Are you looking to increase your resume results? Do you know how social media channels can skyrocket the number of interviews your resume generates? And of course, ultimately improve job search success.
First, let’s take a look at LinkedIn and how can it help you get a new position.
The basics, LinkedIn is a website that connects professionals and businesses with one another. Individuals can build profiles that highlight their career experience, formal education, skills, related interests, and so forth.
LinkedIn is an effective way to network, put yourself out there as a potential job candidate, research, and target desirable companies, and job hunt. It is an excellent personal network learning platform.
LinkedIn also provides suggestions for other professionals in your geographical area, or with similar career or academic interests. This type of networking can be invaluable in helping you develop the skills needed to attain a new job or advance your career. Although there are different steps to land a teaching job, do not underestimate the power of networking!
So.. your question:
How Can You Use LinkedIn to Further Your Career?
As indicated above, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for furthering your career, particularly if you feel like you have already hit the ceiling in your current school or organization. Use the website to search for similar organizations or districts who are currently growing or are looking to expand in the future. Contact the school or organization directly or track down other individuals who may have an excellent lead or an in at a place of interest.
If you have a well-crafted, keyword-rich profile you will increase your candidacy for a position you are targeting. Make sure your page is concise, professional, and appealing to potential readers.
Do not downplay your career success, academic achievements, or certifications. Make sure you do not brag, exaggerate, or lie. The goal is to market yourself as an excellent employee and leave the reader wanting to uncover more about you.
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A LinkedIn page is only effective if it attracts viewers.
Boost Profile Views with These Tips
1. Post a professional looking photo.
a. Select the perfect picture for your profile to represent you in the best manner possible.
b. Dress professionally.
c. Keep your hair neat.
d. Ensure makeup and jewelry is tasteful.
e. Choose lighting that is flattering.
2. Use specific education keywords and phrases to grab the reader’s attention.
a. Keep them job or industry-specific.
b. Incorporate action words.
c. Don’t include overused keywords such as “experienced” or “hard-working;” be more creative and genuine than that.
3. Make your Headline Pop.
a. Convince employers to click on your page with just one headline.
b. Show employers what you can do for them.
c. Use very specific titles such as “Analyst,” “Director,” or “Manager.”
4. Explain unfamiliar acronyms or terms that only industry-specific players would recognize.
a. If you are uncertain whether an acronym is well-known or not, spell it out to be on the safe side.
5. Use your profile to make job responsibilities and accomplishments stand out.
a. Don’t only list past job titles and dates worked.
b. Utilize this space to highlight a few key duties you held.
c. Showcase career achievements; quantify them with facts, numbers, and specifics as much as possible.
d. Demonstrate how these past accomplishments can translate to future success for another company.
6. Highlight More than Your Degree.
a. Include your degree, major, and minor if applicable.
b. Incorporate certifications.
c. List professional development opportunities such as courses, conferences, and workshops you attended.
d. Integrate professional organization or affiliations.
e. List community involvement or volunteer experience.
7. Proofread Resume Profile
a. Misspelling words will show a lack of attention, and perhaps a lack of caring on your part.
b. Proper spelling and grammar will demonstrate solid written communication skills.
8. Start Networking!
a. Don’t wait around for others to visit your page; visit profiles of other individuals and companies.
b. Develop solid relationships with those you have an interest in getting to know on a professional level, and who may be able to help you in the future.
What Are Other Types of Social Media Job Networking?
Since social media can play a significant role in today’s job search process, it is essential that you get onboard. In addition to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are two excellent websites to enhance your job search, make new contacts, and end up on the right path to landing your dream job.
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o Facebook is a very popular social networking platform that many individuals, companies, organizations, and schools utilize.
o It allows you to connect with others, research companies, identify their mission statement and discover job openings.
o Use this website to reach out to like-minded individuals and boost your professional presence online.
o If you are searching for a new job and your current employer is not aware of that, do not broadcast it on your page.
o Facebook should be used as a positive tool, not a place to air your grievances; thus potentially negating any future career opportunities you may have discovered through it.
o Always safeguard your personal information. Do not list your date of birth, phone number, email address, home address, children’s information, or the like.
o Maintain a professional image at all times and do not post anything you may regret in the near or distant future.
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o It is an excellent way to communicate your idea or message in a very short form.
o Many companies have started using Twitter to broadcast current and near-future job openings.
o Use your city’s hashtag to search for job openings in your area.
o Utilize keywords related to your job title or industry as hashtags for the job-hunt or your career advancement.
o Type in the actual words of #jobhunt or #jobsearch, as well as #hireme, #hiremenow, #dreamjob, or #hotjobs to search for job openings.
Online Networking Precautions
If you add a company as a Facebook “friend” or have an open status (as opposed to “friends-only”), potential hiring managers can view your blog and photos. Even though it is your personal space, you want to remain professional looking at all times. It is okay to discuss your personal life to some degree, but do not post anything that may seem sketchy or undesirable to employers, such as:
• Lewd images
• Unsavory stories
• Negative posts about current co-workers, friends, or family
• Trash-talking former employers
• Outspoken views on politics, religion, or other sensitive subjects
Certain companies have set up Facebook accounts specifically so they can see potential candidates’ pages and assess whether they should be working for their business or not. These sites can be an excellent tool for linking up with the right person, just be careful what you post on the Internet, as news can travel fast, and is hard to erase!
Don’t Let a LinkedIn Profile Replace a Resume
Regardless of how you find a job posting, you will still need to provide the company with a resume. A LinkedIn profile should not replace a resume, but instead, complement it, and entice readers to request your formal job application document.
• A resume allows you to share specific accomplishments. Use it to demonstrate numbers and facts when incorporating your achievements.
• Your resume should include your personal contact information (address, phone number, address, and email); whereas you should never advertise those items publicly on LinkedIn. Use private messaging on LinkedIn to talk safely with other individuals or companies.
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Don’t Wait to Develop Your Online Professional Presence!
• Have you created a LinkedIn profile yet? Connect with me on LinkedIn.
• Are you getting the traffic and results you want?
• Do you wish you would receive more phone calls offering a job interview?
• Is your job just a job?
• Do you feel bored or stagnant in your current role?
• Are you looking to advance your career?
• Or perhaps you are looking at changing careers altogether?
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