Could 2014 be the year you find a new job you love? It might be if you use LinkedIn to find a job you love! Here are 4 effective tips to power your job search:
1 – Complete your LinkedIn profile
This sounds basic, but is a common oversight by many job applicants, especially if you are using other job sites to apply for openings. “I am not using my LinkedIn profile,” you figure, “so it doesn’t have to be up-to-date”. What you are forgetting is that there is an excellent chance that your future employer is using LinkedIn to vet potential candidates. Nothing says sloppy like an outdated or incomplete profile. So take a few minutes to refresh your LinkedIn profile – it’s easier than you think!
2 – Turn your profile into a resume
Now that you’ve taken the time to update your LinkedIn profile, turn it into your new resume by using LinkedIn Labs’ Resume Builder. It produces beautiful and professional looking resumes in a few clicks. You can share the PDF version or a personalized link with potential employers. The resume builder is pretty straight-forward to use, however you can find some guidance here if needed.
3 – Network
Leverage LinkedIn’s built-in networking tools to create job leads or learn more about a Company or an Industry. This new info could prove priceless in an interview and give you an edge over other candidates. It’s who you know and what you know. LinkedIn allows you fill in any gaps in knowledge or connections easily.
A few ideas to kickoff your virtual networking:
- Spend 5-10 minutes a day or even a week connecting with old classmates, friends, and former colleagues. Not only will it be fun to catch-up, but you may be able to leverage their networks in your job hunt.
- Join and participate in a few groups related to topics or industries you are interested. Often job leads are posted here.
- Follow a few companies you are interested in to learn more about them and stay up-to-date on their news. Follow me.
- Use the LinkedIn app and LinkedIn’s Pulse app on your smartphone to stay in touch while you are on the go. LinkedIn’s Pulse has articles by Influencers and other Industry experts and can make for a good read whenever you have a bit of downtime (at an airport or on a flight for instance).
4 – Keep It Fresh
Finally, keep your profile looking fresh and establish yourself as a thought leader in your field by posting content to LinkedIn. Depending on your style or mood, here are some options:
- Are super organised or just love technology? You can use a Social Media Management app like Buffer or Hoot Suite to schedule updates.
- Feeling more spontaneous? You can simply post an article as soon as you read it from the website or news app. Share buttons are now incorporated on the vast majority of websites and many apps.
- Short on time? Just share content your connections are sharing. They will be grateful for the gesture and you can look active.
- Wanna show-off and stand out? Post a presentation you developed through SlideShare (which is a LinkedIn Company) or use the portfolios feature in your LinkedIn profile if you are in a creative field. These two features are not yet widely used, so if you take advantage of them, you will stand out from the crowd!