So you’ve decided you want to use LinkedIn to find your new job, but how do make that happen? Last week you learned about how people are using the site to expose themselves to potential employers and new opportunities, but now it’s time to figure out exactly what you need to do in order to make the site work for you.
It’s time to create your profile so let’s go over the details. You’re profile should be detailed and thorough, so there is as much relevant information as possible for potential employers to see. This means employment history, education, information regarding your industry, and websites that show off who you are. For advice on how to create a great profile, go to : http://jobsearch.about.com/od/linkedin/ss/linkedin-profile-tips.htm
Adding a professional photo to your profile is important, so find one that makes you look like the person a potential employer is looking for. A headshot is recommended, but it must be resized to no larger than 80×80 pixels.
Now that you have your profile set up, it’s time to network. In this area, quality is more important than quantity. It’s better to connect with people you know, trust, and preferably those who may have something good to say about you in the form of a referral. There’s no need to go nuts and try to connect with everyone you see online. It will just create more chaos and clutter in your networking circle. One of the best ways to show off to employers is to have recommendations from people you have worked with. Even one good recommendation will go a long way here.
Be proactive and start your search in the job listings section of LinkedIn. Now that you have a professional profile and an easy way to share your resume, you can connect with employers you have been looking for with a few clicks. You can also head to the answers section and post your questions, should you have any. One way to gain exposure and increase your visibility is to answer other people’s questions, especially when theses answers can showcase your expertise on a certain subject.
Last but certainly not least, stay connected. Keeping in touch goes a long way and you never know who might have an opportunity for you. Connect with new people and network genuinely and ethically and you will have organic opportunities appearing more often than you would expect.