I have written dozens of articles and several blog posts on this blog about using Linkedin as an important component in your job search strategy. If this is the first time you have had to look for a job in the last year or two, let me tell you: The Game has changed.
As a professional recruiter, resume writer and career specialist, I can tell you with 100% conviction; Linkedin is the best place online to find a job, period.
I have written some Linkedin tips in the past but thought it would be useful to compile those tips and add some more and create a top ten list post.
Top Ten Linkedin Tips for Jobseekers
Is your profile 100% complete?
If it is, pat yourself on the back because you are in the minority. If it is not, spend some time and complete your profile. Be sure to add all jobs, your education and upload your resume.
Do you have any recommendations?
Many recruiters and employers will pass judgment on you based on the number of recommendations you have attached to your profile. The best way to get more recommendations is to recommend someone first. It is like any thing in life, the more you give, the more you get. Also, Linkedin makes it easy to request recommendations with just one click you can send an email to your entire network and ask for an endorsement.
What is your Headline?
The headline is the area directly below your name and is prime real estate on Linked. Make sure you are maximizing this space and write a clear, concise and compelling headline for yourself.
Are you Visible?
I wrote a post about this topic last week, entitled: Visibility equals Job Search Success . A major part of being successful in your job search is putting yourself out there and letting others know that you are looking. Linkedin has become like Facebook in that your activity shows up on your networks’ pages. The more active you are, the more visible you will be.
Have you joined any Groups?
Linkedin Groups is one of the best ways to make connections and find actual jobs. You can join up to 50 groups. My advice is to join groups in your niche and also join groups that are specific to careers and job searching. Here is a post I wrote about Best Linkedin Groups for Jobseekers .
Have you listed you awards?
As a resume writer, I always advise my clients to include accomplishments and awards. I give the same advice when it pertains to Linkedin. There is a specific section in your profile for wards. Be sure to fill it out. If you don’t recruiters will likely think that you do not have anything to fill in there.
Are you following companies?
This is a new feature that Linkedin rolled out several months ago. You now have the ability to follow companies and get updates on recent hire, firs, promotions, etc. Consider creating a target list of companies you want to work for, follow them on Twitter, find out who the decision makers are and initiate contact. All that can be accomplished on Linkedin.
Are you an expert in your niche?
The greatest way to prove this on Linkedin is to become active in the Answers section. You can add a widget to your page and when I question pops up that is in your wheel house, answer the question to the best of your ability. This ties in with the concept of, the more you give, the more you get.
Did you add a picture?
This is an easy way to personalize your Linkedin account and stand apart from others.
Linkedin recently added an update box, similar to Twitter. Don’t be afraid to use this status box to tell others what you are doing and what you are looking for. Your network can see what is going on with you and easily send it on to their network, both on Linkedin and on Twitter.
I have many other tips to provide but I will just keep it at ten and invite you to subscribe to my blog or follow me on twitter for future updates.