This weeks blog post is by Rochna Pant. Rochna is a Learning and Development professional who has worked on educational initiatives in Egypt, China, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and India. We are thrilled to welcome Rochna to the ReBoot Accel team as a Special Project Manager and to her first blog regarding who she follows on LinkedIn to keep growing & going during her career reinvention, reentry, and job search. How to follow? Find out here.
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.
This quote epitomizes my upbringing aptly. My parents were not very conversational but they were extremely particular of a discipline, living and breathing the rhetoric of “practice makes perfect”. It looked mechanical back then but I have found myself in a mental fog when I have derailed. Not to mention, my mom’s voice in my head going- I told you so! To ensure I stay on track with my career reentry and life goals, I follow the likes of these eleven women on LinkedIn to get a daily dose of inspiration.
Liz Ryan. Liz combines fun graphics with hard-hitting career advice. Her posts talk about inertia in jobs and reinventing yourself in the process of building a career. One of her posts about breaking free and breaking some rules while searching for a job stayed with me. Particularly, breaking Rule no. 4 (below). For more awesomeness, follow Liz here.
#4 The rule that says you have to brand yourself based on your “Skills” rather than telling your human story.
Lisa Gates is Founder of She Negotiates, her motto is to bridge the wage and leadership gaps and her articles follow the same thread.
There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
For interview tips, negotiations skills and crushing the impostor syndrome during your job search follow Lisa Gates here.
Gina Bianchini. Gina embodies – “Fall seven times, get back up eight.” A serial entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks, Gina’s story is all about keeping your chin up and moving forward!
One lesson is to roll with failure and not be a victim. It’s not about what happens to you. It’s what do you do next.
Her articles focus on community building and branding yourself. When your backs are against the wall, remember to follow Gina Bianchini here.
Marianne Cooper has an enviable bio. She is an expert on gender, women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion and was lead researcher for Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Her personal lean in story is a must-read. For a steady diet of current research and statistics on having more women role models to diversify male-dominated fields, the rise of women entrepreneurs, professional work ethic aid in identifying strengths, and developing a growth mindset, follow Marianne Cooper here.
Never place too much stock in any one person’s assessment of you, because doing so allows someone else to place limits on what you believe you are capable of achieving.
Mary Barra is CEO of General Motors Company and a no-nonsense woman. Her posts talk about developing a personal inventory and using powerful language in a job search. She shares her favorite principles and practices for engaging and developing employees of a company in one of her posts.
Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.
To create a personal brand and an effective elevator pitch follow Mary Barra here.
Susan Cain. Susan is a bestselling author and TED speaker, she writes regularly about thought leadership, empathy, and up-skilling. Here’s a quote from Susan for your vision board-
So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way.
Authenticity and integrity are sought after skills and hugely relevant to the job ecosystem. To turn inward and build your mental muscle follow Susan Cain here.
Sanyin Siang is an author, speaker and leadership coach. She leads the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University and believes in being empowered and empowering in careers. Her insightful take on what “other” skills, hiring managers should look out for is refreshing, as are her antidotes for Imposter Syndrome. Follow Sanyin here.
Embrace it and use it to dive deeper into feedback that can uncover your differentiating strength.
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter how you start a job, it only matters how you end it.
Gretchen Rubin. I have adopted the following from Rubin as my mantra while maneuvering my job search journey.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
Gretchen is a best-selling author, who writes periodically on how to maintain happiness and habits in our everyday lives. Her recent post about her interaction with Oprah has an interesting take on interview skills and believing in yourself. To unplug and find your centre from time to time, follow Gretchen Rubin here.
Brené Brown. Brené Brown is Founder and CEO of Brave Leaders Inc. Brown reminds us –
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.
The focus on soft skills in her articles resonate strongly with me. It aligns with encouraging research being unearthed about how women lead the way here and how these are absolutely must-haves in the present job scene. To constantly choose courage over comfort, follow Brené Brown here.
Whitney Johnson is the best selling author and a performance coach, Whitney regularly advises on reinventing/disrupting yourself, making the right choices and taking the leap. Her post about being the hero of your own story struck a chord with many. One of my favorite quotes of hers is –
Be in beta. Do things badly. Abandon perfectionism. Following this advice can seem nearly impossible when pitted against our identity. But when we allow ourselves to go into the rapid iteration of trial and error, like a child learning to walk, the feel-good neurological response just may charm away the snake of a strangling ego.
To unite with other disruptors, follow Whitney Johnson here.
So there you have it. The top eleven leaders I follow on LinkedIn for career inspiration, job search strategies, and lifelong learning. Who do you follow? I’d love to hear from you and add them to my list. Wishing you success in your job search.
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