Getting Set up on LInkedIn for Career Transition


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This presentation was put together to teach folks who are not familiar at all with LinkedIn and how to go about setting up there Profiles, Connections and utilizing specifics aspects for a Career Search. A special section goes through finding the Settings and being able to control how much information you share with your network and how much information you get from your network.

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Getting Set up on LInkedIn for Career Transition

  1. 1. How to Get Started UsingLinkedIn For Career TransitionBy Kathleen Smith,ClearedJobs.Net
  2. 2. Setting Up YourAccountEasy steps for setting up youraccount:Fill out Name, Email Address andPassword.You will need to confirm youremail address before continuing onto complete your Profile.
  3. 3. Basics of Setting Up Your ProfileName, Headline, Locations &Industry show at the top of yourProfile, this is what people seein SearchName: This is the name thatpeople will see when theysearch forHeadline: is your currentPosition, Location, Industry
  4. 4. Completing Your ProfileYes, you need to add aPicture.You will have a quicksnapshot of your careerhistory and an opportunityto fill this out more later.You can also import yourresume to help with theProfile completion.It is helpful to add aSummary which should beat least two paragraphslong describing your skills,and accomplishments.
  5. 5. Settings … Profile andPrivacy ControlsYou will find Settingsunderneath your name in theupper right hand corner.The bottom box contains 4 keyareas: Profile, EmailPreferences, Groups, Account.Each of these areas help howyou see your network and howthey see you.Profile:Select who sees yourbroadcasts, who sees yourconnections, who sees if youhave looked at their profile…
  6. 6. Settings continued….Email PreferencesEmail Preferences covers howfrequently you getinformation from LinkedInand your network.Also controls how people canemail or connect with you.
  7. 7. Settingscontinued….Groups,Companies, ApplicationsControls how frequently youget information from yourgroups and the companiesyou are following.Controls how muchinformation is shared withThird Party Applications
  8. 8. Settingscontinued….AccountAccount information and howyou see the updates for yournetwork.
  9. 9. Home versus ProfileHome is what you will see whenyou log into your account.This will show your networkactivity, recommendations onwho to connect with, who hasviewed your profile along withany ads that may be targetedtoward you.You can also post Updates fromyour home page. This will showup on your Profile as well.A best practice is to post a newUpdate each week.
  10. 10. ApplicationsThere are many Applicationsthat you can have attached toyour LinkedIn profile.One of the most used andhelpful for networking isEvents.Once you have Events, youcan share with your Networkthe Events you are attending.You can also post an Eventand share it with yourNetwork.
  11. 11. ContactsIt is all about building yournetwork and adding newContacts.The magic number to reach is500, at that point LinkedInjust lists you as 500+connections.
  12. 12. Connecting with YourCommunityOne of the first ways to addconnections is to connectyour LinkedIn account withyour Web Email Account toimport email addresses.If your connections use theWeb Mail email address astheir LinkedIn email, you willbe able to find them, butmany folks use their workemail address.
  13. 13. Searching for ContactsYou can search for Contactsthrough the navigation bar atthe top.You can Search based onrecommendations fromLinkedIn. The more peopleyou connect with the betterrecommendations you willreceive.For any of these searches, youcan also narrow the searchthrough the Filters.
  14. 14. Sending InvitationsOnly connect with people youknow.You will have to select howyou know them: throughschool, work or a group.It is best to personalize theinvitation.Once someone connects withyou, thank them for theconnection.
  15. 15. GroupsGroups are categorized aseither Open or Closed.Open means anyone can jointhe group; Closed means youhave to request to join andthe Group Manager will haveto approve you to be part ofthe Group.Groups are categorizedaround a key topic, schools,locations.There are Networking,Alumni, Conference,Nonprofit and Companygroups.
  16. 16. Navigating a GroupGroups are a good place to getinformation on articles, events,jobs or general information. Eachgroup has a different level ofactivity depending on themembers of the group.It is good to introduce yourself tothe Group and why you want to bepart of that Group.Being part of the Group also allowsyou to connect with the othermembers of the Group.Jobs are also posted under theJobs and Career Discussions tabs.You can also Comment or Likeother members’ discussions.
  17. 17. Jobs and Job PostingsJobs are posted under theJobs tab. You can search forJobs just like you would onany job board. You will alsosee who you are connectedwith in that company whocould refer you for that job.These same Jobs are postedto the Groups that the personhas elected to have themposted to. These are differentfrom the Career Discussionswhich are posted by membersof the Group.
  18. 18. RecommendationsThe more Recommendationsyou have the higher you willappear in the Search results.This is another way thatrecruiters pre-screen candidates.You will want to requestRecommendations from yourcolleagues and be prepared toprovide Recommendations inreturn.It also shows on your Profile ifyou have Recommendedsomeone else.
  19. 19. What to do next?A network is like a garden,you have to tend it frequentlyto get the results that youwant.Complete any unfinished partof your profile.Connect with 20 new peopleSet a weekly goal ofconnections.Update your status weekly.Join groups and participate!