When you’re using LinkedIn for your job search, there are a lot of important things to consider. For example, your profile should always be complete and updated. The more complete your profile is, the better your chances become of being found and contacted by an employer. But what else should you know about being sure your LinkedIn is optimized for your job search? Here are some tips to consider.
- Leverage your headline. The default LinkedIn headline is the job title of your most current position. Don’t leave it that way or it will come across as overly generic. Edit it right from your profile page. If you’re actively looking for a job, write something that will attract the attention of employers you want to work with. For example you may write, “Administrative Professional with 15 Years’ Experience Seeking Next Opportunity.” Play around with it and be creative but not too cute or inappropriate.
- Participate in groups. LinkedIn was built around participation. To get the most out of it as a job seeker you need to put work into it. Join groups relevant to your experience, interests and location. After you’ve joined, be sure to participate in the discussion anywhere you can help. Answer questions, provide relevant information and have a service mindset. This will make you more visible to managers looking to hire.
- Expand your network. While you’re getting started with the site, check out the “people you may know” suggestions and select a few who may be a match for your goals. These are people the algorithms of LinkedIn have determined may be a good connection in terms of industry or location. More often than not, they will be a second- or third-tier connection. Tailor your message to each one describing why you want to add them to your network.
- Regularly update your status. As a job seeker, you may want to use LinkedIn as your primary online networking site. But, if that’s the case, you need to remain visible. Post updates several times a week to include what you’re currently doing or what you’re looking for. Don’t always use it to promote yourself, though. Focus on how you can be helpful and share articles or information that will show you’re service minded.
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