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LinkedIn: Tool? Or Distraction?

October 11th, 2013

A common discussion among job seekers today revolves around the topic of LinkedIn: is it a valuable tool or a passing distraction? The truth is, LinkedIn is regarded as the number one most active and successful digital networking resource utilized today; that is, if you use it properly. Like many social networking sites, there is no one right way to use LinkedIn. With that said, there are three main purposes you should seek to achieve when using LinkedIn as a job search resource. Consider the following tips to kick your job search into gear by utilizing LinkedIn to its full potential:

  • Get found.  Getting recruited is one of the best ways to gain a competitive edge over other candidates; however, the only way you can be recruited is if a recruiter can find you.  Increase your likelihood of being found by making sure your profile is 100% complete with up to date skills and experience, a branding statement, and professional photo of yourself. Join applicable groups and contribute to them regularly by asking intelligent questions and offering helpful answers.
  • Find opportunities. LinkedIn is much more than just a job board. In fact, you have several methods of searching for job opportunities on LinkedIn. By filtering the “Jobs” tab in the main menu bar, you can search for opportunities by function, organizational level, industry, and date posted. You can also look for jobs within your groups; these job postings are different because they are specifically advertised to the group and won’t be found under the main menu’s job tab. Additionally, you can also run a search in your news tab to see who is hiring in your network.
  •  Gather information. Think of LinkedIn as a giant database where you can keep up to date on just about anyone and anything you wish to follow. You can track companies, thought leaders, and past or present employees of a specific company. LinkedIn is also a great tool for finding articles and blog posts geared towards your specific skills and industry to keep you abreast of the latest trends and transitions.

Although LinkedIn is a vast network with numerous ways to improve your presence and effectiveness, finding, being found, and gathering valuable information are the main points you will need to truly enhance your job search. Transitioning into your next job in Oklahoma City does not have to be an uphill battle. 1st Staffing Group specializes in placing quality job candidates in great temporary and permanent positions throughout the Oklahoma City area. If you are currently looking for an employment opportunity in Oklahoma City, contact 1st Staffing Group today!

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