When you’re trying to secure an interview with a company you want to work for, networking and connecting with the right people are critical for your success. LinkedIn is one of the most readily available networking tools for professionals and can help you with your job search. You need to connect with HR managers and decision makers in different departments to introduce yourself and also make a positive first impression with your LinkedIn profile. Whether you’re looking for accounting or finance jobs, don’t overlook all the features available on the LinkedIn platform and how your profile appears to prospective employers.
Here are some important tips for getting connected on LinkedIn:
Connect with people you know.
Even though it’s tempting to connect with people who are connections of connections you know, or simply someone that appears interesting, avoid this unprofessional move. Most people will ignore these types of requests, and you may even need to lie and state you are a friend of this individual or have worked with them at a certain company in order to send an invitation to connect. Keep your LinkedIn connections list as honest and transparent as possible.
Participate in LinkedIn Groups.
Staying active in different LinkedIn Groups relevant to your industry can help you catch the eye of prospective hiring managers. Show off your professional expertise and participate in discussions when you can. You never know who may be reading your comments and posts, and who may reach out to you as a result. People in these groups will have full access to your profile and may contact you with requests for more information about what you are sharing, or even a job opportunity.
Send a ‘thank-you’ message.
Take the time to send a quick but professional ‘thank-you’ message when someone accepts your request. You can follow up with a few lines about why you connected with them or where you are in your job search — looking for new opportunities or projects. Your new contact may respond with a potential job opportunity or offer to put you in touch with someone who is hiring.
Need tips on setting up your LinkedIn profile? Check out our blog on Setting Up Your LinkedIn.