Thanks for having me as your speaker today (8/11/2011) @ FPCJobs.
I hope you learned at least 3-4 good LinkedIn nuggets useful for your job search.
Here are the questions that I received via email prior to today’s session. Here are my notes regarding each question:
- LinkedIn’s Job Search – Employers and Recruiters publish jobs on Company pages & in Groups. Search jobs from the top Level LinkedIn Menu. Spend as much time searching jobs here as you do searching Career builder, Monster, Etc. (minimal)
- Recommendations – Ask for specific recommendations based on a task or project and the value it delivered to the person you are asking. Specific focused recommendations are worth a lot more than “I like the guy”
- Contact Connections – Keep connection requests relevant and mutually beneficial – Follow the guidelines of being honest and transparent – see http://ncwiseman.wpengine.com/2011/05/17/linkedin-connection-requests/ for more ideas
- What is more important quantity of contacts or quality of contacts? – Relevant connections is the most important. Relevant to your job, passion, life, hobbies, charities, community. Not just a bunch of business cards
- Should you display a picture in your profile? – Yes – People want to connect with People in Social Media. People have faces – Nice, clean, uncluttered head shot is the best.
- How do you add, delete or change your LinkedIn email address? Under Settings – See https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60/kw/how%20do%20i%20change%20my%20email%20address%3F
- How do you delete a duplicate LinkedIn account? – https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1275/kw/deleting%20a%20duplicate%20account
- How important are recommendations? – VERY – Real honest transparent Recommendations focused on a specific task and value. – see http://ncwiseman.wpengine.com/2011/05/10/quality-linkedin-recommendations/
- Is there value to having a premium account? – NO, unless you are a full time recruiter. Repeat NO
- How has LinkedIn help you as co-chair of the North Carolina Chili Championship Committee? – I connected with sponsor businesses and vendors thru LinkedIn.
- Does starting a group help to build connections faster? Yes, if you are willing to put the effort into creating, marketing, sharing, building content, etc. that it takes to make a group successful – LOTS of work, ask Jeff, Bill and Bruce.
- What is involved in starting a group and what are the keep factors in making a group worth joining? Easy to do, if you want to put the work into it https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6/kw/creating%20a%20group
- I have got a profile set up and a few connections, now what?…what do I do to make it a tool that will help me and not just something that eats up my time like Facebook does? BIG WORDS – Contribute, Collaborate, Connect & Cram
- How do I know that my LinkedIn page is actually helping me; how do I know if there is something that needs to be changed or improved in how I am perceived by those looking at it? Look at your page at least weekly review your own profile and make sure it says what you want it to say. Get your page to 100% complete. You’ll see the benefit when people find you thru your profile and when you boldly tell people (recruiters, HR, etc) to look at your profile
- What makes my page pop up when someone is searching for people? How do I need to configure my page to make it seen by as many people as possible? BIG WORD – Participate, the more you Contribute, Collaborate, Connect, the more your profile is noticed in the stream and thru searches
- What is the best way and wording to indicate you are seeking employment on your profile page. I have heard some employers do not look at those who are unemployed? A recruiter friend of mine suggests that you put an end date on your position that you just left. Then update your headline to indicate your new activity, such as “Seasoned professional seeking a new challenge in the warehouse distribution industry”. If you are doing deliberate volunteer work, make sure you show this as well.
- How do you best find and pinpoint recruiters to “follow” so that you get their automatic job openings? Ask any recruiter you meet if they will connect with you on LI, Search for local Recruiters thru the Search company or people, look thru relevant Groups. Connect as indicated above, Honest & Transparently. Also – ask the recruiters how to track their jobs.
- Is the “Job Seeker” upgrade worth the money and of the three, which do you recommend? NO – NONE. Save your money and spend it on networking face-face
- How important is listing skills on the profile? I have covered a lot of them in my “Summary” section and it is fairly lengthy. Spend the time – it is worth the effort since recruiters will look at this data.
- I’ve also had trouble editing my profile specifically previous employment…I go into the edit function, I see where to click to edit my ‘current position’. But I don’t see how to edit previous positions. – See https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1646/kw/editing%20experience
- Where do I find the ‘link’ that is me…to share with others (via business card, e-signature…)? I’ve also heard I can personalize this link…how to do this – https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/87/kw/custom%20URL
Many of these questions and others can be answered @ https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/list
Please connect with me (No “Hooking Up”) on LinkedIn via my email address or FPC Jobs Group. Remind me where we met in the personal note you send me.
Also – follow http://www.facebook.com/NCWiseman if you want to learn more about Social Media and job searching ideas- I share lots of useful info here.
Lastly – If I can help anyone, please feel free to ask – I will do what I can to help anyone on the journey of seeking a new job.
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