I got employed two months after putting up my LinkedIn page. You can imagine how frustrating it can be sending resumes and no feedbacks. However, after setting up my LinkedIn page and started networking I had many options to choose from.
You’ll find a number of reasons in this article why you need a LinkedIn page, but let’s start at square one: You can search its robust job board — and even apply to jobs — through the networking platform.
Search for jobs by keywords and location. Even if you’re not actively seeking new employment, you can set job alerts based on your career interests to regularly receive email updates and stay in the loop.
You can also be sneaky about it. If you’re connected with co-workers and managers, turn on your “I’m interested” button, which will let recruiters know you’re open to hearing about new opportunities. LinkedIn will hide this open invitation from folks at your current company.
It’s important for you to build your professional brand online. How do you stand out from others in your industry? What makes you marketable? Why should someone pay you six figures?
LinkedIn is a simple way to put your name on the professional map.
Do you know that LinkedIn puts your name on google! If you’ve never Googled yourself, now’s the time. What pops up on the first page of results?
Remember that awesome young professional you met at that conference three years ago? Or that friend of a friend who was interested in freelancing for your company?
Honestly, probably not.
Rather than stuffing their business cards in your desk drawer or adding their email addresses to your outdated address book, add these folks on LinkedIn when you meet them. Keep them in your connections so one day you can reconnect when the time’s right.
We can’t emphasize the importance of networking enough! LinkedIn is such an important networking tool.
Even if you’re an introvert and hate networking events, you can still foster meaningful LinkedIn connections. Through LinkedIn, you can build a relationship with mutual connections, folks in your field, and even your greatest role models.
These days, many companies maintain their own LinkedIn pages where they’ll update company information, share company news and insight, and showcase current employees. If the company knows what it’s doing, you should get a good, solid feel for its culture and its people to make sure it’s a fit for you before diving into the interview process or accepting a job.
If you were wondering how important LinkedIn could actually be, hopefully, my article convinced you it’s one of your most powerful professional tools. With it, you can build and maintain your network, search for jobs, and build your professional reputation.
Plus it’s free, and it only takes about 30 minutes to create a profile. So why wait?