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  • Network with others - with others of common interests Status updates – of your contacts / update your status Find out events others are attending (VCN / CP events, networking, job fairs) Find out groups others are joining - this is huge!
  • Start a group - share information, generate more contacts, build brand awareness, possible job interviews
  • Linked In Groups Overview

    1. 1. Using LinkedIn in your Job Search => Groups benefits Daulton West, Jr. Oct 3, 2009
    2. 2. Benefits of joining groups <ul><li>Check tabs - Overview, Discussions, News, Jobs, Updates, Members </li></ul><ul><li>Network - build relationships / wide network </li></ul><ul><li>Status updates - very useful information </li></ul><ul><li>Events - what others attending, upcoming? </li></ul><ul><li>Groups - what are others joining? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Benefits of joining groups <ul><li>Join groups with others of similar interests - “connect” / not “collect”, a wider base of contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Start a group - share information, generate more contacts, build brand awareness </li></ul>
    4. 4. Groups I have joined or created <ul><li>Joined </li></ul><ul><ul><li>about.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Change Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Prospectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Careers in Richmond, VA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Search Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SpinStrategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia Career Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Created </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Richmond Ski Club (for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 8. Tips – <ul><li>Join groups, start a discussion, answer a question, post a job / news article </li></ul><ul><li>Take an interest in others, find a similar hobby or something in common, get to know people (Ex: Alison Doyle and I share a passion for snow skiing ) </li></ul><ul><li>Offer your services, volunteer, follow people in your locality or industry </li></ul><ul><li>Interact: share your knowledge, provide a tip, share what you read on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just build a profile and wait for jobs / others to come to you, be an “active” group member, and think “what value can I add today”? </li></ul><ul><li>If you make yourself valuable / memorable, others will want to make you a part of their network and follow you </li></ul>
    6. 9. Tips - cont’d <ul><li>Become a source of cutting edge information and share it with others </li></ul><ul><li>Attend network meetings to get face-to-face time to strengthen online contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Make yourself easy to find, remember, differentiate yourself (include phone #, email) </li></ul><ul><li>Be a matchmaker, share contacts / information, build your network </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your network: staying in touch is more important than the original connection </li></ul><ul><li>Find a way to add value, help others - comments turn into phone calls, phone calls turn into relationships </li></ul>
    7. 10. Tips - cont’d <ul><li>Occasionally mention what steps you’re taking in your job search by updating your status in LinkedIn and other social media. (*You will be more effective if you offer frequent tips to help others also in job transition. Avoid a self-promoting tone and don’t SPAM people daily with a blatant “I need a job” type message) </li></ul><ul><li>Link your LinkedIn profile to Facebook and Twitter (use the “Holy Grail” of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook to promote your brand and reference your LinkedIn profile) </li></ul>
    8. 11. Name Daulton West, Jr. Location Richmond, Va Website - http://asocialmediachampion4u.com Bio Social Media Strategist, Webmaster, Reporter for Examiner, Marketing 2.0, Branding 2.0, Web 2.0 coach / trainer, social networker / music trivia for fun Following 297 Followers 830 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/dwestjr Twitter - http://twitter.com/dwestjr - http://www.linkedin.com/in/daultonwestjr
    9. 12. Wrap Up <ul><li>Q & A </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daulton West, Jr. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media Strategist / Webmaster / IT Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website - http://asocialmediachampion4u.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Systems Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richmond Ski Club - http://www.richmondskiclub.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(804) 270-6147 </li></ul></ul>

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