Using LinkedIn for online identity management and job search traction is just plain smart. With more and more employers and recruiters turning to LinkedIn to find candidates for their job openings, building and maintaining a professional, credible and persuasive LI Profile is no longer optional if you want to fast-forward your job search.
A sparse, bland LinkedIn Profile with very little information is not going to get the kind of positive notice you need from an employer. To get up-to-speed quickly on the essential elements to construct in your LI Profile and how to do it right, check out LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD from Jason Alba of JibberJobber (career management 2.0 tool). Note of disclosure: Jason is a friend. But do not let this dissuade you…this hands-on tutorial is a must-view!
At over 3 GB of information, LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD covers creating a top-notch LI Profile, how to ask and answer questions, get recommendations the right way, use the jobs feature, choose and utilize group memberships, search for companies or people, browse connections, grow your network, communicate using the LI tools, add applications that will differentiate you from your competitors, control your privacy settings, and more.
While this DVD is comprehensive in the amount and quality of information it provides, it is incredibly user friendly. It has an auto-start feature, contains BIG screenshots, and motivates you to actually get started with LI or revise your current Profile by suggesting specific action steps with each segment viewed. How cool is that? One final note: the music is upbeat, a bit jazzy, but soothing as well. You can spend 60 minutes easily and wonder where the time has gone (this was the case when I previewed the DVD).
So, now you have no reason to have a plain-vanilla LI Profile. Spice it up, make it appealing and compelling to hiring authorities. Get on their radar screen and who knows where that might lead?
Interestingly, unlike many of its social-network competitors, LinkedIn is profitable and growing. So says the Fortune Magazine article “Recession lifts social networking site LinkedIn”. That means LinkedIn is not just a passing whim. Get savvy about nurturing and using it for your job search and for your future career development. The network you develop today could just mean that better, new job tomorrow!