LinkedIn brands itself as the social network for professionals and a lot of people do use it successfully for sharing information and news about their companies or discussing key issues in their industry. But what can LinkedIn do for the jobseeking professional? Many of us are not as clued in to all of LinkedIn’s different features as we might be. However, it’s worth getting to know this social network better as it has a surprising number of tools for helping your job search. Here are five of ten ways in which we can use LinkedIn in our pursuit for the right career.
Take part in the Q&A
Another function that helps you meet people and turn them into Connections is the Q&A. Here you can ask the whole LinkedIn community questions on almost anything, provided the topic loosely fits in with one of the designated categories. Again, asking questions is useful for getting information and advice on a particular job role, organisation or industry. It’s not the quantity of answers that you get but the quality. I’ve asked questions and only gotten one answer, but because that answer was useful to me, I went away happy. Just as important is answering questions. It’s another way of drawing people’s attention to you and your profile. And if you answer questions on your chosen specialties, potential employers get to see your knowledge and experience in action.
Yes, LinkedIn, like every other social network, has the dreaded status update feature. Use it to your advantage by keeping your Connections up to date with your voluntary work, skills building or networking activities. This lets employers know that you’re being active and creative in your job search-showing them your enthusiasm and commitment in targeting the right role.
People don’t just have to take your word for it, though. The Recommendations feature allows people who’ve worked together in an organisation or on a project to endorse one another. Each recommendation only has to be 2 or 3 lines: sometimes ‘Ms. Jobseeker is a very competent accountant and very easy to work with. She went out of her way to assist me’ is enough to help a potential employer or client build up their picture of you. How do you get Recommendations? Ask! On your profile page, click on the ‘Get Recommended’ link and fill in the form it takes you to. Again, don’t be shy-if the feature’s there, you might as well use it!
Find events to go to
As useful as social networking can be, you don’t have to deprive yourself of offline networking. In fact, LinkedIn can even help you find events to attend, as that’s yet another thing Members are able to post about. On the home page, roll your pointer over the More tab and select Events from the drop down menu. In Events Home, you can then see which events your Connections are attending or interested in and you can also view the most popular events on the whole of LinkedIn. Click on the ‘Find Events’ tab for a keyword search filtered by date, location and type. It’s a very handy way to quickly find local events connected to your specialities or chosen industry.
Explore the other applications
There are even more LinkedIn applications that could be of use to you. By getting to the Applications Directory through the ‘More’ drop down menu, you’ll see that you can connect your blog and Twitter updates to LinkedIn; share a personalised Amazon reading list; content and presentations; and create polls. Put simply, these are all ways to inform people about yourself and/or gather information for your job search.
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