LinkedIn is a very powerful tool – how are you using it? As a professional, it’s important to build a network with like-minded individuals. If you are a believer in information sharing, this networking tool makes it really easy!
“As of this year, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries.”
Here are a few reasons to use LinkedIn:
- Connect with like-minded individuals to share information
- Find out about local user group meetings and get active in the community
- Participate in discussions in your field and share ideas
- Ask for advice or pose tough questions
- Find hidden jobs
- Become a thought leader
Joining Groups is one of the best ways to find people to connect with. There is a group for everything. Just do a search under Groups for your field or interest. You can add Birmingham, AL if you want to find local groups.
For example, search “Birmingham AL Marketing”. This pulls up 5 groups, including the Birmingham chapter of the national American Marketing Association. Anybody who touches marketing should be in this group!
Another example… I created a group to unite job seekers and HR reps in Birmingham. Its purpose is to network, share job search resources, and spread the word about career fairs and jobs. It is an open group, so I invite you to join “The Career Assistance Ministry Network in Birmingham”.
This post was inspired by a speaking engagement I did for the Career Connection Group, a local Career Assistance group that gets together once a month to discuss job search techniques. At this meeting I demonstrated “Using LinkedIn to Get Noticed”. Click on the link to view my how-to outline and share it with any job seeker you know. You should also check out the list of the 14 different Career Assistance Groups in Birmingham. These groups provide great job search insight, discussion and networking.
LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool in the job search because you can connect with people who work for the company that you’re interested in. Better yet, you can connect with the hiring manager!
I am an open networker and have over 1,600 1st degree connections. If you link with me, you could have access to view more than 9 million 2nd & 3rd degree connections! As a recruiter, I connect with anyone in the US so I can build my network and effectively search candidates for hard-to-fill positions at Daxko. It also serves as a way for candidates to stay connected with me throughout their career.
Why wait – start building your professional network now!