Here’s Why You’re Not Seeing Results!
LinkedIn, much like your resume or network, needs a unique strategy when considering a complete approach to a job search. Being on LinkedIn with no strategy is like looking to reach a destination with no roadmap. In this post I am about to explain exactly how you can use LinkedIn to optimize your time and results whenever you enter this powerful career platform.
Listed below are 8 areas of focus you’ll want to incorporate when you establish your job search strategy on LinkedIn:
Networking is probably the biggest reason for visiting LinkedIn because it requires only one’s ability to find and connect to the right people by having the phone. Try to set aside time to pay attention to growing your network in the right direction and don’t get sucked into stalking ex-boyfriends (particularly if you aren’t anonymous inside your LinkedIn settings).
Finding and connecting to the right people needs time to work, so make sure to put this on top of your job search checklist. It’s still all about whom you know in the arena of networking, so make sure to know a lot of people.
2. Research Career Paths
If you’re like most job seekers I work with, you’re not sure what you want to do next. Don’t worry. LinkedIn is an awesome tool for researching career paths. One piece of advice I usually give to my readers is spending some time choosing the person while searching for your dream job.
If you meet that person, find out about the companies where he/she worked as well as the titles held. This gives a sense of where you should be or possible entry ways. You may even go a step further to schedule an informational interview!
3. Research Companies
LinkedIn allow companies to make use of this powerful platform so that you can share information regarding their culture, job openings and employees. If you’re enthusiastic about finding your dream company, this is a great place to start.
If you know your dream company but don’t have an in currently, check out similar companies or competitors with an insight of ways to still be in the right space with a similar organization.
4. Research Contacts
Whenever you find the dream company or industry space, don’t stop there. You’ll want to dig deeper to the employee section to find out if you recognize anyone who can provide you with an introduction or forward your resume to the potential employer.
This could be the most valuable features of LinkedIn as it could enable you to get rather near the person in charge of hiring if you move your contacts correctly.
5. Search & Submit An Application For Jobs
The job search won’t amount much if you’re not finding nor searching for jobs. LinkedIn gets this just right and you’ll need to include LinkedIn job board as your favorites. Then, you’re able to look into your network to find out how you are connected to the job poster and ask for an introduction.
Once you’re done with all of job search time, follow a firm calendar and remain on target because online job search can suck you in and turn into a period waster.
6. Expand Your Visibility
If you’re seeking to change careers or progress in ranks and stand out in front of the right people, you’ll need to dedicate a serious amount of time to increase your visibility from the right spaces. You’ll want to concentrate on firming increase profile brand as this will be the initial impression.
You’ll want to focus on a value-adding content-sharing strategy so that people are regarding you as a thought leader. This really is a tremendous boost for your credibility and expertise in your target field. However don’t just create noise. Make sure you really get the content strategy right!
7. Acquire Company Intel
This is a strategy you’ll want to apply as you craft your resume and cover letter when you prep for an interview. LinkedIn offers a lot of company insights and up to date news through their company pages. Search for trends, strategic moves, partnerships – anything that speaks to the big picture and cultural fit.
8. Acquire Hiring Manager Intel
Knowing who’s reading your resume or who you’ll be talking to in the interview is important because the candidate selection process is all about what your hiring manager will weigh in, on you.
You would want to get a sense of where they came from and how they ended up at the target company (Remember: this also tends to make an excellent question inside the Q&A process).
You may even need to research about your potential employer to find out if the company is publishing on LinkedIn Pulse. This will allow you to get on a single page as you prepare your interview answers and collect a glimpse to their approach to various issues.
Knowledge is power when it comes to your career; NMB has shared these methods to career success, starting today! For further great tips, tricks and career advice, be sure you have a look at 5 ultimate ways on how to choose a career