Today Facebook has changed the way people used to think about social media. It has eliminated the distance between two people sitting miles away from each other. Just like Facebook one more site which has proven social media’s worth in front of everyone is LinkedIn. It is the most preferred job search network of today’s era where you can get in touch with thousands of job seekers and job providers with just a click of the mouse. If you know how to use LinkedIn, then searching a job can never be a problem for you. Below are seven most preferred ways which can make LinkedIn work for you in the best possible way.
Put your name in a professional way
Please understand that LinkedIn is completely different from Facebook. It is not to tell people if you are a prince or princess of your parents, but to let the employers know your professional background. Hence whatever your parents or friends call you, ignore that and put your professional name in your LinkedIn profile. Please mind, a professionally managed profile is the first step of your chances of getting a good job.
Nobody cares how you are you feeling today. It’s a professional networking site, so all they (employers) care about is what are you looking for or what you are. So put your objective of making an account on LinkedIn as your headline. You should learn to differentiate between the terms ‘objective’ and ‘subjective.’ Don’t write like ‘my objective here to get in touch with… for…please connect with me,‘ it can be a turn off for employers. So better stick to main points, for example if you are a finance graduate and looking for a job in a bank, then you can put something like ‘ Finance graduate, looking for a good profile in BFSI sector.’ Keep your profile headline short and catchy.
A profile photo introduces you to your employer before anyone else. Don’t add photos just to get likes and comments. LinkedIn is different from Facebook or any other social networking site. So always put a picture in formal dress with tie and well combed. It can put a good impression on employers. Avoid flashy profile pictures because they may not be good for your professional career.
If you have written something good, then attach its URL with your profile
If you have written something good that can help your employers hire you, then it’s advisable that you put the link of your blog or published article with your profile. The link can be of articles written by you, published blogs, any dissertation, and past research work during high school or university. If your employer is looking for a candidate who has certain skills set, and if he finds those skills in you through your written material, then chances of yours getting hired for that position get increased by 200%. It’s a trusted way to showcase your talent to the world.
Here is your chance to show your writing skills to everyone. No need to be objective in this section. Write a brief about your skills, expertise, work experience, certifications, education, past organization, rewards and recognition. The more attractive, to the point and eye catchy profile summary you have, more are the chances that employers show interest in you. So never leave any stone unturned in this section. Write all of your achievements here so that employers can get an idea about your track record and strong points.
Join LinkedIn Groups
Just like Facebook, LinkedIn facilitates its users with group facility. So people with the same background, skills and objectives can make a group and ask other likeminded people to join. They can have discussions, post queries, ask questions, and find jobs in those groups. Hence join a group that serves your motive of coming on LinkedIn. And be active on the group, who knows someone might be watching over you.
Be humble while interacting with anyone on LinkedIn
Make sure you are generous enough in all of your interactions. It not only shows your goodness, but also shows how good you can interact with people. It represents people skills that are in great demand in today’s competitive environment. So remember that anyone in your contact list or network can offer you a job, so behave in a proper way. Don’t use harsh words or hurt anyone’s feelings.
If you use these seven steps in a proper way, then you cannot only make LinkedIn work for you in an effective way, but also you can increases your chances of getting hired by a significant margin.