There are many different tips and strategies for getting a job using LinkedIn. Filling out a thorough profile, making sure that you have good recommendations, adding keywords, expanding your network – these are all very important for making sure that recruiters can find you, and anyone that visits your page sees information that they like.
But to use LinkedIn correctly means making sure that you do the little things right – not just the big things. Here are several often forgotten tips that are important for ensuring that you are making smart decisions with your LinkedIn profile.
Forgotten Tips for Getting a Job Through LinkedIn:
1. Respond to Everyone
If you get contacted by a recruiter, make sure you respond even if you do not want the job. That recruiter may have other jobs that you qualify for in the future. Be courteous, explain what type of jobs you think you’ll be good at, and make sure you respond quickly.
2. Be Visible
You must always have a professional photo and don’t hide your profile so that anyone looking for you can find you and see you. The only way someone maybe willing to hire you is if they can find you and they see a respectable professional. If they can’t see anything, they won’t contact you.
3. Only Be Professional
LinkedIn is a social media tool, but it should never be used like Facebook or Twitter. Only share professional accomplishments, and only interact with people in a professional way.
4. Let Everyone Feel Special
Grow your network and interact with everyone. Let everyone you connect with on LinkedIn feel like you care about them. Adding someone to your network and then ignoring them makes it highly unlikely that they will ever contact you about a job.
5. Theme Your Profile
Write a LinkedIn profile that is for the exact job you want, and the types of jobs you’re applying for. It won’t do you any good and in fact will just waste your job search time if you’re contacted for careers that aren’t exactly what you were looking to get. Pick a type of job you want, apply to jobs in that area, and then redo your profile if you look for a new job.
These are some of the many small changes that you can make to try to get the most from your LinkedIn account. It is not just the big changes and strategies that make a difference. Something as simple as taking a better photo or responding to an old colleague’s update can be enough to help you get a job offer.
LinkedIn is a very powerful job search tool so make sure you are using it to its full potential. The posts below will step you through all the things you need to do.