If you’ve been looking for a job in recent years, you’ve probably heard about LinkedIn. But if you don’t have an account, you might be wondering what the point is? Here’s a quick primer to using it to its full potential.
LinkedIn is widely used in internal staffing departments, especially in the technology field, but more and more Fortune 500 companies are starting to use it as well. The advantage to having a profile on LinkedIn in addition to your other social networks is that it provides a clear, focused perspective on your career. But you need to use it correctly to get the best results.
The most important thing you should be doing on LinkedIn is expanding your network. First, try to find past and present co-workers using the service and join their networks. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you’ll be able to see and the more legitimate you’ll appear to potential employers.
Also, don’t just post your resume on the site and call it a day. It’s far more important to present your qualifications and desires in a quick, easily-read format. List your most useful skills, your biggest achievements, and your largest clients, and if an employer wants more, they’ll ask for your resume.