When it comes to job seeking online, much of the advice out there encourages you to be on the defense: after all, potential employers are searching for you online, ready to reject you for any incriminating photos or poorly written rants, so you better make your image squeaky clean.
Unfortunately this advice limits the power and potential of online networking and branding. You don’t have to hide your personality and you certainly don’t have to keep to yourself. In fact, we think you should approach job seeking online with a completely different mindset: with a desire to connect with others and make it easy for opportunities and people to find you.
LinkedIn represents a great place to start building your network and reputation online. Yet it’s also a platform that’s easy to get lost in: How personal can you be? Is it OK to reach out to people that you don’t know? How often should you be updating your profile?
That’s why we’re excited to announce the Idealist Careers LinkedIn Boot Camp.
Starting Tuesday, February 18th, you’ll receive two emails each week over two and a half weeks. Each email will include an assignment and resources to help you tackle a different element of creating a great profile and networking on LinkedIn. Here’s a rundown of the class:
• Day 1: Create a Better LinkedIn Headline
• Day 2: Optimize Your LinkedIn Summary
• Day 3: Complete Your LinkedIn Profile
• Day 4: Build Your LinkedIn Network
• Day 5: Nurture Your LinkedIn Network
Alyson Weiss, Idealist Careers writer and social media specialist at Career Moves – a division of JVS, is the genius behind the daily prompts and we’re excited to have her share her expertise.
Edit: And to clarify, this is an email, text-based course. There are no webinars or recordings. We are sending the emails twice per week over two and a half weeks so you have time to do the assignments.