(photo by cybertoad)Relationships and networks are a huge component not only in job hunting but in business on the job. It is easier to do business with people you know and trust, right? Well, it is also a tad easier to find a job when you know someone, right?
LinkedIn is a professional online networking service that connects people together through their past network of jobs, schoolmates, business partners and friends. The site also allows for introductions through your network to those out of your network that you could benefit from meeting and striking up a conversation.
I was recently reading Krista Canfield's LinkedIn blog post on the Getting Back to Business Checklist for Job Hunters. Krista has created a great list that works not only for LinkedIn, but for all of your networking and preparation in finding a job.
Some highlights include:
3. Be a news hound.
I agree that being on top of your industry's news is an all important step to preparing for interviews, looking for opportunities and keeping you up to date while you are out of work. I suggest looking into Google News and Google Blog Search and creating Alerts for key phrases that deal with topics of interest. Ideas may include: "Orlando Sales" or "Lake Mary Hospitality."
5. Update your Status
Most Social Networks now have status updates. These are great not only to say what you are up to this afternoon, but also to let people in your network know that you are looking for a job. These status updates go into the NewsFeed of your "friends" and "connections" and alert them to your needs. To take this to another level, look into Twitter, an entire network devoted to status updates.
7. Rekindle relationships/build your network before you need it.
Krista is dead on here. No one likes to be used. Be sure you stay on top of relationships. Ask questions and be of assistance when they need help. The best relationships are 2-ways, a give and a take.
If you have not checked out LinkedIn yet, I encourage you to join and see the network that you have created. Beyond LinkedIn, look at networks like the Central Florida Community Guide, MedComm for health care professionals or HiredIn to get a step up on your competition.
Happy hunting Orlando!