On this page, you'll find tips published weekly about how to use LinkedIn effectively and smartly for your career and your job search. If you have questions about some aspect of using LinkedIn that are not answered in Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Job Search Guide, please send your question to email@example.com.
LinkedIn Status Updates are becoming increasingly visible and important. A LinkedIn public profile -- the profile visible to anyone -- can tell a viewer your experience, list your skills, and announce your professional effectiveness through Recommendations. Updates provide additional essential elements in your online visibility that make it clear what you know and value, how well you can communicate, and that you are reachable.
Reaching out on LinkedIn to someone you don't know -- or someone you barely know -- can be very uncomfortable and, unfortunately, not very successful. In this post, find 4 ways to effective reach out to people on LinkedIn. Because LinkedIn members are bombarded by digital messages, you need to consider how to get your message noticed and answered. This article offers you 4 different sample messages to send depending on the "warmth" of your relationship with the person, including not knowing them at all.
LinkedIn does offer job postings that are easily accessible and even show you who you are connected with for specific employers. But, those job postings are not the only way -- or even the best way -- to find jobs on LinkedIn. Discover the three additional ways that LinkedIn helps you find job opportunities.
In many discussions with recruiters, as well as my own searching for candidates on LinkedIn, I have noticed a barrier that many people have accidentally created for themselves inside LinkedIn. They have a great Profile, but they make absolutely no contact information visible. So, they do excellent marketing, but provide no way to close the sale -- or even to speak with the "customer."
In this post, learn how to provide effective contact information without compromising your privacy.
Like it or not, you will be using LinkedIn's Messaging function/app. It's not perfect, but it is also not avoidable. However, you do need to understand how it works so you can make your best impression with it by using it well. In this post, learn how to do that.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.