Using LinkedIn to Enhance Career Prospects
The business social media platform, LinkedIn, can be an invaluable tool to aid you in furthering your career goals and enhancing your career prospects. Sadly, most people are failing to take advantage of the platform for the full potential it represents. These are some things you can do to get more mileage from your LinkedIn experience.
Stop Treating LinkedIn as an Online Resume
Whether you’re currently looking for a job or not, most LinkedIn profiles read like resumes. While you certainly want to list your accomplishments and make your talents and skills known, LinkedIn is your opportunity to show the world, and anyone who reads your profile, how you’re different from so many others in your industry or field. Make your profile unique so it will stand out.
Join LinkedIn Groups
LinkedIn is supposed to be different from other social media platforms in that it allows you to connect with other people in your industry and other industries as well. That means you have opportunities to transition your knowledge, education, and skills into different career paths by connecting with people in the fields you want to be in. Joining groups, and participating in discussions, is an important way to get noticed by the right people and make connections that can help you get where you want to go in your career.
Become a Voice in Your Industry
LinkedIn allows you to publish your own articles, share your blog posts, and even post links to things others have posted to start conversations and provoke thought. These types of actions help you become a thought leader in your industry, especially if you’re presenting compelling ideals and reasoned conclusions.
LinkedIn can be far more valuable for your career prospects than most give it credit for. These are just a few ways it can help.