“You got boogies” is not what most folks hear on Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned for that story as we discuss various celebrations on and off LinkedIn.
CELEBRATIONS ON LINKEDIN
Currently, when you click on My Network on the menu bar of your Linkedin profile, you may or may not see Celebrations Beta, as it is being rolled out. LinkedIn will let you know who you can congratulate on a job change, work anniversary, or wish a happy birthday.
You can also access celebrations on a desktop or laptop on the celebrations page. It is not yet available on mobile.
You can either view the member’s celebration post and publicly comment on it for all to see or send the LinkedIn member a private message.
When you want to bring a post to someone’s attention, it’s best to tag them.
KUDOS ON LINKEDIN
You can also send kudos thrice a week on LinkedIn, and here is how. Visit a profile, click the more button, and select the kudos award from the drop-down menu. You can make a public post or send a private message.
You will see the two choices when you click the arrow on the Share in a post button. Don’t forget to add a hashtag to the kudos post, before you click post. A hashtag is not needed when you send a private message.
You can give kudos for 1) Thank You, 2) Going above and beyond, 3) Inspirational Leader, 4) Team Player, 5) Great Job, 6) Making work fun, 7) Amazing Mentor, 8) Outside the Box Thinker, 9) Great Presentation, and 10) Making an Impact.
CELEBRATIONS OFF LINKEDIN
This past week had its own celebrations. Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and many people heard “I love you,” “Happy Valentines Day,” and the like.
Me? I got, “You got boogies.” That was said as I laid down with my two-year-old grandson to read a book before his nap. Nothing like honesty!
Congratulations to Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs for winning the Super Bowl.
A big thank you to the Eagles for winning to get us to the Super Bowl, even though it was not the desired ending for those with green blood.
Something fundamental to remember, however, is when you congratulate the winning coach on national television, you DON’T say:
- Big guy
- Waddle over
- Getting up in years
- Have a cheeseburger on us
Celebratory comments like that scream weight discrimination, bullying, and age discrimination and harassment. If you don’t know how to filter and exercise self-control of your mouth, perhaps that job is no longer the right fit.
What do you think? Should there be repercussions?
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of ChemPharma.net and is on the leadership team of the Thought Leadership Branding Club.
Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love, along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.