7 LinkedIn Hacks That Will Make Your Job Search 1,000 Times Easier – LinkedIn Advice

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Want to boost your marketability on LinkedIn – without spending hours navigating the site? Trying to get employers to notice your skills or get closer to a key contact?

There are many ways to promote yourself on LinkedIn and use your network wisely. Some require a significant investment in time, while others (like these LinkedIn hacks) are your shortcut to better LinkedIn results.

Here are seven important, simple-to-implement strategies that can give your job search a boost on LinkedIn:

1. Distinguish yourself from all the other John Smiths.

2. Put your desired job title in your Headline.

3. Pursue employers who prefer to hire graduates of your alma mater.

4. Get closer to key contacts – without paying for an upgrade.

12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn

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To know me is to know that I love — love — LinkedIn. At 150 million members and growing, LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking tool, and it’s not just for those who are job seeking. Frankly, if you’re in the professional world and not using LinkedIn, I’m not sure what you’re thinking. Our team at V3 uses it for new business development, competitive research and analysis, participating in groups and discussions and engaging with and learning from peers — and, of course, it’s the go-to site for savvy job seekers everywhere.

One of the cool things about LinkedIn is there’s always something new to learn. Sure, the first step is to sign up and create your profile. But once you’ve got the basics covered, there are a number of ways you can customize your experience in order to not only achieve your professional goals, but also to get more personally out of LinkedIn. I do a lot of corporate LinkedIn training and these are some of my favorite tricks and tips. Let’s get started.

1. How to remove a connection

2. Hide your status updates

4. Get a custom URL

5. Make yourself anonymous

LinkedIn: How to network your way to your next job – 7 Steps

by Vibeke Schurch – Business Coach

You’ve heard it all before. If you want to find a job you need to network your way there. The odds of getting a job from applying online though a job board is incredibly small yet many people do just that because they decide networking is not for them.

I recently worked with a client who was let go from her previous job. She had been searching for jobs for a while before coming to me. When I asked her about what she was doing in terms of networking I realized she avoided reaching out to all the key people that would best be able to help her out. She was so worried about what people might say about her because she had been let go. After working with my client on overcoming her fears she decided to reach out to those key people. Within two weeks she found the perfect job working for a great company, all because of one of these contacts. So often we know what we need to do, but somehow we can’t get ourselves to do it.


Networking is the best way to get a job, but how you go about it is critical to get the best results. Below are 7 steps you can take to network your way to your next job using LinkedIn. (Note that this requires that you have completed your LinkedIn profile and that you have expanded your network).
 

1) Know what you want and get clear on your elevator pitch

2) Create a list of target companies you would like to work for.

3) Go to the advanced search on LinkedIn and search for people who could be in a position to hire you at these companies.

4) Use the LinkedIn groups to connect with key people.

5) When you meet with people online, develop relationships.

6) If the person you’re networking with cannot help you out, ask them if they know of someone who could be a good contact for you.

7) Don’t give up.


6 LinkedIn Strategies to Prepare for Events, Meetings and Conferences

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I was talking to a prospective (and somewhat curmudgeonly) client the other day.  He was huffing about this “Damn social media stuff” and how real business was still done the old fashioned way.  Through referrals and face to face.  I’m sure he expected me to huff into denial and/or hang up on him.  But after a moment when I knew I had his attention, I said, “I agree!” More silence.  I continued, “Referrals and face-to-face meetings will always be the best way to land business.  And LinkedIn can help you meet more people and get more referrals.”  After another moment of silence, he answered, “I’m listening.”  So while I love social media and LinkedIn, I agree with Mr. Curmudgeon. Nothing really beats a face-to-face meeting for building camaraderie and developing business relationships.  One of the best ways I know to get those meetings (and referrals) is to combine LinkedIn and networking – with a few strategies I have developed (and will share with you.)

Here are 6 LinkedIn Strategies you can implement right away to prepare for the next business or networking event you will attend (Like the Social Media Marketing World in San Diego!)

  1. Discover who in your network lives where you are going
  2. Join the Association’s LinkedIn Group
  3. Get strategic introductions
  4. Keep track of your contacts and relationships prior to and after the event
  5. Track down other participants with Hereon.Biz
  6. Manage those pesky business cards

15 Smoking Hot Ways to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

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LinkedIn is a game changer for job seekers as well. It can put the power back into the hands of candidates and out of the hands of recruitment consultants. There are plenty of ways you can be proactive, rather than reactive in your job search. Here are my 15 top LinkedIn job hunting tips, in no particular order.

  • There is no point being half-hearted
  • Find a role model networker who is working in your desired area
  • Look to see who has viewed your profile
  • Start a group around your area of interest and expertise 
  • Find out what a job really requires

  • Read more about these 5 ways, all 15 ways and the complete Undercover Recruiter article
  • 21 Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile

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    LinkedIn has redefined the online version of a resume and having a well organised LinkedIn profile is now essential. Melonie Dodaro is sometimes described as “Canada’s #1 LinkedIn Expert” and knows her stuff about LinkedIn.

    Here are her 21 steps to making your LinkedIn profile awesome.

    1. Your name should only contain your name
    2. Your headline should be catchy and have keywords and phrases that you would want to turn up in Google search results
    3. Photo should be taken by a professional
    4. Social proof is important online, so make sure you have at least 500 connections. This leads to credibility and authority on the web.
    5. Add all relevant contact information