Tips & tricks for becoming a LinkedIn superstar!

I’ve been working with LinkedIn for over 20 years.  Currently I do a lot with the site and have some great tips on how to become a LinkedIn superstar!

Improve your LinkedIn Profile

  • Make sure you have a picture and you’re smiling. People want to work with people they like!  Also have a headline picture
  • Think about what “key words” people looking for someone with your skills will search for and make sure you have them in your profile.
    1. Check out the competition and see what words they are using
    2. Use LinkedIn search to see how many people return with words you’re using
  • Rewrite your headline. It is the most important thing to pay attention to!  Use keywords from above
  • Have examples of your work (videos, documents, etc.)
  • Get recommendations – proactively contact people & possibly provide input on what appreciate being highlighted
  • Be selective about your content- Less is more!
  • Talk about how you applied your skills to solve a problem/make company money
  • Have your resume in Word and PDF
  • Spellcheck your profile & resume
  • Customize your linked URL
  • Post relevant links regularly. Use Buffer to make this easy
Improve your LinkedIn profile

Why you should grow your LinkedIn Network

  • Why grow network
    1. You can email your first connections
    2. Can see more people’s profiles
    3. More people can you see / find you!
  • What is risk of connecting with people?
    1. People will email/call you.  (yes, but it isn’t too crazy)
    2. People will see your connections (you can turn this off)
  • Is it more important on quality over quantity of connections
    1. If you have less than 500, you should probably aim for both
    2. If over 1,000 might be able to stick with just quality
Why you should grow your LinkedIn network

How to Grow your LinkedIn Network

  • How grow network
    1. Join Large groups
      1. Find 2nd & 3rd Connections in the group and connect with them
    2. Join Relevant groups (don’t forget alumni groups)
    3. Use main search and filter by 2ndconnections and Industry, Region, Job title, terms
    4. Become a L.I.O.N (LinkedIn Open Networker) and join their groups plus connect to them
    5. Find people that are connected to a zillion people.  LionsLionList
    6. Before connecting
      1. add (LION) in your title / name
      2. write a specific (yet generic) message that you’re a LION and are trying to connect to many. Thank them ahead of time for connecting.
How to grow your LinkedIn network

Exporting & Using 1st level connections from LinkedIn to be a LinkedIn superstar

In this video I walk you through how you can export all of your first-level contacts on LinkedIn. After exporting you’ll have their contact information which allows you to write them outside LinkedIn!

Exporting 1st Level Connections from LinkedIn

Find and click image / Send text to it

I recently played with this great AutoHotkey function FindText().  The program is similar to AutoHotkey’s built-in ImageSearch functionality however it works more reliably and does not need a local file/copy of the image.  The name of the function is a bit misleading in that it really just helps you find and click images.

My first video below demonstrates most of the basic functionality of the tool.  The second video shows the usage of the functions that I wrote to help clicking, sending text, etc.

Here is my version of the FindText function which includes the functions I demonstrate in the second video.  If you’d like the hotstrings I used they are below also (mine are in my main AutoHotkey.ahk file)

Find and click image with FindText()

Finding text / Image on a page

Demonstration of custom AutoHotkey functions to find image and click it.

Functions to click /send text after finding image

HotStrings used for typing-aide for FindText

Automatically close brackets, parens, braces, and quotes with SciTE

In this short tutorial I walk through how I configured SciTE to automatically close: brackets, parens, braces, and quotes with SciTE.


closing brackets

Here’s what you need to do to try this:1) Export these lua files into your SciTE home directory
2) Open your UserLuaScript.lua script and add the following lines (in this order)

Then just restart SciTE and you’ll be able to have SciTE close brackets, parens, quotes on its own!

Video demonstrating the process so SciTE can close brackets, parens, etc.

Auto Closing quotes, braces, etc. within SciTE

AutoHotkey Webinar- Parsing plain text with AutoHotkey

Video Hour 1: High-level overview:AutoHotkey Webinar

In the first hour of our AutoHotkey webinar we demonstrated Quick Access Popup from our guest speaker Jean Lalonde.  It is an amazingly customizable tool that allows you to have what you want at your fingertips!

Here is an abbreviated list of some of the great features:

  1. Create shortcuts to folders, programs, files, links, Snippets, special folders, etc.
  2. Easily create Hotkeys for above shortcuts
  3. Works with most Open/Save dialog boxes
  4. Integrated with most file managers (Windows Explorer, Directory Opus, Total Commander, etc.)
  5. The tool itself is highly customizable
  6. Have “shared” sections as well as individual ones
  7. Organize your menu into folders & sub-folders
  8. Customize Menu/GUI shortcut with an icon (that makes sense to you)
  9. Available in 10 languages

You can watch a short overview video here or get a deeper dive here.  Jean was kind enough to walk me through his tool in this video.

We then talked about what a “text file” is and frequent sources of them (Export from programs, sever logs, emails, etc).  We also briefly discussed what is File / Character Encoding & why are there frequent problems with it (this is a very deep topic which we could have spent days discussing!)

Also discussed  what a “flat file” is and how they are different than:

  • Multi-row files
  • Relational files
  • XML and JSON files

We then shared some of the frequently used built-in commands and functions for parsing text in AutoHotkey.

Then we got into various custom-built in libraries and functions

Then our guest speaker, Jean, took over walking us through some examples of common problems with AutoHotkey LoopParse command

The library is pretty cool and here are some of the main functions available:

  • CSV2Collection() – Transfer the content of a CSV file to a collection of objects.
  • Collection2CSV() – Transfer the selected fields from a collection of objects to a CSV file.
  • Collection2Fixed() – Transfer the selected fields from a collection of objects to a fixed-width file.
  • Collection2HTML() – Builds an HTML file based on a template where variables are replaced with content.
  • Collection2XML() – Builds an XML file from the content of the collection.
  • Collection2ListView() – Transfer the selected fields from a collection of objects to ListView.
  • ListView2Collection() – Transfer the selected lines of the selected columns of a ListView to a collection of objects.

ObjCSV Examples:  Here are the files Jean worked through.

  • SIMPLE CSV FILE – COMA DELIMITED (TheBeatles-coma.txt)
  • SIMPLE CSV FILE – TAB DELIMITED – ISSUE #1 (TheBeatles-tab.txt)
  • MULTI-LINE CSV FILE – COMA DELIMITED – ISSUE #2 (TheBeatles-Lyrics.txt)

Jean then gave us a review of how to use his ObjCSV library

  • Example using ObjCSV_CSV2Collection
  • SIMPLE CSV FILE – COMA DELIMITED (TheBeatles-coma.txt)
  • GUI Example using Collection2ListView
  • EXPORT HTML Example using ObjCSV_Collection2HTML

Wrapping up the first section we then saw a peak at CSVBuddy

CSVBuddy Examples

  • Reading large file with auto-detection
  • Editing field names, re-order or select fields
  • Saving options
  • Saving file with multi-line content converted to single-line (Excel-ready)
  • Reverting the single-line file to multi-line (for example, after manipulation in Excel)

Video Hour 2: Q&A:

In the second hour we discussed various issues working with text data as well as took a deeper look into Quick Access Popup.

Near the end of the time Capn Odin shared a Trie script he’s been working on.  You can check out the script on the forum