Using LinkedIn to find your next Job

One of the primary tools I utilize in a job search is LinkedIn.  Many of you are already using the service, but are you doing so to it’s full potential?  When used properly, it can revolutionize the way you find your next job.  Remember however that no electronic media whether it is eMail, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter is a a replacement for a face to face meeting with someone.  The primary purpose of thee tools should be to establish a long-lasting, face-to-face relationship with your network.

I am not a LinkedIn expert, however I would consider myself a power user.  I have over 1700 direct connections and counting which provides me access to over 12 million people.  I get approximately 100 invites a day.  The wonderful thing is that I have had phone or face to face conversations with many of my new LinkedIn friends.  Over the past 2 years, I have gotten 2 jobs through connections I started on LinkedIn.  For me it’s been a great tool.

As I said, I am not an expert, but there are some wonderful people out there who have put a lot of effort into becoming LinkedIn experts.  Here’s a few that I recommend that can help you to become a LinkedIn Guru as well as some of their recent posts:

Randy Schrum
Blog: http://successwithlinkedin.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/randyschrum
Recent Posts:

Patrick O’Malley:
Website: http://www.patrickomalley.com/
Blog: http://www.the-linkedin-speaker.com/blog/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickomalley
Recent Posts:

Jim Browning:
Website: http://www.networkingga.com/
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/JimBrowning

Sean Nelson:
Website: www.linkedintuition.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/seannelson
Blog: http://linkedintuition.com/blog
Recent Posts:

A few final words:  LinkedIn will work best for you if you use it as a tool to help others.  In Luke 6:38, Scripture tells us to “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  This has proven true to me.  It is easier to form a relationship with someone if you are able to help them.  They will remember your generosity and return the favor by working harder for your interests.  It’s kind-of fun too.  🙂

Best of luck to you all.  If there is anything I can do for you in your search, please let me know.
– Michael Korn, PMP
– President, Sagelight Solutions, Inc.
– 678-265-4004

I accept all LinkedIn Invites at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mjkorn
View my Blog at: https://mjkorn.wordpress.com
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mkhyper1
Corporate Website: http://www.sagelight.com
AIM: mkhyer1
Yahoo: mjksagelight

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