The Insider's Guide To Job Search
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Tips For Using LinkedIn Features and Resources For Job Seekers
by Kevin T. Buckley, CPC
LinkedIn is a valuable resource and tool for connecting with a wide variety of hiring managers in those industry sector in which you have experience. These are some concise tips on how to use this site to best effect. More employers routinely check the social media profiles of applicants including LinkedIn, Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, among others.
Editing Your Profile:
This is your image to potential employers, it needs to be concise, informative and focused.
Brief points that are easily read, where the reader doesn't have to wade through a sea of text.
Use appropriate industry key words in your profile to enable search engines to identify them in search results just as you would on your resume.
Edit your resume text to truly focus on accomplishments and significant responsibilities and functions.
Choose and upload a photo that projects a friendly image and is clear, uses good lighting and is business oriented.
Note your present and past employers and associations, memberships and social or community involvements.
Note your industry education designations prominently so the reader doesn't have to hunt for them in the the text of your job descriptions.
Solicit Recommendations from trusted clients, ex-superiors and colleagues to enhance your Profile as they serve as mini employment references and serve to increase the appeal of your profile to viewers.
Import your email contacts info from Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. or by exporting your address book into a .csv or.txt file from your email program to your desktop then uploading/importing it to your Connections section - a ready made connections list to send Invitations from.
If you use Twitter, remember that you can use a hash tag: #in and your tweet will appear in LinkedIn - choose what you tweet so it enhances your business profile - things like article and site URLS, industry events you have attended, and so on.
Turn on the Job Seeker's Badge under the Edit Profile section to alert hiring managers that you are looking for a job and it will appear next to your name in search results.
You can Send Inmail from a job posting, profile or search results page - make sure the subject line clearly identifies the reason for your message - Premium account required.
Check the Featured Applicant box when applying to a job posting and your application appears at the top of the hiring manager's list.
Use Profile Organizer, clicking on Contacts to save the profiles of hiring managers or search results and use Notes to record details of your conversation or questions for follow up.
Save your Profiles into folders by Company, Job Title or other selected criteria.
Activate the Open Link Network in the Edit Profile section as this allows others to freely contact you with no cost to them, allowing open access from hiring managers and recruiters, the Open Link icon will appear next to your name.
Ensure that your profile's working experience dates of employment match that of your resume.
Who's Viewed Your Profile allows you to see who has reviewed your profile, limited access in the basic account, expanded in the Premium account.
Sign up for the Lindsey Pollak 60 minute training seminar to learn the latest strategies and tips for using LinkedIn: http://learn.linkedin.com/jobseeker/ .
The Premium Job Seeker account provides more features such as Premium Search to search according to multiple criteria. There is a fee for this.
Apply to join Groups that apply to your industry or vertical market or business focus which you can find through the Groups Directory.
The more Groups you join the more ideas for contacts you will discover through their member listings and the easier you will be able to reach out and add people to your Network and Connections.
Within each Group you will often find a Jobs section where relevant jobs are posted that you can then apply to.
You can adjust Settings in your individual Groups to allow for daily or weekly message digests to be sent to you, as well enabling group members to send you messages without cost.
Groups can be geographically based as well as by job function if you make the appropriate selections in your Search criteria.
A good series of videos on Youtube that introduces you to using LinkedIn can be found at http://butterscotch.com hosted by Molly Macdonald, it is a series of 10 videos.
Youtube search box type: butterscotch linkedin .
LinkedIn profiles gain ranking in Google search results, select Full View in your public Profile and customize the URL to your own name, this will increase your visibility on the web.
You can find out who used to hold the position you are applying for at a given company by searching Job Title and Company and un-check Current Titles Only in the search criteria, contact past employees if you feel you want to with an Expertise Request for potential insight into the opportunity.
When you know the name of the interviewer check and see if you share common schools, interests or acquaintances in their Connections.
How is the company doing? do a Search for the company name and un-check Current Companies Only box, view the movement of people from the company - is it stable?
Use LinkedIn Answers to ask questions of your network and people outside your network.
Checking the ex-employee info Profiles from a specific Company Profile you have selected to research may provide clues in these employees previous positions about other employers in that industry sector, as people often move around to/from recognized competitors in their industry.
Company Pages on LinkedIn include a New Hires section which lets you know who has been hired recently and, in turn, their profiles will tell you where they came from - more options.
Make sure that you review those people who are two degrees away from you (a connection of someone you are connected to) - this means that you know someone who is connected to the person whom you want to approach. You may be able to obtain an Introduction through your first degree contact.
Search the names of executives that you find in Industry Associations in your sector for more potential contact/connections options and search for them in People Search.
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