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LinkedIn Tips: 5 New Ways To Stand Out
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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6/5/2014 | 10:35:21 AM
5 new ways to find new job
I believe that the original positioning of LinkedIn is for professionals to establish and develop personal network. But nowadays LinkedIn is becoming more and more like a human resource market - many people find the new opportunity via LinkedIn. This is nice - with the 5 new ways to stand out, we have 5 new ways to find new job. By the way, I just got a good offer via the job posting on LinkedIn.:-)
Joe Stanganelli
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6/6/2014 | 2:18:27 AM
Re: 5 new ways to find new job
Even though LinkedIn has consistently -- and, in many ways, successfully -- marketed itself as the social network for professionals and for professional networking/job hunting/recruiting/etc., it does not have a monopoly on this -- even among the major social networks.  With Facebook's new find features, it's easy to run similar searches on friends, "2nd-degree connections," and others who have various work or educational backgrounds.

And even before these new features were released, I got work/clients through Facebook.

LinkedIn's nice, and I'm not knocking it here, but leverage all of your platforms.  :)
Kristin Burnham
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6/11/2014 | 3:29:37 PM
Re: 5 new ways to find new job
When you sought new work and clients through Facebook, did you ever encounter resistance from the people you connected with? How did your experiences using both LinkedIn and Facebook differ from each other?
Joe Stanganelli
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6/14/2014 | 6:05:07 AM
Re: 5 new ways to find new job
@Kristin: I wouldn't say "resistance."  People are either willing and able to help you or need your services, or not.  I'm not being a jerk about it.  And I'm not one of those "open connectors" who'll just connect with anyone even though I know nothing about them.

Plus, sometimes things just fall into place.  You have a conversation with somebody, "Hey, it just so happens I do that," and it goes from there.

The primary usefulness of LinkedIn, for me, is allowing me to connect with people who would be otherwise uncomfortable connecting with me on Facebook (or vice versa), while also allowing me to maintain an additional social presence.  For me, LinkedIn is useful, but largely redundant with FB and Twitter.  But that's okay, because breadth can be helpful.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/8/2014 | 2:36:19 PM
Re: 5 new ways to find new job
LinkedIn is vastly different from its competitors in Twitter and Facebook. As such, it's not surprise that they are starting to differentiate heavily between its free and paid products. 

LinkedIn has a much smaller userbase, but it's important to keep in mind that this particular userbase is happy to pay for premium features. That's exactly what we're seeing here. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/6/2014 | 3:10:35 AM
Maybe it's just me, but...
...Am I the only one who finds these new "enhanced" profiles with the huge background picture annoying?  What happened to having streamlined interfaces?

Instead, it's all personalization upon personalization and customization upon customization of personal profiles.

ChrisMurphy
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6/6/2014 | 4:42:41 PM
Re: Maybe it's just me, but...
I do like those big pictures, Joe -- though I gotta say, I don't see myself paying LinkedIn in order to have these stock photo options.
Thomas Claburn
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6/6/2014 | 4:45:25 PM
Re: Maybe it's just me, but...
> I don't see myself paying LinkedIn in order to have these stock photo options.

I sometimes consider paying LinkedIn to stop emailing me. Social networks can be really annoying.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/7/2014 | 7:38:29 AM
Re: Maybe it's just me, but...
I filter most of my social network email, so it all goes into folders that I can just ignore.
jgherbert
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6/7/2014 | 12:23:16 PM
Re: Maybe it's just me, but...
*smiles* Yeah, it can feel like that's the best option sometimes :)

I don't care much for pictures, but the keyword tweaking was interesting. Of course, by offering this kind of help, more people start using those keywords, this weaking their power in searches. Kind of a circular thing really.

Either way, LinkedIn has developed a lot since it was first just an overgrown contact book, and the activity stream is kind of nice, along with seeing how your own posts are read and shared. I tend to use LinkedIn as a first port of call when I'm going to interview somebody for a job. It's also tremendously useful for keeping in touch with people after they change jobs.

Regarding Facebook, I guess if I maintained a "professional" Facebook profile, perhaps I might find work there, but I keep Facebook pretty much entirely personal; I have no work colleagues friended, for example.
Justin Belmont
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Justin Belmont,
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6/8/2014 | 4:29:03 PM
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Interesting article, Kristin. LinkedIn is a really powerful professional tool. We at www.ProseMedia.com use LinkedIn for a lot of different purposes, and hopefully these new features will greatly increase the its effectiveness in social media. Thanks for sharing!
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asksqn,
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6/10/2014 | 4:13:58 AM
Deeply flawed and thoroughly idiotic
Because paying for placement of the user's CV in front of the approrpriate eyeballs is what counts, don'tcha know.  Cos. don't actually want the right candidate with requisite knowledge, skill sets, abilities & education, just deep pockets to pay LinkedIn.  
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/14/2014 | 6:07:57 AM
Re: Deeply flawed and thoroughly idiotic
People are fundamentally lazy and self-absorbed.

One interesting job-hunting tactic I've heard about being used successfully in the marketing field: buying Google ads based on the keywords of the names of the CEOs and hiring managers you want to target, then linking those ads to personalized cover letters/intros/resumes.

Because people -- especially in marketing -- like to do ego searches of themselves on Google.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/16/2014 | 3:28:23 PM
Re: Deeply flawed and thoroughly idiotic
Wow. Anything to grab someone's attention...
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/16/2014 | 8:28:49 PM
Re: Deeply flawed and thoroughly idiotic
...And it works!!!


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