Why Should You Join LinkedIn?
You may be a pro at using Facebook and maybe you are even gaining followers on Twitter, but have you taken the time to embrace LinkedIn? If you are still hesitating to join this growing network of professionals, you could be missing out on some great opportunities. Below are a few insights to help you determine if LinkedIn could be a helpful resource for you along with a few helpful tips on how to use the site.
Who should use LinkedIn?
Whether you work in health care, finance, marketing, technology, consulting, human resources, or even at a nonprofit, the site is a great place to connect with people who can help you professionally. LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your talents, and network with others who are looking to grow professionally.
Should you connect with your best friend? What about a stranger?
Your college roommate is a nurse, and you’re an accountant. So, you can’t easily assist each other professionally, right? Not necessarily. You’re not just connecting with a person, but their network as well. Your roommate may have a link to someone who could help you. For the same reason, it’s also wise to consider accepting a request from someone you don’t know. When you receive a random invitation, look at the sender’s profile and determine if it is a quality connection for your needs and circumstances before accepting or rejecting it.
What’s the best way to grow your network?
Use the site’s “People You May Know” tool to reach out to professionals with similar back-grounds and connections. If you’re interested in working for a particular company, go to its page and click to “follow” it, then look at the list of people who work there. Next, find an employee whose path you would like to emulate, then invite him/her to connect. To demonstrate that you would be a meaningful connection, write a note that conveys that you have done research on his/her employer and accomplishments.
How frequently do you need to check in?
Every day for a few minutes, and once a week for about a half hour. That’s how much time you’ll need to write to a new connection and to participate in a group discussion. Hiring managers are more likely to look at your profile if you post something at least weekly.
Should your profile page replicate your resume?
It should be more detailed. Think of it as your resume, plus everything else that you couldn’t fit on it. The more thorough you are in describing yourself, the easier it is for an employer to access your qualifications. So, go on-toot your own horn!
Whether you are looking for a new career or are just looking to network, LinkedIn can be a great social media resource for any professional.
About: Cadie Forrester has extensive experience as an IT Recruiter and enjoys working with talented IT professionals in the Cleveland area. I understand that a career move can be exciting but that such choices must be made with a long term vision in mind. I’m experienced in helping candidates take that next step in reaching their career goals.