OPTIMISE YOUR PROFILE
What kind of job do you want? Whatever you
are seeking, make sure you put keywords in
your profile. Think about it…how does a hiring
manager search for candidates? He puts in the
job title he is looking for into the search box. So
make sure you have your desired job title in
many places on your profile so you come up
high in LinkedIn searches.
USE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO
I’ve worked with many candidates looking for jobs who have a casual photo on their profile. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you want to look your best.
COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE 100%
By completing your profile, you are 40 times more likely to come up in LinkedIn searches. Besides that, it shows that you are taking LinkedIn and your job search seriously.
GROW YOUR NETWORK
Add everyone you know to your LinkedIn network. You never know when someone is going to have a helpful person in their network whom you would never meet unless you connected with them. Build your network and grow your influence.
USE YOUR SUMMARY TO CREATE AN AD FOR YOU
Your summary section in your profile is a great
place to tell employers what you can do for
them. Be sure to spell out all the benefits you
bring to the workplace. How can you will save
them money? Make them more efficient? Don’t
be shy; tell them the benefit of hiring you.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
The summary is also a great place to spell out what and where you would like to work. Nobody can read your mind.
SUPPORT YOUR PROFILE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS
Get lots of great recommendations on your profile from first level connections you have worked with.
NETWORK IN GROUPS
You can join 50 groups on LinkedIn and I suggest you max that number out. Be strategic in your choices. Join 50 industry groups in the field you want to work so you can network with potential hiring managers.
WRITE TO HIRING MANAGERS
Do you see someone on LinkedIn you would like to work for? Write to them and ask for 10 minutes on the phone so you can show why you would be a great employee. That could lead to an in-person interview!
REACH OUT TO RECRUITERS
The head-hunters are out in droves on LinkedIn. Why wait till they find you? Write to them and ask if you can speak to them about your expertise and find out about the searches they are working on.