Mine for prospects, contemporaries, business associates etc. A high level overview for ‘Passive’ and ‘Active’ mining on LinkedIn.
ALL STAR profile strength matters!
Profiles that show up in a search are ranked by the strength of profile completion … ALL STAR profiles show up first, then Expert, then Advanced, then Beginner.
“Users with completed profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.” -LinkedIn Users
This is what constitutes an All Star profile typically… as of today
Industry and postal code
A current position with description
Two more positions
At least 5 skills
At least 50 connections
AND you need to be active… at least 1x a week do something in your profile …
• Status update
• Comment on a group discussion
• Add some media to one of your profile sections: http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/34325
Your summary should have MEAT AND METRICS. Beef up the Summary to include key words and phrases that matter in your industry of pursuit. Quantify your success.
Search for your ‘wanted’ job title In the SEARCH box. Review the job descriptions that are already posted in that field/title and use THOSE search terms in your summary. Consider your summary your elevator pitch on steroids.
Fun Way to FIND the KEY WORDS – make your own word cloud
Copy the job description from one of the jobs you found using the above method. Open a web browser and go to www.wordle.net, click on ‘Create Your Own’ then paste the job description into the text box. Finally… click on GO. This will create a word cloud based on the job description. The BIG take away is to search out the LARGEST words or phrases, for those are the ones used the most in the job description. MEANING, they are used the most frequently… hence, they too should be included in your summary or title.
Social Media – A Hiring Manager’s best vetting tool
I have attached a recently released JobVite survey that speaks to a jobseeker and shares what they SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do on a SMS, from a hiring manager’s perspective. (And a whole lot more.)
WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE?
Check it out … click on the Your profile has been viewed by X# people in the [time period] box found on the RIGHT side of your profile page.
Basic (free) profiles let you see up to 5 of the viewers, a Business Premium account for $39.99/$49.99 a month will give you FULL ACCESS to the viewers. So view them back… send them a note if it makes sense and ask if you can help them with anything? (WHY NOT?)
LinkedIn Network UPDATES
You want to show up in your networks’ weekly LinkedIn Network updates so add or change a little sumn’ sumn’ in your profile.
(The updates go out via email on Tues nights/Wed mornings so make a change/addition by Monday night.)
Certainly there is LOTS more that can be done… but this is a s