July 17, 2014
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By: Annie Beard @annie_beard
There are plenty of scenarios that you could use LinkedIn for as your go-to job-search guide.
You are looking for an internship or job in a specific industry, but you don’t exactly know which company you would like to work for.
Do your research. Find big, medium and small agencies, corporations or organizations. Once you have found a few that spark your interest, find them on LinkedIn and follow their company pages. This will give you a better idea of whom the company consists of and who to connect with.
Once you figure that part out….
You have your dream job(s) and companies in mind, but you don’t know who to contact or how to land the job.
If you have a specific job and company in mind, make sure you are following its company page. Once you’ve done that, like I mentioned earlier, see whom the company consists of and connect with a few key employees who could help you.
When I use LinkedIn for job searches, I usually don’t try to connect with the CEO or President of a company. The reason I say this is because they have so many connections and they know so many people. They won’t be doing the hiring, and they won’t even remember declining your invitation because they will do it so fast. Find an entry-level employee who remembers how it feels to be in your shoes. Find the HR manager who does the hiring. Find someone relevant who can actually help you.
Once you have found the right people to contact…
You know who to reach out to for help landing the job, but you want to contact them in a professional, planned out fashion.
Make sure you are saying the right thing. Don’t make yourself sound random or desperate. Explain to them who you are and why you are contacting them. Don’t jump right to asking for a job. Ask them if they know of any opportunities or other connections who could help you out. Ask them to keep their ears open, and to let you know if they hear of anything. Most people will be happy to help you out, as long as you sound friendly and professional.
If you are connecting with a fellow bobcat, let them know that you are a student at Ohio University. (Bobcats love to help each other out—I know from experience)! If they are a Reds fan, give Billy Hamilton a shout out. If they have a blog that you follow, talk about your favorite post. Find a way to relate to them and stand out.
Before you do any of this, however, you must make sure that your LinkedIn profile page is up to par. If you are reaching out to professionals, they expect you to be serious and might give your profile a look. Give them a good first impression with a good summary and be sure to highlight your strengths and experiences.
In the end, some professionals will ignore you, but some will help you. If you show the best version of yourself and reach out professionally, you are bound to end up with a few opportunities.
Good luck, and happy connecting!