Your LinkedIn profile doesn’t only give you the opportunity to enhance your visibility and credibility towards recruiters; it also allows you to build your professional network.
Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has become the most important social professional network. With more than 347 million users in over 200 countries, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and an ideal platform to stay in touch with classmates, co-workers and other people you have done business with.
Building and maintaining a strong business network is critical to enhancing your professional success. In today’s challenging job market networking is especially important for job seekers. Through your network, you can gain access to key people, exciting job opportunities and industry-specific information. Recruiters often search their own networks for suitable candidates before they publish an open position. And employers prefer to hire based on referrals or recommendations, which people in your network can provide.
Start building your network by connecting with people you have worked with in the past, for example your supervisor who recommended you for another project within the company once your assignment came to an end or your co-worker with whom you had a great time working on the offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
The contacts you have can connect you with people in their network with whom you can build relationships and thus grow your personal network. As you build connections, think also about how you can support others. You have the opportunity to endorse your contacts for certain skills, give recommendations, refer your contacts to open positions or forward job listings – your generosity could be returned.
Your network will help you to stay up to date with what happens in the industry and give you access to exciting job opportunities. LinkedIn also gives you the opportunity to follow certain companies and automatically receive their latest news and job offers.
A few tips to get connected:
Use your phone or online address book
Networking does not mean reaching out cold to strangers. Start building your LinkedIn network by utilizing your phone or email contacts and connecting to people you know and trust.
As you build your connections, customize your requests with a friendly note and, if necessary, a reminder of where you met, who you met through, or what organization you have in common. If you have not met somebody in person, but would like to make contact don’t forget to let him or her know why you think it would be a good idea for you to connect. This will increase the likelihood that they will respond.
Support your connections
Think also about how you can support others. Show your contacts that you notice and value their skills and achievements by giving endorsements and recommendations.
Last but not least, building your professional network online doesn’t imply replacing the real human touch – it only gives you additional opportunities.
So, what are you waiting for? Get connected and follow Dovre Group on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with latest news and job offers!