LinkedIn can offer rewarding professional networking opportunities…or not!   What if you could maximize the responses to your invitations?  Have you really hit all the bases?  Let’s see.

  1. Do you have an updated head shot? Not the one holding your new puppy or your latest vacation.  Many people make this mistake.  If you must show off that new pet or family updates, use a social networking site like Facebook.  Your picture on LinkedIn must portray you as professional.
  2. Do you have strong recommendations? Recommendations can make the difference between landing an interview or ending up in the reject pile.  If you can’t get positive endorsements from past employers because they are out of business or aren’t likely to provide a positive recommendation, try to find one of your former colleagues who can make a recommendation.  It is often useful to send the person who is providing the endorsement with a list of accomplishments you have made or a prewritten recommendation for their review and/or edits.
  3. Does your LinkedIn profile inform an employer that you are actively seeking a job with their company? Recruiters are more likely to seek candidates who they know are interested in their organization.
  4. Do you have too many connections on LinkedIn? Successful job seekers use LinkedIn to develop contacts.  If your network is too big, how are you going to keep up with all of your contacts?  It’s all about relationship building.  You want to build contacts who will become champions for your candidacy.
  5. Do you send generic LinkedIn invitations? Personalized outreach will make your invitations “pop”.  Recruiters are more likely to respond to candidates whose invitations are personalized.

The lesson:

Take control of your LinkedIn profile and build it to create the contacts that can advance your career goals.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

LinkedIn offers many advantages to the job seeker, but only if you know how to use it to develop your best list of contacts.

If you’d like to learn more about maximizing your connections on LinkedIn, please visit my website

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Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph.D.

Certified Career Management Coach

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