Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Using Linked In to its potential...

I know, I know. Everyone tells you to "use Linked In to network and find a job." However, nobody tells you how. If you're like most people, you've got a laundry list of 'Contacts' from college, past jobs, and professional associations. That's a start. Now what?

Now, it's time to really harness the power of Linked In:

1) Update the 'Tell your network what you are doing:' text box DAILY. You could say things like a) "Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/employmentalist"; b) "CONTEST: First person in my network to provide me with a job lead that results in employment wins $250!"; c) "Searching for a Business Analyst position in New York City"; and so on and so forth.

2) Spend time in the Q&A section of the site. Ask intelligent questions. When people respond, personally message them to thank them for their response, discuss what you liked about their response, and ask them to connect. You've now added a new contact to your network. Also, answer questions and establish 'Expertise' by providing the proverbial 'Best Answer'. This ties back to establishing yourself as a subject matter expert (SME).

3) Join Groups and actively encourage discussion by posting and responding often. Build ties within the Group and add contacts.

4) If there are certain people who you feel might be able to help you in your job search, reach out to them with a private message.

How else have you successfully used Linked In?

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