Linkedin.com is the most popular business networking website. Here are some how to’s to use LinkedIn to help you find a job:
Make sure that your profile is complete. Post a photograph, fill out your bio completely, include your work experience and education. Make sure everything is complete. If you don’t understand how to do this or need help in completing your LinkedIn profile and information, hire a social media manager or an online writer who will know how to effectively do this for you. Your profile is an extension of your resume; an extension of YOU.
Get recommendations from people you know. Your fellow classmates, colleagues, previous employers, and more can offer the recommendations that will help tell the world about you and the work that you do and/or have done. They can also give much insight to you as a person, your character, personality, work ethics, and more.
Connect and network with people in your particular industry. Get to know them. Pay attention to what they do and what they are posting. Comment and respond.
Search for jobs in the “JOBS” category at LinkedIn.
Pay attention to the job postings that are posted frequently throughout the day.
Let others know that you’re looking for work and give them the details of what you can do and what you’re looking for.
Read people’s profiles and connect with those who have the jobs that you’re looking for. Stick with first and second degrees only. (At LinkedIn, you’re connected to people according to degrees. If you’ve worked with or went to school with someone, you’ll be their first degree connection. If you’re connected to someone because of a mutual colleague or past school mate, that is a second degree connection and so on.)
There are lots of ways to use LinkedIn to help you find a job. These are just a few tips. Please check back as more will be posted. Happy job hunting!