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3 Steps To Becomming a Pro at Linked-In

For those job seekers out there who have yet to use LinkedIn, you are missing out on a tremendous amount of information that could be at your fingertips (literally).  Every minute, someone new joins LinkedIn and last I checked there were about 38 MILLION people that have their profiles there.  It’s a no-brainer.  You must be there.  So, here are 3 steps you need to take to get started.  

First Step/First Day:

  1. Go to www.LinkedIn.com and create an account
  2. Download your picture into your account
  3. Use a thumbnail sketch of your resume to include all of your most pertinent information:  current/or past employers, educational information, interests, etc.
  4. Think of 2 or 3 individuals who could write a very strong recommendation for you (you’ll do this later, but think of who they could be now)
  5. Think of 10 – 20 people that you’d like to Link into.  These could be people from past jobs, people that reported to you & that you reported to.  Peers, etc.  Just think about who they would be and put them on a list.

Second Step/Second Day:

  1. Join 3 or 4 “groups” that you have an interest in.  Right off the bat, join the alumni associations of any colleges/universities you attended, and alumni associations of any past employers.  That alone will connect you with thousands of individuals.
  2. Connect to those 10 – 20 people you wrote down on your list.  Include those you knew well and those you didn’t know that well.  Believe me – people want to connect with as many people as possible.

Third Step/Third Day:

  1. As you start to link in to others, try conducting searches by the companies that your contacts work for.  You never know where people land. 
  2. Think of another 10 – 20 more people that you know and connect to them – 5 people a day.
  3. Join another 3 – 4 networking groups and read the topics that are listed in the summary emails you receive from the groups.  Participate in tele-classes that are of interest to you.  There are many groups for job seekers, and many free tele-classes that give information about how to conduct a proactive job search.

So, one step per day will get you to full Linked-In usage in just 3 days!  Go for it – it’s an amazing tool.

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