[DARE #4] Get Unstuck – Start a LinkedIn Conversation

sunday dare4

Last week I asked you to “ask for more.”

The rationale behind that dare was three-fold, to get you to:

  1. Think through what you might need more of to live a more manageable life
  2. Identify who holds the power in giving you this need
  3. Persuade that decision-maker in a way that focuses on their needs


Truthfully, I got you to start thinking like an expert negotiator!!!


Think about this exercise when you stand in front of a prospective employer who has just presented you with an “okay” job offer.

On my end, I asked for many mores, here are some of my successes:

-More childcare to attend an all day conference (pretty psyched about this)

-More radio on-air time since my first experience was fulfilling (I got a yes and will be recording next week!)

-More resources so I hired a new consultant to help me with operations (welcome Catherine)

-More reliable web hosting solutions (boring, but necessary, it’s live right now)

Now, on to dare #4


LinkedIn matters.

69 out of 100 of the Fortune 100 companies recruit using Linkedin.

Additionally, top executives from all Fortune 500 firms are on Linkedin.

And recruiters who post jobs across social media networks are getting more applications via LinkedIn than on any other social media site.

These stats along with a plethora more make standing out on LinkedIn essential if you are going after a competitive firm in finance in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

So, here’s the dare

  • Get on LinkedIn
  • Go beyond being a passive user and start standing out
  • Join a career-specific LinkedIn group
  • Write a thoughtful message on said group geared towards sparking a lively conversation!
  • Then email me a screenshot of what you wrote as viewers will see it in LinkedIn

What’s in it for you? Other than gaining the attention of industry professionals via LinkedIn?

I’ll email you back a fill-in-the-blank script template to help you refine your LinkedIn summary section.


Happy Sunday, all!



Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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