It’s obvious that LinkedIn is an important tool in the job search. As with any career-related topic that gets a lot of airtime, there is now tons of information, some conflicting, and it’s hard to sift through all of it.
I have spent a lot of time looking for candidates on it and I know what I like to see. So here it is… what recruiters really want to see on your LinkedIn profile:
If you, like me, feel a wave of panic coming on when you hear the word “networking,” it might be time for a change.
Let’s start by not calling it that. Reframe. Here’s how I’d like you to think about it instead: “relationship building”…
Like it or not, we’re in a tough job market. I spoke to someone recently that was downright angry that what they did in the past just doesn’t seem to work anymore. In two previous job searches (in 1998 and 2005), all he had to do was post his resume on the major job boards. He got calls, interviews, and ultimately his new jobs.
Now he posts his resume, applies to dozens of jobs online… and NOTHING!
Different times call for different measures…
As much as we can network and build our brand online, long-lasting relationships must be nurtured in person. And networking events: meet-ups, conferences – and their little-brother “unconferences” – are a great place to get some face time… and make true in-person connections.
But how do you know which events to attend… and which will just be a waste of your time? Here are 3 considerations to consider when choosing where your face-to-face networking time is best spent:
New research from Jobvite found that “Employees hired through referral are hired 55% faster than those who come from a career site.”
If you are frustrated searching job boards, sending resumes into black holes, and not getting responses from prospective employers, the “The Alumni Networking Solution” will help you.
What exactly is The Alumni Networking Solution?