I'm on my Soap Box on this one
This is a quick post as I need to finish editing the videos for #HRCarnival. There is still time to record an entry if you want to put yourself in the shop window, in front of many HR professionals and Recruiters. The link is at the end of the post.
It is also a bit of a soap box subject for me. Why do most job seekers not use Linked In as a social media channel where you can find, connect and engage with hiring managers and recruiters? It is such a waste of a great resource, where targeted connections are so easy to make.
Here are my top 10 tips for making Linked In social in your job search:
1: Join all 50 groups that you can. When you target a new connection, look at the groups they belong to and join them. Makes connecting far more likely.
2: Post in groups related to your job search. not just “I want a job.” Ask for advice, document your experiences and share your views. Comment on other posts and get noticed by members.
3; If you belong to group, check the profiles of the members and connect with them directly. Identify who could be useful in your search.
This is a good video from Linked In Groups Help Page that explains how to get the most out of Groups:
4: Make your profile different by adding video that introduces you and states what you are looking for. All you need to do is record on You Tube and use the Slideshare application to add it to your profile.
5: Add a presentation to your profile on what you can offer to an employer. Short and to the point but punchy enough to hit home. Ask people to share it via all their social channels.
6: Add your resume to your profile using the box.net application. You can also add copies of signed references for simple download. (You can use box.net and slide share in all your social places.)
7: Use the twitter application to find which of your linked In connections you are not following on twitter. Check this every week. Find targets on Linked In, follow them (50% will follow back), and look for opportunities to engage.
8: Set up an RSS feed for questions on subjects related to your targeted market. By answering questions and asking your own you will get noticed.
9: Use the “like” button to share posts from hiring companies you are targeting. This will bring you up on their radar as a fan.
10: Check industry events regularly. you can register as interested and offer to help with logistics and promotion given your status. Most will be willing to accommodate you. Check the other attendees and connect with them now you have something in common. You can do this in groups as well as in the comments section on the event page.
ALL OF THE APPLICATIONS LISTED IN THIS POST ARE FREE IN THE BASIC FORMAT!
That’s my top 10 tips. Please share how you get on, tomorrow I will be sharing a few twitter tips for job seeking and sharing more applications I use to network.
Be social in your search. Good luck!
Links Listed In This Post:
Record An #H.R.Carnival Video
All The Linked In Applications