What’s the Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 1: Building Your Connections)

The Secret to Getting Hired With LinkedIn

I’m continually asked this question by job hunters in almost every industry, occupation, and career level:  

“How can I use LinkedIn to land a job?”

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

To start off, it’s simple:  display a professional demeanor, update your Profile with critical information, and use the site to build industry relationships.

But there’s more to it than that—including numerous actions you’ve probably seen as unnecessary before now.

Well, listen up. Here’s the skinny on what you REALLY need to be successful on LinkedIn—and how your job search will be affected if you don’t follow through:

1 – You DO need (more) Connections.

I’ve explained this for years, but surprisingly, it still comes up at times.

Building a large volume of Connections isn’t important to impress people (OK, maybe it is to some people); it’s key to your success because of the proximity you’ll gain to the employers, industry leaders, and recruiters.

LinkedIn has demonstrated to us, over and over, that WHO you know—as much as WHAT you know—will move you along faster in your career. How can you tell?

  • The default sort order for other LinkedIn users is Relationship degrees (your 1st, 2nd, 3rd-degree Connections, etc.). In other words, people close to others pop up first in searches.
  • LinkedIn practically waves your Profile in the face of your 1st-degree or 2nd-degree Connections. This makes it easier for your Status updates and other actions to be consistently seen by other users.  

Becoming at least a 2nd-degree Connection to a huge volume of people is startlingly easy, especially if you make nice with LinkedIn power users. Connect to them, and voila! You’re already on your way to mini-celebrity status (in the eyes of employers, where it matters).

Get in touch with former classmates, colleagues, or friends if you feel reluctant to reach out. Doing so will give you a head-start on claiming your spot in the social media stratosphere.

Remember:  there’s no sense in joining LinkedIn just to hold back. The more Connections you build, the more people can access your Profile or read about you.

It’s a good thing—do it.

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

Award-winning executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx of An Expert Resume has a 98% success rate collaborating with executives and rising professionals to capture top jobs at Fortune-ranked corporations, start-ups, and emerging leaders.

A 8-time certified job search coach, master resume writer, LinkedIn expert, and former recruiter, Laura’s work has been published in more than 200 venues worldwide and featured in CIO.com, CareerBuilder, Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Forbes, Monster.com, The Chicago Tribune, and other media.

She holds the U.S. record for global resume writing TORI awards from 2007 through 2013, with 23 total distinctions. Laura is a featured Personal Branding and Resume Expert for CareerRocketeer.com and Careerealism.com, the National Resumes Examiner for Examiner.com, and Job-Hunt.org’s LinkedIn for Job Search Expert, as well as the author of How to Get Hired Faster: 60+ Proven Tips and Resources to Access the Hidden Job Market and Power Up Your Job Search With LinkedIn.

Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn MistakeDumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn—and calling it done?

If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice.

Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches.

Here are 3 compelling reasons that plopping your resume into LinkedIn is a significant mistake: Continue reading “Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?”

Why Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)

Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact executive recruiters – but not getting a response?

If you thought your executive resume was strong, and your LinkedIn Profile was ready for prime time, it might seem that your application traveled into a black hole! 

Many executives report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at least acknowledge your message?

Why don’t recruiters take the time to call you back? What can you do to avoid wondering where you stand?

Before reading too much into the lack of responses, take a look at these common reasons for employer and recruiter silence – along with ways to circumvent the black hole: Continue reading “Why Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)”

5 Tips for Executives to Maximize LinkedIn

Cautiously readying your LinkedIn Profile for an executive job search?

You’ll need to consider LinkedIn strategies that differ substantially from those used by mid-career professionals.

For example, many executives choose to limit the information they distribute on LinkedIn, due to company confidentiality or other reasons. Executives are also approached more often than other users on LinkedIn, either as a potential employer or by a recruiter piqued by their qualifications.

This activity can call for a more toned-down presence on the site – while still conveying a strong leadership message.

Consider implementing these changes to cultivate a powerful, yet discreet LinkedIn presence supporting your strategically planned executive job search: Continue reading “5 Tips for Executives to Maximize LinkedIn”

How to Find Recruiters For Your Job Search

executiverecruiterPerhaps you’ve decided to reach out to recruiters as a means of accessing potential opportunities at your leadership career level.

If so, how do you find the best executive recruiters for your situation? Many recruiters work nationally and globally, making it difficult to pinpoint the best resources.

You can get in touch with colleagues for a referral, as suggested by the NY Times in Recruiting a Recruiter for Your Next Job, which also outlines steps to take once you’ve found a good contact name.

(Of course, since executive recruiters are tasked with identifying optimum leadership candidates for their client companies, there will also be due diligence on their part to vet YOU.)

With a little resourcefulness, you can also perform online searches to find and build relationships with executive recruiters who are familiar with your field (and potentially, your target companies).

Try these 3 resources to identify potential recruiting agencies for your executive job search:

1 – Locate Recruiters Using LinkedIn.

Executive recruiters are easily findable on LinkedIn with a few simple search techniques. First of all, get familiar with the Advanced People Search function (which will make your life easier throughout your job search).

From any page in LinkedIn, you will see a  use the drop-down menu at the top right, which typically defaults to ”People.” Next to it, you’ll see Advanced – click on this word to access Advanced People Search. Continue reading “How to Find Recruiters For Your Job Search”