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Here's a quick quiz. I'll give you three clues, you name the social network. Ready?
1. Your profile includes your headshot, skills and work experience and has space for a compelling, career-oriented bio.
2. Organizations are active on this network and have their own pages where they send updates and post jobs.
3. With more than a billion members, you can reach an average of more than 150,000 people through degrees of connections.
The answer is ...
Let me get one thing out of the way: I love LinkedIn. I've written about the network, talk about it all the time and log in at least three times every day. LinkedIn is my highest-recommended resource for networking and job searching today. If you're looking to step up your career game, the Jobseeker posts on LinkedIn’s blog are a great resource and place to start.
But LinkedIn isn't the only network out there that can propel your career forward.
1. Complete the career-related areas of your
Make sure to fill in your Work and Education, About Me and Professional Skills sections. When you complete these areas, focus on keywords and phrases relevant to your industry.
And it's time to remove that wild profile photo from your 21st birthday. Select an appropriate, friendly headshot instead. Make sure to update your Current City as well, so recruiters or employers who search by geography can easily find you.
2. Jumpstart your professional networking with Graph Search
The search bar at the top of your
Here are some sample searches I could run to find specific people who could help me in my job search:
Example search number one.
I know the exact employer I want to work for, but I'm pretty sure none of my friends work there. I can expand that search to "friends of friends" in Graph Search to find contacts with whom my friends could help connect me.
So, if I were looking to work at
"Friends of friends who work at
Example search number two
I'm about to graduate college. I like my major, and I know I want to live in a specific city. Graph Search can show me who's just an introduction away and can make the right connection.
If I were looking to work in economics in
"Friends of friends who majored in economics and live in
Example search number three
Finally, let's say I'm trying to discover a new path because of a budding interest. It might be good to tap my university alumni network to see if other people with the same passion have started expressing it professionally, too.
If I were looking to learn more about the fashion industry and I went to
"People who like fashion and went to
Fair warning: Like other Graph Searchers have noted, the search isn't flawless. Not everyone has fully completed their education or career-related sections on
3. Search for open jobs on the
You can "like" the page and even explore the
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