I’ve run across this question, “how to use LinkedIn?,” a few times. I have another question, though and that question is:
Is LinkedIn for real?
I’m a real late comer to this whole social media. I wasn’t into MySpace and I don’t pay any attention to FaceBook, and just now a started a Twitter account – though, I don’t know why.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just that I have this image of someone sitting like a vegetable in front of a computer pounding away on the keyboard…
Check that – I think I just described me.
Now some folks like Kevin Donlin are big into LinkedIn, as he talks about in his article, LinkedIn Job Search Secrets, elsewhere on this blog. And there’s actually a whole bunch articles that talk about LinkedIn and FaceBook under my Social Media category.
Your Takeaway Lesson: If you’re not on LinkedIn, you don’t exist to employers. And if you’re not using LinkedIn correctly, you’re missing out.
– Kevin Donlin
But back to that question, “is it real?”
I of course have no clue.
But an interesting thing happened the other day.
I got an email from a recruiter for a major organization asking me to email her my resume. She saw me on LinkedIn and thought it might be worthwhile for us to get together.
Now, I’m not “actively” looking for a job. But I decided to flesh out my LinkedIn profile a few weeks ago. Coincidentally this email arrived shortly thereafter. A connection? Maybe. Before a few weeks ago, all I had on the site was current job and nothing else, really.
I fleshed it out but not a whole lot more – and BAM – this unsolicited email.
Will there be any more – maybe not – but, again, if you’re actively in the job market; then one may be all that you need!
I am going to head back in and work it a little more.
Again, I am not actively in the job market but clearly it never hurts to keep my options open.
But more important – I want to see if LinkedIn can really generate interest and job opportunities that I can relate back to you – “my loyal readers” – all 2 of you (thanks, mom and big bro – curse you woman for not reading my blog, my own wife – the pain).
So, if you’re actively looking for a job and you have not completely filled out your LinkedIn profile – get on it.
Because getting an email from a HR recruiter wanting your resume is so much better than sending your cover letter and resume into a black hole.
And stick around – I’ll be posting how it goes.