Normally, I write about how entrepreneurs and businesses can use LinkedIn resumes, but I also know there are a lot of people (as in millions) who are looking for new jobs. So, I thought I’d write this blog as LinkedIn is very relevant for people in the job market!
If you are looking for a new job, now is the time to harness the world’s largest and most powerful virtual network to find that job!
In a nutshell, here’s what you need to do to get noticed on LinkedIn.
Make sure your profile is “up to scratch” and make sure it’s completely filled out. LinkedIn actually assigns you “All Star” level proficiency on your profile when you’ve completed the whole thing. While you’re doing this, make sure the dates, etc, are congruent with what’s on your resume. And, especially make sure you have a great headshot, so you look like the winner you are!
Remember the old question…would you hire you?
Identify the companies you want to work for, and see if you can find the hiring manager or at least the VP of whatever division you want to work in. Actually, track down that person on LinkedIn and send them a connect request. Don’t use LinkedIn’s stock request, either. Make it a bit more personal and don’t spam them with how great you are from the get go!
Once you’re connected with them, message them and tell them briefly that you’re interested in working for their company. Don’t send them a long message…that’s the kiss of death! Just a few sentences are fine here. Ask if you can send over your CV or resume and double-check you get their permission before you forward that to them!
LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful network and can connect you with more people and businesses than you can get to in a lifetime of doing this. Make sure you do this plan consistently and also follow up! You’ll have more chances to get that new job before you know it!