The Use of Social Media in Job Search Trinity Job Club Meet Monthly on the last Sunday of the month
LinkedIn – IntermediateIntroduction for people who have used LinkedIn or some familiar with the basic functions. It is assume that attendee have updated their profile and job description on LinkedIn.
Establish your professional profileLinkedIn gives you the keys to controlling your online identity. Have you Googled yourself lately? You never know what may come up. LinkedIn profiles rise to the top of search results, letting you control the first impression people get when searching for you online.
Stay in touch with colleagues and friendsIn today’s professional world, people change jobs and locations constantly. By connecting on LinkedIn, your address book will never go out of date. Your contacts update their profiles, keeping you current with their latest jobs, projects and contact info. You’ll stay in closer contact with great tools to communicate and collaborate.
Start building with your existing relationship• Co-workers, friends, acquaintances• Previous companies• Education institutions• Social circles – Friends – Clubs, non-profits, church – Encounters• eMail address book• LIONs – Linked In Open Network
Personalize the note Here’s one very recent request: “I am a loyal follower on Twitter and am very impressed with what you do. I was hoping we could connect so I can learn even more from you.” And another really nice one: “Loved your recent post, 29 Biggest LinkedIn Mistakes. I shared it, along with others in the past, with several of my LinkedIn Groups. Would you like to connect with me here on LinkedIn? I feel like I already know you!”
After connection is made Don’t forget to Request permission to thank them. connect to others in their network
How do I make sure my LinkedIn profile is professional?1. be totally truthful and never stretch the facts -- remember that your profile is public.2. post a photo that is professionally appropriate (no pets, quirky backgrounds or funny expressions).3. write up your experience and credentials as you would present them on a resume or cover letter. Your writing can be a little less formal on LinkedIn, but proper grammar, spelling and proofreading are essential.
How often should I check LinkedIn? While logging in daily is ideal, what’s most important is that you maintain a consistent presence and respond to messages and connection requests in a timely fashion. LinkedIn will send you a Network Update once a week or once a day -- you can use that email as a reminder to log in and send someone a note, respond to a request or post to a group discussion.