Using LinkedIn in your Job Search - 02/10 Version

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  • Using LinkedIn in your Job Search - 02/10 Version

    1. 1. How to Use LinkedIn in your Job Search <ul><li>By Jenny Kahn, PHR </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Technical Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>510-333-3708 </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright Jenny Kahn, PHR </li></ul>Edited by Janet Wenholz Clay Pigeon Enterprises [email_address]
    2. 2. Key Points <ul><li>You can’t be hired if you can’t be found. </li></ul><ul><li>After you’re found, you can’t be hired if you can’t be reached! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why are YOU on LinkedIn? (There’s no wrong answer!) = To maintain existing relationships = To build a network of people in my area of expertise = To be found
    4. 4. How do You Use LinkedIn? <ul><li>Find leads </li></ul><ul><li>Research your target companies </li></ul><ul><li>Build your network </li></ul><ul><li>Promote yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for successful interviews </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why Use LinkedIn? <ul><li>Largest professional networking site </li></ul><ul><li>Major sourcing tool for recruiters </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to easily collect information for career investigations and interview preparation </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn users understand the importance of networking, and are usually willing to help </li></ul><ul><li>“ Answers” section is an easy, free way to quickly get the inside track on industry news </li></ul><ul><li>“ Groups” feature allows you to find like-minded people and contact them directly </li></ul>
    6. 6. How to Use LinkedIn to Find Leads <ul><li>Explore posted jobs by location, industry and title </li></ul><ul><li>Identify companies that are hiring </li></ul><ul><li>See contacts you may already know at hiring companies </li></ul><ul><li>Review your contacts’ connections </li></ul><ul><li>Review details about hiring companies </li></ul>
    7. 7. Explore posted jobs
    8. 8. In the “Jobs” screen, click the “Advanced Job Search” tab to enter criteria for your job search
    9. 9. First you will see paid postings on LinkedIn that meet your criteria Click the “see more jobs” hyperlink to view additional postings
    10. 10. See if anyone who works at the hiring company is already in your network Click on a job hyperlink to see a position description
    11. 11. How to Research Your Target Companies <ul><li>Use the “Companies” menu to research firms in your target industry </li></ul><ul><li>Within a Company’s profile, reviewing “career path” and “connected to” will help you identify hiring trends and find additional companies to explore </li></ul><ul><li>“ Former Employees” tells you if a lot of people have recently left </li></ul><ul><li>“ New Hires” and “Recent Promotions and Changes” sections help you identify hiring trends </li></ul>
    12. 12. From the “Companies” menu, drill down to find target industries
    13. 13. Within your target industry search, you can enter more criteria (location, company size, etc.)
    14. 14. You can research specific a specific company
    15. 15. Click the company name in the search results list for a brief description
    16. 16. In the company’s detailed profile, reviewing the information in the “Related companies” box will help you identify hiring trends and find additional companies to explore “ Former Employees” tells you if a lot of people have recently left
    17. 17. “ New Hires” and “Recent Promotions and Changes” help you identify hiring trends
    18. 18. Use company profile employee lists to see who is already in your network
    19. 19. Use “People”, “Advanced Search” to identify company insiders and hiring managers
    20. 20. How to Use LinkedIn to Build Your Network <ul><li>Use company profile employee lists </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Colleagues” and “Classmates” tabs to find former co-workers and classmates </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Other profiles viewed” to identify additional contacts </li></ul>
    21. 21. Use “Colleagues” and “Classmates” capability under “Add Connections” to find former co-workers and fellow students
    22. 22. When you view someone’s profile, look at “Other profiles viewed” to identify more potential contacts
    23. 23. Use LinkedIn to Promote Yourself <ul><li>Find & join “Groups” to connect with people who share your interests </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions to build your reputation as a subject matter expert </li></ul><ul><li>Use LinkedIn applications like “Slide Share”, “Box.Net Files” and “WordPress” </li></ul><ul><li>Include presentations and blogs on your profile to encourage more traffic </li></ul>
    24. 24. Find & join “Groups” to connect with people who share your interests
    25. 25. When you’ve found a group that looks interesting, click the “Join Group” button
    26. 26. Make sure to join networking groups for recruiters in your target industry If you can’t find a group, you can start one yourself!
    27. 27. When you receive a notification that you’ve been accepted into a group, review and click the boxes next to each item on this screen to choose how much e-mail communication about group activity you want to receive. Next click the blue “Join Group” button Owners of some groups will review your profile before accepting you as a member; some may ask you for additional information
    28. 28. Change your group communication choices at any time by clicking the group’s logo in your profile, then selecting “My Settings” under the “More” tab
    29. 29. You can review job postings within your groups These are DIFFERENT jobs from those you will find on the main LinkedIn “Jobs” tab small and large groups!!!
    30. 30. Participate in or start discussions within your groups. Ask questions to help you find people you are interested in communicating with.
    31. 31. After you become a member of a group, you can see other members’ profiles under the “More” tab (this is actually the same as the “Advanced People” search) Review their profiles to see what other groups they belong to that may also be of interest to you You can contact fellow group members, even if you aren’t directly connected
    32. 32. <ul><li>Building relationships over time </li></ul><ul><li>Asking others for a small amount of their time to provide specific, defined deliverables </li></ul><ul><li>Offering to help </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paying it forward” </li></ul>Notes on Networking Networking IS : Bob Bob Jones
    33. 33. You can list your availability in group discussions BUT DON’T DO THIS!!
    34. 34. The “Answers” section is an easy, free way to quickly get an inside track on industry news
    35. 35. By answering questions, you can build your reputation as a subject matter expert
    36. 36. Explore the Application Directory
    37. 37. Use applications like “Slide Share”, “Box.Net” and “WordPress”
    38. 38. Include presentations, files and blogs on your profile to encourage more traffic You can even attach your resume to your profile using Box.Net or WordPress!
    39. 39. Use LinkedIn to Prepare for Successful Interviews <ul><li>Find profiles of people you will be interviewing with; review their backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Find profiles of the hiring manager’s former employees; ask for references </li></ul><ul><li>Ask former employees about the company’s culture </li></ul><ul><li>Review profiles from the company’s “New Hires” list </li></ul>
    40. 41. How to Get Started <ul><li>Complete your profile </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Write recommendations for others </li></ul><ul><li>Build your network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add your LinkedIn contact to your email signature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link your papers, websites, articles and blogs </li></ul>
    41. 42. Tips for Success <ul><li>Include an email address on your profile! </li></ul><ul><li>Be mindful of your “presentation” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure all the sections of your profile speak the same message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate distractions wherever possible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networking is two-way street---offer assistance to others </li></ul><ul><li>Use good “netiquette” </li></ul>
    42. 43. Remember …… <ul><li>You can’t be hired if you can’t be found. </li></ul><ul><li>After you’re found, you can’t be hired if you can’t be reached! </li></ul>
    43. 44. <ul><li>Questions or Comments? </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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