Link Up With LinkedIn

I want to give a special thank you to my professor at Georgia Southern University ¬†suggesting that students sign up for LinkedIn and showing us the value. It has really turned out to be one of the most useful tools I use as a professional. For those of you who aren’t very familiar with LinkedIn, I would recommend giving it a shot.

Right now, it goes without saying, that getting a job is difficult, especially coming right out of college and not a lot of experience under your belt. You can search all day for job postings but more times than not, just sending an email isn’t enough to get you in the door.

Here are some tips I have to making the most out of LinkedIn:

If you are interested in a job/company, LinkedIn is a great tool to learn more about what they do. You can go to the company profile and see their news, a description of what they do and the people that work there. I have found that seeing the employees and what their previous experience is can be useful in deciding what position you should apply for and what background experience they might be looking for.

Connecting with people that you already know. Connecting with friends, co-workers, professors, etc., is really helpful when you are starting your account. From there you will be given a list of people you might now and every connection can lead to another one.

Joining groups. Whether it’s a college alumni group or a general interest group, you are connecting. If you are really into entertainment, there are plenty of groups to join. From there you can learn what is going on in that industry and take away a lot. Make your own discussion and comment on those of other people. Joining groups that you are interested in personally of professionally is a great way to stay in the loop. You can see what’s in the news and from there find people to connect with. Many groups will also have job postings and this might lead to a recruiter contacting you.

Following companies and industry leaders.¬†I am a big researcher and often I’ll look online and find companies that I would be interested in working with. From there I will often follow them on LinkedIn to see what’s going on with them and any interesting news that they put up. By following these companies you get a much better understanding of what they are like on a number of levels.

These are just a few ways to use LinkedIn effectively and boost your job search. Good luck and I would appreciate any comments and questions.

Here are some links from LinkedIn pros:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-linkedin-2012-4?op=1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/2012/jun/06/linkedin-housing-professionals-tips

http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/blog/socialmadness/2012/06/10-tips-to-boost-your-linkedin-profile.html?page=all

Till next time,

Marilyn