"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things." —Mark Twain "Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish." ― Ovid
Besides having a great profile, there are
multiple other ways to use LinkedIn to help in career management or job
search. One of those options is to join a LinkedIn Group(s). From professional to
hobby-related, there is a group for nearly everyone. You can contribute to ongoing discussions, start
a discussion yourself, see what jobs a particular group has advertised, learn
from industry experts, and find potential connections.
Just go to the Interests Tab at the top of
the page and click Groups. LinkedIn will
make suggestions based on your profile.
My suggestion is to join local groups (this is where the jobs will be advertised),
professional groups that have a LinkedIn Group as well, alumni groups, and
company “alumni” groups. LinkedIn will allow you to join up to 50 groups, so you can have quite a selection. Always look at
the group description first, how many members are in the group, and how active
it is to make the right selections for you.
To your job search and career success!
is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others." --John C. Maxwell
"Remember, the thoughts that you
think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental
attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can
achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can't." Napoleon Hill
Every time I visit LinkedIn to help a client or see invites in my email box from LinkedIn, invariably there's at least one of the following titles used by a connection or invitee:
"Currently Looking for an Opportunity"
"Looking for Work"
"Needing a Job"
None of these titles will help you in your job search! LinkedIn works through several different algorithms, and one of those is keywords. Instead of using some sort of "description" regarding your current situation, tell them what you are looking for specifically. For instance, if you are a salesperson try this: Sales Professional | Business Development | Customers Needs Assessment | Consultative Sales | Cold Calling | Relationship Management
You have 100 characters and spaces to give Human Resources, Recruiter/Headhunters, and Hiring Managers detail on what you can do for them in the title section, versus just telling them you are unemployed. What are the keywords and key phrases most appropriate to your industry? Not only should they be used in your resume, but should be used on your LinkedIn profile, especially in the first thing a hiring professional will see - your title. To your job search success.
Sometimes that job you are waiting for
just doesn’t come as quickly as you hoped in your job search. It seems like you have spent hours at the computer and applied for 100’s of positions,
have had phone and in-person interviews that went well, and still no job. Don’t give up, that next application,
networking contact or referral could be the job you have waited for all this
time. Often you have to go through many “no’s”
to get to the yes’s. A job search is
like sales, not everyone will buy, but there is always a customer for a good
product. To your job search success!