3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly

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Want to use LinkedIn for your job search, but afraid that your employer will find out?

Worried that your boss or colleagues will react to changes in your Profile?

You probably know there’s no way to make your LinkedIn Profile 100% private; however, these tips will help you update LinkedIn during your job search – without giving yourself away: Continue reading “3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly”

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.

Trying to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? It Won’t Happen

Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues?

To paraphrase an old advertising slogan:  Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen.

The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profile from outside of LinkedIn or by users with no LinkedIn account.)

Even the information from LinkedIn’s Help Center makes it clear that you can’t prevent access to your Profile… yet the myth of “privacy” continues to exist. Just Google “How to make LinkedIn Profile private” and you’ll see the same misinformation, over and over.

Here’s 5 reasons why your LinkedIn data is (almost) always 100% public:

1) The Public Profile doesn’t do what you think it does.

LinkedIn offers you the option of a privacy option for your Public Profile. Again, this is for the URL TO YOUR PROFILE, not the Profile itself! Continue reading “Trying to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? It Won’t Happen”

Your LinkedIn Broadcasts: Must-Know Privacy & Branding Settings

Fearful LinkedIn UsersTrying to be “open” on LinkedIn? Or more intent on locking down your job search activity for privacy?

You MUST understand the site’s broadcast message types, Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed, and the differences between them.

Often confused with each other, these controls allow messages to be widely distributed to other LinkedIn users, informing them of your activity (and basically prompting them to look at your Profile to interpret your actions).

Here’s a close-up look at the type of information you can control with Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed settings — with key points on how to customize and maximize these messages for your job search:

1 – Activity Broadcasts.

Activity Broadcasts are the dead-giveaways sent out when you change your Profile. So, if you’re tweaking your Headline to arrive at the best fit, or finally populating your Profile with a ton of new data, this is the one to turn off first.

You can view your Activity Broadcast options by going to Settings, then “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.”

Here, you only have On (“Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies”) and Off. Continue reading “Your LinkedIn Broadcasts: Must-Know Privacy & Branding Settings”

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 Conduct a Holiday Job Search For Fast Results – Downloadable via Amazon

Think you have to stop job searching during the holidays because “no one hires” until January?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, New Year, New Job! How to Use the Holidays to Advance Your Job Search, a 99-cent download on Amazon from Job-Hunt.org, will quickly convince you to accelerate your efforts right now.

Getting in front of employers during November and December can yield surprisingly fast results. In fact, it’s often much easier to look for the perfect job NOW.

As Job-Hunt.org’s LinkedIn for Job Search Expert, I’ve shared insights on the best ways to update your LinkedIn Profile, use LinkedIn to get in front of hiring managers, reach out to former colleagues, and other holiday-season insights (but they’re in this book only!).

Your downloaded e-book includes cutting-edge tips on how to contact recruiters, enhance your personal brand, network at holiday parties, set up interview appointments, leverage social media, and other ideas, all customized to holiday job search in 2012 and beyond.

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5 Reasons You Should Research Your Job-Seeking Competition on LinkedIn

Think LinkedIn is just a place to gather connections, apply to jobs, or cultivate endorsements?

Think again.

With the increased transparency among professional users on LinkedIn, you can use it to check out the careers and credentials of your competition – gaining valuable insight and even a leg up in your job search.

You can see who’s been promoted or holds a position of interest in a target company—and figure out how they were able to make these career moves.

Here are the best reasons to leverage LinkedIn as a research tool (whether you’re in an active job search or just considering looking around) to gauge your fitness in the job market:

1 – You’ll gain insights applicable to your own career path.

If you’re trying to make a move up the corporate ladder, consider looking at the examples presented by those already working at your desired level. Perhaps they started working in a similar occupation, or earned promotions similar to the ones you’re targeting.

Make note of the career paths and steps that these executives have taken, especially in cases where their background matches yours. You might find, for example, that a change in industry or title isn’t the showstopper you originally thought it would be. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Research Your Job-Seeking Competition on LinkedIn”