Job hunting - LinkedIn Recipe for Success

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This recipe for success is taken from the 3rd Edition of LinkedIn Made Easy. Finding a new job is quite a daunting prospect for many people. In much the same way employers have to take new recruits …

This recipe for success is taken from the 3rd Edition of LinkedIn Made Easy. Finding a new job is quite a daunting prospect for many people. In much the same way employers have to take new recruits on blind faith that their resume and interview have given them the tools to be certain they will fit in; new employees will hope the post they have just accepted will give them the opportunity to develop their career further, in an environment that is both supportive and challenging. So how can LinkedIn ensure you find the perfect new position.

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  • 1. This is a LinkedIn Recipe for Success taken from the best selling Kindle Book LinkedIn Made Easy: Business Social Networking Simplified 3rd Edition. Visit: http://bit.ly/WGwleX to find out more about the book and where you can purchase it. LinkedIn Made Easy has been fully updated to 2013, taking into account all the changes to LinkedIn. Find a Job Let’s say you are an accountant and your partner has been offered a job in another part of thecountry. What will you do to accommodate their career development? Will you move withthem and if so, will you be looking for another position as an accountant or even take theopportunity to go in a completely different direction? Finding a new job is quite a daunting prospect for many people. In much the same wayemployers have to take new recruits on blind faith that their resume and interview have giventhem the tools to be certain they will fit in; new employees will hope the post they have justaccepted will give them the opportunity to develop their career further, in an environment that isboth supportive and challenging. So how can LinkedIn ensure you find the perfect new position, well if you do undertake thefollowing activities, you will at least put yourself in a good starting place:1. Ensure your profile is complete and up to date with details of any past and current roles,specific responsibilities and goals.2. Add in relevant additional sections such as projects, courses and certifications, wherenecessary.3. Don’t forget to list any achievements to date, especially those which demonstrate you are ableto deliver on targets.4. Join relevant industry groups and monitor the job board within them to see if anythingappropriate is announced.5. Use the advanced job search to find posts in specific locations, levels and industries.6. Make a list of the current keywords that might be used to define the role you are looking for.For example, SEO and search engine optimisation mean the same thing. You will minimise thepotential for missing great jobs simply because you are looking for different terminology.7. Once you have found a possible job, research the company through their Company page (ifthey have one).8. Find out if anyone you are connected to is, or was, employed by the same company. Theymay be able to fill you in on company details.© Linda Parkinson-Hardman LinkedIn Made Easy: Business Social Networking Simplified
  • 2. 9. List your skills and encourage your network to endorse you.10. Identify people in your network you could speak to about developing your career in differentdirections.11. Make sure you have a great covering letter ready in a text file so you can simply copy andpaste it into this section of the online application form. Don’t forget to address this personally tothe person who posted the job advert.12. Search LinkedIn Signal for any status updates talking about jobs that have become available.© Linda Parkinson-Hardman LinkedIn Made Easy: Business Social Networking Simplified