Getting Started on LinkedIn

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Jess found her dream job using LinkedIn. Learn her simple tips on how to use LinkedIn most effectively to see if it can do the same for you. Connect to opportunity by getting started with your profile.


Hi, I’m Jess.

I live here in beautiful Cornwall – it’s a place I’ve never really wanted to leave.

Joining LinkedIn helped me connect to loads of opportunities and even get my ideal job, as a communications manager – which meant I never had to!

But it wasn’t all plain sailing and I’ve learned a lot along the way.

So, I’m going to share my top tips on how to create a profile and build your network to get LinkedIn creating opportunities for you.

Ok, so let’s start with your profile.

It’s much more than a CV and one of the most important things to get right – as this is how potential employers will discover you.

You need a sensible profile picture, (no, not that, yep, that)

(adding one will really help your profile get more views

– and a good headline explaining what you do.

Outlining your industry and location will make it even easier to be found.

And when you are found, having full summary, experience, and skills sections will really help show what you’re about.

Having a strong profile’s worked for me. Take my current role.

Someone from Crowdfunder saw me at an event, looked me up on LinkedIn and started a conversation – which led to this job.

And while some opportunities come to you, they reckon most jobs are found through someone you know.

With tools like ‘add connections’ that help you to connect with existing contacts, LinkedIn does the work for you.

So when it is time to apply for that dream job or build your business, you’ll be amazed by the mutual connections you already have.

There are thousands of jobs out there but searching on LinkedIn makes finding the right one super easy.

As you can see, with LinkedIn you only have to put a little in to get so much out.

So, don’t forget:

Complete your profile – it’s how opportunities find you

Connect with people you know – you’ll be surprised how they can help over time

And, when the time’s right, search for your next job on LinkedIn

These simple tips have certainly opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me.

Why not see if they can do the same for you?