Human Resources Blog

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time To Get Social

One of the most dramatic changes in the world, including the job search process, is social media. The most important of the various tools available to job seekers is Linkedin. What surprises me is how inconsistently this powerful tool is used.

Nothing To Say
A common misconception about Linkedin is that one must have an extensive work history, or have some  world-altering accomplishments before setting up their profile. Nothing could be further from the truth! You have academic, volunteer, part-time and full-time experiences (or a combination of these) as part of who you are...take credit! Simply by setting up your account you're showing future employers that you are paying attention to what is happening in the world, and you are an active part in that world. 

Network, Network, Network
One of the huge advantages of setting up your account (for free) is the ability to join and participate in the many groups on Linkedin. As Linkedin has surpassed two-hundred million users worldwide, the number of industry groups has also grown at a meteoric rate. Once you find a couple of groups that match with your interest you should join and be active.

Ask questions, comment on others blog posts, and become someone that the other group members recognize as engaged, professional and interested in their work. This is one of the fastest and most respected ways to network with other professionals online. 

Getting Started
One of the easiest ways to get started is to check out what others have done with their profiles. Take a look at Craig Fisher's profile and tailor your own profile to maximize all that Linkedin has to offer. You can always check out our profiles too...the links are on the left hand side of the page.

Have fun setting up your account, and feel free to connect with us!

- Jay






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