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Why You Should be on LinkedIn
You have no more excuses not to be on LinkedIn! This is a place where hiring is happening, where professionals are learning about you, and where your personal brand can be shared with the world. Think of it not so much as a social network, but as a professional identity portal. Recruiters are increasingly changing their strategy from posting jobs on boards (that they often have to pay for) to recruiting people passively through other channels, like LinkedIn. LinkedIn presents them a powerful way to search for specific skillsets, to reach out to specific groups, and to learn more about candidates than they could through standard job postings. Recruiters also like LinkedIn because it provides some amount of social accountability for your claims about yourself, and your skills and claims are in some ways validated by the others in your network. So, you want to be in the LinkedIn environment so that you can be found by all these recruiters who use it! LinkedIn is also a powerful way to go on the attack with your job search, to view postings that others share to their network on LinkedIn, and to make connections with professionals who might be in a position to hire you or help you. If you need more data to convince you to get on LinkedIn, check out this fabulous infographic on the way that LinkedIn is changing recruiting.
What do you need to do to get in on the LinkedIn recruiting action?
Log on. Start a profile. You don’t need to complete it in one sitting, but you should get on it, and start completing the fields. Upload a head shot, write a summary, and fill in details like your employment history, and skills.
Complete your Profile. Aim for 100% completeness because this will give you higher visibility in searches.
Connect with Others. Start with your friends, or classmates, or professors, or family members. As you grow your network, your access to other professionals and your visibility to recruiters and hiring managers increases.
Be Active. Join groups. Many groups have active discussions that include job postings. Get your name known by “liking” or commenting or being part of discussions. Post updates as you complete projects or get started on a new project or learn a new skill or have information to share. Connect others – share job opportunities or helpful lessons learned with others through discussion or posting. Build your reputation by how you participate in this environment.
Here are some other excellent tips by Microsoft on how to increase the power of your LinkedIn profile.
Career Events This Week
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