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via Business InsiderUsing These 4 Platforms Could Help You Network Your Way Into a Job

No matter what new technology or trends take over your industry, you can always count on one thing to help you succeed: your relationships with people.

You don’t need to force yourself to smile and be cool in stuffy, uncomfortable networking events to do that. Relationship-building is so much more than surface-level schmoozing over cheese cubes and cheap champagne in plastic flutes. Effective networking can open the door to opportunities you may never have considered before; you just need to do what you can to be helpful, earn trust, and focus on building better relationships.

Now, this isn’t to say you have to remove all modern tech to accomplish that. Whether you’re looking to grow your business, hire new employees, or get your foot in the door to a new career opportunity of your own, you can use technology to kickstart those relationships. To help, here are four tools and platforms to help you network your way into new opportunity in your career:


1. LinkedIn

What networking list would be complete without LinkedIn? This social network for professionals is a natural, valuable place to start when you’re looking to build your contacts, hire employees, or find out who’s hiring.

To make the most of the platform, it’s a mix of leveraging who you already know and who you want to know. Kindly ask your closest, warmest contacts to drop a recommendation or endorsement on your profile. Join LinkedIn Groups. Reach out to influential people in your space who you’d like to know and offer them a coffee in exchange for some time and insights. As long as you approach it with a helpful mindset and are authentic, I’ve found that most people are willing to return that sentiment and help you, too.

And remember, your professional brand and online presence have made their way into interviews right alongside your traditional résumé, so use this platform to build your brand. Engage with industry influencers, contribute content to LinkedIn, and stay in touch with current and former colleagues.

2. Purple Squirrel

In the same way LinkedIn gives you the chance to connect with people you want to know, Purple Squirrel gives job seekers access to people inside their dream company.

What’s unique about this platform is that a connection is practically guaranteed, as these internal advocates are on Purple Squirrel because they want to openly offer up their time to potential new hires for advice on interviews, résumés, and, if all goes well, an intro to the company through that employee’s referral. Of the messages sent on Purple Squirrel from job seekers to advocates, 85 percent are answered, compared to lower response rates on LinkedIn InMail or through direct email outreach.

This gives everyone equal opportunities to network, whether you already have a lot of people in your professional circle or not; you just pay a nominal fee set by the advocate. By leveraging a platform like this, you get the opportunity to break through the noise of the hundreds of people applying through job boards by connecting directly with a potential co-worker.


3. Meetup

Meetup’s goal is simple: Bring people together to do and discuss the things they love. Meetup empowers likeminded people to get together to learn, explore, play, and more, so if you’re looking to expand your network or learn more about an industry, don’t overlook the benefits of connecting with people while engaging in a shared interest. These interactions are low-pressure, genuine, and a sure way to establish a meaningful connection.

Continued learning and being a good culture fit are increasingly important, both to leaders and employees. Engaging with people in these authentic, out-of-work situations and doing things you love can help you learn and demonstrate your fit within a culture. Put yourself out there, commit to a few Meetups, and attend similar ones consistently to become top of mid with other members in your groups who could help you connect to your next big opportunity.

4. Public Groups on Slack and Facebook

Similar to Meetups, Facebook and Slack make it pretty easy to find and connect with future employers, employees, and partnerships. The benefit here is that you’re not restricted by your geographic location, so this is great for people looking to tap into a new market for their next opportunity.

Plus, there’s always value in connecting with people where they already are, and chances are that Facebook and Slack are two of those places. Unlike more formal networking sites like LinkedIn that you may only check a few times a week, most of us check Facebook more frequently to stay connected more personally. Search these platforms for groups that interest you both personally and professionally, and dive in.

People tend to think of networking with a narrow, traditional view of some business leaders standing around a room with name tags, asking others what they thought of that last speaker at their event. Networking can happen in these settings; I’ve personally seen some success in just being personable and helpful with people at in-person events. But there are plenty of tools out there to give you a boost and make those connections faster, and these four are a good place to start.

via Fast CompanyOne LinkedIn employee’s insider tips for job searching on the sly

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You’ve just activated LinkedIn’s new “Open Candidates” feature. Now what?

There are a few things in life that bring about extreme levels of stress, and looking for a job typically makes the list—which also includes moving, wedding planning, and way at the top, having a new child. Those are all things about which friends, family, and coworkers all usually have lots of advice to share. But since I work at LinkedIn, I’m asked for job-hunting tips more often than any others.

And since these days, more people than ever appear to be conducting job searches more casually than ever, my advice usually starts with a no-brainer: Activate the “Open Candidates” feature we launched last year. It’s the simplest way to let recruiters know you’re open to hearing about new opportunities—this way they’ll come to you—without having to publicize that fact to your whole network. And we’ve found that the millions of LinkedIn users who have done so double their chances of being contacted by a recruiter.

So let’s say you’ve already done that—now what? Here are a few additional steps to take to make sure sure you’re putting yourself in the right place, at the right time, for the right job.


The first thing someone does when they meet you is Google your name. They want to know as much as they can about you without having to ask. So update your LinkedIn profile with an eye to what recruiters are looking for. Even if you don’t have time for a top-to-bottom makeover, these are three boxes you should be able to tick after a quick spit-polish:

It’s simple. Our data shows that having a standard job title on your profile (e.g. “software engineer”) rather than a cleverer one (e.g., “coding ninja warrior”), makes you 45% more likely to be messaged by a recruiter. Some experts suggest writing a more compelling profile headline, but it’s not necessarily an either/or; you can add something more personal as long as you’ve already covered your bases with a job title that’s likely to be found in a keyword search.
You’ve included your headshot. Having a professional headshot is key to getting noticed, even after you’ve identified to recruiters that you’re open. LinkedIn members with a photo are 10 times more likely to receive an inMail message than those without one.
Your skills are easy to find. Those few sentences in the headline and summary fields at the top of your profile make you six times more likely to receive inMail than those who haven’t bothered to fill them out—but don’t stop there. Take a few moments to list your main skills on your profile, and you’ll be 20 times more likely to get noticed.


I’m a part of the small yet powerful alumni network for my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, a women’s liberal arts college outside Philadelphia. About a year and a half ago, a then undergraduate at Bryn Mawr contacted me on LinkedIn. She was considering an associate product manager role and wanted advice on the hiring process. I was more than happy to chat with her, and she’s now happily employed at LinkedIn and crushing it on our product management team.

That’s the premise of “warm leads”—leveraging your network to get an “in” at your next company. This isn’t the same as securing a referral (that undergrad didn’t shoot me a note asking me point-blank to recommend her for the job), but it can often lead to them. According to LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends, almost 50% of companies say their top source for quality hires is employee referrals. So once you’ve checked the open feature and polished up your profile, your next step is to take advantage of your network and find things in common with your connections. Then start asking questions—about the company culture, what it’s like to work there, the hiring process, you name it.


One of the most common mistakes people make is frontloading all their effort in kicking off their job searches, only to lapse shortly afterward. Job hunting takes time, and you need to stay relevant throughout the entire process. Sharing content and adding (the right) connections on LinkedIn is often all it takes. The point is simply to signal to a recruiter that you haven’t just created a profile years ago and let it lie dormant—recruiters want to know that there’s a good chance you’ll respond so they’re not wasting their time reaching out to you.

So consider occasionally publishing a quick post or update every now and then, sharing your professional point of view on industry matters—and not just on LinkedIn. Take to Twitter or Facebook to do the same, wherever it’s appropriate. This also helps you stay up to date on what your connections are doing and thinking about, whether they’re celebrating a job anniversary, or just started a new job, and so on.

If recruiters can find clear evidence that you’re active in your industry, they’re more likely to contact you, whether you’ve been at your job for five months or five years. Today, letting them (and the rest of your network) know that you’re open to considering new opportunities doesn’t actually take much heavy lifting, and it doesn’t have to compromise your current situation, either. Taking just these three steps can help you stay ahead of the competition—even if you’re wary about letting people know you’re competing in the first place.

Alexis Baird is a senior product manager at LinkedIn.

Via Mashable : Looking for a new job when you already have one can be tricky, but LinkedIn might now be able to make it a little easier.

The service is rolling out a new feature that allows you to tell recruiters you’re interested in changing jobs without your current employer finding out.

When you opt in to the new feature, called Open Candidate, recruiters are able to see that you are interested in potential opportunities. At the same time, LinkedIn will do its best to block your information from appearing to recruiters at your company or its subsidiaries.

When you opt in, you can select a few specifics about what type of job you would like, what city you want to work in, and write a short message to potential recruiters.

“It’s really a way for a person to signal to the recruiting community that they’re on the market and share a few things about what would be compelling to them,” says Dan Shapero, director of product management for LinkedIn Careers.


Though LinkedIn does its best to hide your information from recruiters at or affiliated with your company, Shapero notes that they can’t guarantee that it won’t be seen. Still, he says that early testing of the feature has been successful on all sides: so-called “open candidates” are more likely to be contacted by recruiters and recruiters are more likely to hear back from them.

Open Candidate is available to all LinkedIn users and can be turned on in the preferences section of your account.

Source : MASHABLE | LinkedIn will now help you secretly tell recruiters you want a new job