Yesterday I learned some more tools and insights
into how we might use LinkedIn in our job searches.
I also have some questions from proteges on how
to keep job searches confidential from current employers
and also from possible employers.
Search optimization. For a fee, job seekers can
“bump” their profiles to the top of the LinkedIn
search list. A Ph.D. seemed to improve her Internet
presence by purchasing a LinkedIn service.
Another incidence that seems intelligent involves
listing more detail in your LinkedIn profile about
work you have done in the past. A senior level Mechanical
Engineering professional did it in a previous post;
yesterday I learned about a person listing undergraduate
research in lubricant chemistry leading to interview
invitations. When information contains keywords and
is smartly organized to be easy to read, it can yield
positive leads to positions.
COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE; UPDATE YOUR
I met one gentleman who had a little used LinkedIn
account and now wanted to explore changing positions.
Isn’t it true– we should have our network ready for us
when we need it. Not have to try to develop it
just when we need it, as it is usually too late.
His family recently had a child, his wife interviewed in
a different city and he wondered what he should do as
it did not seem best to have his family separated. Really
build up your profile on line, include it in his resume
heading. As things in life happen, his wife’s job despite
a verbal offer did not come through. But now is the time
to update the profile with the new information in his
His self assessment will have changed since before his
new arrival. This will influence how he might approach
a job search.