Social media job hunt: LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the ultimate professional networking tool, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Todays Social Media Job Hunt explains how to use LinkedIn to your advantage!
With over 200 million members across the world, this is a great way to connect with real-world professionals who work in the sectors you wish to join.
Your LinkedIn profile is essentially an online CV that can potentially be searched by thousands of recruiters and industry experts. It is vital that you take the time to create the best profile possible.
Spruce up your profile: Your profile should match your CV in content, and should include a professional and flattering photo so that they can put a face to the name. Include lots of keywords, and sell yourself and your accomplishments.
Expand your network: Add all of your professional and personal contacts to expand your network. The more people on your network, the more likely you are to be suggested, receive a recommendation or be invited to a group.
Give recommendations: These are like short, informative online references about a person. Write recommendations for managers, supervisors and selected colleagues. Once you’ve done this, politely request one in return. You will start to build up some great testimonials which look great.
Join and participate in groups: This is useful for interacting with people within your industry, speciality area and even location. It makes your network more diverse, opens you up to events and allows you to participate in discussions. Employers can advertise here for free, so it will also open you up to various job roles.