In his article, “If You’re Not Linked In, You Might Be Left Out,” recruiting advocate Kirk Baumann encourages job hunters to get social and lasso LinkedIn’s powerful networking capabilities.
With more than 65 million members in over 200 countries, LinkedIn may be the fastest growing social network. “Sixty-five million people – there’s bound to be someone that has a job for you, a business opportunity for you or simply just an idea to help you be more successful,” said Baumann.
As more and more companies, including ONEOK, use social media to recruit and hire, job seekers who aren’t connected risk losing out. If you’re not yet linked up, here are some tips for making the most of LinkedIn.
Join and participate in groups.
You’ll find a wide variety of professional groups – find one that interests you. Join a couple, and then participate and add value to those groups to build your visibility and credibility.
Connect with others in the industry.
Seek out professionals in your industry or the industry you’re interested in. Send an invitation to connect, but be honest. Don’t say you’re a friend or co-worker if you’re not. Check out LinkedIn’s Answers section and consider offering your knowledge and expertise to answer some questions.
Reconnect with other networks.
Reach out to classmates and professors or a past employer’s alumni network. Many large companies keep employees past and present engaged with a LinkedIn network. Even the White House has a network.
Keep your profile updated.
Consider your LinkedIn profile your online résumé and then some. Unlike a résumé, your profile includes work samples, recommendations and endorsements of your peers and past employers. Update at least twice a year, whether or not you change jobs.
Connect it with Twitter.
Cover more ground by posting your status updates to Twitter from LinkedIn.
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