LinkedIn Job Searching Tips- Part 2

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , , , |

LinkedIn Job Search Tips Part 2

I recently published a blog entry that gave you Part 1 of LinkedIn tips if you’re on a career search.  Here is the second set of recommendations.  Get to work.  It’s your network.

  • Join some Groups and get in on discussions!   Many of the Groups now have job boards, as well.  These are free to the employer, so you will see different jobs than what you see on the paid jobs listing. 

 

  • Ask a question, answer questions. The LinkedIn Answers feature is an opportunity to give and receive value with your network on a more frequent basis than introductions.  Social media is about helping people get business done and can lead to some great relationships. 

 

  • Update your status.  Talk about things for which you want to be known.  If you are looking for a position as a cost accountant, maybe send out a link to an article that would interest CFOs. 

 

 

  • Make your Profile on LinkedIN publicly searchable via Google and other engines:  A well crafted LinkedIn profile can by all means make a great business card. By default, your profile is hidden and won’t appear in Google searches unless you change its settings. That means that only LinkedIn members can view your details and not the entire world.  Recruiters use Google, so you should definitely edit this.
  • Add substance to your Summary. This is your personal elevator pitch. Update your profile regularly!  This sends a message to your contacts and keeps you and your company in front of them. 
    • First login to LinkedIn
    • Then open the My Profile tab
    • Now hit Edit My Public Profile (on the right)
    • Check all items you’d like to make public.  I recommend sharing anything professional. 
    • Hit Save Change. Your Linked profile is now public.

 

  • Add website links, activities, interests and awards. Nobody will brag about you except YOU.  Do it.   

 

  • Rinse and Repeat.  Every time you do “something” on LinkedIn, it creates a status update that all of your connections will see.  This is a great way to keep your name in front of them without calling and saying, “Don’t forget that I’m looking for a career move!”  Adding some connections each day is better than adding 500 in one day.  It will spread out the activity and keep you in front of your contacts.

 

Remember, the best time to build your network is when you are working and you have live fresh reasons to connect with prospects, vendors, colleagues, etc.   But, if you haven’t done a good job of that and now need to network for a position, don’t delay.  Make building your network something you do regularly.  It’s that vital.


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