Episode 12 The Missing Link (ed) In Your Career Growth

Episode 12 – The Missing Link(ed) In Your Career Growth

In this episode, we’ll be discussing tips and techniques for utilizing LinkedIn for your job search and continuing to build your network even after you’ve landed a job.

So since LI is a social network, a common question that users grapple with is:

To accept or not to accept (connection requests)?

Main sections: summaries, Activity, previous work experience, education, skills endorsements, recommendations, accomplishments, interests, volunteer experience

Pictures – super professional or nah?

  • Mixed opinions here. Part of it may be because some perceive LinkedIn is becoming the more like Facebook (less professional). My personal opinion (EO) is that it’s fine to show a little personality in your LinkedIn photo, after all the company is hiring a person and not a robot (for now HA!). But don’t make it a picture where people can’t see your face clearly or you’re doing something silly or less than flattering (drinking, etc.).

Writing Summaries

  • Emphasize your skills and passion for web/software development.
  • Talk about what got you interested in the first place and the path you’ve taken to get started in the field.

Skill endorsements and recommendations

  • It’s acceptable to request for others to endorse your skills and write you recommendations. Offer to do the same for them as well.
  • Let them know which skills you’d like to be endorsed for if they’re willing. Also if you have any work or characteristics you’d like them to emphasize in their recommendation, let them know that as well.
  • It’s part of your personal branding, so helping others craft how you’d like to be perceived isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I personally don’t think you should write one yourself and send to them to post to your page, because then it isn’t as authentic.
  • Also, if you want to be endorsed for certain skills over others (development skills over design skills) or if you want a balance of technical skills and soft skills, let people know that too. But make sure the skills you’re requesting to be endorsed for make sense in that the person can actually vouch for those skills.
  • Dave’s approach to seeking out valuable recommendations

Which sections are most important to recruiters/hiring managers

  • These will probably differ by industry/field
  • Skills section, previous work are probably the big two. If you catch their eye with those, they may read your summary.
  • Education, projects you’ve worked on, and accomplishments are important too. Your profile should be well-rounded and thought-out overall
  • The headline – inspired by celebrity twitter bios? This is often the first thing people see about you. How do you stand out in 120 characters?! (even less than twitter’s 140)

Publishing content

  • If you are looking for a job, you should be posting on linkedin more often than other social media – keeps your name in front of people
  • Instant analytics on who’s interacting with your posts
  • Difficult to talk or brag on yourself, but this is the place to do it

Settings to know about –

  • The BUTTON – Let recruiters know you’re open: Off / On
  • Privacy – Sharing your profile edits. I had this off for a while when I was doing a lot of updating, but now that they are more infrequent I WANT new changes to pop up in people’s feeds.

Applying for jobs via LinkedIn

  • Some companies post jobs you can apply for directly through LI. Depending on what the employers can see when you submit an application, your LI profile information effectively serves as your resume.
  • LinkedIn Premium – like it or spike it?

Learning about companies

  • Great place to locate individuals who work at a company you’re interested in working for. It can be tricky speaking with them on LI if you’re not already connected, but sometimes it at least gives you a name and sometimes they provide an e-mail address or other ways to reach them. Maybe cross reference with Slack, if you have a different community-wide network like NashDev.

Customize your URL. The initial one is long and cumbersome and can make it difficult for people to find you.


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