A-Z guide to finding work you love - letter L
L stands for LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a fantastic online networking platform especially if you get to the stage when you know the type of job you are looking for. It will provide you with the ideal opportunity to connect with professionals who are working in the sector that you are interested in.
Many people have a LinkedIn profile but don't do anything with it. If that sounds like you, you really are missing out. First of all your profile needs to give a clear summary of who you are and the type of opportunity you are looking for. You can be a little more informal on your profile than you are in your CV, so let your personality shine through. Don't just talk about what you've done, but let readers know about your unique approach to your work.
A photo is essential too. People want to see the face behind the script. They are much more likely to show an interest in you if you have a good quality, semi professional looking photo. Avoid the passport photo look!
Then it's a case of making the most of the website - join relevant groups and engage in the discussions, even if it's to say 'that's an interesting point, I've not considered that before'!
Of course, there is a job board on LinkedIn too. However, the best way to make the most of LinkedIn is to have a mindset of helping others and giving, rather than simply 'taking'. As you contribute to discussions and help people, then other users will start to show a greater interest in you and look at your profile. And who knows where that may lead.
So if you're serious about finding work you love, you need to be making the most of LinkedIn.
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About Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson is a career coach who works one-to-one with adults and young people to help them find their purpose and decide on the right career path for them.