Finding a job by using all the possibilities Internet provides us with is a need. One of the main tools we (headhunter) will come across for this is the LINKEDIN network. Last Monday the newspaper EXPANSION interviewed me to get my advice to help people look for and find work by using this tool. Read the interview in EXPANSION:

• Contacts on your LINKEDIN network

The more you have, the better. If not, a head-hunter will never find you. A headhunter, professional in selection. with 5,000 contacts broadens his network to 16 million, because in a search he sees first, second and third levels and also those he coincides with in groups. This number is so high that you cannot afford to be outside his network: if you are not in, he will never see you. You should accept all invitations and send requests, especially to head-hunters – and even more so if there is an Open-link logo next to their name, as this means they will not reject your invitation. You shouldn’t send invitations indiscriminately because if you amass a lot of rejections the network will penalise you. You should join as many groups as Linkedln lets you – 50. But don’t make them all visible in your profile: configure it so that just two or three show up, relevant to your speciality. And be careful what you do in these groups – head-hunters might be in there too.

• Configuring access to your profile on Linkedin

You should say that you are open to receiving proposals for work. You can do this in a tab at the top of the page called Configuration, in the Communication section. If you don’t do this a headhunter will not be able to contact you even if he finds you and is interested. Not only that, but you won’t show up in the search results unless you are a first level contact. You can also get Linkedln not to show other profiles similar to yours on the right – they might be your competition.

• Profile. How we can find you if there are almost 5,000,000 Spanish profiles on Linkedin

Your profile should be relevant, just like in a Google search. They work with key words. For example, if you are an accountant you should repeat the word as often as you can, strategically spread out, but without saturating the text. The more specific and precise you are, the better. If you are a sports communicator, use both words, not just the first.

• Current job. The best description

The current job section on Linkedin requires special care – it is the first thing the headhunter sees in Linkedin. It should be well-defined and specific, and if you belong to a group of companies, use the brand name or company name that is best known and most prestigious. But don’t lie. Use this advice in the previous job section if you are currently unemployed.

• Location. Say if you really are mobile

 

Linkedin gives you the chance to specify your geographical location. If you are prepared to move, it’s better not to give the name of the city and just putSpain. If not, just give the name of the city so you receive offers for that place. A piece of advice – do a search yourself to see what the competition is with similar profiles in the same location, and then decide whether you want to include it or not.

• The rest of your CV. The importance of the Extract on Linkedin

The Extract should be short and direct, no more than 12 or 15 lines. The idea is to sell what you do, what you know and what you can contribute. Visually, better with short sentences and dashes, for example. In contact information always give an e-mail address that you check regularly. And if you provide a mobile phone number, even better. Include a photo, but make sure it’s a good one. Don’t give out your date of birth so you are not rejected by age filters, and don’t include jobs that contribute nothing to your speciality or that were very short-lived. Describe your tasks and responsibilities in previous jobs. Say which languages you master and if you want to work abroad, include your profile in various languages. A last piece of advice – don’t include anything that doesn’t add to your image, even if you think it might.

© “by Felipe Santiago” <a href=”https://plus.google.com/117575847320101803535?rel=author“>Google</a>

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