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LinkedIn is not a set-it-and-forget-it magic carpet ride to a new job. For an effective LinkedIn experience, you'll need to spend time developing your profile, building your Connections, and actively participating on LinkedIn at least 15 to 30 minutes a day, more if you are currently unemployed. Regardless of your job search or career goals, these 5 essential elements of an effective LinkedIn presence are necessary for your success on LinkedIn.
More than 85% of employers will "source" (find) people to hire using LinkedIn. There are now over 500 million people on the site, and this article will show you how to make sure that you show up in the searches relevant to your job search. LinkedIn offers many opportunities to include appropriate keywords for your job search and career. It is smart to take advantage of that opportunity, given LinkedIn's popularity among recruiters.
LinkedIn stands out as the tool of choice for many recruiters to connect with job seekers (or future job seekers). Knowing how recruiters use the tool may shed some light on how to leverage LinkedIn in your own job search efforts. LinkedIn provides the best avenue for recruiters to quickly learn enough about a person to see if they should be contacted for a particular job opening. Candidates need to leverage LinkedIn as much as possible to be included in these searches.
When you are optimizing the keywords for your LinkedIn Profile, include the terms used most often by your target employers. If you don't have any specific target employers or if you simply want as much visibility in LinkedIn search results as possible, gain visibility in LinkedIn by using the keywords that employers use most often in their job descriptions. Those are the terms that a recruiter or sourcer are most likely to use when searching LinkedIn for qualified job candidates. Find those terms by using a free job discription analysis tool, as described in this article.
LinkedIn is not a set-it-and-forget-it magic carpet ride to a new job. For an effective LinkedIn experience, you'll need to spend time developing your profile, building your Connections, and actively participating on LinkedIn at least 15 to 30 minutes a day, more if you are currently unemployed. Regardless of your job search or career goals, these 5 LinkedIn components are essential to your success on LinkedIn.
As a job seeker, you want to consistently show up in search results for candidates with your set of qualifications, ideally higher than other candidates. This is often called "LinkedIn SEO," or improving your LinkedIn search rank. And, you want to stand out from the other candidates and engage the interest of the recruiters so they click on your Profile. This article offers concrete strategies to be more visible on LinkedIn.
The size of your LinkedIn network has a dramatic impact on your visibility inside of LinkedIn. The more connections you have, the more often your Profile will appear in LinkedIn search results. So, having a small network of people you have met personally will ensure near invisibility. The smartest approach is to grow your network, carefully, and this article gives you concrete tips on how to do that.
As the most highly indexed part of your Profile (next to your name), your Headline allows recruiters and employers to locate you, based on the search terms or keywords you specify. If you’ve filled in only part of your Headline or let LinkedIn populate it with your current job title and employer (which is the default value), you could be missing out on valuable traffic to your Profile. Don't let that happen! Here's how to fix it...
LinkedIn Status Updates are becoming increasingly visible and important. A LinkedIn public profile -- the profile visible to anyone -- can tell a viewer your experience, list your skills, and announce your professional effectiveness through Recommendations. Updates provide additional essential elements in your online visibility that make it clear what you know and value, how well you can communicate, and that you are reachable.
Reaching out on LinkedIn to someone you don't know -- or someone you barely know -- can be very uncomfortable and, unfortunately, not very successful. In this post, find 4 ways to effective reach out to people on LinkedIn. Because LinkedIn members are bombarded by digital messages, you need to consider how to get your message noticed and answered. This article offers you 4 different sample messages to send depending on the "warmth" of your relationship with the person, including not knowing them at all.
LinkedIn does offer job postings that are easily accessible and even show you who you are connected with for specific employers. But, those job postings are not the only way -- or even the best way -- to find jobs on LinkedIn. Discover the three additional ways that LinkedIn helps you find job opportunities.
In many discussions with recruiters, as well as my own searching for candidates on LinkedIn, I have noticed a barrier that many people have accidentally created for themselves inside LinkedIn. They have a great Profile, but they make absolutely no contact information visible. So, they do excellent marketing, but provide no way to close the sale -- or even to speak with the "customer." In this post, learn how to provide effective contact information without compromising your privacy.
Like it or not, you will be using LinkedIn's Messaging function/app. It's not perfect, but it is also not avoidable. However, you do need to understand how it works so you can make your best impression with it by using it well. In this post, learn how to do that.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.