This LinkedIn Mistake Is Killing Your Job Search

linkedin-mistakesImagine you had a chance to connect with 22 employers, and you blew it. How would that make you feel? Sick to your stomach? Depressed? Horrified?

Recently, I had a student who now knows that distressing feeling all too well. I was teaching a class on LinkedIn to college grads. Some students brought their laptops to the class to work on their LinkedIn profiles as we went through the session.

The Lamentable LinkedIn Lapse

One student, (let’s call her Erica), had set up an initial LinkedIn account. However, she missed the boat on the rest of it. She never completed the information to form a complete profile, nor had she built much of a network.

She also never checked her LinkedIn inbox.

So she opened her LinkedIn profile during class. There, she saw 22 invitations to connect in her inbox. Many of the messages were from employers with whom she’d applied for a job. These were employers from whom she “never heard back” after applying.

<Insert gut wrenching gasp, here>

That’s right. Potential employers found her on LinkedIn and had reached out to her. But she wasn’t home. Imagine how you would feel if you were frustrated at not hearing back regarding your applications. And then realized your own negligence was the problem.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Learn from This Student’s Regrettable Mistake

1. LinkedIn is essential for your job search, and for your career. 94% of employers use LinkedIn at some point in the recruiting process.

2. Get on it. Build and complete your profile. Users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.

3. Reach out to grow your connections and promptly respond to incoming connection requests. You never know who may be reaching out to you.

Your first impression happens on-line. How you present yourself, the messages you send, and how you respond to others tells everyone what they need to know about you. You decide what kind of impression you want to make, and then take the appropriate action.

Get your LinkedIn profile built. Then share this message with your friends and fellow students or colleagues who aren’t on LinkedIn. Then check your LinkedIn inbox.

 

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Lea McLeodAbout the Author: Lea McLeod helps recent grads and mid-careerists navigate the job search. And once you have a job, she’ll coach you to the brilliant performance of which you are capable! Her “Developing Patterns of Success” Workshop has been deployed to help thousands of college hires worldwide do just that. Follow her on Twitter and her blog: DegreesofTransition.com.

 

 

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  • Dana Leavy-Detrick

    This is absolutely true, and I see SO many people in a similar boat. Even those who have gone through the effort to setup a full profile, are then lacking a headshot. Having a photo significantly increases the chances that people will click on your profile, and a more complete profile increases your chances of appearing in search results via what LinkedIn refers to as a “completeness score”. Good tips, thx!

  • Career Sidekick

    Great example of how you’re hurting yourself if you neglect LinkedIn. I shared this on twitter too!

    As a side note, LinkedIn offers you an option to put in a preferred email address and receive notifications whenever somebody sends you a direct message on LinkedIn. So you wouldn’t have to actually log in to at least know when you’ve received a message, as long as you check the preferred email address that you set up with your LinkedIn account.

  • Recruiters Map

    I would like to see what the outcome of the story was. Where is this person employed now, etc…?

  • Kayjay

    Where did the author get this statistic: “94% of employers use LinkedIn at some point in the recruiting process.”?

    • MahouKame

      Remember: 84% of all statistics are made up.