As discussed in last month’s issue – networking can be extremely important when it comes to searching for the right job, or developing your career.
LinkedIn is a social media tool that can really support you with your networking. It has over 400,000,000 members worldwide. It can be used to create a professional online work profile, to showcase: your qualifications, your skills, your potential, and to highlight the type of career that you are looking for if you are just starting out. In short, it can act like a CV for you that’s visible to millions of employers.
It can be used to build up a network of contacts; people who can help you with your career development – perhaps those you’ve already met in person through face to face networking, and it can also help you to share work related and news stories information with other people. By following companies, sectors and influential people you can start to locate new contacts that could be really useful to add to your network, and vice versa, employers will be able to find you if they are looking for someone with your specific skill set.
The best way to start your networking on LinkedIn is to find all of your existing contacts – from this you can start to explore other people you might know, or people you want to know. It’s a good idea to then ask your existing contact for an introduction to these people, or to mention the person you have in common when requesting this new connection.
In addition to being great for networking, LinkedIn can also help you to research career paths and evaluate your options. It does this by allowing you to research different companies, jobs on offer and what those jobs look like. You can also check out universities and courses, and look into the careers graduates go onto. All really useful information if you are trying to figure out what career choices to make next.
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