LinkedIn and a job search

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Pattie Hunt Sinacole discusses why LinkedIn is vital

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Q: You appear to be a fan of LinkedIn for these of us searching for a brand new alternative.  Please clarify.  Why ought to I spend time on my LinkedIn profile and even connecting with others?  Years in the past, we by no means used LinkedIn for job looking.  Why do you suppose it is vital in 2022?

A:  After a number of years of utilizing Linkedin actively, I can clarify how I feel it’s invaluable.

1. It’s a networking software for professionals.  You’ve most likely learn on this column (and others) that encourage networking as a essential software to touchdown a brand new job.  LinkedIn just isn’t an entire substitute for in-person networking however it’s a good shortcut to constructing a community of contacts.  In fact, some contacts you’ll know higher than others.  Typically I’ve solely met a Linkedin contact as soon as.  Typically I’ve identified them since kindergarten.  There are numerous methods to construct your community and Linkedin is one in all them.

2. It’s simple to search out passive job seekers on Linkedin.  Assume you might be working lengthy hours and fully dedicated to a looming deadline.  You barely have time for lunch.  You might be arriving to work tremendous early earlier than the remainder of your colleagues.  Whereas strolling by South Station one morning, you surprise how your favourite Boston sports activities workforce did final night time after enjoying effectively previous midnight.  You possibly can’t discover your telephone in your backpack so upon your arrival at work, you leap on to verify the rating.  They gained!  Then, you verify your private electronic mail, which you need to actually verify extra usually than you really do.  There’s a message from a recruiter asking you in case you have curiosity in a brand new profession alternative.  It’s a must to admit that the position appears very best on your background and profession pursuits.  You save the e-mail so you possibly can overview extra carefully after work.  You get pleasure from your present position however it could be silly to not take into account no less than speaking to the recruiter.  At lunch, you electronic mail the recruiter again with a fast be aware expressing curiosity and explaining that you may discuss however solely after hours.  Briefly, you weren’t actively searching for a brand new job however you might be open to speaking.   

3. Becoming a member of teams is vital on Linkedin.  Teams needs to be associated to your profession pursuits and/or geography.  Some teams would possibly even be related together with your faculty or college.  Updates from these teams maintain you linked and maintain you present in your business or your discipline. 

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