LinkedIn can be an important ally in your job search efforts. Whether you’re looking for an entry level position or interested in a mid-career shift, your LinkedIn profile helps establish you as a pivotal player within your industry. At least, it does this if you take advantage of the opportunities LinkedIn provides by following these great tips.
Unlike a resume, you have a great deal of latitude within your LinkedIn profile. You don’t have to include anything you’d prefer not to include and you can go into greater detail regarding the history you’re proudest of.
Publish or Perish
There are countless opportunities for people in any industry to publish relevant information that helps to establish you as a leader in your field. Opportunities include:
- Guest blogging.
- Creating your own blog.
- Publishing in industry magazines.
- Publishing on LinkedIn.
The beauty of LinkedIn is that it allows you to post profile links to all the locations where you’re published so that potential employers and recruiters in your industry can find you.
This is especially important when it comes to making connections within your industry. Hiring personnel like to see shared connections and connections within the industry. They also like to see people who have a larger number of connections. This doesn’t mean you should spam LinkedIn in search of connections, but don’t be afraid to reach out to people within your industry you respect and admire in addition to the people you actually know.
Become a Joiner
LinkedIn offers many groups in various industries. Seek out the relevant industry-related groups. Join them. Then participate. Often. Don’t join every group. Limit your joining to a few key groups you have the time and inclination to contribute to often.
Before you join, check out the group to make sure it’s an active group with daily posting, and that the topics are actually industry related and that they appeal to you. Participation can lead to more connections in your industry or attract the attention of industry recruiters and employers.
Put these tried and true methods to the test and see what a difference they make when it comes to sparking interest in your LinkedIn profile and helping you land the job you seek.