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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Job Tools - Linkedin

I was talking with a student recently and they asked me about finding jobs. I think one of the most utilized job tools is Linkedin. Recruiters use it frequently as I have been contacted by them through Linkedin. I have found it valuable as a tool to show my skills but also to keep in contact with both past coworkers and students.

Some tips:
  • Build at least 300 connections - both to help with contacts, skill verification, and knowledgebase
  • Keep it up-to-date especially with your current job info
  • Limit what people can see if they are not in your connection group and you are not looking for work
  • Spend time and join relevant groups to your interests or post article
  • Use it to lead to potential employers to own personal site or portfolio
There are other services but Linkedin is popular with many recruiters and human resource managers at organizations. Like any service it may not fit you perfectly so you have to take the time to learn what you want to show others and what you don't.

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