Social Media is more and more prevalent in job seekers efforts. Often it feel as though there are endless ways to find job and make yourself findable to employers or recruiters. Perhaps the most popular social media outlet right now (for professionals) is LinkedIn. For those who may be behind the curve (and don't be embarrassed, that's why The CRG Connection is for you!) LinkedIn is a business-related social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of 3 November 2011, LinkedIn reports more than 135 million registered users in more than 200 countries and territories. (Source: Wiki)
One purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people with whom they have some level of relationship, called Connections. LinkedIn members can invite anyone to become a connection. This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways:
- A contact network is built up consisting of their direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second-degree connections) and also the connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone a person wishes to know through a mutual contact.
- It can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one's contact network.
- Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
- Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
- Users can post their own photos and view photos of others to aid in identification.
- Users can now follow different companies and can get notification about the new joining and offers available.
- Users can save (i.e. bookmark) jobs which they would like to apply for
Below are great tips from Helen Stockhorst on making yourself available for people to connect with and contact you on LinkedIn. If you are interested in networking and/or looking for possible opportunities, this information can be helpful.
"In order to be contacted by a recruiter or company you need to make sure you have a means of communication. Do you have an email address posted on your profile? Without having an email, Twitter, Facebook, phone #, etc, it is difficult to be contacted. This information should be in the body of your profile, not under contact heading."
LinkedIn provides information regarding "Contacting You":
How a user can contact you depends on how he or she is connected to you:
- If a connection views your profile, he or she sees your email address
- If a user in your network views your profile, he or she sees a “Get Introduced” button
- If a user in the LinkedIn Network tries to view your profile, he or she will see an anonymous profile and a “Contact Directly” button