If you are not using LinkedIn, you probably have heard about it and considered how it can help you. There are many great resources available on this growing site, and you should be on it even if you are not looking for a job. One thing you shouldn’t do, though, is beg for a job. I have seen many postings in different groups that are nothing more than people pleading for jobs. The postings sound desperate and the writers seem worthy of sympathy, but are those qualities that attract potential employers? No.
Here are ideas on how you can start using LinkedIn in meaningful ways that will bolster your reputation. If you optimize your profile with great, truthful content, recruiters will find you.
Groups: Start with natural groups that complement your experiences, careers and interests. Think about college alumni groups, trade associations and other broad interests and pursuits. Participate in the groups you join.
Skills: Use this section to detail the skills you have to sell that employers want to buy. Are you skilled in financial auditing? List it.
Answers: Actively participate in Answers, a tool for you to help others by sharing your expertise. You will develop a reputation and keep your skills sharp.
Reading List: Another fun tool! Tell the world what you are reading and write a review. This can illustrate your commitment to life-long learning and my spark a conversation.
Remember: Don’t beg. Maintain your professionalism and participate with confidence. Good luck!