You need a LinkedIn profile and it needs to be strong. We will cover the basic LinkedIn fundamentals here because most people in career transition or change, which is probably all of us, do not understand or implement the basics. The basics include a professionally rendered resume and accurate career material. We assume you understand the level of confidentiality you …
Just because I have a lot of recommendations, post a good many questions and seem like an all-in Linked In person I am not. It’s not for everyone. It’s not a place to play the fool if you are serious about your career brand. It’s not where you need to be if you want to be unproductive, sloppy, and careless. You waste my time and yours. So get going.
By preparing for the hidden job market in this way Phil holds a clear advantage over his competition. “Developing a plan,” says Phil today, “and finding out about the culture, attitude, buzz and insider information on target companies means more to me than anything right now. I have faith in my skill set but I want to quietly find a new position.” He realizes that this may give him a clear, early advantage over his competition. “I want to be known by my target companies before they know they need me. Then I will be ready to pounce.”
In the past two years I think I have seen more promises by more people and more companies to improve your job search, improve third-party recruiter efforts and help you find the perfect job than ever in the history of jobs going back to Job. Is it getting ridiculous? It’s been getting ridiculous.
Here is a conversation I recently had with one of my looking for a $100K job jobseekers:
John, I put my resume on Monster, Career Builder and The Ladders. I have found some good opportunities to post to and have. But I get more calls and more inquiries about more deals and ways for me to spend money than I do actual interviews with clients. What’s the deal?
This is what’s going on right now. We have a plan and just one part of the plan is having an excellent, multi-resume posting out there for you because you are not doing a confidential search. I know about all ‘the deals’ out there. If they sound to good to be true…
They probably are.
You got it.
So many people want to tell you what not to do when working on your job search online. In this tough job market too many well intentioned people can scare you out of some solid, bold approaches online. We can recount the many mistakes and hazards of building your online brand. Some of the eye catching warnings start with lines like The Five Fatal Mistakes of…and you can fill in the blanks after the ellipsis. So let’s talk about building a core, positive presence online and what you can do to improve your job search networking etiquette and habits.
Protecting your digital job search journey makes sense for many reasons. For example, if you are employed and you would like to keep a low profile then your tactics should be carefully planned. If you are unemployed don’t be tempted to reveal too much.