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Getting The Most Out Of LinkedIn

Don't Be Left Out Of LinkedIn

Social media can be a great asset when searching for a new job. Whether you are a seasoned professional seeking a new challenge or a young, enthusiastic student looking for your first role in the working world, LinkedIn is now the place to be. Crafting a great CV has always been vital when trying to get the job of your dreams, but in the year 2014 it takes more. Don’t be left behind in this competitive world; setting up a Linked In profile will boost your chances immensely.
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LinkedIn is constantly increasing in popularity, and it enables you to enhance your online self - crucial in the society that we live in. The days of a physical job application are long gone, and employers are more interested in finding the right person via the internet. Before you launch yourself into a world where everyone seems overly friendly and constantly happy (LinkedIn), take a look at these helpful guidelines. 

The Bread and Butter

The basics are a crucial component for success, and they all say that first impressions are the most important.

Profile Picture

Despite looking like you have just been picked up off a conveyer belt of happy people in suits, your profile picture must be a professional photo, as opposed to a selfie that you took in a club on Saturday night. Avoid having any mates in the background, unless you are starting up a protection agency of course.

Industry of Interest

This is an obvious one really. Don’t click on gardening if you want to work in marketing. Identifying the area of your interest will tailor your profile, and LinkedIn will send you information on job opportunities that match your supposed expertise.

Review Your Profile

Check, then check again, and then get your mum to check it. Take the time to spell-check everything, as any simple errors could cost you dearly. This is all about making a positive first impression, and if you fail to do that online, then you will never get that dream job at Burger King.

Networking Rules

LinkedIn does not have any connotations that suggest it may be a dating site, no matter how dirty the name sounds. Be mindful of how you communicate with others online, as it is essentially a “professional” setting. Any toxic language could send the spinning bow ties into overdrive.
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Support Your Career

Once the profile is complete, you should check out the other functionalities on Linked In. This could open up new doors, and you could learn about aspects of a specific role that you didn't know before. This is why Linked In is so popular. The functionalities are helpful and continue to grow.

Contacts

With acknowledgement that it isn't Plenty Of Fish, Linked In can be a great way to generate a good contact list in the area of your expertise. You can now connect with people who are already successful in the industry, and others who are on the same journey.

List Your Achievements

You are the best thing since sliced bread. You are Jesus Christ upon realising that the resurrection has occurred. You are Dr Manhattan. Big yourself up and acknowledge your achievements. This confidence will land you a role in no time. Try not to be arrogant (maybe resist the Jesus comparison), but do list your main achievements in life.

You see, LinkedIn is great. Social media and job searching in one place, and this is why it is consistently growing as a network. Check it out, and prosper!


Alex is an English Literature and Sociology undergraduate whose love for written word has led him to write about some obscure topics in his time. Currently a content writer at Social Media Frontiers, be sure to follow him @AlexSatSMF.

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Getting The Most Out Of LinkedIn Reviewed by Alex Smith on Wednesday, November 05, 2014 Rating: 5
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