By Barbara Mitchell
Q: I’ve heard that my profile on LinkedIn is important. Why? And how can I be sure mine is as good as it can be?
A: My opinion is that the resume as we know it will be gone in the next few years. Many organizations want you to apply using their online application, and many are now encouraging you to import your LinkedIn profile into the application. So that’s one reason your profile is important, but there is an even more critical one.
Your profile is how you get noticed. Recruiters and executive search professionals actively use LinkedIn to find candidates for job openings. So your profile is essential to your job search.
You can find consultants to write your profile, but I don’t think that’s necessary if you follow some easy steps.
Your profile is how you get noticed. Recruiters and executive search professionals actively use LinkedIn to find candidates for job openings.
Once you have your profile completed and posted, the next big step is to connect with as many people as possible to build your network. Start by sending invitations to current and former colleagues. Invite people you know from your volunteer work or other activities. Then, as people accept your invitations, take time to look at who their connections are and, if you know any of those people, invite them to connect with you. Within a very short time you can build up your network.
Barbara Mitchell is a human resources and management consultant and author of The Big Book of HR. Do you have a question you’d like her to answer in “Ask the Expert”? Send it to [email protected].