Last weeks blog had some tips for using Linkedin to find a new role. Here are some more:
Make sure you have a recent picture on your profile. It doesn't have to be a professional headshot, just a photo where you look smart will do but it is important to have something there so that you are identifiable.
Linkedin have recently introduced the 'Open to Work' feature. You can activate this feature if desired by going to your profile, heading to the Add Profile section and under Intro, clicking the tab with Looking for a new job. This allows you to tell LinkedIn what type of work you are looking for and puts a banner round your profile pic.
The 'We're Hiring' feature is also fairly new. To find out who's hiring in your area, go to the search bar and type in the words 'We're Hiring' then go to the location drop down and type in where you are based then click apply. You will then get a list of people who are hiring who you can connect with.
Put up a 'flare' post to tell connections that you are looking for work. Don't beg, simply explain that you are now looking for a new role, talk about the skills and experience you can bring and ask them to please share and recommend you to anyone who is looking for someone with your type of experience.
What on earth do you actually post on there? Look at what your connections are posting and start by liking, commenting and sharing. Look for interesting articles about your field or specialist area (set up Google alerts) and post about these until you get confident enough to start putting posts talking about your experiences and what you can offer. There is lots of advice out there about Linkedin but I have found that being yourself is absolutely fine, as long as yourself isn't offensive!
I hope these are helpful. I'm on Linkedin as linkedin.com/in/lmacgrow if you want to follow me. You can customise your Linkedin Url by clicking into your contact info and using the pencil symbol to edit your url to something that suits you to use in your CV or in applications.