If you are looking for that perfect job or that dream career move, LinkedIn is a great tool.
Here you can showcase all of your skills and talents, and work to ensure the right people and opportunities cross paths with you.
Let’s look at ways to network in LinkedIn.
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You can use LinkedIn to brand yourself, search for career advancement opportunities and network with relevant people who can help you find that opportunity.
1. Join relevant LinkedIn Groups in your area
On LinkedIn, there are hundreds of relevant local groups – Discussion groups. These groups are not only for professional discussions but also used for job hunting. Many LinkedIn groups include job boards per industry, occupation and profession. You will want to search and join groups of your interest and in the area of expertise to receive first hand information about new job openings.
2. Spread Out and Connect
If you use Facebook, you are familiar with “friending.”
LinkedIn has a similar setup where you can invite people into your professional network. Just do a search and you’re sure to find endless numbers of colleagues, past and present, that you can connect with and network with. Let them know what you are looking for when it comes to your career search.
3. Check Out Companies
LinkedIn makes it easier to find companies who employed people in your field.
You can search for people who live and work near you with similar skills to yours. You can then check out the companies these individuals have worked for, in the past and present, and you can use these leads in your job search.
4. Time to Play Detective
You can do more than just find companies who hired people with similar skills to yours.
Play detective and browse through the personal profiles of employees and see the job experience they have. This is a great way to gain insight on how to change your resume and your profile so that they are more appealing to potential employers.
5. Look at Smaller Companies
If you are having trouble finding a job at one of the large companies, consider looking at smaller companies as potential employers.
Sure smaller companies that are hiring are harder to find, but LinkedIn makes it much easier because you can search by industry, number of employees, and industries you prefer. You can also look for companies that are just in startup stage.
6. Use the Six Degrees to Your Advantage
When you search for the type of career or job that interests you, you are likely to discover that you have someone in your network who knows a hiring manager.
LinkedIn uses the Six Degrees method of connection. You can then ask the person you know that knows the hiring manager if they would mind hand delivering your resume. This almost always increases the likelihood that your resume will be looked at.
7. Get Recommended
Ask those who join your network if they will recommend you.
Positive recommendations from your peers, staff members, current and past bosses will verify that you are a valued, productive, motivated employee.
There are more than 100 million members on LinkedIn including business owners, managers, and Fortune 500 company executives.
Those numbers grow daily. Learn to take advantage of powerful tools like LinkedIn to get the most out of your job searches and find that career you’ve been dreaming of.