Serendipity – making fortunate discoveries by accident.
This morning on my way to work, as happens pretty frequently on Wednesday mornings, I had my weekly brainstorming session in my vehicle about what to write for a blog entry today. Those sessions often begin with “what haven’t I written about recently” followed by “is that subject something that I can make interesting on this particular morning” and finally progresses toward sentence stems and the framework for a few paragraphs. Quite frankly, this morning I drew a blank. My creative wheels just weren’t turning.
But, when I got to work, I opened my email and was greeted with a notice from the Career Services Professionals LinkedIn group that I am a member of. Within the first sentence, a link to a recently published “LinkedIn Job Search Checklist” caught my eye. I opened it and…yes! I could use it as a blog (along with this rather lengthy insight into my blog-writing process)! My failed brainstorming was a moot point. This was glorious. This was serendipity.
The November 28, 2012 posting – Why Be LinkedIn – introduced the professional social media forum and provided tips to help students and recent graduates create a profile and utilize the site effectively. At the risk of repeating too much of that blog, I would like to call your attention once again to the video guides on: What is LinkedIn, Build your Professional Brand, Find your Career Passion, Build a Professional Network, Turn Relationships into Opportunities, and Researching & Prepping for Interviews.
As a complement to those videos, take a look at the Job Search Checklist. I liked it, so I hope you will too. But, don’t wait until the last minute to begin building your profile – it’s unlikely that a job will land in your lap without quite a bit of effort, networking, and searching. After all, even though serendipity came through for me this morning, it probably isn’t a reliable job search method.