Many applicants and employees have raved about the benefits of using online networking sites like LinkedIn to land their dream job.
Learn how to get the most out of your LinkedIn Job Search from our expert guest blogger, Andrea Eldridge.
Secrets to Finding Your Perfect Job Online
Go Pro: While existing social networks are a good place to start, consider LinkedIn, a professional networking resource that allows you to stay connected with colleagues (past and present), others in your industry and personal contacts that may know helpful people in your field. It’s free to establish a profile, but a monthly fee applies for some services, such as getting in touch with hiring managers through their network and access to professionals who provide advice related to your job search.
LinkedIn allows you to create a resume-like profile listing your work experience and (my favorite feature) maintain a collection of personal recommendations. Take advantage of this. Offer to write recommendations for friends and colleagues and ask them to reciprocate before you fall out of touch. Search your network for links to a company or industry to find out if, for example, your college roommate is connected to the head of sales at your dream company. This mutual contact may be your “foot in the door.”
How have you maximized your LinkedIn job search?