Friday, October 23, 2009

How to Use LinkedIn to Get a Job

3. Prepare for interviews using LinkedIn. Expand your research by reading about the people who will be interviewing you. Knowing that you went to the same school, share a sport, both love the theatre, or have an acquaintance in common is a great way to establish rapport.

4. Join LinkedIn groups. Join as many groups as possible, but concentrate first on those whose members are people who could hire you (hiring managers) or can help you find a job (recruiters/executive search consultants). You may also want to join job search support groups and industry groups.
• Larger groups allow for more potential contacts and allow you to contact fellow group member even if they are not in your direct network. This can be very valuable in your job search.
• Groups are a great source of like minded individuals and are great places search in order to expand your network.
• Five groups for job seekers include:
Executive Suite – Community of over 100,000 US-based executive-level and recruiter members.
Star: Candidate for Hire – Group working in tandem with
Linked:HR, the largest Recruiters’ Group on LinkedIn, to help top candidates find jobs quickly and efficiently.
Career Change Central – Group linking job changers and professionals in career transition with recruiters, hiring managers and career coaches.
Jobs Alert – Job search group for middle and senior-level managers worldwide. – Official job search group on LinkedIn for

5. Participate in discussions. Share your insights and answers to questions on discussion boards thus demonstrating your knowledge and desire to contribute. Post questions or discussion topics yourself. This will help you make valuable connections while building your personal brand. Always be sure to include your email address in your posts.

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