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LinkedIn Networking - Best Social Media Platform to Find a Job
Volume 2 - Issue 21: 09-06-11
Table of Contents:
- Editor's Comments
- LinkedIn Networking - Best Social Media Platform to Find a Job
- SOAR55 (Service Organizations After 55)
- Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions
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2. LinkedIn Networking - Best Social Media Platform to Find a Job
If you are a baby boomer, you probably think that you need all the advantages you can get to compete in the job market these days. If you are not a boomer, you still want to know the best techniques to use for your next job.
LinkedIn networking is one to the best approaches to finding a job. Don’t stop searching using the normal techniques of job boards, spreading the word with your friends in the traditional networking sense. However, this tool is now the most popular social media platform used by many organizations to find the talent that they need.
Here are a few tips that you should consider:
- First, be sure you register on LinkedIn, if not done so already, and fill in your profile completely. LinkedIn has a yellow button entitled “Improve your Profile” on the right side of your profile page. Click on that and follow the suggestions to present yourself in a complete manner on your LinkedIn profile.
- Upload your photo. You would be surprised at how many individuals do not upload a photo. Some people may have personal reasons for not doing so, but nothing is more disappointing for someone that is searching for an individual and there is no photo to help determine if they have found the right person. A fairly close headshot is great and it can be color or black and white. Try to keep the background clear of any distractions.
- Claim your vanity URL. Once you register in LinkedIn you will see a field entitled “Public Profile” on your profile page. That is your URL, which is the internet address for your profile page on LinkedIn. It comes with numbers at the end such as, http://www.linkedin.com/in/donalddarmond865u2F4. However, you have the capability to customize it to be just your name (unless someone else has chosen it first). I changed mine to http://www.linkedin.com/in/donalddarmond. That makes is easier for people to find you.
- Change your headline. Usually your current job title appears just under your name and adjacent to your picture in your profile. It is best to change your headline to give a description of your skills and contributions. You can place something like “Experienced accounting manager with tax expertise, Non-profit credentials”.
- Customize you website links. There is a section in your LinkedIn profile for three website links. If you are currently associated with a company you can add that link. If you have a blog that you want to share with hiring managers, put it here. If it is a personal blog that you don’t particularly want tied to your job search, then leave it off. You can link to a professional organization of which are a member, if you do not have a website or blog.
- Place keywords in your summary, job description and specialties. Keywords that are attractive in search engines should be used in your profile in the areas mentioned above. This helps to find you when other search for those keywords.
See step-by-step instructions for optimizing your LinkedIn profile here.
3. SOAR55 (Service Organizations After 55)
SOAR55 is an outstanding organization that provides training and volunteer opportunities to those in the Northeast US. Located in Newton, Massachusetts at the Newton Community Service Center the program allows people to connect with their community, meet new people and foster purposeful relationships, share their skills and learn new ones, have fun, and most importantly, “do good”, in a world that sorely needs it.
Founded on a national service model with the experience of engaging millions of volunteers across the country, SOAR 55 is an established volunteer program with a dedicated staff who will assist you in answering the question, “How can I help in a way that is meaningful, interesting and fits into my schedule?”
Even if you are not located in that geographical area, it may well be worth a phone call or email to the SOAR55 offices to see what is available in your area. You can find out more about SOAR55 at http://www.ncscweb.org/programs/soar55.
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4. Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions
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