How to Use LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job
Do you know how to use LinkedIn? In today's job market, being active on social media is absolutely essential. Rarely will an employer hire someone without first taking a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages. Unlike most social media sites though, LinkedIn offers potential employers the chance to discover an employee's qualifications, skills and experiences. If you've been looking for a job and you can't seem to get a call back, you should try using LinkedIn. This social media site lets you highlight the qualities, characteristics, and traits that you most want employers to see. Knowing how to use LinkedIn to get noticed by your next employer, has never been more important.
1. Fill out your profile
The first step in creating a fantastic LinkedIn profile is simply to fill it out. You'll want to include your name, work experience, current job information, and your education or training. If you have any special skills, make sure that you include these on your profile. Once you've figured out how to use LinkedIn, you'll soon see that your LinkedIn profile is your chance to impress potential employers. If you have volunteer experience, you've published academic articles, or you have a special talent, always note it on your profile.
Another important portion of your personal LinkedIn profile is the "Summary" section. This part of your profile is something that you shouldn't skip over. If you currently have a job, you'll talk about it in this section. If you're looking for a specific job position, include your goals in this part of your profile.
2. Add people you know
Import your email contacts, search for professionals that you know, or add people you attended school with. It's important that you start adding people you know to your contacts list because it offers you the opportunity to start networking. Networking doesn't mean that you have to start talking to each person on your contact list every day. You don't even have to talk with them every week. You should, however, communicate with people when you're looking for a new job. This could be as simple as posting a status update about your goals. If you know of a job opening that would be appropriate for one of your contacts, make sure that you let them know. Chances are that they'll be willing to return the favor.
3. Join related groups
LinkedIn offers a number of professional and networking groups. Join groups that are related to your industry, that relate to the type of job you want to get, or that are location-specific. The more groups that you join, the more opportunities you'll have to talk with other professionals and to find out about new jobs. Make sure that you never spam groups with lots of posts or links. Always interact with others before posting your own links. For example, if you want to share a link to your personal blog, you should also comment on the posts that other people have made.
4. Endorse people for their skills
Each time you use LinkedIn, you'll have the opportunity to endorse people that you know. Endorsing someone means that you're vouching that they have specific skills. You'll see the question such as, "Does Ann Smith know about Open Office?" You can then click your answer. Many times endorsing someone means that they'll be willing to endorse you as well. This looks great on your profile since it offers employers the chance to see how much you interact with other people and it gives them reassurance that you do have the skills you promised.
As with any social media site, the more frequently that you use LinkedIn, the more you'll reap the benefits. As a minimum, you should check in at least twice a week to update your profile, connect with people, and participate in your groups.
Figuring out how to use LinkedIn effectively can bring many benefits - so the sooner you figure it out, the better.
Article Added: 01/12/2016
Posted By: Paul Docherty