LinkedIn is one of the most valuable tools for job searching for everyone from college students and recent grads to senior level executives. LinkedIn not only provides a way to connect, it also provides a private messaging system you can use to talk to your connections.
Krista Canfield, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, LinkedIn notes that the most important things you can do on LinkedIn include:
- Connecting to influential others
- Staying in touch with your network
- Building bridges before you need them
- Getting recommended
What's the best way to do that? First of all, don't wait until you're in job hunting mode. Build your network before you need it and you'll be well-positioned to job search if and when you need to. Spend a few minutes every day reaching out to new connections and touching base with the people you are already connected to.
It's very easy to message others on the site to ask them to join your network, for job advice, to write you a recommendation, etc. However, LinkedIn is a professional network so do take the time to ensure all your communications on LinkedIn are well-written.
Here are guidelines to remember when sending invitations and writing messages on LinkedIn.
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