Job Search Tips

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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LinkedIn Job Searching Tips

Posted on August 3, 2010. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , , , , |

Tips for the Job Seeker

Yes, you gotta do it.  I can’t tell you how many candidates I’ve passed up because they were either non-existent on LinkedIn, or they were sloppy.  LinkedIn has become the de facto personal billboard.  If you’re not there, I assume you were either in prison or living in a time warp.

Here are my tips best utilizing LinkedIn to search for that next career move.

  • Fill out your profile– People search profiles for keywords, so make sure the words you hope people are seeking when they think of you exist inside your profile. Use engaging language, less formal than a resume, more like a billboard for you, because that’s what LinkedIn is! 

 

  • Add a picture- Get over it.  This is standard.  We are so distributed that this helps people put a face on the relationship.  Make sure it’s a picture of your FACE…not a picture of your family or you in front of a Mayan ruin.  People build trust when they can see your eyes.

 

  • Add your email address to your last name– For someone to contact you via LinkedIn, they must know your email address.  If a recruiter is trying to contact you about a position, but they are not connected directly to you, this poses a problem.  Simplify by turning the last name field of your profile into your last name and then your email address (example: Montgomery- jmontgomery@plexent.com).

 

  • Add specialties. People search on these. Use the conventional words and phrases used to describe what you do.

 

  • Add all your positions. On a resume, maybe you only need to go back ten years or so if you’ve held several positions. Here, though, keep in mind that everywhere you worked is an opportunity to reconnect with those old friends and colleagues.

 

  • Add depth to your positions. Title, company and dates isn’t enough, any more than it would be on your resume. Describe what you did – what did you accomplish there?   What problems did you solve and for whom?

 

  • Add your voice. The biggest difference between a LinkedIn profile and a resume is that your LinkedIn profile is intended to help you build and maintain interpersonal relationships. It’s not a dating profile, but it should still be in your personal voice, not the abstract third person. Be yourself.

 

  • Connect with old colleagues. The #1 way to build your LinkedIn network with real, trusted relationships is by uploading your contacts, finding and connecting the ones that are already in LinkedIn and sending invites to the ones who aren’t who you have strong relationships with. Doing it initially isn’t enough, because new people join all the time (over 400,000 a month at last count). You have to make at least a monthly practice of doing this so you pick up the new ones who have recently joined.

 

  • Write and Get recommendations. This is a powerful way for you to be of service to your network. Write some and don’t be afraid to ask for some.  Make sure you’re sincere and don’t oversell somebody you are not passionate about.  This one can get ya!   

Authentic references from people you have actually worked with speak volumes about you. Don’t be afraid to ask, but only ask those who can give good specific ones and who can actually WRITE something meaningful.  Asking for something specific, like, “Bob, I’m hoping you can write a reference about how I managed a group of dotted-line reports” gives more colorful stores and examples. 

Don’t be shy to ask.  Be specific.  Thank them afterwards.   

Part 2 next week!

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Email Address Etiquette- How Embarassing

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

Many people think that candidate screening is based strictly on a good resume format and great experience.

Wrongo, buster.

I had a candidate, fairly senior level, apply for a job using an email address of something along the lines of (to protect the mentally challenged) i_love_robert@xxx.com.

Now seriously, who doesn’t love Robert? However, this is really a light-weight in comparison to many I’ve had over recent years like:

sex_kitten85@xxx.com
foryoureyesonly@xxx.com
takemeimyours@xxx.com

I like to consider myself socially liberal. I think it’s awesome that people have playful email addresses. However, it is an indicator that your judgement may not be tops.

It will always be VERY difficult to offend me. But let me say this one time:

When in “interviewing for a job” mode, people are always on their BEST behavior. So, not knowing me, if you send me a resume with an email address of 2_much_for_1_lady@xxx.com, I’m going to assume that when you’re out working with my company’s clients, that your judgement will be on par with that email address.

Just my thoughts.

That’s my 5 cents (inflation),
Jules aka: nachomammasrecruiter@xxx.com

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