So,you're already on Bitesize Bio AND you're reading an article about finding a job.
That says to me that you are net savvy enough to know about professional networking sites! There are a lot of networking sites on the web now, from Twitter to Facebook and MySpace and LinkedIn.
But although each of these sites (and many, many others) have their own advantages, in my opinion and experience as a recruiter, none of them comes close to the power of LinkedIn for finding a job.
Everyday, we are hearing about more and more people who are finding positions through LinkedIn.
So how best to harness the power LinkedIn and maximize your chances of getting headhunted? Here are my 4 steps:
1. Build Your Profile
Your LinkedIn profile should reflect your experience and should read like a resume because just like a resume on a job board, people will find you based on key word searches.
It's worth taking the time to get your profile just right, just as you would your resume. You never know who might be taking a look at it.
I'd advise you to also include a Word version of your resume for recruiters and individuals to download.
2. Be Accessible
If you are actively and openly looking for a job, make it easy for people to find you. Use lots of keywords and build your profile like your resume. and I HIGHLY recommend you include your email address and/or phone number.
Make yourself accessible and you will reap the rewards.
3. Get connected — Invite! Invite! Invite!
As a recruiter, I use LinkedIn to look for people for my clients, but I also use it to get referrals to people who may or may not be on LinkedIn.
People can only be "found" based on how connected they are â€“ or how many people they have LinkedIn with. This should not be reserved for friends and close co-workers. This is a networking site and goal of networking is to "know" as many people as possible.
Plus, if you don't "LinkIn" with people, then folks that you know and their contacts will not have the benefit of an expanded network. Bottom line â€“ connect with as many people as possible!
So invite anyone and everyone you know. And if you meet new contacts, e.g. at a conference or other event, ask them if you can add them to your network.
This is about exposure and being found by as many people as possible. Speaking as someone with a LinkedIn network that extends to more than 7,000,000 people, the more people you connect with, the more likely you are to be found!
4. Join groups
Take the time to join groups that interest you. This is another way to get exposure, get connected and stay in tune with your interests (if you are looking for a job, they should be within your targeted industry).
The specialists at our firm accept invitations from anyone interested in networking:
To invite Travis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/TravisMedley
To join our Simply Biotech group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1966397