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Friday, June 24, 2011

Get a Job Using 9 LinkedIn Tips - pt 2

5. Search LinkedIn Jobs.
When you search Jobs by company or job title, you can see which of your connections are at that company or know the person who posted the job. Leverage these connections to help you get a warm introduction.

6. Search for Connections at Targeted Companies.
You will dramatically increase your chances of an interview or favorable initial impression if you get an introduction to a recruiter or hiring manager from someone they trust. Do a search for people who can make that introduction by inputting the company name. Let’s say I’m interested in working for Apple. My search on Apple will generate people in my network who work or worked at Apple. You may in fact be able to ask a 1st degree contact (someone I am connected to on LinkedIn) for a personal introduction or recommendation to the hiring manager. Alternatively this person may be a great source of information about the company or industry, which will help me distinguish myself in the interview. For a 2nd degree connection (a connection of one of my connections), check out their profile and if it looks relevant, ask your contact for an introduction. Read The Email Introductions Most Likely to Open Doors to see who the wide range of people who can effectively open doors for you with a simple email.

7. Make the Right Ask.
Once you’ve identified people through LinkedIn that can be helpful, it’s important that you make the right ask. In most cases, asking for a job or an interview is NOT the right ask. Most people can’t help you with what may be your primary goal, but they can still help with information, feedback, introductions and more. Read How to Make the RIGHT and REASONABLE ASK for help

8. Let People Know You’re Looking.
Everyone is a potential job lead, but they can’t help if they don’t know you’re looking. Use the update field to indicate that you are looking for a job.

9. Showcase your Expertise through LinkedIn Answers.
In LinkedIn Answers you can ask and answer questions on specific business topics. Others who view your answers and are impressed with your insight can reach out to you directly. You can also receive recognition for strong answers, which adds to your credibility and visibility.

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By: Andrea Rice

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Terry S. said...

This is the type of information I've been looking for. Thanking IO 40 for this insightful articlwe for optimizing LinkedIn

Unknown said...

Great article. However, LinkedIn Answers has been discontinued. You might want to update this article to reflect that. Participating in Group discussions and initiating discussions in those groups are a substitute for what used to be Answers.

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