Hey job seekers, I’m proud of you. Good work pulling out all the stops to ensure you land that position you’ve been daydreaming about during Monday morning conference calls. There’s a twinkle in the eye of your recently updated resume, the cover letter is looking sharp, and trusty references are waiting in the wings to sing your praises. You’ve even uploaded your resume to job boards so employers and recruiters can come to YOU! Sounds like a solid plan of action. After all, in addition to your preparedness, you’ve got the Excel skills of Dan Bricklin and likeability of Taylor Swift! The job world is your oyster. Well, almost.
How does your LinkedIn profile look? If you’re not sure or haven’t signed up yet, opportunities could be passing you by. Unless you live under a rock, you know that LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. The website has more than 135 million members in over 200 countries and territories. If used well, it can bring your job hunt to life!
Before you can begin to give yourself a competitive advantage over other job seekers you must build an attractive profile that should showcase a fusion of work and pleasure. In the profile you can show your work history, astrological sign, headshot, specialties and hobbies. References and co-workers can even write recommendations of your work and coffee-brewing abilities to be put on display! Your profile should be vibrant, active, attractive and smart. Go big or go home!
After your profile is built, put it into action. Gone are the days of sending your application into cyberspace with a wish and a prayer that a recruiter will notice your existence. Applying is step one. Step two is to navigate LinkedIn to identify the recruiter or hiring manager from the company you’ve just applied with. Once you find them, make your application known by sending them an InMail! The introductory message should be short and non-invasive. This small effort can go a long way serves as a great way to go the extra mile and get connected with the decision makers on the other end of your application. If you play your cards right, your application will get the notice it deserves!
Take full advantage of the community at your fingertips by building connections, joining groups, participating in online discussions and sharing articles. Get familiar with the job search function as more and more companies are choosing to post their jobs on LinkedIn versus alternative sites. You can also choose to follow certain companies to receive business news and newly posted positions updates.
Now get out there and get ‘er done! Have a LinkedIn party and be the job seeker you were meant to be. Leave no stone unturned, no opportunity left on the table.
It’s LinkedIn, or BUST!