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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

10 Incredibly Useful LinkedIn Tools

10 Incredibly Useful LinkedIn Tools

We all know that social media is an important tool for businesses. But, did you also know that there are some pretty awesome apps and tools within these tools? Take LinkedIn for example. There are loads of little tools that help you gather customer data, find targeted profiles, unlock paid LinkedIn functions, and even get the sales process started. Let’s take a look at the 10 best and most useful LinkedIn tools.

1. Elink.Club

This system will visit as many as 800 targeted profiles daily for you. Why do you need this? Because studies show that most people don’t check out another profile unless they see that they have been checked out first. This tool lets you be the first to check them out, and they will want to see what you are about as well.

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2. Rapportive

This is a Gmail plugin that shows you LinkedIn profiles of those you are sending emails to, or receiving emails from. You can connect with these people immediately through this plugin. This is a popular tool that has come highly recommended for businesses.

3. Profile Views: Who’s Viewed My LinkedIn Profile

If you are only using the free LinkedIn account, you can only see the last five people who have checked out your profile. When you use this tool, you can see everyone who has checked you out. This is a Chrome extension, and it tracks everyone who views your profile.

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4. Crystal

Everyone is different, so you can’t treat all customers the same. You need to know how to communicate with each customer on an individual basis, and this tool will help you find profile LinkedIn users so you can learn their personalities, and how to best communicate with them.

5. Followers Guide

It is a common thing to buy followers, but it is important to know what you are doing, and to buy the right followers. This tool helps you to do just that. It is your guide to buying LinkedIn followers, with reviews of the top companies for buying followers.

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6. Salestools.io

This is a tool that lets you download lead lists right from LinkedIn to Excel. You can also use this tool to monitor a newsfeed for certain keywords so you know when someone within your network could use your help. This is a great way to get new prospects and leads.

7. Devumi

This is a site where you will find the best LinkedIn connections and endorsements for sale. You will be connected with thousands of professionals so you can attract endorsements for any skill. This will help you achieve better credibility and a good reputation, and it is a great confidence booster.

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8. Email Hunter

Here is an app that will help you find the email addresses of prospects. Email Hunter does this by analyzing and storing addresses that are available publicly on the Internet. When you visit a site, you will see all of the available emails that go with that domain.

9. Locksmith for LinkedIn

This awesome tool is ideal for those of us who are still using the free LinkedIn account to look for prospects. Because the account is free, we can only access names and profiles of first and second level contacts. This tool locates profiles of third level and Out of Network contacts, without you having to pay for an account upgrade.

10. Datanyze Insider

If you sell technology products to businesses, you need this tool. It will let you know when customers drop the competition, so you can go in and bring them to you. There is even a way to identify websites that stopped or started using a competitor’s technology.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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