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Using LinkedIn - Job Seekers

  1. 1. USING social networking IN your job search<br />Presented by Anthony Furino<br />
  2. 2. LinkedIn<br />What is Linked In?<br />Online networking site that allows you connect to other professionals, search for jobs, and perform company research.<br />Why use LinkedIn?<br />LinkedIn is not only being used by those that are out of work but also those who are currently employed, so build your network now to make securing a job later easier<br />
  3. 3. LinkedIn<br />Create a profile<br />Build your network<br />Get recommended<br />Search for jobs<br />Expand your network<br />
  4. 4. Creating Your Profile<br />Your profile acts as an enhanced resume to recruiters, employers and other users<br />Start with your name<br />Only give first and last names<br />Include certifications if appropriate<br />
  5. 5. Creating Your Profile<br />Professional Headline<br />Think of this as a quick pitch to a prospective employer <br />Include job titles, top skills, keywords<br />Be clear and to the point<br />
  6. 6. Creating Your Profile<br />Status<br />Let your network know what you are up to<br />Looking for a job? Let all your connections know by clicking Update<br />New accomplishments/activities/involvements?<br />Try to update once a week <br />
  7. 7. Creating Your Profile<br />Profile URL<br />Change your personal LinkedIn web address to something more personalized and less complex<br />Can be used in your e-mail signature so that you can give an easy link to your profile to anyone you are communicating with online<br />
  8. 8. Creating Your Profile<br />Profile Picture <br />Makes you look more personable and approachable<br />Smiling is good!<br />Shows confidence regardless of your age<br />BAD<br />GOOD<br />
  9. 9. Creating Your Profile<br />Summary<br />Your chance to tell stories of your achievements throughout your career, highlighting skills as you tell them<br />Showcase your skills by writing about what you do for a living<br />Use keywords<br />Don’t use keywords just because. <br />Your summary should be well written not a laundry list of job duties<br />If you are unsure of keywords to use browse other people’s profiles in the same job or industry.<br />Use white space and write in short paragraphs to make it easier to read online<br />
  10. 10. Creating Your Profile<br />Experience<br />Don’t simply list your job duties<br />Elaborate on them by describing how you use your skills to perform certain job tasks<br />If you want bullet points in this section you will need to copy and paste from a word processing program<br />Education<br />Along with the school name, dates attended, and area of study, include a list of activities, groups and associations you were involved with<br />
  11. 11. Creating Your Profile<br />Websites<br />Use for web sites you maintain or have been featured on showing off your skills<br />Be sure to either put the name of the web site (if the site’s subject matter is obvious) or give a short description so it entices the viewer to click on<br /> Interests<br />Career interests and aspirations<br />
  12. 12. Creating Your Profile<br />Groups<br />Join groups that you plan on staying involved with<br />May represent your career interests<br />Specific Geographic Location<br />May choose not to display group affiliation on your profile<br />
  13. 13. Creating Your Profile<br />Contact Settings<br />May choose to display your phone number(s), email address, etc.<br />Specify whether or not you will accept requests from people you do not know and what the best method of reaching you is<br /> <br />Applications<br />These can showcase your expertise through blogs (Bloglines) or slideshow presentations (Google Presentations or Slide Share)<br />Anytime you edit your blog or slideshow it will be updated on your LinkedIn profile<br />
  14. 14. Build Your Network<br />Your network is comprised of everyone you are directly connected to along with those people’s connections to the 3rd degree<br />
  15. 15. Build Your Network<br />Add Connections (button located on left sidebar above your name)<br />Start with who you know<br />With LinkedIn you can search for contacts in your email address books to see if any them are members<br />Connect with co-workers from current or previous jobs. <br />Connect with college classmates<br />
  16. 16. Build Your Network<br />You can only connect with direct connections (1st degree)<br />If you would like to connect with others you must be introduced through one of your 1st degree connections<br />Advanced Search<br />Search for people with like career interests<br />You can search by job title, keyword, location…<br />
  17. 17. Get Recommended<br />What is a recommendation?<br />Professional endorsements and testimonials<br />Who Should I Ask For Recommendations?<br />Ask your current or previous coworkers<br />These people need to know your skills, accomplishments and abilities<br />Get at least one recommendation from each of your previous jobs listed under Experience section<br />Recommendations from managers and supervisors are preferred but those from coworkers at the same level are also beneficial<br />
  18. 18. Get Recommended<br />Quality over Quantity <br />All recommendations will be displayed on your profile so it is best not to have a lot of these clogging up your page, which may discourage people from reading on.<br />Rejecting Recommendations<br />If you receive one that does not fit your current job skills or highlight your job goals, feel free to reject and request a replacement that represents you fittingly<br />
  19. 19. Get Recommended<br />Return the Favor<br />Make sure that you include your relationship to that person<br />Recommendations that you write for others reveal your character and are another way for you to look good to LinkedIn “recruiters” –usually hiring managers, HR workers, etc.<br />
  20. 20. Search For Jobs<br />Search for professional and executive-level jobs listed on LinkedIn or perform a search powered by Simply Hired from within LinkedIn<br />Basic Search<br />Search by keyword/job title<br />Advanced Search<br />Search by location, company, industry…<br />Company Connections<br />Within the search results it tells you who the job was posted by – look for people that are in your network that you can connect with or get introduced to<br />1st and 2nd degree connections are preferred<br />
  21. 21. Search For Jobs<br />Company Research<br />Don’t know what companies will hire someone in your career field? – Do a people search but don’t use names use career fields or job titles and look and see where people are working with titles/interests similar to your own <br />Perform a company search to get information about them (company description, new hires, recent promotions, past employees, job openings, news, etc.)<br />Current employees will tell you if any of them are in your network or one of your connections<br /> <br />Job Search or Networking?<br />Ideally LinkedIn is used for networking with people in these companies with job openings, but there are application links now (Apply Now)<br />
  22. 22. Expand Your Network<br />Once you’ve completed your profile and added some primary connections it’s time to network even further<br />Groups <br />Can join up to 50 groups<br />Find a group in the Groups Directory<br />Why join a group?<br />Get involved in discussions with other members for a chance to expand your network and make new connections<br /> <br />Browsing Connections<br />Look at others’ professional headlines to see if they may be someone who shares career interests<br />Get introduced by your connections<br />
  23. 23. Expand Your Network<br />Questions & Answers<br />On LinkedIn you can ask other members questions <br />Great way to network with people with similar interests<br />Answer other members’ questions by browsing categories – make sure you are qualified to answer<br />Leave your name and e-mail address at the end of your answer so other users can contact you outside of LinkedIn<br />