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<ul><li><p>Follow us @PosIgnition www.positionignition.com </p><p>Job Searching Using LinkedIn </p><p> Your LinkedIn profile is </p><p>your shop window to </p><p>recruiters and potential </p><p>employers, and the first </p><p>place at which potential </p><p>recruiters will look when </p><p>they are considering </p><p>contacting you. </p><p>Here is a checklist of things to think about when job searching: </p><p>1. Consider your job seeking objectives </p><p>Like any social networking medium you need to firstly decide why and how you will use </p><p>LinkedIn for your job search. Before you can use LinkedIn, you need to have decided on </p><p>what role you are looking for. It is no good branding your LinkedIn profile for a role </p><p>within a professional practice if you decide you want to go in-house. </p><p>2. No typos, spelling or grammatical errors please </p><p>You dont need to tell us that on-line first impressions count just as much as face-to-face </p><p>first impressions. Its also even easier to make assumptions about someone or some </p><p>group when working with them online rather than face-to-face. Make sure that your </p><p>profile, as well as being error-free, is succinct and articulate. Ideally, spend as much </p><p>time working on your LinkedIn profile as you would your CV. </p></li><li><p>Follow us @PosIgnition www.positionignition.com </p><p>3. Who do you want to be seen as? </p><p>Every time you appear on LinkedIn your headline or personal tag line goes with you. </p><p>Make sure you brand your headline as what you want to be seen as by the on-line </p><p>community, and especially potential recruiters. It is better to brand yourself for the job </p><p>you want rather than the job you have. The reason? Recruiters will often search for a </p><p>specific job title when looking for potential candidates. </p><p>4. Write your elevator pitch </p><p>The summary box in your profile needs to be your personal elevator pitch but targeted </p><p>at the people you want to see it i.e. recruiters. Your elevator pitch needs to be why you </p><p>are different and the value you can bring to an organisation. Make sure you include </p><p>some of the keywords which recruiters are likely to be searching for. </p><p>Use the second paragraph specialties, to list your specialties as this is a good </p><p>opportunity to add in keywords as recruiters search on this section. </p><p>5. Complete your profile </p><p>The more complete your profile is, the more jobs LinkedIn will be able to send your way </p><p>and suggest to you based on what you have written about yourself. Having a complete </p><p>profile also provides potential employers with the information they need to get a sense </p><p>of who you are and what you can do, and therefore whether you might be a good fit for </p><p>their organization - or not. </p><p>6. Connect up your social networking presence </p><p>It is very inefficient to manually update all of your social networking presences. Luckily, </p><p>LinkedIn can be used to connect up all of your social networking presences. If you have </p><p>a Twitter account you can link up the updates. If you have a blog, you can pull the RSS </p><p>feed in of your articles to share them with your connections and to display them on your </p><p>profile. Think of ways to best co-ordinate your online job search strategy. </p></li><li><p>Follow us @PosIgnition www.positionignition.com </p><p>7. Recommendations </p><p>Most social networking sites have the ability for members to collect recommendations </p><p>and testimonials. LinkedIn is no different and your recommendations are very </p><p>prominently displayed. Do take the time to ask your clients and colleagues to </p><p>recommend you on LinkedIn. For example, after I finish a coaching relationship I ask </p><p>my client if they are willing to write me a LinkedIn testimonial. A bunch of positive </p><p>recommendations can often be the deciding factor between being rung up by a recruiter. </p><p>8. Make it consistent </p><p>Consistency just like integrity and reliability is very important in the online world. Make </p><p>sure the messages on your website, Twitter biography, (business) Facebook page and </p><p>other on-line sites you maintain a profile on are all consistent. For example you should </p><p>use the same avatar for each on-line profile. Recruiters will do online searches for you, </p><p>BEFORE they decide whether to call you. </p><p>9. Keywords </p><p>Search Engine Optimisation is very important on LinkedIn. Therefore, all those </p><p>keywords, which you put in the electronic version of your CV need to be liberally </p><p>scattered through your profile. For example, remember to put an industry in your </p><p>professional summary because recruiters often use that field to search. </p><p>10. Check out the jobs section </p><p>LinkedIn has a dedicated jobs section. Employers post vacancies in the hope that a </p><p>savvy jobseeker like you will come across them and turn out to be the ideal candidate. </p><p>Click on the Jobs tab at the top of the homepage and you'll be taken to a keyword search </p><p>box as well as a list of suggested vacancies based on what your profile says. </p></li><li><p>Follow us @PosIgnition www.positionignition.com </p><p>11. Join Groups </p><p>You'll get more traffic to your profile if people know you exist. One of the best ways to </p><p>maintain a visible presence on LinkedIn is to join groups and take part in their </p><p>discussions. If you join several groups in your chosen career field, chances are you will </p><p>keep coming across a few people who are also in all those groups. People build up a </p><p>rapport by contributing to one another's discussions in their shared groups. </p><p>This checklist has been created by Position Ignition Ltd one of the UKs leading career consulting companies. Please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources. </p></li></ul>