Your Profile is Important
To stand out, you will need an interesting headline, hobbies, interests, projects, languages, summary, a professional profile picture, recommendations, logo, education background, work experiences, causes, volunteer work and skills. Focus on your accomplishments and results. What is really special is that people can recommend you and endorse your skills on LinkedIn. Invite past employers, business contacts and professors to do this for you. Mention on your profile that you are actively seeking new employment. You can send people to your profile if they are interested in hiring you.
Networking to Find a Job
Click on the Jobs link to find prospects. The job board is robust and lets you drill down to location, industry, salary, date posted, experience level and function. You can apply right on the website and upload your resume. LinkedIn will suggest jobs to you based on keywords in your profile. It will also allow you to save jobs and keep track of positions that you applied to.
Look for and join groups. Network within those groups. Participate in conversations and contribute relevant industry information through updates. Like and comment on other people’s posts. Within groups, you can view profiles, message people and share profiles. Look at the followers of people in which you are interested. It may be advantageous to connect with them.
Asking for an Informational Interview
In your message, explain why you are interested in that particular person. It may be their employment background, or their educational background. They might be alumni of a school that you attended. In the meeting, take the opportunity to ask for referrals and contact information of hiring managers in the professional’s circle of influence.