Did you know that last year 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a LinkedIn connection? You, too, can expand your network and build your career with LinkedIn.
In case you are not familiar with LinkedIn, it is a social media platform created with the intention of connecting professionals from all over the world with one another. There are over 500 million members and counting.
As one of the top staffing agencies in Florida, we strongly believe LinkedIn is a great marketing and search tool for job seekers and an excellent recruiting medium for employers as well. Here is our advice on how to use LinkedIn to its full potential. We hope you find this helpful!
1. Complete Your Profile
When completing your LinkedIn profile, fill in all the fields you can, as it is to your advantage to share as much about yourself as possible. Include a picture of yourself, preferably not a selfie. The image should be conservative in nature. We suggest either a head shot or a picture of you at work.
The summary section is more important than you may think. Be sure to make it interesting and personal while still being professional, of course. Add all of your relevant employment history, qualifications, and skills. If applicable, upload examples from your portfolio for potential employers to review.
Job seekers can put what type of position they are searching for under the headline or current position, which is easily visible to potential employers.
2. Create Connections
You can search for people on LinkedIn with numerous filters, including keywords, location, current companies, industries, and more. It is in your best interest to connect with friends and family, people with whom you used to work, people you went to school with, and possibly people with similar interests. You may also want to follow companies that you are interested in working for in the future.
Additionally, LinkedIn will automatically present you with a list of people you may know, so you can quickly grow your network. They will even suggest jobs they think you might want to consider, based on your activity and interests.
3. Get Endorsed
Once all of your relevant skills have been selected, you will want to gather endorsements from the LinkedIn community. A good way to do this is to endorse fellow colleagues and write them recommendations. Oftentimes they will return the favor. Naturally, you can also ask, if you feel comfortable.
4. Join Groups
There are a number of groups you can join to both share and receive information in order to build your career with LinkedIn. We recommend joining local groups, for example, Linking in Sarasota or Tampa Bay Career Transition Group. Also join groups in your industry, such as Office Professionals in Miami or South Florida HR Connections. These groups will link you with like-minded professionals and give you exposure in the community.
5. Stay Active
To build your career on LinkedIn, you need to stay active. Check your messages and notifications daily, comment and engage in dialog with your connections, and post informative links. Congratulate others on their work anniversaries and new positions.
Even if you are not actively seeking employment, it is not a bad idea to keep your profile up to date with your latest projects and achievements. You never know when you might be on the job hunt again, and it is always best to be prepared. You also never know when someone may see your credentials and present you with a better employment opportunity.
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