I've spent some time this week talking to job seekers about LinkedIn and I've heard some great success stories.
One of the people I spoke to is thrilled because, for the first time, employers are contacting her directly through LinkedIn. In fact, she's heard from three recruiters just this week. What happened? It was as simple as changing her "headline" to include her certifications. Prospective employers can now see, at a glance, how qualified she is.
Another person I spoke to has been using LinkedIn extensively to network. She has been using LinkedIn to move up the career ladder. Because she is seeking a high level position, she went up a level or two when she connected. So, rather than connecting with peers she's been connecting with top level management in her industry.
That's worked, as well. In fact, she estimates that 80% of the people she has connected with not only accepted her invitation, but offered to help with introductions to others in their field. It hasn't led to a job offer yet, but it's definitely close.
Will these strategies work for you? It depends on the type of position you're seeking and how you go about using LinkedIn to connect.
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