Americans are now virtual veterans when it comes to navigating Facebook, spending an average of 21 minutes per day on social networks. However, with LinkedIn, we’re not quite so savvy yet.
We hope that you already have a detailed profile set-up, up and visit the website on a regular basis. We understand your apprehension though since the user interface is quite vague – especially if you’re looking for another job! After all, HR catching wind of this would be devastating. That’s why we’ve made sure our site provides an easy-to-navigate platform with helpful features so that users can search without any worry or hassle.
With the aid of these LinkedIn secrets and tips, you can browse, update, and job search with confidence.
1. “It wasn’t me.”
If you want to keep your job search private, it’s important to modify the settings of your profile. To do this, simply go into edit mode and select ‘privacy controls’. Then turn off activity broadcasts and change the “select who can see your activity feed” setting to “only you”. Doing these few simple steps will prevent anyone from seeing that you are actively searching for a new job!
2. Browse on the down low
Remain undetected while keeping tabs on your friends by changing the viewing set to “anonymous” under “select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.” With this simple adjustment, no one will ever know who has been peeking at their information.
3. Get in a group
Looking to make contact with someone, but don’t possess their details? Join a community they are already part of. By emailing those in the same group, you can expand your network with ease as everyone else is added automatically! Some great groups for joining include alumni associations, women’s networks, and social causes.
4. Cast a wide net
When you think of LinkedIn, don’t limit yourself to just searching among your current connections. Expand the breadth and depth of your search by including non-professional ties such as relatives, neighbors, or even professors! You never know who may be able to provide a valuable reference for you in the future. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of all available options on LinkedIn so that no opportunity is left behind!
5. Let keyword search work for you
Don’t forget to take advantage of the ample character limit available in your profile sections by using keywords that will help you appear more frequently on search engine results. For example, if you’re a social media manager, be sure to include this phrase both within your “summary” and throughout the different descriptions of your experiences–this will make it easier for potential customers or employers who are looking for someone with these skillsets to find you!
6. Be available
Adding your contact information to the “Summary” section, in addition to the “Contact Info” portion of your profile, will make it visible to everyone around the world. This way, anyone who wishes can easily get in touch with you if they have questions or inquiries. Don’t miss out on valuable opportunities – ensure that all potential contacts can access your details!
This article was originally published in The Politesse.
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