LinkedIn is one of the most popular job search tools today. The best time to build your profile, connect with people, and participate on LinkedIn is now. Don’t Dismiss LinkedIn as Something Only for People Who Are Looking For a New Job. If you find yourself suddenly unemployed and decide that now is the time to start using LinkedIn, you’re going to be playing catch up. Here are three LinkedIn tips for you:
- Update your profile regularly: Don’t “Set it and Forget It.” Your profile is an evolving snapshot of you. You should be updating it regularly with new content, connections, status updates, and activity. Seek out opportunities to connect with thought leaders in your industry. Join 3-5 Groups and participate in conversations.
- Check in regularly: Log in at least every other day if you are in active job search mode or at least once every other week for passive job seekers. Plan on adding one new status update each time you log in, search for new jobs, or post a new response in a group. LinkedIn is most effective when you engage with it.
- Search for Connections: One of the most powerful functions is the ability to connect you with people who are connections of the people you know. Use the People Search function to look for people you know and invite them to connect with you. You should aim to add 6-10 connections a week if you are actively searching for a new job or 2-5 new connections each week if you are a passive job seeker. Include a personalized message when you send your invite to connect.
Remember that LinkedIn is a social networking tool, but do not restrict your networking to online only. Use it to connect with people, but then request in-person get-togethers when possible to further your job search. For other information on LinkedIn, read more here.
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