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Is LinkedIn a must for job seekers?

The Hiring Process Social Media in Job Search

Question:

Everybody says that LinkedIn is so important, but I just don’t like all this social media stuff. I don’t want to put all my business on the Internet for anybody to see. Why do I have to use LinkedIn anyway?

Answer:

You don’t have to use LinkedIn.

Unless you want a job, that is.

Consider what your refusal to use social media may be costing you:

• Some recruiters will wonder why you aren’t on LinkedIn. Are you resistant to technology?
• Will they have to spend a lot of time and money training you?
• Are you going to be difficult about any unfamiliar method of doing business?
• Is it going to be difficult to train you to do things their way?
• Are you anti-change, or inflexible?
• Do you not understand the way the world works nowadays?
• Are you lazy?
• How old are you, anyway?

Even worse, employers who depend on LinkedIn to bring them candidates will never know about you. They will miss the chance to hire the perfect employee. Worst of all, you may miss out on the job of your dreams.

The final argument for LinkedIn: the majority of employers use LinkedIn and other social networking sites to recruit. Estimates range as high as 93%. Do you really want to eliminate all those employers?

If you’re rethinking your position now, come to the FCWS seminar “The LinkedIn Connection.” You don’t even have to sign up for a LinkedIn account; you can do it in class with a patient instructor. You’ll learn what to put in your profile to attract the interest of a great employer, and not an online troll. You’ll be able to connect with people you’d like to hear from, and with experts in your field. You’ll learn about what others are doing in your career area, and share your knowledge with them. You’ll find easy ways to learn about companies and job openings.

And in all likelihood, it could lead you to your next job.

 

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.