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Make LinkedIn Help You Find A Job


Linkedin Job Search Tips

Research and career expert all agree that a LinkedIn account and profile is essential for anyone looking for a job. It is a social media platform that can instantly convey your latest accomplishments, ambitions and changes in employment status to thousands of colleagues, bosses and potential employers . Even if you are not looking for a job, LinkedIn can also be a passive job search for all those hiring managers and recruiters who use this social platform to search for new candidates.

In order to make LinkedIn work for you, it is essential that you take the time to update and tweak your profile from time to time. Here are a few hints and advice of what you should be doing with your profile and online resume.

Use LinkedIn’s customized URL – When you open an account and create a profile you can create your own URL. It is a good idea to use your first and last name which will help drive your page to the top of search engines.

Add a photo – Add a professional headshot photo of yourself. Research has shown that profiles that contain a photo are seven times more likely to be viewed.

Find and event and do some face to face networking – Make use of the LinkedIn network and find events that in your career field and this events that you that your connections are attending or interested in. As beneficial online social networking can be, it is a good idea to do some face to face networking.

Publish and share your thoughts and ideas – It is a good idea to write and share articles and your opinion on a regular basis. LinkedIn research has shown that people who share are 10 times more likely to have their profile viewed by hitting managers.

Create a short descriptive career summary – Rewrite a crisp and detailed summary of your career not longer than 300 words and talk about your yourself and career including specific and quantifiable achievements.

Follow your dream company – There are millions of company pages on Linked and it is recommended to follow those companies that you want to do business with.

Join job groups – Join a group discussion and share your opinions and contribute to the group discussion. this will allow others to hear what you have to say and build your personal brand as a helpful expert.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Most jobs are found through networking. Once you have connected with someone, it is a good idea to send a personal customized message to say that you are looking for a job. Ask for advice or even an informational interview, or perhaps if they know someone in your desired career field that they can introduce you to.

Update your career experience – This is your online resume and should include all relevant jobs that will build your career, not only your most recent.

Tell us about your skills – List your skills and tell potential employers what you can do. Listing your skills also gives connections the chance to endorse you for your skills.

Solicit recommendations – It is also a good idea to get as many recommendations from your boss, former boss and possibly colleagues. It is also okay to write your own recommendation then ask the person to read it and post it.

Showcase your online history – if you have any websites or blogs to showcase your work, then include this in you profile.

Network, network, network – Probably one of the most important ways to advertise your personal brand is to beef up your connections. When you invite people to connect with you, always remember to include a brief personal note.


Tips for getting ahead in your career


Tips to Advance Your Career

Do you want to succeed in your job and advance your career and don’t have unlimited time to attend developmental seminars or wait for your boss to retire to get a promotion, focus on the things you have control of find your dream job or position.

If you want to get ahead in your career or looking for a job, the you need to focus less on your skills and career experience and more on your personal brand. Talent and ability is not enough in todays workplace, rather focus on how to tasks that can help your boss. Take the time to seek out expert career guidance and advice and ask about what the job entails, what skills are needed, what education is required, or what professional organization you should join.

Here are few things you can do to advance your career:

Cleanup and refresh your online bios – When you read your professional persona does it sound a bit bland? If yes, then it time to appraise those important keywords that describe who you are. Take a look at your bios on social media platform like Twitter, LinkedIn, or personal blog or website and make the necessary updates and changes to better describe yourself. The important thing to remember and to make sure is that your brand message is consistent across all platforms.

Don’t let loyalty hold you back – Research has shown that people who switch companies make more money. Staying loyal to a company for 2 or more years can reduce your earning by 50% over your lifetime. Don’t get too comfortable in your job and coast along receiving incremental raises.

Update and liven up your LinkedIn page – Research has shown that LinkedIn is the primary way and social platform use by employers to search for new and potential job candidates. So, in order to make the most of your time, it is recommended to other work on your LinkedIn profile rather than your resume. Not say to ignore your resume at all. Rather work on updating your LinkedIn profile and update your latest credentials, promotions, and other career changes you have made recently. Connect with people you don’t talk to as often, Update your photos for a more recent one if your current one is from the early 2000s.

Always show up on time – Showing up on time to meeting or events will go a long way. It is not only sign of respect for the person you are meeting with, your boss will notice this and it will leave good impression no matter what your performance review states. If your meeting starts at 10:00 AM then arriving at 09:55 means you are on time; arriving at 10:00 means you are five minutes late.

Get an updated work evaluation – If you work for a company that only undertakes one employee performance review at the end or start of every year, then talk to your manager to get an updated review and opinion to see how your boss thinks you have progressed since your last evaluation. A mid-year evaluation can help to review your strengths and weaknesses, and give you time to correct performance issues before the next formal evaluation.

Take a risk and speak your mind – Don’t be afraid to speak up at meeting to air your views , offer suggestions or solutions that you are not directly responsible for without undermining your boss or co-workers.

Take your networking to the streets – During any downtime at work like summer vacations, it would be good thing to get out there and network and further your professional relationships over a lunch or a round of golf, for example, r perhaps attend a few networking events.

Fill in for co-workers who are on vacation – If you are interested in a specific project a colleague is working on, why not offer your to help while your colleague is on vacation and further your skills.

Set up informational interviews – If you are thinking about your next career move, especially in a changing industry, set up some informational interviews. Talking to and picking the brains of the smartest and most capable people in your extended network could help you to find your dream job.

Take class or short course – Continuing education and upgrading your skills not only expands your horizons, but also shows the type of person you are and how you want to expand your career options. Upgrading your skills will also keep you up-to-date with current industry standards . Find a course today.


Effective networking tips to promote your career

Professional networking
Finding the right job in today’s economy can be stressful and tough, but there are many opportunities if you know how and where to look. A valuable job search resource is your network of  friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances. At times, networking can be intimidating but it can also be rewarding and fun.

Active networking is vital for any career progress and growth. Networking is not selling , rather about building long-term relationships and the  building of a good reputation.

When you are looking for a job, there a number of things that you run by your network without directly asking for a job.

Here are a few suggestions of what you should be asking your network:

  • If there is a professional that you would like to meet, perhaps someone in your network  knows this person and can give you an introduction
  • If you do not have any idea of a particular person you would like to meet, it can be helpful to ask your network if they have any ideas or suggestions with whom you should connect with.
  • Whether you are applying for new job or seeking new opportunities, speaking to your network and getting feedback about an industry is always a good idea.
  • If you do not know which networking opportunities, industry events, and conferences are worth seeking out, asking your professional contacts and network can always provide brilliant options.
  • If you do not think your resume is up to scratch and can be improved, it is always a good idea to ask your contacts to give your resume a once-over and give feedback.
  • Before going to an interview, it is always a good idea to ask you contacts to help you practice and run through the most common interview questions.
  • If you know people working in an industry or field similar to yours, it can be beneficial to ask your contact for their input when it comes to the job search process.
  • If you have received multiple job offers, speaking to people in your network can help you analyze the pros and cons pf each offer.
  • Speaking to your network can provide you a different and unbiased perspective on how to go about looking for job and see a situation though fresh eyes.
  • If you need some ideas or suggestions about something you are doing at work or even help with your resume, for example, people in your network can help you brainstorm ideas.
  • There are some occasions when you just need some honest feedback and help to deal with a work related situation, it’s often easier to get it from a professional contact than from your best friends.
  • If you are dealing with daunting situation at work, sometimes it is a good idea to hear how others dealt with similar situations.
  • Sometimes a change of scenery s all you need to improve your productivity. This is when the advice from your local network can give you some great ideas.
  • If you are looking for help and advice about industry or professional development newsletters, websites, and magazines that could help you, guaranteed someone in your network will know.
  • If you are looking for a reference, it is a good idea to make a short list of close contacts who know you and your work.
  • Using social media tools like LinkedIn can make it easy for professional contacts to illustrate that they support the work you do.

In conclusion, the vast majority of job and opportunities available are not advertised , rather they are filled by word of mouth. This is why networking is probably your best way to find a job to promote your career paths and goals. Keep in mind that networking isn’t about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it’s about building relationships.


How get noticed and promoted at work

Career and personal development
Going to work every day and completing your daily tasks might not be enough if you are looking to be noticed or promoted. In order to get great assignments or that promotion to high level jobs, you will need get yourself noticed and stand out from your fellow team workers end employees.

Do you feel that no one notices you? You are never chosen to be part of new projects? There is a new employee who is always get new assignments? Are you asking yourself why you never get noticed at work?

You might feel that you are an introvert at work and better at brainstorming tasks and tasks that demand your  inner world of thoughts, ideas, reflections and even memories. A common mistake made about introverts is that they are thought to be timid and afraid. Even-though extroverted people get more noticed at work, there are ways to level the playing field and get ahead in the workplace.

The reality about getting noticed or that promotion, is that those individuals are doing far more than just getting the work done. In other words, doing your job and being good at it, is just not enough. Getting noticed and likable at work is a huge indicator of career success.

Here are some of the best ways to get noticed at work.

  • Make sure you do an excellent job with every task, every day.
  • Step forward and raise your hand and volunteer for projects and assignments.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and work hard at getting along with your fellow employees.
  • Take initiative and assist your boss with their to-do list.
  • Avoid all office politics and stay focused on growth, innovation, and opportunity.
  • Avoid all gossip mongering and never talk smack.
  • Prove yourself to others through your work.
  • Take credit for your work without bragging.
  • Use social media to connect and contact individuals prior to face-to-face introductions.
  • Get involved and participate in the office’s extracurricular activities.
  • Don’t wait for others to ask for help, rather make an effort to help and assist others around you.
  • Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Focus on business development and bring in new business opportunities and become an asset for the company.
  • Become an expert in something and then people will turn to you for advise and help to solve problems.
  • Always be a team player.
  • Your your listening skills to connect with others.
  • Test your ideas and ideals through constructive conflict.
  • Network with others and build strong one-on-one relationships.
  • Share your success with others around you and make share the momentum that you are creating with others.
  • Do more than is written on your job description and expected of you.
  • Prove your value on a daily basis ad become an asset to the company.
  • Define and create a career plan and share it with your manager.
  • Be a silent influencer and keep people wondering what you are up to and curious.

Easy Steps to Creating a Career Plan

Career development Plan

If you’re wondering how you’re going to get where you want to be, there are 3 steps you can take that will help you create your own career development plan. Sometimes the simplest of concepts or steps can be hard to do because they require thinking and effort.

Step 1: Discover where you want to be

As with all efforts, you must be clear about where you want  to be when you create your own career plan. You don’t take a road trip without knowing where you want to end up. You also don’t need to overly complicate this task. I think the following questions are helpful in thinking out your destination.

Where do you want your career to be in two years?
Where do you want your career to be in five years?
What makes these targets resonant for you?

Step 2: Do a Gap Analysis

A gap analysis is where you figure out the differences in the qualifications between where you are right now and your two-year goal or next step.
Using a job posting or job description for the position you are aiming at is a good way to get specific information about the skills and experience that are expected.

Identify all of the items where there is anywhere from a fair amount to a substantial amount of development that is needed.
Look for commonalities and clump those together as a category.

Step 3: Create Your Development Plan

You are now fully armed with a clear two-year goal and all the details of where and what you need to develop to get you where you want to go.

Consult a mentor or boss to help choose what skills you need to add.

You may need to research various ways to get the skills you need. Once done, it will give you ideas on how you can approach these items.

You need dates. You need to keep yourself accountable to your plan; and the best way to do that is to give yourself a “start by” date. Keep track. You need to pay attention to your plan a minimum of twice per year. This will allow you to stay focused on your progress and remind you of next steps.

Career development is the sort of thing that you can easily forget about until you wake up one day to realize you have gone nowhere and aren’t having fun. You are responsible for where you go in your career. With a little bit of planning you can accomplish great things.