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Getting a job isn’t easy in these tough times. The right advice can make it easy, whether it’s in how to write your resume or how to answer a tough interview question. Let LinkedIn’s experts help you out.
LinkedIn is the first step to connecting with people for your next job. You can also build your resume with it. But an oft-overlooked part of the social network is the wealth of information shared there by accomplished professionals. LinkedIn’s Pulse app makes it easy to discover professional news, with a lot of content being written by LinkedIn influencers. Here’s who you should be following if you are currently in the job market.
Let’s start with the big one, Laszlo Block, the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google. A guy who handles hiring at one of the world’s most sought-after companies knows his way around a resume. Block has only three posts so far, but all of them are recent and went viral, so he will probably be writing more of these. Even if not, those three are worth their weight in gold.
If Liz Ryan’s funky illustrations don’t make you want to follow her, her insights definitely will. The CEO and founder of Human Workplace, a career coaching firm, has tips on every step of your employment, from the job search to the interview and beyond. Plus, Ryan often posts tips for recruiters, which you can use to figure out how the other side of the table thinks.
Negotiating your pay and perks is a big part of the interview process. To nail it, follow the advice of Lisa Gates, a negotiation coach and co-founder of She Negotiates. Gates offers generic career advice, which is also useful, but negotiation is her strong suit.
Executives need just as much help with their job hunt, and Guiseppi is here to address those needs. A self-described executive resume writer and personal branding expert, Guiseppi’s advice is usually more universal than the executives it aims for. Also, she shares several tips on networking, a crucial step in landing that interview, and how to better use your LinkedIn profile.
A contributing editor for Inc. magazine, Jeff Haden writes about corporate culture, which often focuses on job searches, resumes, interviews and other such topics. Haden is full of tips on job interview questions and answers, so make sure you read him before the big day.
Entrepreneur and investor James Caan posts on LinkedIn with a regularity that makes him a must-follow. Caan’s clarity in addressing issues is his best feature. His posts won’t ramble all over the place. Instead, he picks a topic and tells you one or a few practical and achievable ways to approach it.
Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide For Hiring & Getting Hired. Needless to say, many of his posts deal with the job hunt. His extensive research with hiring managers and with job applicants enables him to focus on actionable advice, rather than generic musings—although he is guilty of philosophising once in a while. But bear with that because the rewards are rich.
Gen Y Career Expert Heather Huhman’s advice is best suited to the new workforce, especially people in their first or second jobs. It’s not just about the hiring process as Huhman also deals with workplace issues, but her job hunting articles are thorough and full of great advice.
While Huhman’s audience is young, Marc Miller literally wrote the book on job searches for older people: Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide For Baby Boomers. Miller’s advice could still apply to the new generation, but it’s best for those already entrenched in the workforce.
If someone describes himself as a professional resume writer and LinkedIn profile writer, you’d better follow them before you begin your job hunt. Freiberger hasn’t written many articles, but the advice is different from what you usually get—quality over quantity.
Who Do You Follow For Advice?
Armed with this advice, you should be ready to deal with your job search in the Internet age. So tell us, do you have any LinkedIn tricks to help in your hunt? Any favourite LinkedIn influencers whose posts you turn to for advice?
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