There’s a lot of talk about the importance of job networking and how it can help the job search process and beyond, but what exactly does one need to do after joining these specialized groups on LinkedIn? Just like we’ve discussed in setting up a LinkedIn profile (read: “4 Rookie Mistakes You Need To Avoid On LinkedIn”) – it’s not about setting it up and then letting it run its course. Activity and management of your LinkedIn profile is necessary to bring it all to fruition.
Here you’ll find tips to specific actions to take after joining Groups on LinkedIn to help further advance your job search.
1. Get Others To Take Notice
One of the easiest ways for others to take notice of you on LinkedIn is through discussions. Take part in the Group discussions by posting a question of your own, providing an intelligent comment to other posts, or sharing relatable information with the Group. No one is going to notice you if you’re just standing by the sidelines observing what goes on in the Group.
2. Inform Others Of Your Passion And Expertise
Going along the first point above, as you consider what to post, comment or share make it relevant to your profession because it will help display your expertise on a particular subject matter. It’s not about leaving a generic comment or random post, but building on the brand message you want to leave with people. Remember that when companies are searching for people, the more activity you have the better your ranking will be.
3. Go To The ‘Jobs’ Tab
Each Group has a ‘Jobs’ tab where you can gain information on the latest job openings. Many employers, hiring managers, and recruiters will join professional Groups on LinkedIn to help source talent and they will post any new job openings there. When you find a job opening you like in a Group, you already have a slight lead over other job seekers that are simply relying on the traditional job boards because you can now directly make contact with the person who posted the job and share the fact that you are both part of the same Group on LinkedIn.
4. Make One-On-One Contact
The beauty of joining Groups on LinkedIn is you can now directly message any other member who’s joined the Group. Start up a conversation one-on-one with the individuals you admire and who you believe can offer valuable advice to help you through your job search. When you approach individuals genuinely, most will openly respond back. This is not to say you have to send an invite for them to join your network, but simply to get the conversation started. Find more tips on connecting with others read: “What To Say When Connecting On LinkedIn.”
LinkedIn clearly has many advantages to helping job seekers, but knowing how to manage your LinkedIn profile and what activities to take part in are important to the process of making it work for your job search efforts.
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