Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Guide to Standing Out on LinkedIn: Part One


How LinkedIn Could Help you Find your Dream Job

Whether you’re a graduate fresh on the market or a seasoned professional with time-tested skills to offer an employer, it's getting tougher and tougher to secure a job. The sad truth is that it is no longer enough to be capable, skilled and work-willing to guarantee the position you want.
Over the years the number of channels you can trawl to find vacancies has increased. The internet has opened up a number of doors and you can search the Exclusive Recruitment website for a huge range of employment opportunities. To improve your chances of bagging that dream job it is also wise to make use of other online channels.
Take LinkedIn, for example, the business social network. Here you can network with business connections, promote yourself, keep watch for that golden opportunity and connect with potential employers that you come across on the Exclusive website.


So what’s so great about LinkedIn, and how can it help you bag your dream job?
Networking - Firstly it's a useful place to make new connections. It can be a daunting environment at first, but like any other social network, start slow. Find your friends and former colleagues initially and have a look through their connections. If they know someone in the same industry as you (or the one you want to get into) you can ask your friend to make an introduction and act as a mediator between you and the contact.
Groups - Groups on LinkedIn are becoming increasingly important. If you have a particular company that you want to work for or have an idea as to the kind of area you’d like to work in then have a search of the “groups” section. Sign up to a few, get social with the members and network as much as you can. This is a great way to get your face seen by prospective employers and to show your passion and interest in that sector.
Job Search - LinkedIn can also be used as a regular job site. Work up your profile, upload your CV and let your future-employer come to you. Vacant positions are posted on the network too, so check out the Jobs tab at the top of the page.
Profile - The Profile on LinkedIn is surprisingly comprehensive. As well as the standard “education” and “employment” fields, you can talk about projects, awards, general interests, and there is plenty of free space for you to give a flavour of your personality. Oh, and you can have a profile picture too, so it’s best to use your most professional image of yourself.
Newsfeed - All LinkedIn users have a newsfeed, similar to the configuration on Facebook. You can post status updates but be careful to keep it clean and topical; after all, your audience could be your colleagues someday. If you see an article that interests you in a career or business sense, post it. If you've written a new blog post or have been published somewhere, post it. If you have something relevant to say that you think your future boss would love to read, post it!
So what are you waiting for? LinkedIn is a fun, accessible and useful job search and employment tool. Your next job is out there waiting for you, so browse the wealth of employment opportunities on the Exclusive website and start building your LinkedIn profile for the best possible start to your next career move.

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