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Tips when using LinkedIn to find a Job

Tip#1: Your opportunity is already here. Don’t expect LinkedIn to do magic for you in your career or job search. Manage your expectations. Your opportunities may be right in front of you.
You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamonds. – Earl Nightingale
Tip #2: Do not rely on Social Media to solve all your employment and networking problems. Social Media makes you more efficient, but the effort to connect and maintain a connection is still the same as it has always been.
Social networking helps reach people easier and quicker. – Bill Cosby

Tip #3: Do not focus on connecting with strangers before taking care of your own existing contacts. Update them on what you have been up to, make sure you are aware of what they are up to , and ask them how you can help every once in a while. Let your contacts value your connection.

One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it’s making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it’s the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you’re dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you. – Reid Hoffman

Tip #4: Focus on your career and not your next job. Whenever you connect with someone, you already know or introduce yourself to, think about how they can help you in your future goal and not your future job and be clear about this. Yes, they may bring along a potential job opportunity but focus on the future and the present will come. Connect with them once or twice, get to know them enough to decide if this will be a valuable future connection (especially if they don’t provide you with any new learnings).

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach. – Earl Nightingale

Tip #5: Do not apply to jobs whose job description is vague, whose company name is kept confidential, whose job poster (if visible) does not answer your questions, who do not provide a website or a specific email / instructions to forward your information other than the standard LinkedIn tool or who you have applied to before and never received a response. This all reflects on their professionalism, commitment to excellence and respect for job applicants and employees.

”The companies that survive longest are the ones that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.” –Charles Handy

Tip #6: Be honest. Say what you do, what you aspire to, and what you want out of a connection or job. Have your profile visible in terms of summary, experience and education but focus on your summary; and tell it as it is. 

Basically, what I’m saying is there is nothing fake about what I do. I’m up-front, I’m real, I’m honest and I’m open with my feelings. – Christina Aguilera

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