I have heard this question multiple times.
“I thought LinkedIn was for job searching?”
Either you login to LinkedIn every day, rarely, or you think it is a job site. While LinkedIn is a great tool for job seekers and CEOs, it is also for anyone who wants to connect socially with other industry related professionals and companies. Also, unlike other social media sites, LinkedIn is career related. Your resume, skill set, and education is visible to your connections, this helps them have a better understanding of your past and current career path.
LinkedIn helps connect with potential clients and future business prospects. It is a great way to get your foot in the door and make yourself visible to the people you want to meet.
7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Your Advantage:
- Keep your profile up to date
- Personalize your invitation message
- Get involved with groups and group discussions
- Send a follow up message
- Connect on other social platforms with your connections
- Share industry related articles or facts through your updates
- Ask for recommendations
Use the tips above to get more involved on LinkedIn. Search an industry your company is going after, connect with those people on LinkedIn and on other social platforms, and see what groups they are involved in, then get involved in the discussions.
LinkedIn is a great job searching tool as well. Recent college graduates or professionals in transition search for jobs and connect with top management to get their name out.
Are you a job searcher? Apply for jobs via LinkedIn, below are steps on how to apply.
- Click on Jobs at the top of the site
- Search by keyword or industry
- Click on a job posting
- Apply at the bottom of the page
What are you waiting for? Get involved. Get Connected. Get your LinkedIn connections to see you as a leader in your industry.