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January 16, 2012

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To me, LinkedIn can be very useful to build oneself a good contact-list and to find opportunities. However, as you mentioned to be directly recruited is rare.

I also spoke of this profesional network on my blog but in French :)

I check your blog very often and I always find interesting news. Thanks!

I have had a few recruiters reach out to me, with reasonably attractive opportunities but I didn't pursue them because of timing. One came a couple months after I had just relocated.

I think the secret is that you need name-brand recognition. I added a Fortune 50 internship and a top graduate school on my resume but the bulk of the work is for a small company. Suddenly I am contacted far more often than before.

I've recently buffed mine up as there is a potential lay off coming up in my near future.

I've only had one job out of college that is relevent to my degree/career, so that's all that is on there besides skills and training programs I've done.

I do need to put a picture up though.

I think LinkedIn is the equivalent to Facebook of the profressional/employment world. Facebook is your social network, LinkedIn is your professional network.

I have been contacted by a recruiter in my industry; we got as far as the preliminary interview stage before the company decided I was not the right fit (they were correct; they wanted more experience than I have). My specific background (an MBA in the casino industry) was the attraction; listing everything relevant is so important!

I wouldn't include a photo on my resume, why would I put one on LinkedIn? It gives people an easy way to discriminate. I wouldn't do it.

The best tip I got was this:

For the "Professional Headline" a lot of folks put their current job title. This is a mistake because you put your current title under experience. The purpose of Professional Headline is to put what you do or what you want to do. There is a difference in that vs. your title. The important step on this is to put key words so recruiters can find you.

Here is an example: Let's say your title is "Project Engineer" and you work for Monsanto or another big chemical company. Well if someone searches Project Engineer they are going to find a bazillion of them. Plus you want to get a manager or director role. So for your Professional Headline you put "Chemical Manufacturing & Refining". This broadens the scope of your abiities.

I did this approach for my industry and immediately the number of hits increased significantly.

One more tip, for your Summary is put as many key words with a broad but with industry specific ties. Instead of saying "Project engineer focusing on installation of distribution nozzles on several plant glycol production lines.", say "Chemical professional with 15 years experience of pipline distribution systems in chemical production and refining at 5 factories in 3 countries."

Remember recruiters are using search engines so you need to focus on key words in your industry. Another tactic is to see what words high level managers and directors at your company or it's competitors are using to learn what those keywords are.

FYI - I got my last job through a recruiter via LinkedIn... after making these changes.

GOOD LUCK!

I keep my Linked In profile as up-to-date as I can for the simple reason that I want people to know the real me. There are three areas we can control the impression we have on folks: 1. Linked In, FaceBook, Twitter, etc. 2. Resume, Cover Letter 3. In person. My objective is to play offense and make it as clear as possible who I am and what I enjoy doing.

I am a long-time reader, occassional poster. I directly got my current position a few months ago from a company HR person finding me on LinkedIn. The position is about 80% work from home, a big improvement over my 1 hour each way commute, and it is the same money I was making with a very large bonus and stock options, plus a much better working environment. And it allows me flexibility with family, kids events, and managing and increasing my real estate portfolio.

I concur with what texashaze says above. You have to put some time in to make it work. But you have asked a few times if anyone has actually gotten a job directly from LinkedIn, and I wanted to make sure I chimed in. In addition, now I am using Linkedin to look for candidates to hire onto my project teams.

I get a number of business contacts and recruiter contacts each month on LinkedIn. Most people in my type of position have put there picture on thecsite, so I have done so as well.

I've had a profile on linked in for sometime - probably for the past 6 or 7 years. At first no one contacted me, but now that I'm in my mid career (early 30's), I get contacted a lot more. And it's definitely cyclical. I've never been interested in moving jobs, so I haven't even interviewed from the contacts. I've probably had 20-30 external and internal recruiters contact me (some have been extremely targeted where they knew exactly what I was working on). Also, I work in management consulting, an industry with a lot of turnover.

I went on a job interview last month thanks to a recruiter who saw my profile on Linkedin. I wasn't really looking for another job at the time but figured it was worth a try. It was similar in many respects to my current job but just wasn't as good of a fit for me and the timing for switching wasn't ideal. The employer was very interested in me though.

The other benefit of Linkedin is that it helps me keep track of what other contacts are doing, when they've moved, changed jobs, etc. without having to signup for Facebook. Facebook is too full of personal information, goofy pictures, games, and random junk to make it worth my time.

I work in software development. Last year I was contacted 3 or 4 times by recruiters with interesting job opportunities. Two of these were from very big companies (you would all know the names). Surprisingly, despite the overall unemployment in the U.S., there is a big shortage of software engineers right now, especially in Silicon Valley. Some of the opportunities were local, though. Pretty good results from my basically passive job search strategy.

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