Calgary LinkedIn Expert - Dave Byrnes

I work with business owners and professionals who want to use LinkedIn to find opportunities.

Ask any successful person and they will tell you they didn’t make it alone. You need a network to make it in your career or in business.

It took me a few years to learn this lesson after moving to Calgary. After stalling in my career, I began to study and work with LinkedIn experts to move my career forward, and then build a business around helping people with LinkedIn.

That’s the short version.

Why I Became a LinkedIn Expert

When I moved to Calgary (Canada) from Australia a decade ago I had no idea how to network for jobs or what LinkedIn was. Not surprisingly, my career suffered.

Calgary was a “Who you know” city and I made every mistake in the job search book. I accepted bad advice from internet “experts” and ploughed all my efforts into the online job application system. As my career stagnated and my frustration grew, I realized there must be a better way and began to learn about the hidden job market, networking and LinkedIn.

As an introvert, networking was the last thing I wanted to do because I thought it was about asking for favours or taking from people (and talking to strangers!). The tipping point came when I learned (through people in my network) that networking was about giving value first and I began to crack open the hidden job market and land job interviews.

Enter LinkedIn and I began to see the full potential of strategic networking. I learned everything I could about LinkedIn until the point where people in Calgary started offering to pay me to be their LinkedIn business coach. It was then I decided I wanted to help people who were stuck in their career or business, and learn from my mistakes (rather than making them).

Who I Help With LinkedIn

These days I help job seekers and businesses in Canada and the United States professionally brand themselves as the solution to an audience’s problems.

I help small business owners use LinkedIn to find opportunities and simplify their marketing by building a network of potential customers and strategic partners.

I show job seekers how to get access to more opportunities by skipping the online job application black hole and building relationships with the hiring managers of their dream job.

What is Your First Step?

Before you ask how to become a LinkedIn expert there is a more important question: Should I even be on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn isn’t for everyone, but luckily there is a simple test. Is your audience on LinkedIn?

With this in mind, I created the LinkedIn Scorecard. It’s a five-minute process that will tell you whether you should be on LinkedIn, and if so, where you stand right now (are you helping or hurting your access to opportunities?). Try it now by clicking the image.

Got a specific question about LinkedIn for me? Use the Contact button below and let’s have a conversation.