LinkedIn Advice for Job Seekers

LinkedIn_advice_for_jobseekersWill you follow this LinkedIn Advice for job seekers?

  • LinkedIn isn’t just a service for job seekers. Get started on LinkedIn before you need to use it. A sudden and unexpected redundancy or sacking means you are constantly playing catch up. Take time to “dig your well before you’re thirsty,” as author Harvey Mackay says.
  • Keep up the maintenance. Your LinkedIn profile should be updated regularly with new connections, status updates and activity. It’s like anything you own. Keeping it maintained is going to reap benefits over the long term.
  • People don’t wait. If a recruiter writes to you today and you check in next week, the job is going to be gone. Check in daily if you’re in active job search mode; every second or third day for passive jobseekers. Plan on adding a status update each time you log in so that your connection see your face coming up regularly. It reminds them of you.
  • Don’t be shy. LinkedIn is most effective when you engage with people. Connect/chat with people in your industry. Join Groups and participate in conversations. Respond to, or ask questions. It’s how friendships are built.
  • You get what you give. Focus on how you can help others, not how they can help you. “Giving to get” earns the respect of your peers and people of influence. Reciprocate—if  someone provides you with a testimonial see if you can write one back. (If you can’t rave about their performance, focus on what is good about them).
  • You’re not Cinderella waiting for Prince Charming. Use the LinkedIn People Search function to look for people you know and invite them to connect with you. You should aim to add 2-5 new connections each week if you are a passive job seeker, and 6-10 connections a week if you are actively searching for a new job.
  • Don’t Forget to Explore the People Your Connections Know. One of the most powerful functions of LinkedIn is the ability to connect you with people who are connections of the people you know. Follow LinkedIn’s guidelines on connecting. Use InMail or request connections through your mutual friend, so that your account is not flagged as spam.
  • Don’t Indiscriminately Try to Connect With People. One of the strengths of LinkedIn is the connections you make, but it’s not a race to get to 500 connections. Have a reason for each of the people you connect with— either it’s someone you already know or are related to, or someone it would be beneficial to connect with. If you don’t know someone, get to know them a bit before sending a personalized connection request. (You can do so by seeing who you have in common—or who they are connected to, checking out their LinkedIn summary and work history, visiting their website or blog, and seeing what Groups they belong to).
  • Give Recommendations. Acknowledge and recognize the contributions of people you know by providing unsolicited, genuine recommendations for them.
  • Don’t Restrict Your LinkedIn Networking to Online Only. Use LinkedIn to connect with people but then request in-person get-togethers, when possible. Meet for coffee, or lunch, to catch up.



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