How LinkedIn Messaging Can be Used by Career Builders
There are chances you’re in the middle of a software deployment and need guidance from someone who has the experience of doing this. Maybe a new mentor is sought by you, who can help you create a career path or improve an already acquired skill set. Whatever you want surfing LinkedIn which is full of HR representatives, recruiters, jobseekers and managers, is never easy.
The secret to establish effective connections with these personalities lie in the strategy and the details of communication. LinkedIn isn’t just for job seekers – it has benefits beyond that. It’s created for professional networking, that’s why you can successfully search out and connect with the professional you are searching for, for different reasons.
The difference between ignored messages and ones that build lasting relationships knows how to connect to people the right way. In this article, you can learn how to successfully connect with four keys LinkedIn user types – hiring managers, mentors, other IT pros and former managers – along with strategies on how to get what you want from them.
Connecting hiring managers, HR reps on LinkedIn
You might be eager to reach out to the hiring manager or HR representative for an update, if you recently applied for a job or completed an interview. In case you are uncertain if LinkedIn is the right means to communicate, trust your instinct and don’t connect through social networking sites. However in the right situations reaching out to hiring reps through LinkedIn can show them your persistent interest in the position and how committed you are to the process. It’ll keep you and your resume on top of their minds.
First make sure the contents of your resume match your LinkedIn profile, if you want to use LinkedIn to follow up on a job application. One of the easiest ways a hiring manager can get turned off is if dates or info don’t match.
In your message, you can let the receiver know how you applied for the job, and explain to them you’re solving up to answer any question they may have. You should write a short and a precise message. You should not follow up more than once with them through LinkedIn. They’ll see your message in two places as LinkedIn sends your message to their LinkedIn account as well as the email address they associate with it. If there is no response from their side consider contacting someone else in HR with a bit of a different message.
Contact potential mentors on LinkedIn
You need to know where to look for if you hope to find a new mentor on LinkedIn. The two good places to start are LinkedIn’s “Group” and “Advanced Search” features.
Based on your location, you should first search for appropriate Groups. Doing this can help you in finding professionals near you, build relationships, and then seek out the users who are most active. “These people are already with a mindset of a mentor – they’re already sharing, they’re teaching,” he says.
You can search by industry, title, location and keyword to narrow down results, if you use LinkedIn’s Advanced Search feature. Contact with purposeful messages when you find professionals that fit your criteria. “Do you want them to find a job for you? Or you want them to make your skill set better?” After the goal is identified by you, compose your message around that goal.
Contact IT colleagues on LinkedIn
When you start searching for new technology vendors or implementing software in a company, contacting other IT professionals who have done similar kinds of things can provide valuable guidance. Teaching and sharing best practices and successes on projects is loved by IT professionals. You can tap into that to gain a lot of value.
Some good places to find like minded professionals are LinkedIn users Groups that are dedicated to projects similar to yours. Connecting with Groups also allows you to create dialogues with people you aren’t yet connected to. This helps you establish new relationships with potentially valuable contacts. You should remember to keep it professional because everyone in that group can see your questions and comments.
Contacting former boss
Recommendations from former colleagues are some of the most impactful additions, if you’re polishing or updating your LinkedIn profile to prepare for a new job search. Right after you complete a successful project, it’s the ideal time to ask your current manager for such a recommendation but that’s not always possible.
You can request recommendations that speak about the specific skills needed for the job you’re trying to land. Ask your manager to talk about writing and delivering code if you are applying for a software development position because that’s most applicable to the job.