Linkedin Selp Promotions Tips
Complete your profile & optimize it
It sounds so simple, but many LinkedIn profiles are halfway completed. It should go without saying that leaving a profile incomplete is a surefire way to make sure you don’t get a job. Remember, this is a platform built for professionals, so anything that makes you look like you’re not serious will deter potential recruiters from contacting you. Make the time to complete everything about your work history, but don’t stop there. Make sure that there are multiple ways for interested connection to get in touch with you. Add your website, email address, and any other digital presence you have that will help you land a job. This is not the space to add in a Facebook or Twitter link unless those social pages are designed specifically with an industry in mind. If applicable, remember to add samples of your work as well.

But don’t stop there. Having a profile that’s optimized is going to help you be found and increase your chances of building your network and connecting with others in your chosen industry. Adding keywords that are relevant to your job search to your headline and summary is a good first step.

Build a stellar digital resume
One of the many benefits of using LinkedIn for job seeking is the ability to transform your profile into a constant advertisement that’s selling one thing – you being good at your job. Make sure you have completed your profile and then take time to craft a resume that’s generalized enough to apply across your field but specific enough that you’ll get noticed.

Be involved & Join LinkedIn groups
There’s no getting around it – looking for a job and networking after exiting the military is as much work as going to a 9 to 5. You’re going to have to put the effort in to see results. One way to do this is to stay in touch with your connections. Comment on their posts or share them if they apply to your field. Try to think of LinkedIn as a way to engage with a lot of professionals all at the same time. Whether you are building your network or simply staying in touch with clients, follow their updates and stay involved by commenting, consider joining groups.

Like Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups are a great way to expand your network and to connect with like-minded professionals. It’s especially ideal for transitioning service members because it provides you a chance to connect with other military members who might know of opportunities and connections that aren’t on your radar. By joining LinkedIn groups, you’re going to gain access to industry circles and networks, putting you a little further ahead of the curve. It also makes connecting easier, because you can message group members directly, bypassing first-degree connections.

Stop accepting every LinkedIn invitation
Not everyone who sends you an invitation is a person with whom you should be connected. Consider your overall goals with LinkedIn and proceed from here. Be sure to review the profile of each person who sends you an invitation to connect and make sure that all connections are relevant to your professional endeavors.

Don’t invite everyone in your address book
There’s no reason you need to send a LinkedIn invitation to everyone in your address book. After all, the goal of LinkedIn is to help you grow your professional network and extend your reach, veering of that course will create disorganization. Work according to your vision to ensure success.

LinkedIn is a viable tool that can be extremely effective in finding a job – if it’s used correctly. Because of its commitment to transitioning service members, LinkedIn has a variety of helpful tutorials and blogs that are veteran-centric and customized with the same goal in mind – finding the right candidate for the right job. Following these steps will ensure that you’re using the platform to the best of its abilities.

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