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10 Tips to Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your Job Search

If you’re on the hunt for a professional-level job, social media is an important tool. While each social platform serves its own purpose, LinkedIn has become the ultimate online resume, and is, in many cases, a must have to get the job. According to a 2015 Jobvite survey, 92 percent of all recruiters are on LinkedIn. While this means employers are searching for you, it’s a two way street.

Here are 10 tips to leverage LinkedIn for your job search and career advancement success:

  • Use a Professional Photo. Your profile picture should not be a selfie and should be professional. Ideally, it should be a headshot and should not include other people or objects. Be sure the photo is sized correctly, recognizable, shows your face and is in focus.
  • Your Headline Should be Informative. Your LinkedIn headline should include your industry, skills and location. Remember, this headline shows up in Google search results, so make sure it’s strong and includes keywords that tell a recruiter why they should hire you.

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Older Job Seeker Triumphs by Changing How She Conducted Job Search

Lory Brager was laid off seven months ago as a human resources manager for a large Idaho company when it reorganized. It was the second time she had been laid off due to the economy.

Lory1“The first time this happened to me in 2009, I felt so humiliated,” Lory said. “That feeling held me back from doing what had to be done. It was just as painful this time, but I made up my mind to do things differently. This time I was not going to feel like a victim.”

Lory immediately took all of the job search classes available in her area. She targeted her resume for each position for which she applied. Each cover letter was written as a ‘value proposition,’ indicating what she could do for the company.

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