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Using LinkedIn for your job search


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Again, a 30-minute presentation, this time on using LinkedIn for your job search if you've never used the service before.

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Using LinkedIn for your job search

  1. 1. Using LinkedIn for your job search<br />
  2. 2. Looking for a job can feel like<br />you’re being asked to do the<br />impossible<br />
  3. 3. They say it’s all who you know – networking. <br />
  4. 4. They never quite tell you how to network.<br />
  5. 5. LinkedIn was created to help.<br />
  6. 6. What is LinkedIn?<br />A professional networking site<br />Relies on individual and company profiles<br />Over 43 million members from over 200 countries<br />Membership includes executives from every Fortune 500 company<br />
  7. 7. MySpace<br />Facebook<br />Other social networks<br />
  8. 8. What makes LinkedIn different?<br />Professional, for business.<br />Not the place for vacation pictures or cutesy avatars.<br />Connect only with people you know and trust, or people in the networks of those you know and trust.<br />Ask for introductions, instead of direct contact.<br />
  9. 9. Is LinkedIn worth it?<br />In a poll of 100 hiring managers conducted early this year, 75% said they used LinkedIn to check the backgrounds of potential new hires.<br />66% said they used LinkedIn to identify candidates for open positions.<br />Data accessed at on July 16, 2009<br />
  10. 10. Using LinkedIn <br />Sign up is easy – Just give your name, and email address and create a password<br />Then add where you work<br />
  11. 11. Import your contacts<br />
  12. 12. Complete your LinkedIn profile<br />LinkedIn says that users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to get job offers!<br />Complete profiles also show up higher in LinkedIn search results.<br />Upload your resume to get started<br />
  13. 13. Complete your LinkedIn profile<br />Add a professional picture.<br />Get recommendations from at least 3 colleagues.<br />Recommendations should be brief, and are easy to request using LinkedIn tools.<br />
  14. 14. Basic job search<br />From your home page, click the triangle by Search People and change it to Search Jobs.<br />Search by company, position, location<br />Returns results from LinkedIn and the internet (via SimplyHired).<br />
  15. 15. Jobs page<br />Or just click Jobs at the top of the page for the LinkedIn Jobs Home.<br />The number of LinkedIn job postings for N.C. and S.C. may be small, so be sure to check the Web listings too.<br />
  16. 16. Job search results <br />LinkedIn results <br />SimplyHired results<br />
  17. 17. Once you’ve found the listing<br />Apply!<br />But before you do that, look for inside connections to the company.<br />
  18. 18. This is the power of the network<br />
  19. 19. Which brings us to …<br />connections.<br />
  20. 20. Connections <br />Connections are an important way to grow your LinkedIn network.<br />I only need one introduction to talk to someone in HR!<br />
  21. 21. When I click “Get introduced,” I’ll see …<br />
  22. 22. A simple form to ask for the intro<br />
  23. 23. Or, a job might find you<br />HR reps and professional recruiters use LinkedIn too.<br />Make sure they can find you!<br />Tip: In the “specialties” area at the bottom of your profile summary, include key words, industry slang and jargon that will help flag you if a recruiter searches for those terms.<br />
  24. 24. or maybe …<br />it’s the hidden <br />job market<br />
  25. 25. The hidden job market<br />Jobs that will be available soon.<br />Jobs that might never be publically posted.<br />Problems a company needs solved.<br />
  26. 26. Work your network<br />To access the hidden job market, use your network. <br />Search for contacts from old positions and employers, schools and so on.<br />Look for people you can be introduced to at your dream companies or doing your dream job. <br />Let people know you are looking for a job!<br />
  27. 27. Work “backward” as well<br />Find people who hold (or held) your dream job. <br />What jobs did they previously hold? <br />What jobs did they move on to? <br />What skills do they have that you lack?<br />Connect to them for career advice, the scoop on who to talk to and what to say.<br />Find people with your skills and experience. What are their current positions?<br />
  28. 28. Or your dream company<br />Use the Companies search to get the scoop on where you want to work.<br />Look for info about executives, recent promotions and new hires.<br />Then, look for people you are connected to, or can be introduced to.<br />
  29. 29. LinkedIn Groups<br />Use Groups to expand your network.<br />Groups fall into three main types:<br />Job search groups<br />Job placement groups<br />Career-specific groups<br />
  30. 30. LinkedIn Groups<br />
  31. 31. LinkedIn Groups<br />First, read the group rules and previous discussions!<br />Look for places where you can add valuable advice and insight.<br />Ask good questions.<br />Don’t fill up the board with “me too” comments.<br />
  32. 32. LinkedIn Groups<br />Some groups do more than others.<br />If it seems like a good fit with the group, consider a posting describing yourself and your job search – be specific about what you want to do!<br />Check to see if your groups have larger independent websites you can join.<br />
  33. 33. Think we’ve milked LinkedIn for all it’s worth?<br />
  34. 34. Think again.<br />
  35. 35. Personal development<br />Using LinkedIn to boost your skill set<br />Get yourself introduced to people with your chosen skill – speaking fluent business Spanish, for example – and find out how they learned. How do they recommend you learn?<br />Join groups and discussions on the subject.<br />
  36. 36. Mobile LinkedIn<br />
  37. 37. Helpful learning tools<br />LinkedIn Learning Center -<br />Training (webinars, modules) <br />Jobs<br />LinkedIn Blog -<br />What’s new at LinkedIn -<br />
  38. 38. Non-LinkedIn sources<br />Books<br />Go to any search engine and look for “LinkedIn tips” <br />Look for LinkedIn experts<br />
  39. 39. We wish you great success<br />using LinkedIn.<br />