The first tip I give people looking for a job is to create attraction just like in dating. The ways to do that with LinkedIn is first have your profile just as good as you can get it and then start the next phase. Your profile is now a living online version of you and you want people to know and like you. Start asking / posting questions, business questions, which show you have a strong understanding of the audience you seek to attract. That will engage them with you and open a channel for further conversation. Show you are interested in their position or possible position with their company. That you might be inclined to talk more seriously but not overly interested. Again, like dating. Remember at the core people are just that, people. Too interested you spook them away, not enough and never get them but just right and you get what you want and make them feel like they landed the best fish / candidate ever. You want to get caught but not wanting them to really know it. Not yet.. Save that excitement once you get to an interview.
What I have learned about many to almost all recruiters these days is that most rarely even check their inbox for resumes that come in and just stay glued to the job boards, postings, and the sites they like to search using their key words searches. So help them “find you” in one of those searches. Sadly, from my stand point, very few people head hunt these days but that’s good news for you using these methods.
Do a search for LION using the LinkedIn search and add all those Linkedin Open Networkers like myself. You will find an email address in their profile to allow you to send them an invitation to connect. I am connected with over 14 million people in my 3rd degree right now. This will make it easier for recruiters and hiring managers to find you in a search. A great group to join is www.door64.com but it’s really focused in Austin Texas right now.
Search the jobs in LinkedIn. See who those hiring managers and / or recruiters are and what groups they are in. You can join groups they belong to and once a member you can email them without directly connecting with them. The more you are connected to the better. Remember this because many people these days only “connect with people they know”. What a horrible waste of data and opportunity for them and for you. It’s not like you can’t see them in a search. Anyway.. I digress…
Answer as many posted questions as you can and drop little hints that you may be on the market in your replies. This keeps you on top of people’s screen when they log in to LinkedIn. This takes dedication and work but if you want to land a good job then make the effort.
Next thing is to randomly change things in your profile. This will keep your profile visible and acts as bait for those hiring folks out there. Like a lure in the water. Someone will bite. I know this works. I have helped several people land great new gigs with my methods.
If this helps please feel free to send me a recommendation on LinkedIn because those help you and I get noticed. 🙂 They show up on top as well when you recommend someone and when you get a recommendation. Hope this helps you as well. It’s not perfect but it sure does help and when looking for a job sometimes just feeling like you are staying in action helps keep your confidence up. At least this way each day you feel like you are making progress towards your goal.
Best wishes and happy hunting,
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