25 LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers

Submitted by HRgorilla

The vast majority of employers and recruiters search LinkedIn before deciding whether to interview you. If you’re conducting a job search, do you know how to optimize LinkedIn to your advantage? Here are a few ideas. Please add additional ones in comments!

1.After your title, add your industry (if that’s the one you want a job in) and then pump it up with your brand if you wish: “Go-to SAP Project Manager”

2.In your summary, nail your value proposition and competitive advantages.

3.Use the common keywords recruiters or hiring authorities would use when searching for someone like you.

4.Put in a comprehensive list of keywords under Specialties to attract search engine attention

5.Under Experience, just hit your main achievements and contributions. Use numbers whenever possible.

6.If your title isn’t the one a hiring manager would use to search for someone who does what you do, put your formal, legal title in, then a slash, and then the title that you would have in most companies: “Business Continuity Analyst / Business Continuity Manager”

7.Make your profile as complete as possible. Include links to any websites or blogs and to your Twitter and Facebook pages.

8.List all your educational institutions, training, associations, and memberships to provide keywords that may help other users find you.

9.Include a headshot. Make it professional even if it’s taken from your digital camera.

10.List your interests, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. They give you individuality and make you memorable. Also, studies show that skill in one area (swimming) tranfers to perceived skill in your professional area (Program Management).

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Top 10 Tips For Building A Strong LinkedIn Profile

Author Jay Markunas

Top ten tips for building a strong profile from LinkedIn:

1.  Don’t cut-and-paste your resume. You wouldn’t hand out your resume before introducing yourself.  Describe your experience and abilities as you would to someone you just met.

2.  Borrow from the best marketers. Use specific adjectives, colorful verbs, active construction (ie..”managed project team” instead of “responsible for project team”).

3.  Write a personal tagline. It’s the first thing people see in your profile.  It follows your name in search hit lists.

4.  Put your elevator pitch to work. The more meaningful your summary is, the more time visitors will spend on your profile.

5.  Point out your skills. The Specialties field is your personal search engine optimizer when Recruiters are looking for candidates.

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Is Twitter the New LinkedIn?

Posted by Katie Kindelan

Pulling a page straight from the Charlie Sheen playbook, a prominent ad agency just hired its summer interns based on a search conducted solely through Twitter.  First Charlie Sheen and now an established advertising firm, it begs the question:  is Twitter #winning as the new LinkedIn?

Twitter, the real time social network better known for introducing random thoughts in 140 characters or less, may just be moving into a new market:  job search tool.

Sheen, the troubled actor turned Twitter phenom, was the first to give the Twitter job search trend a boost earlier this month when he turned not to Careers.com, Monster.com or LinkedIn to advertise for an intern.
He sent a Tweet.

And 70,000 people applied to his #winning hashtag, while nearly 100,000 people clicked on the link in the first hour, AllTwitter reported at the time.

And now, one of the nation’s top ad agencies, Minneapolis-based Campbell Mithun, for the first time put its annual “Lucky 13” internship search solely on Twitter, and got its largest response ever.

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12 essential ground rules for getting an introduction

Megan Jones

(Editor’s note: Megan Lisa Jones is an investment banker who works primarily with companies in the digital media, technology, gaming and other emerging industrie. She submitted this story to VentureBeat.)

It’s absolutely true that the right introductions, from a credible and well-connected source, can jump-start a career or company. Partnering correctly, getting money from a top tier fund or making the right hire does add credibility to your venture.

But let’s be honest: Are you bringing something of value to the table or just trying to find an easier way?  A mumbled, “Can you please just talk to this person for a minute so they stop bugging me?” can kill your chances forever, while an “introduction” can help.

Having worked as an investment banker for years I’ve developed a contact base of CEOs, CFOs and capital sources such as venture capitalists.  Part of my role in counseling and guiding companies is to make introductions and facilitate their ability to grow into an entity that can go public, sell at a rich valuation or have the cash needed to buy other companies.

But I’ve also had to learn how to fend off requests for introductions that make no sense.  We all want to meet the success story and hope that their pixie dust rubs off on us.  And all service providers want access to successful CEOs. After all, asking for an introduction seems easier than making a cold call.

Last week, one too many request from the same person had me hitting the roof and talking to my computer screen (you don’t want to know what I said…).

So I decided to set a dozen ground rules.  Technically, they only apply to me, but many people in my position encounter the same frustrations. It might be wise to factor these in as you consider asking for an introduction.There’s a well known quote, attributed to an anonymous person, that says “It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” My guess as to why that speaker preferred anonymity is that he or she didn’t want to be inundated by people looking to expand their own list of those they “know”.

  • Both parties need to benefit from the introduction.  Occasional exceptions can be made for my children, clients, friends and those that have proven their loyalty.  Know and explain why the introduction makes sense.
  • If I make an introduction, follow up respectfully and professionally.  I once agreed to talk to a company founder (an unwanted introduction on my end) who needed money and then stood me up for two phone calls.  Then she wanted me to help her and make other introductions (as someone who is rude and irresponsible?).  Impressions count for a lot.
  • When I tell you that making too many introduction to a certain in demand person will impact my relationship with that person so the introduction better be crucial to you – and you have me make the introduction – don’t ask for too many favors shortly thereafter (you’re willing to risk my career for yours so I won’t be as kindly disposed going forward).
  • Don’t ask me to make introductions for someone you barely know.  Relationships can be lost based on credibility and judgment.  What if they aren’t that great?  Rely solely on your own insight, not that of others.
  • My Linkedin and Facebook contacts aren’t your personal calling list.  Nor is my less public rolodex.  See number one above.
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  • Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Personal Brand

    My friends over at Common Craft do some great work. There videos are simple, yet full of great information. Today I want to share with you this 3-minute goodie on using LinkedIn for more than just making contacts.

    Here’s the video.

    The protagonist in this story used LinkedIn to grow her business. What can you learn from her, since you, as a job seeker, are the owner of your own business who’s sole purpose is to find you a job? How can you search your contacts to find people who will help move your career forward? Who do you need to meet? How can you use LinkedIn to facilitate an introduction?

    Don’t forget theses 2 important keys to graceful networking (even online):

    1. It’s not about you.
    You may feel an urgent need to find a job. However, when networking you will turn people off if you show it. Approach people to find opportunity for them and their network FIRST. When they know you have their best interest at heart they will want to help you fulfill your needs.

    50 Intelligent LinkedIn Tips That Could Change Your Life

    LinkedIn is sometimes referred to as Facebook for grown-ups. That may be true, as LinkedIn is a much more respectable site on which you can network, share information, and build relationships that can grow and support your career. Check out these tips to find out how you can use LinkedIn to make a change in your life and career.

    Pay attention to your manners, be a real person, and follow these tips to do well on LinkedIn.

    1. Be polite: Remember your manners when interacting with others on LinkedIn.
    2. Stay active: Update routinely-you don’t want it to look like no one’s home.
    3. Keep an eye on your competition: Check out the public profile for companies to see who they are hiring and more.
    4. Research a company’s health: Look for former employees to get candid opinions.
    5. Say thank you: Always remember to say thanks, publicly or privately, when someone does something thoughtful for you.
    6. Write like a human: Avoid dry writing-robots are reading your profile, but people are more important.
    7. Ask questions: Get answers and contribute to the knowledge available on LinkedIn with questions.

    Job Search
    These tips will come in handy for those working on a job search.

    1. Make connections where you want to work: Get connected with people on the inside that can give you an in where you want to work.
    2. Don’t advertise being unemployed: Avoid the temptation to advertise that you’re unemployed-recruiters believe that employed workers are better employees.
    3. Look up potential employers: Before going into an interview, make sure and look up potential employers to find all of the information you can.
    Networking & Connections
    Pay attention to these tips that can help you with your network of LinkedIn contacts.

    1. Send personalized connection requests: When you send an invitation, make sure you’ve for a personalized message to go along with it.
    2. Connect your contacts: Provide a valuable social resource and become a more influential person by connecting your contacts.
    3. Initiate a conversation: After you’ve made a connection with someone, keep the ball rolling with a new conversation.
    4. Raise funding: Find mentors or potential investors with the help of your LinkedIn network.
    5. Look up everyone you know: You’ll never know the connections you have until you find everyone you possibly can.
    6. Get answers to questions: Ask your friends to help you out with tough business questions.
    7. Reply to connection requests: When you accept connection requests, be sure to send a short message back.
    8. Search in terms and industries: Connect with people you don’t personally know by searching on terms and industries.
    9. Start a group: Become the center of information and a connector on LinkedIn by starting a group.
    10. Do small things: Click “like” on shared articles, write short notes of congratulations, and find other ways to show others that you’re listening to what they’re saying.
    11. Reach out to event attendees: If you’re attending an event, be sure to talk to attendees that you’re connected with.
    12. Take advantage of travel: Check out your connections by location, and let them know when you’re going to be traveling to their area.