Why You’ll Benefit From Using LinkedIn Publishing for Your Job Search

LinkedIn Publishing PlatformIf you haven’t tried LinkedIn’s Publishing platform for your job search, you’re missing a HUGE opportunity to promote your personal brand and leadership skills to employers.

There’s no limit to the topics or volume of posts allowed per user, and with an international recruiting audience ready at your virtual feet, there’s no reason to hold back!

Still hesitant? Consider these near-instant benefits to your job search from publishing:

1 – LinkedIn will help promote your Publishing activity.

When your connections log into the site, they’ll get a notification about your new post – and this may inspire them to pass it along via social media and share it throughout LinkedIn. Keep in mind this is a double-edged sword: in the same manner as your articles are promoted, others’ posts will appear in your notifications feed. (There’s no way to turn these messages off.)

You can push your message further into cyberspace, of course, through Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and any other social media venue, and also post your article in Groups.

2 – You’ll widen your audience through Google and other search engines.

Remember – you’re not just publishing an article, you’re promoting your expertise to employers and your industry. Similar to your Profile, the more keywords you include (in your article Headline) will draw traffic from search engines and social media.

This means you’ll get substantial exposure from both inside and outside the site. If you’re “writing what you know” (which is LinkedIn’s publishing platform mantra), you’ll gain a new audience and spotlight for your skills, particularly from recruiters, who are often avid search engine users.

Case in point:  my post entitled “Is It a Good Idea to Add a Consulting Job on LinkedIn When You’re Unemployed?” appeared on page 1 of Google within just days of publication.

3 – You’re already spending time on LinkedIn – where employers are hunting for your talents.

One of the best advantages to being active on LinkedIn is the exposure to recruiters sourcing candidates with your expertise. If you’re also using the Publishing Platform, you’ll be in an even better position to stand out among other candidates. Posts stay on your Profile and are shown in your activity, so there’s no way employers can miss them. If you have a change of heart about your Publisher article, LinkedIn says you can delete it.

Of course, I recommend some keyword and industry research BEFORE you publish in order to maximize your results. For example, these topics could be relevant for executive job seekers:

Supply Chain Executive

  • 2 ways to cut procurement costs in your global supply chain
  • How international sourcing can speed up your operation

IT Director

  • Cloud storage in your IT operation: how much is enough?
  • 3 reasons your disaster recovery plan could fail during a hurricane

Try to post at least twice per month to keep your articles in rotation. Stumped for new ideas? Look at hot-button issues facing your target employers and then design your posts to show how you’d solve these problems (similar to an interview answer).

Of course, you should ALWAYS ensure your LinkedIn Publishing activity supports (vs. damages) your job search. Even though you can delete a post, other members could find a way to archive it or quote you. 

Write your LinkedIn article in a positive, professional tone – avoiding rants or subjects designed to provoke an argument. Ensure the content aligns with your personal brand, thoroughly proofread it for typos and missed words, and ask trusted colleagues to look it over.

Happy publishing!

Executive Resume Writer

Need a competitive edge in your job search? As an award-winning executive resume writer, I create branded, powerful resumes and LinkedIn Profiles that position you as the #1 candidate.

My clients win interviews and top C-suite, EVP, VP, and Director positions at Fortune 500 firms, niche companies, start-ups, and emerging industry leaders, using powerhouse documents and executive job search techniques tailored to today’s job market.

Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results I can bring to your transition.

– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC, CTTCC

What’s the Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 2: Setting Your Strategy for Groups)

This strategy is part of a series I’ve developed in response to these classic LinkedIn job search questions: 

“Why are others getting hired off LinkedIn, but not me? What am I doing wrong?”

In Part 1: Your Connections, I explained why you MUST build more Connections–even if this seems a simplistic strategy–because doing so will boost your findability and reputation.

Here’s more of what’s needed to make LinkedIn to work harder for your job search:

2 – You DO need to get involved in Groups.

Rather than just joining Groups that represent your personal interests, religion, or current job, consider the Groups that represent your goals.

Where are you headed in your career? What job do you expect to have 10-15 years into the future?

Now join those Groups—the ones that contain like-minded people who’ve already arrived at your career goalpost, or who are likely to be the people you need to use as role models for your ultimate objective.

Get to know them; send a LinkedIn invitation to them and explain why you’re interested in connecting, and how you read their blog, admire their company, or share an alma mater. Find something in common and touch base from time to time.

Participate in these new Groups, instead of being the quiet lurker no one knows. Post an occasional article that reflects your professional views, and ask others for their input. Write an article and after you’ve successfully published it in your field, circulate it in your Groups.

Continue to join additional Groups, study their member behaviors, participate in the dialogue, and circulate information.

THIS is the strong path that leads to becoming a thought leader in your industry! Will it get you noticed? Absolutely – you’ll see a rise in your traffic and Connection volume.

Will it get you hired? You’ll never know unless you try it.

Up next: What’s the Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 3: Analyzing Your Competition)

Need a competitive edge in your job search?

As an award-winning executive resume writer, I create branded, powerful resumes and LinkedIn Profiles that position you as the #1 candidate – PLUS arm you with the job search tools that will get you hired faster.

My clients win interviews at Fortune 500 firms including Citibank, Google, Disney, and Pfizer, plus niche companies, start-ups, and emerging industry leaders.

Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results my expertise can bring to your transition.

– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC