If you feel like you're headed in the wrong direction with your current career path, this tracing exercise can help show you what moves you might want to consider making.
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LinkedIn is great for networking and looking for new opportunities, but it can also show you how other successful people got to where they are now. Clark Valberg, the cofounder and CEO of InVision, suggests you use LinkedIn to perform a simple exercise that can help you find direction and get motivated. Here's how it breaks down:
- Pick five people on LinkedIn that are doing what you want to do.
- Go to their LinkedIn pages and trace their career path backwards to help you see what kind of work you should consider doing now.
- Apply to "lookalike" jobs that match your experience level.
If you like, you can also email the five people you chose and let them know how they helped you. You might strike a chord and get a mentor out of the situation. If you're feeling lost or stuck, see what successful people did to get where they are. You may not get a new job out of it right away, but you'll have a better understanding of where you should set your compass. Check out the link below to learn more.