LinkedIn is known as the professional social network and is definitely the place to be when looking to launch your career and make other professional connections. Start making those LinkedIn connections as early as possible; ideally when in high school or college is the time to start building your network. The key is learning that keeping in touch with and building connections consistently rather than just when looking for a new job, this will insure that you are open to the best opportunities all the time and remain in the minds’ of those in your network. Here are some principles to adhere to when interacting on LinkedIn for preparation of landing your dream job and building a career:
1. Build a Keyword Rich Profile: Like so many things online, your LinkedIn profile is searchable, so make sure to include descriptive keywords about your skills and the type of job you are looking for. Here are some bonus tips to build a profile that will encourage the best connections:
a. Include your email in your name so that new connections can get through LinkedIn’s barriers for making connections. Example: John Doe (JohnDoe@email.com). Just be aware that will be a public. Make sure that your email is professional, not personal!
b. Be very descriptive with your title that appears under your name. It should explain what you do in a few words. If you do not have a current job to enter, convey that in a creative way such as “Excited to find my next venture.” “Anxiously awaiting my dream job in . . . “ is another great lead in.
c. Make sure your profile has a little personality in it. Set yourself apart but remain professional. Something like a quick video introduction will not only share your personality it will make your profile stand out.
d. Fill in all available fields in your profile and include everything that they ask for. In addition to the video idea mentioned above, make sure to follow the guidelines provided to have a 100% complete profile.
2. Join Groups: This will lead to making new connections and is a great way to keep up with other connections that you have common interests with. Some groups to look for would be college alumni groups, common interest groups, local networking groups, and job placement groups.
3. Send Creative Invites: Never leave the default message when requesting a connection. Instead write a quick note about why you would like to connect with that person or how you know them.
4. Be a Good Connection: Finally, once you are on LinkedIn, keep yourself on top of the mind of your connections, but in a good way. Share interesting and relevant articles, and comment on others’ updates. Give your colleagues recommendations and endorsements without waiting for them to do the same or expecting reciprocation. Be supportive of others and share jobs that you come across, if they are not for you they might be for someone else looking. Don’t be afraid to let people know you are looking for work and what type of job you are looking for. Just do not be too pushy about it.
Bio: Amanda Greene is author and Brand Manager for RHL.org. She enjoys sharing ideas and tips for college students and grads on entering the work force.
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