Friday, October 23, 2009

How to go from a ‘nobody to somebody’ in the job market

7. Be a consistent contributor on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to make and leverage connections for your job search, but why not have a positive reputation first? Contribute to LinkedIn Discussions of specific industry groups you're interested in and participate regularly in LinkedIn Answers. Use the Discussions to post industry trends or contribute to topics, and use LinkedIn Answers to demonstrate your knowledge or ask questions.

As many LinkedIn users are often experienced professionals, you should be mindful of the discussions you participate in, and how you answer questions. It’s a good idea to express your views on upcoming industry trends, but not to make it seem like you are an industry expert during these discussions. For LinkedIn Answers, you should answer questions which you feel you have enough experience to say something relevant, but again not acting like you are a guru on a subject.

Building a rapport with professionals online is a great way to start a relationship before you talk to them on the phone or meet them in person, so be sure to use LinkedIn to its fullest potential.

8. Facebook profile cleanup

Deleting comments that employers may frown upon on your Wall is a good idea. Many companies today will research you online, so make sure you are presentable as a job candidate. As well, making sure your Facebook profile is not linked to any inappropriate pages or groups is another important precaution to take.

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