Like them or hate them, LinkedIn endorsements aren’t going away.
Dismissed by many as something as about as useful as a Facebook “like,” many career industry experts and recruiters see this feature as pure fluff. They felt many endorsements were akin to “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.”
But social media experts have a different angle. Thought leader and 312digital.com founder Sean McGinnis had this to say about it in a recent Facebook post:
When I was in college, I was involved a lot on campus. Fast forward to when I first moved to Boston and I knew four people; two of whom were family.
I really missed that community feeling, and knew my college had provided it before. So I checked out opportunities to stay involved even though I was no longer on campus. Most universities have alumni chapters in major cities across the U.S. and it’s definitely worth your time to get involved. Not only is it a great place to network- there are people of every age and industry involved- but you have a common thread to talk about and a reason for them to help you.
You know networking is important to your job search and career. You’ve heard why it’s important, how to network, when to do it, etc.
Much of this advice says it’s most important to form relationships with employers and recruiters — so, you increase your opportunities to land a job. What many job seekers don’t realize however, is recruiters aren’t the only people you should target…
When I meet with students in my college’s career center, one of the questions I ask is, “Do you use LinkedIn?” Most students say “yes’” but the real question we start exploring is…
Are you using LinkedIn effectively?
Even though the unemployment rate for college graduates is now lower than the overall unemployment rate, you may be finding yourself in a job search long after you retired the cap and gown.
How do you increase your chances of finding a job after being unemployed for an extended period of time?
Right now… stop what you’re doing and tell me: What do you do… Who you do it for… why you do it well… And what can you do for me to solve my problem? You have one shot. Go!
Such is the challenge of the elevator pitch – a personal marketing spiel… and a staple of successful networking…