How I got myself this great job at makepositive using LinkedIn – Part – 4

  February 19, 2015       PeiMun Lim

Chapter 4 – Using LinkedIn Premium

In line with my job hunting strategy, I upgrade my LinkedIn Account to Premium.  I begin doing more advanced searching through my contact’s networks, identifying individuals and companies who look interesting.

I get more active in groups I am interested in.  Project Management, Dynamics CRM, CRM in general, Agile methodology, what have you.

Before, when I was in a job with long working hours, I’ve never really had the time or energy for these sorts of activities on LinkedIn. You know, like Facebooking, but on a less frivolous level.  Things like posting status updates, commenting and ‘liking’ someone else’s postings/comments, as well as civilised flaming or ‘mature’ discussion between enlightened colleagues.

As I get more engaged, I get to know more people, and my network grows.  An ex-colleague who has moved over to Salesforce, re-connects with me and mentions that there is a bigger world out there than Microsoft Dynamics.

Is there? I’m curious now. I read up a bit more, and I do a bit of research.  I don’t mind moving upwards or sideways as long as I am learning and growing.  I thrive on challenges, so I open up my options to include opportunities within Salesforce, and other CRM platforms as well as those in dynamics CRM.

One particular InMail message intrigues me. Ahmed Al-Habib (not his real name) contacts me to talk about an opportunity with a premier Salesforce partner. I investigate the Salesforce world a little bit more.

Satya Nadela, Microsoft CEO and CEO Marc Benioff signed a pact at the end of May 2014 to integrate with Microsoft, extending functionality into Office 365, Sharepoint and OneDrive, as well as allowing Salesforce1 mobile app to run on Windows 8.1 and Windows devices.

This feels like the right time to look further into The Other Side.  It will be a little different, as Microsoft strategy has been very on-premise, and has come a little late to the cloud party.  In fact, CRM 2011 online services was a strategic move to compete with Salesforce’s SaaS platform.

I accept the opportunity to interview with this Salesforce partner.  At the same time, I look at how the Salesforce marketplace is doing and read up about the other partners.  I know that working life with a large global consultancy would mean living out of a suitcase and that I would never get a chance to spend time with my little ninjas, so I concentrate on medium and smaller partners.

A small boutique consultancy catches my eye.  It has a hippie sounding name, ‘makepositive’.  I check it out and I find that they have a couple of job postings for Project Manager and I make contact.

At the same time, all my LinkedIn activities increases my profile and I get more messages.  I get an InMail for a Programme Manager Dynamics contract position with a large Bank.  And another from a contact I knew for a cover contract position with a Dynamics partner.

Things are looking up.

“So what’s on the cards, Wife?”

“Well, the Premium LinkedIn account seems to be paying off.  I’m getting a lot of messages about job opportunities and stuff.  It’s a bit like being on an online dating site, but less creepy.”

His ears prick up.

“What do you mean, like being on an online dating site? “ His eyes squint suspiciously.

“Oh don’t worry. It’s nothing like that. Just random strangers wanting to get to know me and talk to me about opportunities.”  I tell him about my ‘irons in the fire’.

“Do you think it’ll be easy to move over to The Other Side?”

“Well, CRM is CRM isn’t it?  The concepts ought to be the same.  People still have customers they want more intelligence about, and to understand the life cycle and their business processes so that they can optimise efficiency and increase revenue.” I throw in as many MBA words as I can remember.  It never fails to make me feel a little bit more clever than normal.

“Well, get something that pays a lot.  But one where you’re not working 70 hour weeks and that won’t stress you out so much that you come home as Missus Grumpy Guts.”

I don’t really believe such a job exists.  But I have a few leads and I’m feeling optimistic.