Today, my cyber-friend, Chris Russell blogged about how linkedin.com has become a national resume database and a source of choice for recruiters who love to snag “passive” job seekers who are not actually looking for work!
Personally, I think linkedin is a fabulous resource, even if you aren’t looking (even passively) for a job. I first became a fan when I located two long-lost high school friends on linkedin when Google and other search resources proved useless.
When I first joined, I was amazed at how quickly my network grew and the connections I gained. If you don’t join, you may never know that a good friend of yours has a first-hand connection to someone in a position to hire you or provide crucial career advice or information!
In addition to serving as a source for recruiters, Linkedin offers tools to help you create and promote a personal brand. The “Answers” section provides a forum to demonstrate your expertise as well as a great place to network with professionals in your industry and beyond. Often, if you provide a response that seems useful, you will be invited to “link” with the questioner, thus expanding your contacts.
Don’t forget that networking is important throughout your career, even when (especially when) you are NOT looking for a job. Don’t miss the linkedin boat!
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