Using LinkedIn to Bolster Your Job Hunting Efforts
by David Sung
By now, nearly everyone has heard of LinkedIn, the biggest online provider of resumes and job listings. Those in the job market flesh out their online resumes to appeal to hiring directors while the directors themselves are always sifting through new batches of applicants. If you’re looking for a job, how can you be sure to catch the eye of those making the tough decisions at the company you want to work for? Take your LinkedIn outreach to the next level with today’s post.
It’s likely you've heard about the power of networking in the social sense, going to events and shaking hands to exchange business cards with potential allies. But are you duplicating these efforts online? The Groups feature in LinkedIn allows users to mingle with other people with specified interests, and they aren’t all general categories either. Whether you’re looking for a job in hospitality or law, there are several dedicated groups to your craft. Begin sharing and answering questions with those in the groups you find to make new friends, and be on the lookout for chances to interact with users that currently work in the company you see yourself in.
Endorsements aren’t just for celebrities. Other users can endorse you on LinkedIn for skills you possess. If you are a receptionist, you may have colleagues endorse you for skills such as scheduling and inter-personal skills. What you can be endorsed for is only limited by your imagination; work with your colleagues to endorse one another, so everyone gets the benefits.
Even if you aren’t currently looking for a job, it’s important to connect virtually with the people you meet at work, in meetings, or at events. This provides an easy way to connect later down the road through LinkedIn if your situation changes. If you simply call someone from a business card you exchanged months ago, they may struggle to remember you. But thanks to the Internet, when you send them a message on LinkedIn, they can instantly remember you from your picture and other relevant personal information. Connecting virtually also eliminates the risk of losing a contact if you misplace their business card.
Keep Your Profile Up to Date
You never know who may be looking at your profile. Be sure to keep it up to date and completely fleshed out, even information about your current position. Even if you aren’t looking to make a move, there are always companies looking for new talent. Don’t wait until you’re unemployed to spiff up your profile, so you should take a proactive approach. If you are currently in the job market, don’t be shy about listing out your qualifications and past experience. You aren’t limited to the one page rule for printed resumes, so let it flow.
Looking for a job can be stressful. By following these tips, you can set yourself up to find your next job easily, and maybe even alleviate some of the work as well. LinkedIn should be a priority for job seekers of all ages.
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