said 5 months, 2 weeks ago:
Good thoughts, Bob and Eileen. I’ve also found that participating in relevant LinkedIn groups (where the members are interested in financial topics or whatever), can quickly make you an authority in your field even if you are just starting out.
My background is in corporate communications, but as soon as I started joining LinkedIn groups focused on careers/job seeking and participating in the discussions, teasing my career-related blog posts to drive traffic to my site, etc., I quickly became a “career authority” even though I had never been in that area before. Interestingly, many of the people who previously thought of me as a corporate communicator now call me to be their career coach because they have read my LinkedIn discussions.
I was truly amazed at how quickly people changed their perceptions of me because of my presence on LinkedIn groups.