The Do’s and Don’ts of LinkedIn Job Hunting

There’s no doubt that LinkedIn is a great way to find a new job. They have successfully implemented a way to advertise openings based on how closely they relate to your title. If you are a Human Resources Manager, chances are you will see a handful of ad’s for HR Manager positions local to you.

On the flip side as a candidate it makes applying to positions so much easier. If you have applied to a position before you know that some companies have an application process that makes taking the SAT’s look easy. You have to individually write out every job you’ve had, schools you’ve attended, references, etc. etc. With LinkedIn in most cases you can click apply, attach your profile and you’re done!

However if you are going to use the tool you need to use it correctly in order to be successful with it.

Do:

  1. Have a complete profile or resume attached. The beauty of LinkedIn is that you can apply to a job in just a few clicks. You do not have to painstakingly fill out a profile with hundreds of text boxes. You can click apply, send your profile (or attach a resume) and done. As a result make sure your profile is complete. You wouldn’t send a blank resume would you?
  2. Be well connected. I have written in the past that the best way to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants is to have direct connection with that company. If you are connected with someone from the hiring team you can drop a note or a message to that person specifically prompting them to give your resume a second look.

More Do’s and the complete UnderCoverRecruiter article

Don’t:

  1. Apply to a job with an incomplete profile. I can’t tell you how many times someone will send me their LinkedIn application with just job titles and company names only and no other details. Not only does this not show me the information I need to know, it also shows me you are lazy. If you aren’t willing to take the extra step to either attach a resume or complete your profile, what kind of employee will you be?
  2. Annoy the job poster. From time to time the contact information of the poster will be on the job. Or you will be connected to someone from that company yourself. Above I said that you should contact someone from the hiring team to get your resume noticed. However I said contact, not annoy. Do not send the job poster a daily message “have you seen my profile yet??” There is a very fine line between professional persistence and being annoying. You don’t want to be the latter.

More Don’ts and the complete UnderCoverRecruiter article

7 Hacks to Optimize Your LinkedIn Usage & Get More Job Offers

by Ray Holder

In today’s world, having a LinkedIn profile is an absolute must for those looking to seriously kick start their career. It is crucial to have a strong online presence in order to get noticed in today’s job market. You can find tons of tips and tricks online to get you started on having an online presence.And creating a sound LinkedIn profile plays a huge part in maintaining your online presence.

Creating a LinkedIn profile isn’t just about filling out your details and waiting for people to contact you. There are a lot of things that you can do with your LinkedIn account to make sure you have more job offers come your way.

Here are 7 great tricks that will definitely help you on your way:

4. Upload Written Recommendations

Gone are the days of “recommendations available upon request.” Use your LinkedIn profile to show off every possible recommendation you can get your hands on. You can ask ex-bosses and colleagues to go to your profile and upload a glowing recommendation. Trust me, recommendations are what will push recruiters off the fence, in your favor.

7. Search Engine Optimize Your Profile

This is another simple and effective trick that will really get your profile noticed. Search engine optimization ensures that your page, website or blog will rank among the first 10 websites on a Google search. It is just a matter of including the right keywords and relevant content in your profile. When someone types in those keywords, your LinkedIn profile will be one of the first websites to pop up.

You can do this yourself or you can contact a company or a friend who can do SEO for you. It may cost a little bit if you don’t do it yourself, but it is totally worth it.

See all 7 hacks and the complete Social-Hire article

10 Action Steps to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn – Beyond the Basics

LinkedIn is a great tool for growing your professional network, communicating your personal brand and connecting to opportunities to help you grow your career and your business. But are you going beyond the basics in how you utilize LinkedIn?

Beyond creating a Profile, connecting with your co-workers and joining a few Groups, here are 10 solid steps you should take to get the most out of the opportunities that being a part of the LinkedIn network presents:

3. Review, update and make changes to your LinkedIn Profile at least every 6 months.

You probably spend most of your time on LinkedIn looking at other people’s Profiles, but how long has it been since you looked at your own? Does your Summary accurately reflect who you are, what value you bring and who the clients (internal or external) are that you serve? Is the information correct and up-to-date regarding your current job? Does your headline (easily customizable) capture attention and make people want to know more about you? Your LinkedIn Profile is your online marketing brochure. If you gave it to a client, contact or team member, would they want to do business with you? If not, get to work!

Action Step: Schedule time on your calendar or To Do list at least once every 6 months to review and refresh your LinkedIn Profile. Doing so will ensure your Profile shows up higher in search results and will also help people (the right people) to connect with you.

5. Participate in Discussions/post relevant items in LinkedIn Groups related to your profession.

LinkedIn Groups are a great opportunity to get connected to like-minded people, information and resources to help you grow as a professional. Unfortunately, they’re often a missed opportunity because members miss the point of relationship building and a forum for actual discussion. In other words – lay off the self-promotion people! The most effective way to gain credibility and get recognized as an expert isn’t to share your blog posts and automatically share unrelated links in every group you’re a member of. Be helpful. Ask good questions to generate meaningful discussions. Answer other’s questions. People will naturally click on the link to view your Profile (and likely connect) if you’re contributing good stuff.

Action Step: Choose 1 – 3 Groups that you’re a member of to actively participate in by reviewing the Discussion content each week to determine if you can add anything to the conversation. At least once per month, ask a question in those 1 – 3 Groups, with the purpose of obtaining an answer you didn’t already know or for generating good discussion.

See all 10 Action Steps and the complete Unbridled Talent article

6 Ways To Give Your LinkedIn Profile More Power

Marsha Warner

Is your LinkedIn profile powerful and alive? Or is it just an empty shell? LinkedIn, with over 300 million profiles world-wide, has become the leading social media site for professional networking that allows members to create business connections, search for jobs, and find potential clients. It’s considered to be the premier professional networking tool.

Here are six things you can do today to give your LinkedIn profile power and help you connect with colleagues, potential employers, and jobs.

2. Maximize Your Headline

Your headline – the words attached to your name – can have up to 100 characters. Do don’t just post your job title; maximize your headline to state your brand. Post searchable words that describe you as a professional. Rather than “Mary Jones, Attorney,” you could try, “Mary Jones, JD, Visionary management leader specializing in emerging business.” Rather than, “Fred Smith, Marketing Director,” you could try, “Fred Smith, International Brand and Marketing Director with a passion for sophistication and imagination.” Use words that describe your strengths like maximizer, connector, analyst, specialist, expert, guru.

6. Show Your Work

You can show your presentations, articles, or portfolios by uploading a link or file. If you have examples of your work to share, don’t miss this opportunity to show it.

Once you’ve made changes to your LinkedIn profile, get feedback from Profilegrade.com on how effective your profile is. Try it and see what improvements you can make!

See all 6 ways and the complete Careerealism article

How To Keep Your LinkedIn Job Search Undetected When Employed

Chris Perry

There is a lot of great advice out there for job seekers on how to use LinkedIn to build their personal brands and find new career opportunities.

Some of these tips include maintaining a 100% complete LinkedIn profile, building your network of connections, getting recommendations, sharing valuable and relevant content to enhance your personal brand, joining and contributing to industry-specific and job search LinkedIn groups, following companies, applying for opportunities via LinkedIn Jobs, and more.

However, I am often asked how professionals who are currently employed can leverage LinkedIn effectively, yet discreetly, without compromising their current job security.

Here are 5 critical steps to ensure your LinkedIn job search efforts are successful, yet go undetected by your current employers:

1. Stay Off the Feed

Whether you’re already active on LinkedIn with a 100% complete profile or you’re just getting started, the first thing to do is to change your privacy settings so that your activity is not automatically broadcast to your network in the news feed and so your network cannot see your activity feed on your profile. Here’s how:

  1. Once signed in to your account, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click on “Settings” in the dropdown menu.
  2. Find “Profile” in the bottom section of this “Settings” page and then “Privacy Controls” to the right.
  3. First, click on “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.” Un-check the box that says “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies.” Click the “Save changes” button.
  4. Next, click on “Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed.” Set this to “Only You.” Click the “Save changes” button.

Note: This doesn’t hurt your overall visibility on LinkedIn, but just helps make your activity related to job searching more discreet to help protect you and your current job.

4. Be Conveniently Accessible

In addition to being found and seen by the right career stakeholders, you will want to make it easy for them to reach out to you.

First, you will want to ensure you modify your contact settings to make it easier for people to find you and to see what types of contact you would welcome. Here’s how:

  1. Once signed in to your account, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click on “Settings” in the dropdown menu.
  2. Click on “Email Preferences” in the bottom section of this “Settings” page and then find “Emails” to the right.
  3. Under “Emails,” click on “Select the types of messages you’re willing to receive.”
  4. First, be sure to select “Introductions and InMails Only” (or select “Introductions, InMails and OpenLink Messages” which will appear if you have a paid premium LinkedIn account) to maximize your accessibility.
  5. Second, be sure to check the boxes of all the different types of messages you are willing to receive, including “Career opportunities.”

Note: Some professionals further increase their accessibility by including their email address and/or phone number in their profile. You can do this by either simply including them in your profile summary, or by clicking on “Edit Contact Info” when editing your profile and adding them there.

Second, don’t forget to allow your fellow group members the opportunity to send you direct messages about new opportunities. Go to the group’s page, click on the “More” tab and click on “Your Settings” in the dropdown menu. Under “Contact Settings,” check “Allow members of this group to send me messages via LinkedIn.”

Lastly, as mentioned above, if you choose to pay for one of the several types of premium LinkedIn accounts, you can leverage OpenLink, a premium feature that allows anyone on LinkedIn to send you a message or job opportunity for free, without an introduction or InMail. There is an OpenLink icon that you can choose to display on your profile which lets others know they can reach out to you directly.

See all 5 tips and the complete JobMob article

 

How to Use LinkedIn to Increase Your Hirability

elanie Pinola

LinkedIn is the social network of choice for hooking up with people and companies professionally; in fact, one survey found that 86% of companies that use social networks to recruit talent do so with LinkedIn. Just being on LinkedIn and participating in relevant groups has helped open up freelancing opportunities for me, and the service offers a great many features you may or may not know about that can help support your own networking, freelancing, or job search needs. Here’s a look at how to use LinkedIn’s many tools to increase your “hirability.”

Below we’ll explore how to:

  1. Tweak your profile to make it more enticing and search-friendly.
  2. Automatically pull in interesting data into your profile using apps (so you don’t have to manually update everything.
  3. Use the power of LinkedIn groups to really boost your professional opportunities.

The LinkedIn Profile: The Homepage of Your Career

The profile page is, in essence, your way of building your “personal brand” on LinkedIn, and it’s also how you get found by others—whether they’re recruiters, old colleagues, or potential clients.

Note: If you’re already using LinkedIn, you’ve already got a profile. In this section, I’ll detail ways to make your profile more employer-friendly, but if yours is already polished to perfection you can just jump to the next section, “Applications: Make Your Profile a Dynamic Showcase”.

LinkedIn’s profile page can even serve as a one-page digital resume, since it includes all the major things you’d have on one: a profile summary, current and previous work experience, education, and personal website(s) links. You can save your profile to PDF or use the LinkedIn Resume Builder we noted last year to turn your profile into a more traditionally styled resume with little hassle.

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Because I fall into the jack-of-all-trades category and my resume is somewhat long, my summary simply includes specific keywords that are relevant to the industries I’ve worked in (marketing, technology, and online writing) and brief details on my background. The keywords make it easier for people to find my profile in search results (if you Google me, my LinkedIn profile comes in at #6).

As with paper resumes, using keywords that show up most often for your specific industry or career could make your profile more attractive to the people who make hiring decisions.

In addition to entering relevant experience and education—which you should target for the kinds of work you want to attract—some key parts of the profile I think are definitely worth focusing on:

  • Professional headline: That’s the blurb right under your name. Your title or a description of your expertise works here. Mine includes “communications specialist” simply because a lot of jobs use that phrasing/title in their listings.

More tips on increasing your odds and the complete lifehacker article