Three Things You Could Do Online Today Instead of Shopping

As you probably noticed, today is CyberMonday, the biggest shopping day of the year for online retailers. {Sigh, I guess it is important to keep our economy going. If you can contribute to it, that is great!)

But if you’re currently in the market for a new job or a career change, there are much better ways you could be spending your internet time today.

In honor of our upcoming LinkedIn Guided Tour Webinar next Monday, here are three LinkedIn suggestions that will help you boost your career search into overdrive… and keep your money safely in your pocket.

1. Alumni Tool – The benefit of a college or graduate school degree is not just about the certificate you’re handed when you’re done.  Being part of an alumni network can provide much greater value over the course of your career than you might realize, and many of the people I work with don’t leverage this community nearly enough. LinkedIn’s new Alumni tool can help you connect to this network in a new way. Simply visit the LinkedIn Alumni site to see where your former classmates are living and working and to reconnect with them.

2. Reverse Search – You may have noticed a new box near the top of the right column of your LinkedIn home page which shows you how many times your profile has been viewed in the last week. You can click on this information, and LinkedIn will give you more details about who has been viewing your profile. Often, these are warm leads – people who may be interested in learning more about what you do, or even better, hiring you – so why not take advantage of finding them looking at your profile to follow up with them and connect.
3.Thought Leaders – Taking a page out of the books of the other major social networking sites, LinkedIn has introduced a new feature which allows individuals to “follow” some interesting thought leaders. This gives you another chance to practice in that all-important activity of “knowledge-powered networking”. Once you can see what they’re sharing and writing about, you can like and comment directly on their pieces and share their posts with your own network. You can even see how you’re connected to the chosen individuals, what skills you share and other interesting pieces of information. In fact, according to the LinkedIn blog “Professionals who share articles or content with their LinkedIn network at least once a week are nearly ten times more likely to be contacted by a recruiter for new opportunities than people who don’t share with their network”. Lastly,  if you are so inclined, you can even reach out and connect with them, (if you can find their email addresses or share a group in common).
4. BONUS! – If you want to learn more about what’s new, what’s hot and what’s hidden on LinkedIn, the world’s most effective social network, please sign up for my LinkedIn Guided Tour webinar, which will take place on Monday, December 3rd at 8:00 PM ET. Click here for all the details.

These are four quick and easy things that you can do today that not only will help you propel your job search or career forward, but won’t cost you a cent!


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