Worked for hours on your resume to add success stories and details, without so much as glancing at your LinkedIn Profile?
If you’re not getting results, then your resume might not be the problem.
It’s important in today’s digital sourcing world to pay as much (if not MORE) attention to your LinkedIn Profile than your executive resume.
Here’s why: according to this ERE.net survey, 94% of recruiters and HR professionals use LinkedIn to identify optimum candidates at professional and executive levels (and these numbers are actually increasing!).
By neglecting LinkedIn during your executive search, you’re making a significant mistake. If the following problems sound familiar to you, then take action with some quick fixes for better results: (more…)
Not sure why LinkedIn isn’t working for your job search?
If so, you’ll need to check out these strategies used by successful job hunters:
Part 1: Build More Connections
Part 2: Set Your Groups Strategy
Part 3: Analyze Your Competition
Part 4: Boost Your Profile’s Searchability
Here’s the last, critical step in getting results from LinkedIn:
5 – You DO need to use LinkedIn for follow-up.
Applying to an online posting (on LinkedIn or elsewhere) is no longer a good idea without some form of follow-up.
If you have any way of finding out the company name, great. If you have any method of getting the hiring manager’s name, excellent!
To access this information, comb through a list of employees at the target company (perform a Company Search on LinkedIn, of course). Identify the most likely person there who would hire you (usually 1 or 2 levels above your ideal job).
Next, read the company’s press and look at what’s going on in the industry. Your mission is to determine their pain points. Why do they need to hire you? What’s happening in this company that requires your expertise?
Then, use the contact name you identified to reach out. Send an email, LinkedIn InMail, or even an FedEx overnight letter. Explain that you applied online and want to follow up, or better yet, explain how you’ve identified the key areas of need at this company, and how you can help.
Whether you’re doing this in reply to an online job announcement, or just looking at likely employers to pursue, the process is the same. See how much more personal and focused you can be with this approach?
In short, if you’re still wondering if you missed the LinkedIn train to job search success, the answer is yes.
Now go out and sharpen your approach with these extra steps to get more employer attention!
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Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues?
To paraphrase an old advertising slogan: Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen.
The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profile from outside of LinkedIn or by users with no LinkedIn account.)
Even the information from LinkedIn’s Help Center makes it clear that you can’t prevent access to your Profile… yet the myth of “privacy” continues to exist. Just Google “How to make LinkedIn Profile private” and you’ll see the same misinformation, over and over.
Here’s 5 reasons why your LinkedIn data is (almost) always 100% public:
1) The Public Profile doesn’t do what you think it does.
LinkedIn offers you the option of a privacy option for your Public Profile. Again, this is for the URL TO YOUR PROFILE, not the Profile itself! (more…)
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