How To Use Linked In To Improve Your Job Search


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    1. 1. By Greg Albrecht M& A Executive Search, LLC
    2. 2.  * Add all your past jobs  * List all the schools you attended and degrees  * Add Groups that you belong to or are associated i.e. TCHRA, FEI, CPA Society, etc.  * Add alumni associations  * List interests and Honors  * Complete like on-line resume  * Request recommendations from bosses, peers, subs  *Make recommendations for trusted colleagues
    3. 3.  Change your LinkedIn address to your name i.e.  Put LI address on your business card  Put your LI address on your email signature  Add to your blog, resume, FB, Twitter, etc.  Display like you would your resume or email address  Make sure people know how to find you on LI
    4. 4.  Search past companies, current company, past schools, current organizations  Search groups for ones you belong: Alumni Associations, Business Groups, Professional Associations and search for members who also belong  When you meet someone ask for their business card and if you can invite them to join your network  Join Open Networking groups  Upgrade your membership to Business Pro  When you get a new contact- search their contacts for people you know  Browse the right hand side of the new contact for other people who have viewed your new contact‟s profile  Weekly check your upper right hand side of your Home Page for „Contacts you may know‟  Send requests to people you would like to meet through your contacts
    5. 5.  In the search mode click jobs and search for positions you are looking for i.e. CFO, Manufacturing, CIO Services or President  Set parameters for industry, location, title and company in the advanced search mode  Identify companies you want to work and search who you know in those companies  Ask for referrals or intros from your contacts  Search companies and find out about them  Search for past employees and ask information about the company
    6. 6.  Use LI to find references on prospective boss  Check their LI profile to find out about them  Find out about their interests, schools, education, groups, honors and awards  The more info you know about a potential boss the better your interview and the better informed you are in your decision  Check out their recommendations and referrals on their profile  Learn about their career and past positions
    7. 7.  Use LinkedIn to research companies – click on company in search mode or put cursor on „Company Name‟ to pull their profile  Find out number of employees, locations, size, company history, background on product or service, company officers, employee backgrounds i.e. where most likely affiliated  How many people and who in your network are connected to the company
    8. 8.  Connect with people you know through past jobs, schools you attended, associations you belong, church, social clubs, athletic clubs, golf clubs or leagues, softball teams, etc  The more people you connect with the greater your network and the more people know about you and your quest.  Update your “What are you working on” slot on your home page/profile with your objective: „Searching for a VP Marketing position with CPG company.‟  Add applications : Reading List, Trips, Blogs, Questions/Discussions- update weekly or monthly  Use „Working on‟ slot to update seminars you are attending, presentations you are making, conferences, and events
    9. 9.  “you may never know how important you may be to someone you meet, someone you may never dream of, for you leave a part of your self with every body you meet” Mr. Rodgers  „Use perpetual diplomacy with everybody you encounter for you never know when your paths may cross again‟ Mark Sathe 