A LinkedIn Job Search Can be Your Key to a Happy 2012

If you’re like most U.S. residents, you made at least one New Year’s resolution on Dec. 31. And, again, if you’re like most Americans, you’ve already broken it. But you don’t have to break your resolution to improve your career in 2012. In fact, by crafting a LinkedIn job search, you can dramatically boost your odds of finding new employment in this New Year.

LinkedIn, of course, is a great way to keep in touch with business associates, whether these associates are former co-workers, past bosses, friendly former college professors, or clients with whom you’ve done business over the years. Unlike other social media sites, LinkedIn is designed solely for business. This means that it’s a great place to connect to business people without putting up with the gossip and lame “here’s what I’m doing now” posts of social media services such as Facebook or Twitter.

LinkedIn Job Search

The LinkedIn Job Search Strategy

Using LinkedIn should be one of your top job search strategies. Through the site, you can instantly let your network of business associates know that you are looking for a new job. And because you can build an extensive career portfolio – a type of online resume – with LinkedIn, you can also immediately show these contacts just how qualified you are for any open positions of which they might know.

Consider how difficult it would be to communicate this message to hundreds of contacts. With LinkedIn, it takes seconds. That’s why so many job search consultants today recommend that every unemployed person conduct an intensive social media job search to land a new position.

Update Your Contact List

Of course, like all tools, LinkedIn can be misused. To make sure that your LinkedIn job search is as effective as possible, go over your list of contacts. Make sure that the people on this list are people with whom you actually consider part of your circle of business contacts. Cull those contacts that aren’t important to you and be sure to add contacts to your list if you think they can help you land a job interview or a new career. You never know which of your LinkedIn contacts might know of an opening in at an accounting firm three towns over or a medical office just down the street.

Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile

Update your LinkedIn profile, though, before informing your contacts that you’re actively seeking new work. Your profile should succinctly list all of your most recent accomplishments, positions, and titles. Remember, you’ll be competing with several people for any open position today. You need a LinkedIn profile that best sells your talents and experience to hiring managers.

If you are looking for LinkedIn job search advice, be sure to investigate our Get Hired Boot Camp. The career counselors at our camp can help you craft both social-media-based and traditional job search strategies. With their help, you’ll no longer be an unemployment statistic.

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