Networking is an important part of a successful job search. Many people understand how LinkedIn works on a superficial level, but to truly take advantage of all it has to offer for your job search or career advancement opportunities, you must dig deeper and become an active participant in industry-related groups.
How do LinkedIn Groups Help with Your Job Search?
There are actually several ways in which you can use LinkedIn Groups to promote yourself, without appearing to do so. Join the groups. Participate in discussions. Just remember that it’s about making favorable impressions and connections within the industry.
These are a few ways you can use your participation in groups to further your job search efforts.
- Get to know other people in your industry (name recognition has value).
- Establish and display your industry knowledge.
- Connect with other people in your industry (sometimes, getting a job is as simple as being connected to someone the hiring manager trusts and respects).
- Make connections that will allow you to transition from one industry to another.
The key though is to participate well and participate often if you want to make lasting impressions. The more often you participate, the more people will get to know you, your ideas, and see your value to the industry and, potentially, their businesses.
It’s acceptable to push the envelope, to a degree, and showing outside the box thinking is a great way to make a positive impression. Avoid coming across as abrasive or showing that you may have trouble being a team player. Your goal is to make connections that want to work with you after all.
Now that you know how valuable LinkedIn Groups are as a job search tool, it’s time to dive into the trenches and start making those valuable industry connections.