I’m a Gen X and worked for the same company for over a decade. But when I was laid off in 2014, I felt overwhelm with the job-search. After-all, it’s been so long since I had to look for another job. Before LinkedIn, I just posted my resume on job boards such as Monsters.com and CareerBuilder.com. (Actually, I think they were the only job boards in the 1990’s.) Then, I would get a phone call from the interested hiring company for an interview with the Hiring Manager.
Well, sad to say, this is no longer the case. The following comes from my own experiences. What I’ve learned is that you really have to invest money on yourself to become “visible” to recruiters/talent specialists. Here you go:
- Set-up a LinkedIn profile. The first time I did this, it was overwhelming. I didn’t know what to do or what settings I should set. For example, do you want every changes you make on your profile viewed by everyone in your network? If you plan to do this yourself, get a good book.
- Update your resume and cover letter. If you’re a great writer, do it yourself. If not, hire a professional to do them for you. I spent $216 for this service.
- Update your LinkedIn profile that you set up in Step 1 by hiring a professional to update the verbiage for your work-experience. Once you get this back, just copy and paste. I spent $79 for this service.
- Now, this is the MOST expensive investment that you spend on yourself (in regards to job search), pay for professional service that will boost your visibility in LinkedIn. Before I did this, I only had 54 connections and was getting no traffic at all in my LinkedIn profile. On a good week, I had 1 person view my profile. This is SAD! After acquiring this professional service via their Super Connectors, my # of connections was multiplied by HUNDREDS and I have more traffic in my LinkedIn profile than before. I have to say that the numbers help my LinkedIn profile look good. Additionally, the service updated my LinkedIn profile by inserting “key words” in strategic locations to boost up my visibility to recruiters. These “key words” are specific to the job position you want. Note that I just started this service at the end of February, so only time would tell how successful this entire service is. I intend to provide a status update. As promised, it’s been 4 business days and I’ve gotten 2 responses from recruiters. I just got off a phone interview. The job was there but the pay wasn’t. I have another phone interview tomorrow with another recruiter. Fingers-crossed!!
- Notify your family, friends and good neighbors that your looking for a job. Remember, companies offer referral bonus to their employees. So, I’m thinking that your family, friends, and neighbors wouldn’t say no to free money if they referred you and you get the job. ~ Just a thought!
Hope this helps.