Last week, I called a friend that was downsized during the Pandemic to find out how he was doing. While we chatted, I opened his LinkedIn profile and noticed it… Read More
LinkedIn Job Search
The takeaways from this post will be that LinkedIn is:
1. The most important online place for making business and job search connections,
2. A job search site,
3. One alternative to local business lunch networking, and
4. The profile is more powerful than a resume.
Profiles that are considered “complete” by LinkedIn’s standards receive 40 times more “opportunities” (contacts from prospective hiring managers and recruiters) than incomplete profiles. LinkedIn has its own criteria for “profile completeness” — these are things you need to have on your LinkedIn account in order to have a “complete” profile, according to LinkedIn.
Informational interviewing is one way for job seekers to gather first-hand knowledge about potential employers while establishing rapport with contacts at those organizations that may be able to help with a search. Steve Dalton, in “The 2-hour Job Search” suggests thinking of yourself as an “information seeker” while the person you want to interview is an “information keeper.” This approach will help you concentrate on gathering data instead of putting the person you are speaking with on the spot by asking for a job.
Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. According to LinkedIn, “members with photos receive 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.”