Is the IT Tool, LinkedIn, really Effective for Job Hunting and Hiring?

The short answer is yes but as with all other things, there are conditions attached.

First, a brief introduction to LinkedIn, if you haven’t gotten into it yet. It’s basically a social networking tool geared towards employment. You build your network with colleagues and people you have collaborated with, in the hopes that you can connect with other like-minded people, as well as potential employers.

Think of LinkedIn as your online social resume. You place all your pertinent accomplishments, talk about yourself, share your interests, etc. For example, in my LinkedIn profile, I wrote about my involvement in Golden Stag Safaris, a hunting ranch, and talked about fishing as an interest (if you’ve read my past blog posts, you’ll know this to be true).

The easiest way to build your network is to add all your friends and office mates. Then, from there, you can begin exploring your network by looking at people who share your interests, or people who belong to the same organizations you do.

Since IT headhunting is grounded in the importance of networking, and people are becoming more and more online-oriented, LinkedIn is definitely at a very good position right now and you will benefit from joining.

Here’s the condition, though. You need to make sure your profile stands out. Otherwise, your profile becomes just like a resume in a sea of many other bland resumes. Get people excited about you and the work you’ve done! Heck, you can even consider a professional resume writer

This is a very good presentation to view to help you cinch that job and use LinkedIn as a leverage:

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