“If you’re not going to do it right, there is no point wasting your time (and everyone else’s) on LinkedIn.”
And part of doing it right, is creating a complete profile and making it visible for people to see. For the rest of Alison’s posting, check out http://tinyurl.com/7asstpj.
And for more on LinkedIn, check out my AARP Work blog posting, LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend. (http://blog.aarp.org/category/work)
LinkedIn Isn’t for Passive Networking
Job seekers may think of LinkedIn as a networking site where it’s okay to be passive, where simply filling out a profile and hoping someone (especially a hiring manager) will notice.
That’s not the way it works. Actually, LinkedIn works best when its users are actively involved, adding value to the networking experience. For example, a good way of doing this is by joining and participating in groups and responding to questions asked by others in those groups.
As valuable as LinkedIn is as a networking tool, it’s not the only networking tool. Another fruitful way of job hunting? The old-fashioned way: face-to-face. But using both approaches is best.
First step in becoming an active user: create a complete profile.
What’s a complete profile look like? Check out LinkedIn’s Learning Center for great tips. (http://learn.linkedin.com/profiles)
How active a user are you?