Are These LinkedIn Problems Affecting Your Job Search?

linkedin slow job searchDoes any of this sound familiar in your job search?

• You send LinkedIn messages to others, but they don’t respond
• You’ve filled in your LinkedIn Profile, but you’re not sure it represents you or your brand
• You see a steady stream of Congratulations messages for others (who’ve landed jobs that should go to you)

To get better results, take a look at these LinkedIn issues (common to frustrated candidates!):

1 – You put in the minimum effort when writing your LinkedIn Profile.

Continue reading “Are These LinkedIn Problems Affecting Your Job Search?”

3 Easy Networking Methods – Using LinkedIn’s Find Alumni Tool

Successful Business People.Want to boost your networking power and job search results – and get more people to respond to you on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn’s Find Alumni section is one of the site’s hidden gems that can make your networking activity much easier.

Tucked under the Connections menu options on your LinkedIn page, Find Alumni is a high-ROI tool that can help open doors for anyone, regardless of occupation or career level.

To maximize this tool, first fill in your Profile’s Education section with your university name, major, and other relevant facts.  Next, from  your LinkedIn Home page, select Connections, then Find Alumni.

Now, sit back and take in the wealth of new contacts and job search information that rolls across your screen! Continue reading “3 Easy Networking Methods – Using LinkedIn’s Find Alumni Tool”

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

LinkedIn Publishing PlatformNow that LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform is widely available, you’ve certainly noticed all the new posts popping up on your status feed.

However, if you haven’t considered using the platform (also called Long-Form Posts) to promote your own brand as a job-seeker, you’re missing a huge opportunity.

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! (Of course, if you haven’t received permission to publish on the site just yet, you can submit an early-access request.)

Still hesitant? Consider these near-instant benefits to your job search from publishing: Continue reading “Why You’ll Benefit From Using LinkedIn Publishing for Your Job Search”

How to Stop Your Work Anniversary Notifications on LinkedIn

Annoyed with the flood of “Congratulations!” notes on LinkedIn every time your work anniversary rolls around?

Try removing the Months on your jobs in the Experience section. Navigate to the job on LinkedIn, click the pencil icon to edit the dates, and select “Choose” instead of specifying the month. Hit Save and you’re done!

But don’t stop there – tune your Profile to your advantage:

7 Phrases to Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile

What Does Your LinkedIn Photo Say About Your Executive Brand?

3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly

5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

The 5 Most Worthless Phrases in Your LinkedIn Headline

Is Your LinkedIn Photo a Joke?

3 Ways to Avoid the #1 LinkedIn Headline Mistake

In a nutshell, use the right type of message and content on LinkedIn to attract your target audience and keep the focus where you want it: on your qualifications.

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

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How to Double – And Triple! – Your LinkedIn Traffic With SEO

LinkedIn_SEOBuilt a LinkedIn Profile that doesn’t seem to be “working” for your job search?

You might not be drawing enough traffic to it.

Years ago, I realized that applying Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques on my Profile attracted more traffic. Applying my knowledge of web SEO and database optimization, I was able to draw a sizable audience on LinkedIn, with just a few tweaks based on what I noticed in the site’s search algorithms.

The good news? I’ve figured this out so YOU don’t have to — and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Continue reading “How to Double – And Triple! – Your LinkedIn Traffic With SEO”

What’s The Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 5: Your Follow-Up)

LinkedIn Follow-upNot sure why LinkedIn isn’t working for your job search? 

If so, you’ll need to check out these strategies used by successful job hunters:

Here’s the last, critical step in getting results from LinkedIn:

5 – You DO need to use LinkedIn for follow-up.

Applying to an online posting (on LinkedIn or elsewhere) is no longer a good idea without some form of follow-up.

If you have any way of finding out the company name, great. If you have any method of getting the hiring manager’s name, excellent!

To access this information, comb through a list of employees at the target company (perform a Company Search on LinkedIn, of course). Identify the most likely person there who would hire you (usually 1 or 2 levels above your ideal job).

Next, read the company’s press and look at what’s going on in the industry. Your mission is to determine their pain points. Why do they need to hire you? What’s happening in this company that requires your expertise?

Then, use the contact name you identified to reach out. Send an email, LinkedIn InMail, or even an FedEx overnight letter. Explain that you applied online and want to follow up, or better yet, explain how you’ve identified the key areas of need at this company, and how you can help.

Whether you’re doing this in reply to an online job announcement, or just looking at likely employers to pursue, the process is the same. See how much more personal and focused you can be with this approach?

In short, if you’re still wondering if you missed the LinkedIn train to job search success, the answer is yes.

Now go out and sharpen your approach with these extra steps to get more employer attention!

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 

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.