#LinkedInLife: My First Week on the Job

With my first week as a member of the LinkedIn family in the books, my ‘why’ has arrived and reflecting on the last 7 days I realized: I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

Before I share my initial thoughts on working with LinkedIn, I want to thank every single one of you who have taken the time to send your well wishes and congratulatory messages since I made my announcement. The power of social not only lies at the heart of my journey to LinkedIn, but is also represented by the outpouring of support I have received — I am genuinely thankful and appreciate all of you!

In my new role at LinkedIn, I’m leading Global Social Media Marketing for Sales Solutions and Sales Navigator. The core functions of my position are rooted in connecting sales professionals with knowledgeable “social selling” thought leaders and the strategies they can use to help them and their organizations drive incremental sales revenue.

It’s both ironic and fitting that my journey to working at LinkedIn is very closely aligned with the social sales process: since losing my job back in November 2008, I spent a lot of time leveraging LinkedIn to identify decision makers, build a network of meaningful connections — engaging with all of them — and adding value to each relationship whenever possible.

Day 1 featured an Orientation held at LinkedIn Headquarters in Mountain View, California. With my first official act on the job being a selfie with a fellow new recruit and spending time learning more about the person, it didn’t take long to see why I came to work for LinkedIn: the overall culture and values:

Members First

Relationships Matter

Be Open, Honest and Constructive

Demand Excellence

Take Intelligent Risks

Act Like an Owner

Each one of these values speaks to me on a variety of levels and solidifies why LinkedIn is exactly where I want to be.

Another incredible feature I learned about on Day 1 was the hashtag #LinkedInLife, which is meant to be used by employees to share their experiences.

That’s right.

LinkedIn employees are encouraged to use social and act as brand advocates, chronicling their stories from the workplace and beyond. To me, this speaks to the culture that LinkedIn has built, and proves that they appreciate the importance of community amongst its employees. Having the ability to use social to not only elevate the employee experience, but also bind people together both literally and figuratively, LinkedIn’s people are always connected.

I’m very fortunate to be living the dream of my dream job — but having the ability to share it with others makes it that much more fulfilling. It validates the fact that without community, without having invested both time and energy into my network, none of this would have been possible.

In an effort to hit the ground running, Week 1 has been all about integrating myself with my immediate team, learning their day-to-day and working to see how I can contribute and add value. It’s always inspiring to meet new people and build meaningful relationships with both professional and personal success being the goal.

Part of my role will see me managing the @LinkedInSelling community on Twitter, and I’m very excited to help others see the value of our platform in terms of how it can enhance their business practices.

Week 1 has me inspired, focused and eager to learn how my new role will help shape LinkedIn’s culture and approach. I look forward to sharing more with my community and appreciate you all being a crucial part of this journey.

In closing, I want to extend a warm thank you to Koka Sexton for not only presenting me with the opportunity to work for LinkedIn but also for empowering me with the foundation needed for a successful transition into my new role.


Carlos Gil

This article was originally published on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedinlife-my-first-week-job-carlos-gil?trk=mp-reader-card

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