LinkedIn and Twitter: Useful Resources in Your Job Search
LinkedIn and Twitter: Useful Resources in Your Job Search<br />Erika M. Pryor, Ph. D.<br />Digital Communication Specialist<br />AMA In Transition <br />SIG Monthly Meeting <br />August 24, 2010<br />
Why is LinkedIn a useful resource for my job search?<br /><ul><li>Grow your network</li></ul>The more people you know, the more they know about what you do, the better equipped they are to know if an opportunity might suite you.<br /><ul><li>To build and maintain a digital presence</li></ul>Consider your digital presence as a way to maintain visibility and keep your name/face in front of people. <br />
Why is LinkedIn a useful resource for my job search?<br />To demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in a specific industry or on a specific topic.<br />To highlight what you know and your continued engagement in your industry. <br />To bring alive a static resume<br />
Why is LinkedIn a useful resource for my job search?<br /><ul><li>To get answers</li></ul>LinkedIn is a resource made up of many people generous with their knowledge and information. Take advantage of it<br /><ul><li>To highlight your current actvities</li></ul>Use LinkedIn to let others know what professional activities you are currently engaged -- this includes networking events and volunteer work too. <br />
Is it really worth the extra effort to use social media as a resource in my job search?<br />You tell me...<br />
10 Tips for Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search<br /> Tips offered I use Choose what makes sense Do a little at a time<br /> Enhancing your digital presence, increases your offline engagement opportunities<br />
Tip 1: Give people a reason to want to know you<br /><ul><li>Create an engaging "Position title" and "Headline" or "Tag Line" for your self
Associate yourself with a specific professional area and/or interest area</li></li></ul><li>Tip 2: Be Approchable <br /><ul><li>Use a flattering profile photo
Connect with people in your industry or the industry you want to move into</li></ul>Although tempting, don't seek out HR people exclusively (unless that's your industry) they don't typically make hiring decisions in other divisions. <br />
Connect with others cont.<br /><ul><li>Review the network of your connections
Ask new and existing connections if there are people they recommend you connect with
Review the "People You May Know" suggested connections
Connect with people before attending a networking event (if possible)</li></li></ul><li>Tip 5: Use Applications<br /><ul><li>Slide Share: Allows you to share power point presentations with others on your LI profile
Blog Link: Can feature your recent blog posts within your LI profile. -- Start Blogging!
Create an industry relevant Poll -- send to your connections
Portfolio Display for creative work examples</li></li></ul><li>Tip 6: Make Yourself Accessible<br /><ul><li>Allow other group members to contact you
Don't require an email address for individuals to connect
Send a Direct Message and ask if they would like to connect via LinkedIn
Include relevant Twitter updates on LinkedIn profile</li></ul>Use song titles, phrase, famous events or media to create catchy Twitter messages. <br />
Create a Plan<br /><ul><li>What could you do today to enhance your LI profile?
What LI network building activities can you do this week?
What Twitter activities might enhance existing professional connections?
Are there 10 people that you would you like to "get on their radar" using Twitter?</li></li></ul><li>Contact me<br />Erika Pryor, Ph. D., Digital Communication Specialist<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />@ErikaPryor/@ErikaWritesCols<br />erikapryor.com<br />www.linkedin/in/erikapryor<br />(614) 477-8794<br />