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EP 807 | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a novel way to use your LinkedIn references as part of a brag book.
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I want to give you an idea I want to do with those LinkedIn testimonials and endorsements that you receive in the course of your career.
You may have heard of the idea of a brag book. A brag book is something that you can leave behind at the end of your interview. It includes paper copies of your references, a resume, summaries of the work that you’ve done (the situation, the task that you performed, the action that you took as a result). The whole bunch of things that allow you to demonstrate to the interviewer how effective you were in your last role. I want to be clear that you’re not can be reading from this book to your interview. Although all help to construct the framework for you and your preparation.
It’s something that will allow you to leave something to the effect of, “I would like to leave this with you as a reminder of our meeting.” Have it bound; don’t just simply can’t a few sheets of paper to the interviewer. It can be in a folder type of construct. The idea is to leave something tangible behind that demonstrates your experience.
For you individual professions, it has got to be visually attractive. For you and administrative rules and others, again, it needs to be visually attractive and carry lots of testimonials, your references … You can copy and paste your material from your LinkedIn profile which, again, is 1 of the reasons why I encourage you to reach out to people who know your work and have the right testimonials, not just simply the checkoff box that lets people know that you are endorsed by 247 different individuals for such and such.
If you need to, you do that. What you really want to be doing is going to the written remarks that people made about you and your work and include those.
Again, it is nicknamed a brag book,. Your LinkedIn endorsements and testimonials going there. Your resume. Your list of references. A few pages that will discuss assignments that you had, the situation you stepped into, the task you had, the action you took with the result.
Construct a brag about; leave it behind. This is not for executives or directors, not for senior managers or managers. This is ideal for staff level roles, particularly for administrative or visual professions.