Post # 1
Thanks to the digital age, it’s very easy for me to find exactly who will be looking at my resume. I want to send people a message so at least I’m on their radar, but I’m not sure how to do this without it seeming awkward, especially if the ad said no phone calls… What are the bees doing on LinkedIn? Have you been able to start a conversation with a potential new employer, and how did you go abot it? Thanks!
Post # 3
I work in recruitment and 90% of the people we find are via LinkedIn… send an inmail and go for it!
Post # 4
@Au Jardin: I’ve done that. Sometimes I don’t get a reply at all, but when people do reply it is amazingly helpful. In some cases, people got back to me and told me they didn’t have exactly what I was looking for but I should talk to XYZ person who might be able to help. I would suggest one thing – if there is an employer you know you like but who doesn’t currently have a position for you (based on their job postings or whatever) then get in touch on LinkedIn and say you want to find out more about the company/industry/whatever or ask about scheduling an informational interview. And don’t be afraid – people are often more open than you think (but prob still not a good idea to open with “what’s up?” j/k).
Post # 5
LinkedIn is an awesome resource for finding a new job. I’m not currently looking, but just started a new job 4 months ago, which was because of my use on LinkedIn (recruiter contacted me directly). It may seem obvious, but make sure you have a really robust profile on your page. Write a ton of stuff under each job title and fully explain what you did and how you succeeded at your previous jobs. It doesn’t matter if the content on your profile is longer than your actual resume (one you would print out to bring to an interview), because it will all be on one page anyways. Also, recruiters and hiring managers basically use search terms to find profiles for people who will match a certain job description, so be sure to use key phrases that relate to your industry. For example, I work in digital marketing, so my profile has a lot of key terms that relate to what I do, such as: paid search, SEO, social media, display retargeting, client services, etc. and some secondary terms that could come up in more specific searches for jobs: driving results, increasing ROI, business goals, team oriented, etc.
I get recruiters reaching out to me about every week or two through LinkedIn and I think it has a ton to do with my very strategically-worded profile. My advice to you would be to research companies or jobs you want to work for, then send messages to the recruiters you can find. Most recruiters I know use LI as their main resource for finding people these days.
What industry do you work in?
Post # 6
@Miss Jackrabbit: Thanks for the reply! Do you think a message saying “I just applied for X position and would like to speak to you more about the job, when would you be available for an interview” work, or something along those lines?
@Mrs. Fireworks: I work in communications for nonprofits. That is an excellent point about making sure everything is filled out on LinkedIn, I’ll be spending the rest of my weekend making sure that is up to date.