I need a job! I need a new job! I need a better job! I need a client! Is my LinkedIn good enough?
“I need a job” is probably something you have asked yourself once upon a time in your life. Maybe you are self-employed, and “I need a job” means “I need a client! So, is your LinkedIn profile good enough to get a job or a client?
That depends. Did you only fill out database fields or engage in professional development to learn?
You don’t know what you don’t know. So, how would you know tips, tricks, and strategies to use if you did not attend a workshop, seminar, social audio room, or read numerous articles, watch videos, or a combination of all of the above? There are so many amazing folks worldwide sharing their knowledge about LinkedIn, so tap in!
Have you performed a SWOT Analysis?
Are you working on making your personal brand stand out?
Are you building relationships on LinkedIn, and do you have a minimum of 500 connections?
Are you commenting on posts of people that work at your target companies or target clients?
Are you publishing content on LinkedIn regularly – newsletters, posts, polls, documents, and are you commenting on the posts of others?
Have you organized yourself and your LinkedIn connections for your job search?
Do you have a “to present” job on LinkedIn? I would use the new Career Breaks feature for past breaks and NOT a “to present” one that is your current status until we learn more. Although I don’t know what I don’t know, using a break as your current position does not align with my current philosophy.
I think volunteering for a nonprofit where you use your future-forward skillset is a better option. Perhaps it is the nonprofit servant leader in me speaking on behalf of nonprofits for this one. Make sure you use the keywords for that nonprofit that will benefit you for your next opportunity, especially if you are reinventing yourself.
Hopefully, that nonprofit has a company page on LinkedIn, so that you will show their logo instead of the gray buildings. You can embellish your job titles up to 100 characters so that you can add the word “volunteer” at the tail end.
Have you integrated some other software into your job search and LinkedIn?
Think about the essential questions above. Then review the couple hundred questions or tips linked in the articles above. You have work to do!
You can’t expect to land a job because you have a LinkedIn profile, though you may get found by keywords. Networking is essential to your job search, and preparation is critical. You must be proactive in your search, as nothing happens sitting on the couch.
So, where else can you learn about LinkedIn? Join me and others at upcoming workshops, explore other online learning opportunities from this list, or search on Meetup, Eventbrite, Clubhouse or other social audio apps, library websites, adult schools, and more.
There are many opportunities available, and you will learn different tips from different presenters. You will have to sort through which ones make sense to your situation, as one size does not fit all, and all of your career documents must be individualized to you and your needs.
If you need a resume or LinkedIn profile to get you to your next step, book a call to chat!
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of ChemPharma.net and runs a Clubhouse session every Friday at 11 AM ET on the Thought Leadership Branding Club.
Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.