I hope Part 1 of Using Linkedin for the Job Search was helpful! So, now that you have built your LinkedIn Profile, it's time for you to connect with people and search for a job. Remember, you want to get personal and build your network.
Start by adding your friends, family and colleagues from your past jobs, internships and volunteer activities. Accept LinkedIn requests from people you know, have worked with or who have been introduced to you by a mutual friend or contact.
As you build your connections on LinkedIn, always customize your connection requests with a friendly note and, if necessary, a reminder of where you met or what organization you have in common. Don’t just send the default “I’d like to add you to my professional network” message that LinkedIn suggests. You’re allowed 300 characters to write an introductory note to a potential contact, so make sure to take the time to write a personal note. Also, use the “Advanced” search to find connections at companies your researching and search among your new connections to see who would be a great contact.
Once you have connected with friends, family and former colleagues, along with those who are in the industry or company you would like to apply to, I recommend you request a 15 - 30 minute "virtual coffee" meeting to conduct informational interviews.
These are not just an interview to learn about a specific occupation, but an interview to discover what else is out there. I encourage you to interview a person about an occupation or business but to ask questions like: What other jobs/businesses have you thought about doing that are similar to yours? If you were to do it all over again, would you do something different and why? What skill sets do you need to be successful in your job/industry?
You are not just looking at that specific job or business, but any and all other jobs or businesses that person can think of. Discover what else is out there while job searching.
One of the most important tools in a job seeker's resource — and possibly the one that is treated most casually by the job seeker — is the resume and their LinkedIn profile. Landing the job that’s right for you will be far more difficult without a powerful, accurately targeted marketing tool. Crafting an effective resume and profile requires stepping back, making objective assessments of oneself, being organized, and having the able to write well.
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