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How to Find a Job via LinkedIn. Rachel K. Bicknell Bicknell Consulting Rachel at BicknellConsulting dot com. Contents. Why you should use LinkedIn Branding LinkedIn connection scheme Profile LinkedIn network Contacting hiring managers. 2. SHAMELESS PLUG. Network Engineer - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • How to Find a Job via LinkedInRachel K. BicknellBicknell ConsultingRachel at BicknellConsulting dot com

  • ContentsWhy you should use LinkedInBrandingLinkedIn connection schemeProfileLinkedIn networkContacting hiring managers*

  • SHAMELESS PLUGNetwork EngineerNew opportunitiesKnow any IT (hiring) managers?*

  • Why Professional networking tool. Used for:Prospecting jobseekers and other business contacts Finding potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and recommended partnersDeveloping referral networksStaying in touch with peopleDiscovering inside connections to land jobs and close deals

  • LinkedIn StatsOver 50 million users totalAverage household income of $109,000Users tend to be more senior 66% are decision makers28% are director/VP level or aboveMore connections increases the likelihood of higher personal income Salaried people between $200K-$350K were seven times more likely than others to have over 150 connections!

  • Why Brand Yourself on LinkedIn?Its about you, not your companyIts not who you know, its who knows youIt builds name recognitionIt increases visibilityIt opens doors to future Pay increases or promotionsBusiness dealsCareer opportunities

  • 3 Degrees of Kevin Bacon

  • LinkedIn Network Pyramid

  • Maximize Your ProfileAdd all your employers, schools, degrees, certificates, associations, groups & interestsGive brief descriptionsJoin groups or start your ownState your goals in the summary section

    You choose what information you want shown!

  • Start & Expand Your NetworkGather all your old contact email addresses (E-mail inbox, business cards, Act!, Goldmine, etc.)Merge all the above into one Excel sheetSave it as a CSV and import that into LinkedInOr copy and paste addresses separated by commasOnce uploaded, you will notice many people already have LinkedIn accounts. Invite them all!Search LinkedIn for other colleagues and classmates

  • Inviting ContactsThe bigger your network, the more leads you can generateDont invite people via the Get Introduced Through a Connection buttonTo add someone, find their profile then the click Add [name] to your network button

  • Search the LinkedIn NetworkSearch by:Common job titlesSpecific company names

    Filter by:Geographic locations IndustriesSearching within your groupsPeople who have joined recently

  • Company and Industry Advance SearchSearch by company and keywords:Company: McDonaldsCheckbox current company onlySort by: Keyword relevance

    Search by industries and titles:Industry: Fast FoodTitle: SupervisorLocation: Located in or Near the US, Postal Code 38017Sort by: Degrees and endorsers

  • LinkedIn Introductions & OpenLink MessagesWhen contacting peopleBe clear, brief, informative and honestMake sure the messages is personalizedThey will see your profile, which builds trust

    Introductions and OpenLink messages are freed for reuse when:You withdraw the message You dont get a response in 7 daysThe person accepts your message

  • LinkedIn GroupsJoin as many groups that relate to your field and/or your metropolitan area.Send messages to people in the group for free.*

  • What if Five Introductions is Not Enough?You have used up all 5 Introductions. Youdont have a group in common with a person. What can you do now?

    Pay LinkedIn for more Introductions and OpenLink messages.Direct contact through research Make a phone callE-mail the person directly

  • Direct Contact Outside of LinkedInRight below their name isTheir titleTheir employerTheir City and State

    So you couldGoogle Company, City, State for work numbersUse to get their home numberGoogle Firstname Lastname

  • Google Where They WorkYou know they work

    So find their company and call them at work

  • Find the Person at Home!You know where they live, so call them at home

  • Canned Letter - Subject LineWrite a subject line that gets the persons attention.

    SUBJECT: Requesting Information About the Burger Flipping Position at McDonalds

  • Canned Letter - 1st ParagraphFirst paragraph is the introduction.

    To introduce myself, my name is and I found your information via LinkedIn. I have been researching companies and has a position that fits my skill set, :


  • Canned Letter - 2nd Paragraph3 to 4 action items that fit the description of the position.

    Most recently at I worked extensively on burger flipping and frying potatoes. I also worked at the cash register when needed. At the end of the day I would mop the floors and clean the bathrooms.

  • Canned Letter - Final ParagraphCompliment the person and ask for advice.

    I know you must be very busy, but if you have anyideas for me as to who I should talk to about this position, I would appreciate your advice. I can be reached at the contact information below. If we could have e-mail or phone contact, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

  • Canned Letter - Contact InfoPut in ALL your contact information!!!!

  • Lets Start Using

    Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Bicknell and today Im going to explain to you how to find a job via Linkedin.I know people will have many questions to ask through out my presentation. Please hold those questions until the end of the presentation. In this discussion about LinkedIn, I am going to explain why you should use it, why you need to brand yourself, how the LinkedIn connection scheme works, how to update your profile, an explanation of the LinkedIn network, and how to contact hiring managers to get the job you want.Before we get into LinkedIn, here is my shameless plug. I am a network engineer (think Internet plumber) who is looking for new opportunities. If you know of any CEOs, CIOs, VPs of IT or IT managers in general, please let me know, I would greatly appreciate it.LinkedIn can be used in a number of ways. Recruiters can use it to prospect job seekers. Sales people can find potential clients and partners. You can also use LinkedIn to develop a referral network and to stay in touch with people.There are over 50 million users on LinkedIn, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up each week. LinkedIns web page says that the average household income of a LinkedIn user is $109k. The users tend to be decision makers and almost a third are directors or higher. And perhaps most interestingly, the greater the number of connections the greater the likelihood of higher personal income - those with personal incomes between $200K-$350K were seven times more likely than others to have over 150 connections!,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=52&cntnt01origid=16&cntnt01detailtemplate=newsdetail.tpl&cntnt01dateformat=%25m.%25d.%25Y&cntnt01returnid=46)Branding on LinkedIn is about YOU, not your company. To find a job on LinkedIn, its not who you know, its who knows you. Branding yourself on Linkedin builds your name recognition and increases your visibility in your field. Thus, Linkedin can open doors to pay increases, promotions, business deals, and career opportunities.How many of you know the six degrees of Kevin Bacon? The saying is that everyone is six degrees away from knowing Kevin Bacon personally.

    When you use LinkedIn, it allows you 3 degrees of separation to find someone.

    The zeroth degree is you, over in the left hand corner. You connect to all your 1st degree connections. Your first degree connection has connections to all his or her buddies, which makes them your second degree connections. The second degree connections then have all their friends connected, which makes them your third degree contacts. Heres another way of looking at how LinkedIn works. At the top is all your 1st degree connections. 2nd degree connections are FOAF. 3rd degree connections are friends of your 2nd degree connections. Then there are people you arent connected to, but you can connect to them via your Groups or if they are an OpenLink member. When you fill in your profile, you can add your employers, schools, groups and more. You can give brief descriptions of where you worked. You can join a group or even start your own. You should state your goals in the summary section.

    But remember, YOU CHOOSE WHAT INFORMATION YOU WANT SHOWN. For example, if you dont want to put in all your employment, then you dont have to. So you now have an account on LinkedIn - how do you start connecting with others?

    First, go through all your old contacts via old emails, business cards, and other applications. Once you have found them all, you can either input them into a spreadsheet or input them directly on LinkedIn. You will be surprised how many contacts you will find on LinkedIn.

    You can also search LinkedIn itself for other colleagues and classmates. Well get to that after this PowerPoint presentation.The bigger your network, the more leads you can generate. Note that you should not use Introductions for contact people, you should use the add person to your network button instead.LinkedIn also has a great search engine. You can search for people and companies by various search terms and filters. You can search by job titles, company names, geographic locations and even industries.In the search box you can search company, keyword, industry and titles. For example, if you want a job as a burger flipper, one can search for people who currently work at McDonalds. You can then filter search for supervisors at McDonalds who are working in the Memphis ar