Period. (OK... I'm open to some debate, but I'm convinced it's HUGE)
Here's how to make it work for your Job Search
- Create a Dynamite Profile!
- Have more detailed information on LinkedIn than your resume
- Keep it professional!
- Be meticulous in your spelling, grammar, etc.
- Include as many relevant keywords as possible. BE FOUND!
- Include your email address in your summary. BE EASY TO CONTACT!
- Add relevant attachments (keep them professional and relevant)
- Put a link to your profile in your email signatures. Point people to your background!
- Add a professional looking picture of yourself (makes it more personal)
- Write recommendations for people you’ve worked with and for.
Often they will return the favor.
- Connect. Connect. Connect.
- Find old colleagues and connect without needing an email address
- Join relevant “Groups” and connect without needing an email address
- Connect to a few TopLinked people to expand your reach quickly
- Connect with EVERYONE you know that you can find on LinkedIn
- The more connections, the greater your reach!
- Use the power of Groups!
- Join LinkedIn Groups related to your field and/or region
- See who's there; potential hiring managers?
- Engage in conversations; contribute positively; get known (DON'T COMPLAIN or trash anyone or anything!)
- Connect to more people, extending your reach to others in the same field
- Let them know you're looking!
- Provide leads for others; GIVE BEFORE YOU GET
- Add regular updates like:
- “Seeking my next opportunity to make a difference” or
- “Seeking to add value somewhere new” or
- “Exploring new opportunities” or
- “Looking for a new challenge”
- Each time you change your update, it appears on all your connections Home Page reminding them you're still interested in leads!
- Always select 100 miles from zip code (you don’t know where they live)
- Make sure you select “present” or “past or present” depending on what you are looking for
- Start with broad generic search terms, and get more specific if you get too many results
- Find hiring managers (i.e. Title: Controller; Company: ABC Textiles)
- Find alumni contacts that can make an intro for you (i.e. Company: General Mills; School: Carlton)
- Find old colleagues from previous jobs; where are they now? Which companies have hired your peers?
- Find potential peers that can direct you to the right hiring manager
- Find more companies that have same positions (i.e. Title: Electrical Engineer)
- Find all contacts at a smaller company
- Find recruiters in your field (i.e. Keywords: Recruiter AND Engineering)
- Look at recommendations for hiring managers
- Look at who your results are connected to for other potential contacts
- Use the Job Search function to find opportunities and link directly to related contacts in your network
- Contact them directly
- Look through their entire profile, sometimes they list their email for you
- Learn and use connect.data.com
- Google their name in quotes with the email domain of their company (i.e. “Harry Urschel” AND "@eexecutives.net”)
- Try standard email formats (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or FLastname@company.com)
- Call main company number and ask for them
- Prepare for your interviews
- Look up the people you will be meeting with and learn about them:
> What has their career path been
> Where did they go to school
> Who do you know in common
> What else do they share about themselves
- Consider a premium membership
(No. I don't get a commission)
- Lets you see profiles not in your network (no names given, but can often be found through Google)
- Allows you to send “InMails” to people you’re not directly connected to
- Gives you improved search results
I know... you still have questions.
Like "What do I say when I contact a hiring manager directly?"