the years to come. True inclusion is something that can only be achieved through a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our member base, and this is something we strive to do in all of our hiring efforts. My role as Vice President of Global Talent affords me the unique opportunity to make a positive change in closing the diversity and skills gaps in today’s workforce. While it’s easy for tech companies, like LinkedIn, to form partnerships with organizations that can promote a more balanced workplace diversity, there is a cycle of responsibility associated with transparency. This is why we thought it important to publish our own numbers regarding diversity at LinkedIn – to better ensure this accountability. And we will consistently measure ourselves and look for ways to improve. We may not be the first company to be transparent, and we hope we won’t be the last. Our goal is to improve over time and to make a lasting change at LinkedIn. Let’s challenge each other to make it a more inclusive world in which we work.

Launching a Career Comeback

How to Rock the Perfect LinkedIn Profile from LinkedIn Hello, I’m Matt Henshaw and (like the beautiful Slideshare above shows) I launched a successful career comeback. What does that actually mean? Well, a little while ago, I realised I was doing a job that was not my dream. So I decided to make a change and follow my dream – to become a singer-songwriter and self-sufficient working musician, like I said, my very own career comeback. Here’s my story and how LinkedIn played a part in it. From my time at school to the end of 2008, I was in a band called Censored. What started as a few lads from Nottingham messing about soon became serious. It was a great time – we were even supporting our music heroes, bands like Supergrass and Ocean Colour Scene. And hanging out with the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys – what could possibly go wrong? I suppose I never really thought about the future and without any real guidance, we took on too much and spread ourselves too thin. I got burnt out and had to cancel gigs and festivals. Sometimes when you lose momentum, you don’t find it again. I was in touching distance of my dream career – then it was suddenly over. Skip to 2012, I was working as a Computer Science Sustainability Research Assistant – try saying that with your mouth full! It was OK, it paid the bills but it wasn’t my dream. Then I went to watch some music gigs for the first time in a long time. The Stone Roses had reformed and Jack White was playing solo shows with all the joy and freedom that goes with it. And that’s when it hit me – I’m one of these people, I’m a musician, that’s MY dream! I had to get back in. But the music landscape had changed since 2008. And it hadn’t exactly gone well last time. That’s where LinkedIn came in. I thought if this can work for office stuff why not music as well? I wanted to showcase my passion, my personality and make sure people took me seriously as a professional – not just another lad with a guitar. After updating my profile, I soon found endorsements rolling in from my old network backing my music skills.  It was a massive confidence boost.  Then I found people started coming to me! For gigs, festivals and just putting stuff together in the recording studio.  My profile was like a magnet – all because I had added a bit more detail. I now have a gig at the Camden Roundhouse and the Elevator Music Festival. You may be thinking “good for him but I don’t want to be a musician”. Well, that’s not my point. Whether you’re a musician, a lawyer, a scientist or an accountant you can always do better. LinkedIn is for anyone with ambition. It’s not going to magically make things happen for you, but if you want to follow your dream then investing in your profile and having LinkedIn in your corner can only help. LinkedIn played its part for me and it can for you. What’s your dream? Peace, Love & Tea, MHx PS. If you like my Slideshare, why not share it on

Achieving My Dreams of Flying

When I was a child, my favorite toy was a jet airplane. Since then, I developed a deep love and passion for these magnificent flying machines. I grew up in Eastern Europe in the late 80s, and trying to get into the aviation world as a pilot was not an easy task. In fact, it was almost impossible. I grew up in an environment where to become a pilot, you had to be superman (super health, super IQ, and more clever then Einstein), which put me and the majority of aspiring pilots in an unobtainable dream. When I told my parents that I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up, they never took me seriously. Even the kids in school would laugh at me. When I was 18, I applied to the only airline pilot training school in the former Yugoslavia, where an eye medical specialist told me that I would never be able to fly jets because I needed glasses. I wish they could all see me now. Fortunately, these challenges didn’t discourage me. Instead, it inspired me even more to become a pilot. I accepted that there would be challenges along the way, but that is what’s made my life more rewarding when I reached my ultimate goal. During my rewarding career as a flight instructor, I met so many different people and they all had dreams about becoming a pilot, but for various reasons delayed flying. I am no career expert, but these are the steps I took to accomplish my own goals. I hope that by sharing my story, it will help others achieve their dreams. Don’t stop dreaming. All major accomplishments start with a dream. Make sure you know what you really want and just go for it. Plan how you will realize your dream. I guarantee there will be obstacles along the way, but having a clear feasible plan will help you get to where you want to go. NEVER give up. Persistence is incredibly valuable, so whatever it takes, do not give up. Stick with the plan and keep pushing, keep moving forward. It may take a little extra time, but success is guaranteed Thanks to LinkedIn, I am now able to connect with my old colleagues I flew with professionally. I’ve also managed to connect to new colleagues who fly professionally, which is an amazing asset because networking is incredibly valuable in a 21st century career. With LinkedIn Groups, we are able to exchange information about current aircraft fleets at companies and the number of pilots who fly currently. We also discuss current aircraft fleet upgrades and potential pilot hiring based on expansions and future airplane purchases to give us head on analysis about future hiring or layoffs. My next goal is to connect with Richard Branson on LinkedIn for the opportunity to be a part of Virgin Galactic, the first commercial space flight operation. Editor’s Note: This story was originally posted on Ismar’s profile via LinkedIn’s publishing platform as part of our Picture Yourself campaign. If LinkedIn has helped you transform your career or business, please share your story with us. 

The Powerful Impact of Random Acts of Kindness

Doing random acts of kindness is not a new idea. There are TED talks on this idea, foundations set up to promote it and bumper stickers that urge people to randomly do good.  However, I recently experienced the power and the beauty of doing random acts of kindness in a new way as a part of my job at LinkedIn. I think we are on to something and I would love for you and your team to join! Where It Started Last year, I participated in a team outing where groups of four were given $100 and sent out into the local community to do random acts of kindness.  We could do anything with the money as long as it brightened someone’s day. The experience of going out with teammates, doing acts of kindness and then coming back together with the whole team to share what we did was one of the best days I’ve had in my three years at LinkedIn. For me, the most impactful part was listening to all the stories from the day.  One of my favorite stories was from a group that went into a wedding dress shop where they met a girl who was making a payment on her layaway for her quinceanera dress. They bonded with the girl and her family and put their whole $100 towards her dress. After they left the shop, the group got to talking and decided to pool their own money, go back into the store and pay off the rest of the dress for the girl – and even threw in a pair of shoes! When they were recounting this story, I was in tears. It was such a moving experience that I made it my personal mission to make sure that all employees at LinkedIn would have the opportunity to participate in a similar event. Random Acts of Kindness at LinkedIn Last December, I began organizing Random Acts of Kindness activities in LinkedIn offices around the world on InDays, a day each month that LinkedIn gives back to employees to invest in themselves, their community, or the world. The Powerful Impact of Random Acts of Kindness from Rachelle Diamond By the end of this year, our goal is to have every LinkedIn office around the globe participating in Random Acts of Kindness. Please Join Us! The feedback we’ve received from employees who’ve participated has been off the charts! We’ve all shared a stronger sense of pride working for the company after participating. Random Acts of Kindness has also been an incredible team bonding experience. I can’t stress how inspiring it is to be in the room listening to colleagues tell such amazing stories of delight, compassion, and kindness. At LinkedIn, one of our core values is “Relationships Matter,” and this experience has definitely brought that value to life for our employees. Help us spread the power of Random Acts of Kindness by organizing these events in your company. It takes just a few steps to organize the event: Get people to sign up or leverage an existing team outing Put them in groups of four Give them some money (and it doesn’t have to be much!) and let them go Be sure to have them come back and share (this can be the most inspiring part!) Leverage social media to share stories more broadly with the hashtag #inkindness. I look forward to hearing all the inspiring stories you’ll share from your Random Acts of Kindness experiences.

Scoring Game-changing Volunteers with the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace

In the summer of 2007, I had a revelation that changed my life. I was a professional basketball player training during the off-season at a local gym outside Atlanta, when I noticed some youth playing around. School was out for the summer, their parents were at work, and these kids did not have activities to keep them constructively engaged in their downtime. Basketball has always been instrumental in my life because it provided me many opportunities and taught me about teamwork, accountability and respect, and I realized that I could use my expertise to provide at-risk youth with the opportunity to learn these lessons as well. I co-founded Back 2 Basics Kids Foundation (B2B) with the mission of providing inner-city youth the opportunity to discover and enhance individual skills through health and fitness awareness, teamwork, life skills, and expression. I understand personally the power of volunteering for good. This is why, as the Executive Director of B2B, I was inspired to leverage LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace to find the skills and expertise we needed to strengthen our organization’s capacity. Through the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace, we found two skilled volunteers—an experienced social media manager who has grown our organization’s social reach, and a Board member who brings a strong finance background to advise us on key financial decisions. Like most executive directors of small organizations with big reach, I think about skills and resources quite a bit. With only two employed staff members and year-round programming, Back 2 Basics Kids Foundation would not be what it is today without our talented volunteers. Our new volunteer Social Media Strategist has made a big impact in a short time frame. She manages all of our social media marketing efforts for our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, and now she’s creating newsletter templates to keep our supporters, clients, volunteers and donors up to date on our latest news and events.  She has made an immediate impact and created more public awareness about B2B. Our newest volunteer board member joined just two weeks before our second quarterly meeting and has brought tremendous financial expertise to the table. By joining our fundraising committee, he will help with our year-round fundraising efforts, create and oversee administrative and program budgets, and spread awareness about B2B through his networks. The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace has made it possible for us to access a diverse and qualified group of professionals eager to give back so we could find the right fit for our organization. If you’re interested in using the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace to find skilled volunteers to manage your organization’s social media efforts as Yusef did, follow these simple steps: Click here for a pre-filled volunteer social media manager posting. Add in details about your organization to motivate professionals to apply. Post and share with your network. Or if you’re interested in volunteering your skills and expertise, explore opportunities in the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace.

Pursuing Your Passions, the British Way

Are you following your passions? At some point, we’ve all thought about what might be our dream career and whether we are on that journey yet or not as our search for professional fulfillment is one of the most important in our lives. Today, we launched What’s Your Dream?, a campaign in the UK to highlight the professional journeys of some truly inspirational LinkedIn members in the UK. These members have not only found their dream careers, but found success while pursuing their passions. As a Director of Consumer Marketing in EMEA, I’ve been lucky enough to meet many LinkedIn members from across Europe, and have been fascinated by how professional attitudes vary by geography and culture. The differences between cultures in how people talk about and approach their careers rather reminds me of differences in humour (think the UK vs US versions of The Office). Us Brits tend to be ambitious, but quietly so. We worry about being too showy on our profiles. We know networking is important but are nervous about how to do it authentically and we prefer people to be understated about our success and accomplishments. What’s particularly powerful for me about the stories we are sharing today is that our members have talked about their journeys in a very British way – understated and humble seems to be the order of the day. We recently conducted research in the UK that reflects this sentiment; nearly 1/3 of Brits shy away from talking about their achievements in interviews and annual reviews and 40% admit to feeling uncomfortable when networking with people they don’t know. Surprisingly, over half of Brits say they have no career plan. We hope that these stories from a few of our members who are living out their passions will inspire more of us to push for what we want. Roshni Goyate found that being tied to a single full-time job didn’t provide her the flexibility to do all the things she really cared about. In the middle of the recession, she gave up a steady income for the daunting task of going it alone. See how she’s getting on. Sunny Panesar left an uninspiring job to follow his dream in design. He went on to join Crux, a small independent design company. After reaching out to new clients, Sunny was able to secure a deal to supply the cycling helmets for the British team. See his story. Olivia Abramsohn had a passion for food from a very early age. When university ended, she found it hard to turn that passion into a career. But with sheer determination she managed to land her dream job. See how it happened. We hope that you enjoy these stories and are as inspired by them as we are. We would also love to hear your stories, whatever country you are from. If you have one to share, please let us know.

Top Destination Cities Attracting Recent Graduates

For the newly minted Class of 2014, a diploma often comes with the tough decision to pack up and move to a new city. “Destination cities” like New York or London attract people from all over the world and from all walks of life. They act as giant talent magnets for a wide variety of industries. However, our data indicates that not all of them are equal. We analyzed the migration patterns of LinkedIn members over the the past year to determine the top 10 destination cities for recent graduates. To do this, we first had to define our destination cities as places that attracted lots of LinkedIn members from a wide variety of regions in the past year. The resulting shortlist of destination cities, as defined by LinkedIn data, included some that were obvious (like Paris), and others that weren’t (like Minneapolis). Next, we ranked each destination city by the percentage of movers who were recent graduates. Below are the top ten cities, along with employers and universities of members who moved to each of the cities in our list! Paris tops our list, with Washington D.C. effectively tied for second with Minneapolis-St. Paul – a city which may come as a surprise to many. According to our data, the Twin Cities attracted a lot of members from all over the Midwestern United States. The distances these members traveled to get to Minneapolis-St. Paul weren’t as great as our other destination cities, but they were significant nonetheless. Furthermore, many of the cities that members moved from were also homes to universities, like Duluth or Madison, improving Minneapolis-St. Paul’s standing in our list. Given the current economic situation in Spain, particularly their high youth unemployment rate, we were also a bit surprised to see Madrid on the list. When we looked at the companies that hired these recent graduates, we found the majority them were international companies, suggesting that whatever jobs were to be had weren’t likely to be offered by Spanish firms. As we continue to build the Economic Graph, a digital map of the global economy, we’ll be able to provide students and recent graduates with information they need to navigate an increasingly complex and challenging job market. Youth unemployment is one of the most important challenges of our time, and we hope to provide meaningful solutions in the near future.   Methodological details: The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members chose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis. Additionally, nationality and visa status are not fields included in the LinkedIn profile. Therefore, we cannot make any inferences on the citizenship of our members who were included in this analysis. We determined the geographic movements of our members in the last year by looking at every new position that was added to profiles between November 2012 and November 2013, which included a regionally specific location (e.g. “Greater Los Angeles Area”) that differed from the regionally specific location of the previously held position (e.g. “Greater New York City Area”). Next, we excluded movements which did not exceed 100 miles (161 km), based on the direct distance between two geographic coordinates, generalized as the geographic center of each region. Next, we looked at all movements that included 100 or more members. “Destination cities” were defined as those that were the terminus for more than 10 such migrations of 100 or more members, that exceeded a distances of 100 miles. We defined “recent graduates” as members who were 0 to 3 years removed from the graduation year of the last school listed in the education section of their profile.

Stand Out with the New LinkedIn Premium Experience

Whether you’re a new graduate or a seasoned professional, how you are viewed professionally matters. LinkedIn has always been a place where you can come to manage your professional brand and to put your best foot forward. And, starting today, we’ve sweetened the pot for all new and existing premium members with additional functionality to help you stand out from the crowd and drive the right and relevant opportunities to you, including: New ways to visually enhance your profile: We want your LinkedIn profile to reflect your unique brand. To enable a more personal feel, we’ve incorporated several new visual updates to help you stand out, including a larger photo and expanded profile header, early access to a new custom profile background, and an exclusive gallery of beautiful background images should you need a little inspiration. In a few months, all members will be able to add a custom profile background.  To request to be one of the first to take it for a spin, click here. Suggestions to help you optimize your profile: We know it can be a daunting task when you don’t know what to put on your profile. We wanted to make this process easier by prompting you with top keyword suggestions to help with writer’s block. These personalized suggestions are also optimized to help you get found in search. The profile summary is a great way to showcase who you are professionally and what you care about. What you say will have a very meaningful impact on the kinds of people and opportunities you attract. Standing out in search results: With millions of professionals on LinkedIn, a little competitive edge can go a long way.  The next time someone searches for, let’s say a “designer” on LinkedIn, your profile will look twice as big as other results and offer more tidbits from your profile to help people easily spot you. Opening yourself to incoming opportunities with Open Profile: We want to help you be found for opportunities far and wide. In order to tap into important connections outside of your network, you will have the option to make your profile “open” so that every LinkedIn member can see your full profile and reach out to you for free. Tracking your impact and visibility: We know you like seeing who’s checking you out. Being able to see a full 90-day list of Who’s Viewed Your Profile can be an invaluable tool to help you manage your network and generate new business relationships. You will also be able to access the top 100 results for How You Rank against your first-degree connections and company. This can be a great way to see how your LinkedIn presence measures up against your peers. As part of this roll out of new features to our premium experience, we are also introducing a new starter package called Premium Spotlight. This new subscription consists of all the features mentioned above and is designed for ambitious professionals who are looking to take their career to the next level. Are you ready for that big promotion? Check out our Linkedin Premium offerings here. We are continuously looking at new ways to add more value to our premium experience and this is just the first step of many this year. We look forward to hearing your feedback and giving you more reasons to take advantage of what our premium experience has to offer.

LinkedIn Employee Transformation Grant Winners: Where They Are Now

What can a passionate employee do with $3,000? The short answer is: more than you can ever imagine. In 2012, I wrote about an experiment at LinkedIn I started called Employee Transformation Grants. At LinkedIn, we constantly talk about transformation of yourself, the company and the world. As a business leader, I wanted to create a program that didn’t focus on bringing dollars in, but rather on what dollars could do for the development of our employees, our company culture and the impact we have on the world. LinkedIn employees are passionate and resourceful, and I knew that with a little money and a platform for change, they would take the reigns and produce amazing results. Since then, we’ve awarded 37 grants and we’ve had three years to see these transformational ideas come to life. The stories of impact are astonishing. After two young children begged him for food from the window of a taxi, Michael Bennette was inspired to engage his colleagues in addressing the hunger crisis. After her good friend Fred was killed on 9/11, Rachelle Diamond launched a 5k run to raise funds in Fred’s honor. With the grant she went from 80 runners in 2011 to 1,000 friends and colleagues running across the globe in 2013. When their reliance on sporadic donations was threatening the livelihood of children living in an orphanage in the slums of Arusha, Tanzania, our very own Anna Wright stepped in with a creative solution. Plan Ireland asked Jeff Matthews and LinkedIn’s European sales team to donate $10,000, and in response they took a big risk and generated an even greater contribution. Akhilesh Gupta, shocked by the terror faced by a certain girl in Delhi, India, used his grant to build an emergency alert app for iPhone and Android, so anyone can easily and quickly reach out to their friends if they feel threatened. Kate Swanson hosted a “by students, for students” day-long retreat for forty teens to learn about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving. Surprised by the opportunity, Laura Fox was able to give much needed assistance to a community development project started by old friends in Ruarwe, Malawi. She even got to visit and volunteer herself. What is most inspiring to me about these stories is how little we did to make this happen. Sure, we started a program that perhaps brings these ideas top of mind, and we give the best ideas $3,000 to get them started. But really, these are stories of individuals who identified gaps in the world they couldn’t let go of, who have gone above and beyond their job description to make an impact, and who as a result have helped transform our culture, our company and our world.

Picture Yourself: Harnessing the Passion of LinkedIn Members

Today we launched Picture Yourself, a campaign that celebrates the accomplishments of our LinkedIn members and illustrates how they have realized their professional aspirations.  As the head of brand marketing I had the honor of working with some of our members as we captured their stories for the campaign. Hearing their stories and uncovering their paths to success was truly inspirational. As I reflect on these conversations there were several common themes that emerged. These themes are common not just among these nine members we worked with, but of members who have found their dream and in turn, professional success. Turning a passion into a profession: It isn’t by accident these members are doing what they love because the love for what they do came first. Each of our members worked to develop themselves in a profession where the foundation was a passion for their work. Take Abi Smigel Mullens, who grew up watching Jack Cousteau movies and turned her love for the ocean and photography into a business, capturing underwater photos. Making a splash: For these members, success is measured by their impact. Regardless of their field or discipline each of these members is making a big impact on the world around them and that is an important measure of success. For example, Mia Gorman consults with nonprofits to help them have a bigger impact thereby causing a ripple effect of positive change. Being great at what they do: When you mix exceptional skill with passion there’s a great formula for success. Each of these members has worked to hone their craft, and exudes a spirit of excellence in how they speak about their work. It is this spirit of continuous improvement that keeps them learning and exploring. Jeff Tarango took his career as a competitive tennis player and reinvented himself as a broadcaster for ESPN and BBC. Gracious and humble: I am always floored by how gracious some of our most accomplished members are. They are humble when speaking about their accomplishments and are quick to give credit to those that have helped them along the way. Anyone who has achieved success knows that you don’t get there alone and these members are quick to mention the people in their network who helped them get there. We hope that you are as inspired as we are by these members. We would love to hear your story, if you have one to share please let us know!

Why Values Matter for Leaders

Whether you are a front-line supervisor or C-suite executive, navigating the uncertainty of leading people in a rapidly changing world can be incredibly nerve-racking. Decisions are rarely black and white and not everyone will be happy with you all the time. That said, whether you succeed or fail as a leader is up to you. In my work with managers and executives over the years, I’ve found that the first step in becoming a successful leader at any level is being true to yourself and relying on a solid foundation of clearly articulated values. Naturally, this begs the question: What are values? Values are the principles and standards that guide your thinking and action. They are your basic convictions or beliefs about what is right, good, or of worth. Think of your values as that internal compass that guides you when you are unsure of where to go. Examples of commonly cited values include autonomy, affluence, family, relationships, and helping. Strong leaders fall back on their values to guide them in making tough decisions, particularly when traveling uncharted waters. The challenge for most young leaders is actually being able to articulate their values in a meaningful way. This lack of clarity results in decisions that can be a bit erratic and may often appear to be inconsistent in the eyes of their constituents. It’s as if a magnet has been placed under their decision compass causing it to randomly spin. The unfortunate reality is most management training doesn’t touch on the concept of values. To combat this, I recommend taking the time to define your own personal set of core values and then examine the extent to which they truly align with who you are and how you make decisions. Clarifying and articulating your values starts with reflection. Values can be shaped by any number of life experiences including upbringing, religion, culture, education. When exploring your values, it’s important to reflect how these factors have acted to influence your values and whether or not they have had too much influence. All too often we give lip service to values that were imposed on us rather than taking the time to really formulate our own. I always recommend fleshing out your top five values and a quick web search will yield numerous lists out there that can be really helpful. When going through these lists, the simplest way to determine which values are truly a priority in your life is to ask yourself five questions: Am I willing to fight for it? Am I willing to sacrifice for it? Am I willing to pay for it? Am I willing to spend time on it? Do I actually live it everyday? If you are unwilling to step up and fight, sacrifice, pay and spend your precious time on something, you have to question whether it is truly of value to you. And of course the most important question is do you actually live the values you espouse? It’s one thing to talk about values and entirely another to put them in action. Your team members should be able to clearly see your values reflected in every decision. In discussing the role of values in leadership, former Medtronic CEO and author of True North, Bill George, writes “the values that form the basis for your true north are derived from your beliefs and convictions.” Orienting yourself toward your true north starts with knowing the values that form the foundation of who you are. No one should tell you what your values should be, that’s up to you to decide. Just be sure you know what they are. Photo Credit: Flickr/howardlake

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Gregory McKeown

Editor’s note: This was originally published on LinkedIn by Brian Rumao. Are you struggling to find enough time in the day? Wondering how to prioritize among several competing priorities? At LinkedIn, one of our mantras is “focus”. In fact, our CEO Jeff Weiner has even made it an acronym, shortened to FCS: Fewer things done better, Communicating the right information at the right time to the right person, and Speed and quality of decision-making. So we were honored to recently welcome an expert on the very subject of focus as part of our LinkedIn Speaker Series. Gregory McKeown, LinkedIn Influencer and author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, spoke to our employees about how to think about what really matters. During Greg’s talk, he shared some fascinating insights about the one thing that holds back capable people, teams, and organizations. Counterintuitively, it is success. The very success that brought on the new opportunities, would be the cause for people to lose concentration and attention on what truly mattered. As Greg put it, “success can become a catalyst for failure.” Greg talked about how our culture celebrates the “undisciplined pursuit of more.” I even find myself contributing to this, saying how busy I am and trying to take on more activities, to please more people, to get just one more project on my plate. Being an engineer who appeals to logic, Greg’s basic arithmetic strongly resonated: You can either do many things averagely well. Or you can do a couple things very well. After reflecting on this, I devised my own corollary: Most progress depends not on people doing extraordinary things, but rather people doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. And the only way to do things extraordinarily well is to focus. One of my favorite parts from Greg’s talk was his recommendation to spend 20 minutes a week to ask what’s essential right now. He encouraged us to think about the two to three goals we want to achieve in the next three to six months, and then write down the top six essential items we would commit to doing this week. After prioritizing the list in order of importance, he said, “now cross off the bottom five…and only do the one thing well.” That mental image has stuck in my mind. Since Greg’s talk (which you can stream above), in my personal effort to join the “disciplined pursuit of less”, I’ve managed to cut down on a few non-essential activities. I’ve also caught myself every time someone asks me how I’m doing. Instead of my typical, breathless response of “staying busy”, I now calmly reply with a smile: “Focused and doing well.” I’m curious to hear how you think about doing “less, but better”, in the comments below.

Make the Most of Who’s Viewing Your LinkedIn Profile with ‘How You Rank’

Who’s Viewed Your Profile is one of the most popular destinations on LinkedIn – after all, we all secretly love to see who’s been checking us out. For many savvy professionals, Who’s Viewed Your Profile is more than just a glimpse of who looked at your profile, it’s a rich treasure chest filled with customized insights designed to help you build your professional brand, generate new opportunities, and manage your network. Today we’re introducing a new feature as part of Who’s Viewed Your Profile to help you see where you stack up relative to those in your network. With the new “How You Rank” tool, you can now see where you stack up to others in your network with profile views. Take a look at the top profiles in your network to gain inspiration for changes you can make to your own profile, or content you can share to increase views to your profile and drive opportunities for advancement. Or, take a look at the suggestions LinkedIn offers on the right-hand side of the page for ways you can begin increasing views to your profile immediately. You can click here to see your rank and get personalized recommendations on how to lift your visibility. Whether you’re a job seeker or a student, there are many ways to take advantage of the insights available through Who’s Viewed Your Profile, here are some tips to get you started: For job seekers: Recruiters at some companies receive hundreds of applicants for a single position. If you’ve submitted a resume or LinkedIn Profile already, try taking a look at the profile of the recruiter managing the position. If they see you’ve looked at their profile, they’re more likely to look at yours. Nearly 80% of candidates today are found through networking – so if you notice a recruiter at a company you’re interested in has viewed your profile, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. For consultants and business owners: Professionals come to your LinkedIn profile from all over the web, but rich data insights such as the keywords that led people to your profile, can help you determine how to effectively position yourself to attract new business and make valuable new connections. You can now also use the “How You Rank” tab to better understand who in your network can help increase visibility for your business. For students and new graduates: Students in search of their first job or trying to thoughtfully build their network can use Who’s Viewed Your Profile to attract the attention of recruiters or connect with potential mentors. Find alumni that have graduated from your school, view their profile or reach out and say hello. If you notice someone viewed your profile from an industry you’re interested in joining, don’t be afraid to reach out, introduce yourself and see what words of wisdom they may have for someone just starting out. Learn the best practices for crafting a rich Profile by browsing the most-viewed Members in your network in the “How You Rank” tab. For sales professionals: Curiosity leads many of us to view the profiles of those professionals that have viewed us. Sales professionals that use that knowledge to their advantage treat Who’s Viewed Your Profile as a way to generate warm leads. If someone has viewed your profile, and you share commonalities – it’s a great icebreaker for a potential new business opportunity. We know that no two professionals are alike and by seeing how you rank relative to your professional peers, we believe you’ll have the added information and incentive to help you put your best foot forward on LinkedIn.

If I Were 22: 80+ Influencers Share Lessons from Their Youth

This post is part of a series in which Influencers share lessons from their youth. Read all the stories here. Each year for a few days in May, age gets to bestow its wisdom on youth and anyone who’s over 22 has advice for anyone who’s not. Youth may roll its eyes and shrug, that wisdom nonetheless lives on in a corner of the mind, often to be dissected and understood much later in life. This week and next, that wisdom also lives on LinkedIn, where 80+ of our Influencers – the top minds in business in every industry from retail to media, tech or healthcare – share lessons from their youth and what their few more years of life can teach the class of 2014 and every young professional. Let’s get that #1, best-seller intimation out of the way first: follow your bliss. There are two camps. “If I were 22, I would find what I love to do and do as much of that as possible,” writes Jordy Leiser, cofounder and CEO of StellaService. A sentiment echoed by Jonathan Bush, now CEO of athenahealth. Son of a financier, nephew of a U.S. president, he climbed the corporate ladder because it was the thing to do, but he never felt more alive than that summer he spent driving an ambulance in New Orleans. “The biggest lesson I’d like to bring back to my 22-year-old self is to let my passions lead my career choices,” Bush writes. “Everyone says they need a real job, but you can define what is real and worthy.” Not so, says Bloomberg editor-at-large Tom Keene, who argues the need for a real job is very… real. “Each and every commencement speech I have attended starts and ends with passion. This is truly the Passion Season. Past passion, present passion and we insist you go in search of future passion. Forget about it.” More than passionate, you have to be interested, he writes. And the best place to learn that is from the bartender at the New York Ritz-Carlton. (Really, read on, it’ll make sense.) In that vein of sobering advice, Sallie Krawcheck, who went from young marketer to research analyst to Wall Street CEO to owning a women’s network, warns you’ll have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding the right job. Accept that nothing you plan for ever quite turns out as expected and that you yourself will change. Dare to dabble, says CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin. “You never know what you’ll enjoy doing until you actually do it,” she writes. In fact, we quizzed our participating Influencers in this series: 86 percent said they’re doing something now they never imagined then. There is wisdom and freedom in that uncertainty, adds Deepak Chopra. In youth, none of the traps of conformity and circumstance have closed. One of those traps is believing that status, money and long hours make success. You really shouldn’t worry about making money beyond assuring a comfortable life, says Suze Orman (yes, the personal finance expert!), who recounts losing herself in consumerism in her 20s. “For far too long, we have been operating under a collective delusion – that burning out is the necessary price for achieving success,” adds Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington. “In college, just before I embarked on a career as a writer, I wish I had known that there would be no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and my ability to do good work.” And famed Indian entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala wishes you’d stopped looking at the Mark Zuckerbergs of this world as the picture of youthful success – they’re outliers. You won’t make your first million, let alone billion, in your 20s, but you can take steps toward future success and fulfillment (he’s in the passion camp, by the way.) “Most successful men and women across the world took their time to win the world over,” he says. But youth has of course nothing but time and very little patience. It is a time to want everything, to seize every experience with insatiable hunger, to “have an absolute blast,” as Richard Branson – the expert in keeping one’s youthful spirit at 60+ – puts it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be purposeful – and here General Stan McChrystal chimes in with a powerful take on the meaning of service – but you can build something and give back while enjoying your youth, says Branson. Redballoon founder Naomi Simson laughs now at how serious and intense she was as a young woman. Work won’t remember that weekend you did or didn’t spend there, she writes. Your friends and familly will remember that weekend you bailed on them to please a boss. “Make sure you have the time of your life, stay up for plenty of sunrises and meet all kinds of people in as many places as possible,” Branson advises. “If you get the opportunity to travel, grab it with both hands.” Here he joins UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Kim, whose current international jobs are no surprise when you read what they did in their 20s, respectively traveling out of a tiny Korean village to meet President Kennedy and serving as a humanitarian in Haiti, Peru and Siberia. There’s a feeling you only know in your early 20s, one you thought would never go away – how could it? It’s you! – until you reach 30 and realize it has. “The instinct to be free is very strong when you’re young,” writes Deepak Chopra. “The flame of discontent is still fueled by idealism.” Hold on to that, advises Frank Wu. But that’s a post for next week, when this series continue. For now, read these and 50+ Influencer posts right here. And share your own advice for today’s young professionals: what do you know now that you wish you’d known then? What are you telling your own graduating kids? If you are 22 or close enough, what is your take on the future? Write a post on LinkedIn and use the hashtag #IfIWere22 somewhere in the body of the text. (Want to write, but don’t yet have access? Leave your info here.) We look forward to reading your words of wisdom. If I Were 22: Infographic from LinkedIn

Careers That Will Move You: What It Takes To Work Around The World

At LinkedIn, we have a unique view into how 300 million professionals are moving around the world to pursue career opportunities. This mobility of professional talent can tell us a great deal about the state of economic opportunity and the health of the global economy. So we’re seeking to better understand and map the dynamics of economic indicators as we continue to build the Economic Graph. To get a big picture view of talent mobility, we analyzed our data to see which countries gained and lost the most talent between November 2012 and November 2013, and what characteristics are shared by those who relocate for their careers. Members Are Moving, But Certain Countries Gain More Talent We measured net inflow and outflow of LinkedIn members for 20 countries where we saw the most migration activity to see which were the overall winners and losers of talent in 2013. As a percentage of the total country workforce, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) saw the most talent coming into the country with the majority of members coming from India. Spain, which has been facing tough economic conditions, saw the most talent leaving the country, with the majority of members leaving for the United Kingdom. Countries in blue gained more members than they lost. Countries in red lost more members than they gained. A few highlights stood out to us after digging deeper into specific country data: UAE saw a strong inflow of professionals at 1.3% net gain particularly among architecture and engineering roles. This might reflect the region’s fast development and the increasingly busy skyline. We noticed that the vast majority of members who moved to the UAE (75%) came from outside of the Middle East. Additionally, we saw that many members were promoted as part of their move, with 40% of members indicating a seniority of “manager” or higher in the title of their new position. Spain has the largest net loss of 0.3%, most likely as a result of the economic challenges in recent years. Proximity to their home country appears to be an important driving factor with 60% of professionals who left Spain remaining within Europe. However, Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America are also a popular destination for Spanish professionals representing about 20% of those who moved. Germany has achieved a net gain of 0.4% showing it is one of Europe’s strongest and most resilient economies. Our analysis indicates that over 60% of members moving to Germany in the past year came from another European country. Germany has attracted a strong inflow of technical talent from around Europe. The majority of them are in engineering and research functions, working in the automotive and software industries. 1 out of 3 LinkedIn members who made a move of 100 miles or more in the last year relocated internationally. This varied drastically due to country size and proximity to neighboring economic centers. For example, Switzerland, a small landlocked country, saw the greatest percentage of movers leave the country at 69%. The top destinations for Swiss movers were Germany and France. Compare this to the United States, a country of much greater size and a particularly insular culture (The US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pointed out in 2010, only 18% of Americans claim to know another language), where only 3% of movers left the country in the past year. Career Traits That Require A Suitcase Most people would find it easy to conjure up the image of what an international business professional looks like, but what are the common traits among people who are more likely to work internationally? To find out, we looked at a number of characteristics that were most likely to be found among our sample set of movers vs. non-movers. The first thing we noticed was that it appears younger professionals are more likely to work internationally. Members who made a significant move in the past year had an average of 7.8 years of professional experience, but those who made shorter moves had 20% more professional experience compared to the significant movers. When we looked at the specific skills listed in the profiles of members who moved, we noticed some skills were twice as likely to be found on the profile of a mover’s compared to a non-mover’s. Below are the top 10 skill categories that were most unique to movers in the past year: Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) made up nearly half the list (4 out of 10). We also noticed that members who moved in the past year that had STEM skills also tended to travel the furthest distances for their new role, averaging nearly 2,400 miles (3,900 km). So if you’re looking for a career that will allow you to see various cities around the world, you might want to focus your studies in a STEM discipline. We also looked at the most represented industries by members who moved versus those that didn’t, and found a fairly distinct separation. Finally, we looked at all of the types of work members did, and compared these various functions found within businesses by their likelihood of having members who moved in the past year. So, what can we conclude from this? Well, if you want to work all over the world, you might have a strong set of STEM skills, be a social media marketing expert, and/ or aim for business development role in a technology company with offices in the UAE. In the coming weeks and months we will continue to explore the topic of talent migration, with a focus on areas such as recent graduates, and publish the research here on the LinkedIn blog. With our feet back on the ground, we’re going to continue looking at these and related themes as we build the Economic Graph, digitally mapping the global economy. It’s our hope that in the near future this information will help all of our members make important life decisions (including whether or not they should make the big move) that puts them on a path to pursuing economic opportunity.   Methodological details: The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members chose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis. Additionally, nationality and visa status are not fields included in the LinkedIn profile. Therefore, we cannot make any inferences on the citizenship of our members who were included in this analysis. Only countries with more than 3,000 members who made a move between November 2012 and November 2013 were included in our ranking. China was specifically excluded from our analysis as our official entry into the country was announced after the time window of our analysis. At the time of the analysis, LinkedIn was only available in English, resulting in multinational corporations being over-represented among members in China, which presented a significant artificial skew in our analysis. We determined the geographic movements of our members in the last year by looking at every new position that was added to profiles between November 2012 and November 2013, which included a regionally specific location (e.g. “Greater Los Angeles Area”) that differed from the regionally specific location of the previously held position (e.g. “Greater New York City Area”). Next, we excluded movements that did not exceed 100 miles (161 km), based on the direct distance between two geographic coordinates, generalized as the geographic center of each region. To determine most unique skill categories among movers, we first grouped individual skills into meaningful categories. Then we isolated the skill categories that were most likely to be found among our sample set of movers and not in our sample set of non-movers. To determine the industries most likely to move, we grouped members into industries based on the company they work for, and compared industry groups by the percentage of members that moved in the past year. Finally, to determine which business functions were most likely to move, we categorized members into functions by classifying their titles into functional groups, and compared functions by the percentage of members that moved in the past year.

Connecting Women for Social Entrepreneurship: TechWomen and LinkedIn

Late last year, a group of colleagues and I had the opportunity to participate in TechWomen, a mentorship and exchange program that brings emerging female leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East, together with counterparts in the United States. The purpose of the program is to encourage women in these countries to pursue STEM careers and strengthen partnerships among them. I was excited to participate as I am passionate about leveraging my technology background to give back, but little did I know that I would come out of this experience completely transformed both personally and professionally. In March, Veena Bhasavaraj and I went on a life-changing trip with the TechWomen delegation to Morocco. We met young women who had dreams of becoming positive change agents in the world. They didn’t focus on how small or big their ideas were, but rather on taking action to make a positive social impact. We learned about a project that involved technology and social media to build sustainable economic opportunities in the tourism industry for boat drivers trying to integrate back into their communities after being imprisoned. Another group is creating a portal for listing and effectively matching jobs for disabled and less skilled workers. These stories illustrate how technology can bridge barriers and help us collaborate towards a better world. Participating in TechWomen has given me the opportunity to move out of my daily routine and comfort zone and gain a new perspective on giving back to the community.  In fact, I’m so inspired that I’m making a personal commitment to give back. As a first step, I applied for LinkedIn’s Nonprofit Innovation Grant to support Families Without Borders – founded by a fellow TechWomen mentor Terri Khonsari – to improve education and sustainability in Sierra Leone. My TechWomen experience reinforced in me the importance of relentlessly pursuing goals that I believe in and tapping into a professional network of smart and dedicated individuals who share similar values. Having realized the benefits of mentoring and being mentored, I plan to work with my colleagues to implement a mentoring program for those of us in technical program management and leverage lessons learned from my TechWomen experience. At LinkedIn, one of our core cultural values is Transformation – transformation of self, company and world. My experience with TechWomen has transformed my perspective and I’m better for the experience. For a more detailed version of my experience with TechWomen, please visit the LinkedIn Engineering Blog.

Redefining The Meaning of Success: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Arianna Huffington

Everyone strives for success. Oftentimes, we measure our success by how much money we make, our ability to climb the corporate ladder, or the car we drive. Those things represent an outward appearance of success, but do money and fancy cars fully encompass what it means to be successful in life? Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, was a recent guestof the LinkedIn Speaker Series, and she shared her thoughts about what’s missing from our current definition of success. In her book, Thrive, Arianna talks about a new metric for success – one that helps us not just succeed, but thrive. This metrics takes into account our health & our happiness, in addition to our career success. It consists of four pillars: Well-Being: We sacrifice a lot more than our time when we push ourselves to the limit. It’s vital to our health, career and success to treat ourselves more kindly – getting in the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, staying active, and making sure we’re taking time to recharge with our friends and family. Wisdom: In a world where we’re constantly emailing, texting, tweeting, and updating, it’s easy to live a reactionary life – one where we’re constantly being pulled in multiple directions and feeling stressed. We have to narrow our focus to the things that are truly important or truly urgent. Wonder: Taking a few moments to fully appreciate a sunny day or a friendly gesture from a coworker can boost our spirits and reduce stress. Make sure you take the time to reconnect with the small joys in life to keep daily stresses in perspective. Giving: Volunteering, donating, and doing random acts of kindness are not just about good karma. Studies have shown that people who participate in volunteer programs are happier, healthier, and more productive at work. Take a look at volunteer opportunities in LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace to identify ways you can use your talents to make a positive impact. The full video of Arianna’s talk at LinkedIn Speaker Series is below: Inspired by this talk, I’m taking some time out, turning off my phone, and going for a walk around the lovely city I call home, San Francisco. I’ll have the chance to rethink the way I define what makes me successful day-to-day at work — and focus more on how I can thrive for a lifetime.

Always Assume Success, but Learn to Accept Failure

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, we announced an exciting milestone in the UK of 15 million members. Students and recent graduates emerged as our fastest growing group, so we decided to leverage LinkedIn data to uncover 15 ‘Ones to Watch’ – UK students or recent graduates who truly understand the value of LinkedIn and the power of networking. This inspiring group includes five women and ten men from a variety of backgrounds, including a sprinkling of budding entrepreneurs, a few bloggers and good number of volunteers! To celebrate their successes, we invited these members to an inspirational event hosted by Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg. This is what one of the attendees Guzmán Díaz Solana had to say about the experience: During the last two years, I have lived in three countries, garnering experience in various high-growth venture-backed tech companies, working in both marketing and finance roles. A few weeks ago, LinkedIn let me know that I am on their list of top 15 “Ones to Watch” graduates in the UK. As a Spaniard, my prospects when graduating university, even when attending one of the top institutions in the country, were not particularly good, so you could say I am very lucky to have ended up where I am right now. However, while I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given, in my opinion there is no such thing as luck. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. I recently attended one of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In for Graduates events, which was incredibly insightful and got me wanting to share some thoughts for those who, like me, faced the challenge of finding a good job upon graduation. This is not a very comprehensive list, and not everything will be true for everyone, as this is based in my own, limited experience: Keep learning. Education doesn’t finish after university. In fact that’s the point at which it starts. As mechanical tasks are increasingly replaced with automated technology, your best chance to stay ahead of the curve is to constantly update your knowledge and be creative on how you apply it. Travel abroad. Don’t be a tourist, go where locals go. Whether that means taking a gap year, going on exchange, volunteering or interning abroad, having an international experience and additional languages will not only boost your employability, but also give you amazing memories that will last for life. Work Out. Have an active lifestyle, go to the gym, play team sports, lift. The Romans had it clear: “Mens sana in corpore sano”. You don’t need to become a bodybuilder, you’d be surprised by how much running a couple of times a week helps. Exploit your strengths. Find what is it you are good at. Use it to your advantage. It may be sports, math, creativity, writing or socialising. Everyone is good at something, it doesn’t necessarily have to be something impressive. Be yourself. Chances are your skills are easily replicable. In this case, whether someone can endure 8+ hours a day next to you or not is a major factor influencing the outcome of your interviews, so they should like you for who you are. Assume success. Always tackle things with a positive mentality. It will force you to try things you would be shy to otherwise. It may go wrong sometimes, but it will go right others. Fail, learn, iterate. Accept failure. When things go wrong, don’t let them overcome you. Sh*t happens. To everyone. Sometimes you will be the best person for that role, but the people interviewing you won’t like you, and that is fine, it’s their loss. Again: fail, learn, iterate. Do what you enjoy. Pursue a career in something you truly enjoy. If you do what you like, you will be good at it, and if you are good, money will follow. It’s true it’s easier to get a well paid job as a software engineer than, say, as a musician, but that just means you’ll have to work harder to achieve your goals. Work hard. As hard as you can, you are expected to. Don’t limit yourself to your job description, try to go beyond and find ways to add value to both what you do and what everyone else does. However, don’t overwork for the sake of overworking. Party harder. Ultimately, life is about people, so go meet people and have fun. You deserve it. The larger your network is, the better opportunities you will have in your future. Sometimes it’s better to hit the pub than to work on your cover letter. I believe we stress too much. And it’s understandable, being a graduate these days is very stressful. The expectations people (and ourselves) have of us are very high, and the competition is very stiff. However this stress often hinders our ability to succeed. Don’t obsess about anything. Remember that the most important thing is… Lean In for Graduates is an enhanced edition of Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling business book. The revised version features a passionate letter from Sandberg encouraging graduates to find and commit to work they love and a combination of inspiration and practical advice. Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg is out now in hardback and ebook. Check out our 15 “Ones to Watch” in the UK Atul Agarwal David Kutas Dhunsyam Daji Felicity McGrath Guzmán Díaz Solana Ifrah Mahmood Izam Ryan Bahrin Jake Tipper Julie Caceres Lina Fassi Fihri Maen Aloquili   Miriam Kerbache Nicholas Fearn Peter Bailey Santiago Manzi


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