Tuesday January 27, 2015
Do Your Research!
Are you a graduate, entering the job market for the first time? Or maybe you are coming back into the job marketing after raising your kids or taking a medical hiatus? Or is it time to switch careers to something more suitable and with more options? If you are thinking about getting a new job for any reason, LinkedIn is NOT an option! It is necessary to your success in finding a great position!
Before you even get started on creating or optimizing your presence on LinkedIn, do you homework! Research (but don’t apply just yet) for jobs already listed on LinkedIn that you might be interested in.
Job listings are found on the top menu. You can search by title, location and even my Company in the advanced settings.
The reason to check these listing first is to get an idea not only of what is out there a possible (what are people calling project mangers these days?), but to find out what these jobs and careers require! If you find the perfect job (even if its in the wrong locale) read through the job description and make some notes on requirements. What language, terms and acronyms are they using? Does your profile reflect that? If you do your research before you write or optimize your profile, then as you create your copy, you can be thinking about the qualifications that these jobs are asking for and make sure your profile reflects them.
Here’s a Video on just how research Job Listings for copy on LinkedIn:
Ninja Trick: Always write you profile first in a Word doc to catch spelling and grammatical errors and to add things like bullets.
Once you have compiled your information its time to start on your profile – and that is coming up next in LinkedIn For Job Seekers Part Two!