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March 26 2013

17:31

How To Use LinkedIn To Research Your Next Job

linkedin jobsLinkedIn is one of the greatest resources we have at our fingertips for finding jobs. And yet it still seems that people often forget to include it in their job searching process. There might be several reasons, but perhaps one of the main ones is that people simply don’t know how to use it. If you are thinking to yourself “that’s exactly why I haven’t joined/used LinkedIn”, don’t feel bad – you’re not alone.

If you’re willing to learn, you have overcome the first obstacle. Perhaps you don’t even know what the point of LinkedIn is. LinkedIn is a place to connect and network with professionals from all over. You start out with the people you know. And pretty soon your network begins to grow. You meet people through your existing contacts and build new ones as you meet them in person or online.

Let’s look into some of the ways LinkedIn can help you research for your next job.

The Basics Of A Solid Profile

This article won’t focus too much on the aspect of your profile. However, it is truly the first step in having success on LinkedIn because it’s how your represent yourselves to others when doing many of the other things that will be discussed in this article. Below is a simple checklist of things that you should do with your profile.

  • Fill it all out and keep it updated.
  • Upload a professional photo.
  • Be honest.
  • Claim your vanity URL.
  • Add your professional contacts.

Fill It All Out & Keep It Updated

Unless there is something that doesn’t apply to you, you should be filling everything out on your LinkedIn profile. Think of your profile as a living resume, meaning – it’s always growing and new things are constantly being added.

Feel free to use my LinkedIn profile as an example, although not everything is visible publicly.

TIP: When filling out your headline, consider displaying that you’re currently looking for an opportunity. The more specific the better.

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Upload a Professional Photo

How you present your self is crucial. Before you add a photo to your LinkedIn profile, ask yourself:

Would I go to an interview looking like that?

Be Honest

Although you should fill out your profile as much as possible, you want to be honest as well. If you wouldn’t put it on your resume, it probably shouldn’t go on your LinkedIn profile either. Although, some people have trouble being honest on their resume too.

Claim Your Vanity URL

This is the direct link to your LinkedIn profile. Not to tell you what to do, but it should be your name – don’t make it anything else. It needs to be clear, concise and something that people can find you with. For instance, my vanity URL is linkedin.com/in/aaronrcouch. If you’re wanting assistance with this, take a look at the tutorial provided by LinkedIn.

Add Your Professional Contacts

LinkedIn makes it pretty simple to connect with people you know or want to know. For now, we’ll focus on those who you know already. You can find email contacts through the Import And Invite page. If you discover someone you know on LinkedIn just by finding their profile, you can also manually add them. LinkedIn will then ask you how you know them.

How To Build Your Network & Approach New Connections

We’ve already slightly touched upon building your network by starting with those who you know and trust. But the true power of LinkedIn comes whenever you begin expanding from them. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Invitations.
  • Introductions.
  • InMails.

Invitations can be used to connect to anyone you know. This is the method which we previously covered when talking about adding those you know via email or the Connect button on their profile. LinkedIn also suggests people you may know.

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Introductions can be used when you have a connection between you and another person whom you’d like to connect with who is two or three degrees away from you.

Here is an example of one between me and a contact when I was pursuing an opportunity at the zoo which I intern at.

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InMails are private messages between you and any LinkedIn user who isn’t a first degree connection. The recipient’s privacy remains protected through this method and is a premium feature. It may be very well worth it though if there isn’t a direct connection of yours who can introduce you.

Approaching New Connections

Contacting people you don’t know and have no relationship with is a delicate thing. Even with a mutual connection of sorts, they have no idea who you are. This is one reason why having your LinkedIn profile as accurate and complete as possible is important.

Another important step is of course the message itself that you’re sending to them.

  • Be clear and informative.
  • Don’t be pushy, but show confidence in your words.
  • Have someone look at the message before sending.
  • Present a reason for contacting them.
  • State what you hope to accomplish through connecting with them.
  • Don’t just ask favors, but show how you can help them too.

Perhaps many of these sound familiar – they’re probably similar to what you might read in an article about how to go about an interview. In a way, this is an interview – a one-way one that depends solely on your message. Make it count.

Use Your Network By Requesting Recommendations & Keeping Them Informed

Aside from Introductions, your network can help you in other ways too. LinkedIn enables you to get recommendations from your connections. Think of these like a mini recommendation letter. Recommendations are powerful, it’s why word of mouth is the most successful form of advertisement. This is a way that you can have others “advertise” you for free.

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In addition to asking for recommendations your network can also endorse your skills, which isn’t as powerful, but still quite helpful. Think about how beneficial this is for your employer to be able to see that fifty people say you’re skilled in product management. Now think about how beneficial that is for you.

Keeping your connections informed is another great way to help you in your job search. Often times we only think about sharing about our professional successes and positive results. However, sharing your current status of seeking professional opportunities in a certain area is a great idea. You might not think to call up or send an email to a bunch of people, but by posting an update, you’re indirectly asking them to help you.

They feel less pressured, and if they know someone who they think they can help, you instantly have a foot in the door. In some ways, this is almost better than requesting to get in touch with someone.

Use LinkedIn Jobs, Advanced Job Search & Boolean Search Techniques

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Did you know LinkedIn has a Jobs page? They do, and it is an excellent place to find potential opportunities. Not only can you use this page to search for jobs, but LinkedIn also displays sections titled Jobs You May Be Interested In and Jobs In Your Network. These are both interesting as they can help you discover positions from companies that you may not have thought of searching for.

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LinkedIn’s advanced search is another excellent feature which enables you to be as specific or as broad in your search that you want to be. There is an advanced search option right on the LinkedIn Jobs page that we previously talked about, but you can also use it via the search field in the middle of the black bar that is there no matter what page on LinkedIn that you’re on.

From this search bar you can specify People, Updates, Jobs, Companies, Inbox, and Groups. The advanced search function only works for People and Jobs. 

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Boolean searches allow you to refine your results. On the Searching for Specific Results help page, LinkedIn lays out some of the helpful techniques.

Save & Keep Track Of Jobs You Find On LinkedIn

While you are searching for jobs, you can easily begin accumulating tabs upon tabs. How about minimizing the number of overwhelming searches and jobs and save them for later viewing instead of trying to manage them all at once? With these features you can. Whenever you hover over or click on a job you have the option to save it.

The option to save searches is also available, and not just the words in the search field, but the specifics of the search like the position, company, location, etc.

Participate In Groups Of Your Own Career Path, Interests & Skillset

Groups can be found by going to the Network tab and clicking Groups. This isn’t necessarily a direct way to finding jobs, but jobs are posted on these and it is a way to establish connections with other people that have your same interests and skills.

Find More Tips & Tricks On Free LinkedIn Job Search Webinars & Their Blog

LinkedIn is dedicated to helping you have the best professional experience possible. It’s why they have created and continue to create so many awesome and helpful tools, including free webinars. A lot of the time I’m skeptical about webinars – they ask for your money and how often do you actually get something of value that you couldn’t have found somewhere else on the Internet for free?

But here LinkedIn is offering free webinars – that is a completely different situation, plus it’s through a reliable company. So go check out all that they are offering and see which ones interest you.

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In addition to webinars, LinkedIn continues to offer more free content by publishing tips and tricks to their blog. Granted they don’t only post about job search techniques, but you can use the search box to narrow down the topic which you’re looking for.

Conclusion

These certainly aren’t the only things you can do with LinkedIn. We’ve previously written about hacks that you can use to further your career, ways to turn your LinkedIn profile into a resume as well as some little known features.

We’ve even written a whole guide on LinkedIn called Learn LinkedIn: How To Build Your Living Resume.

Now it’s your turn to discover what LinkedIn can do for you! What are your experiences with it? Have you done many of the things covered in this article? Care to share any success stories or advice with your fellow MakeUseOf readers and LinkedIn users who are on the hunt for their next big opportunity? We’d love to hear in the comments!

Image Credit: Employer. Job Search via Shutterstock

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May 01 2012

22:31

6 Best Sites To Find Summer Internships Across The World

summer internshipsWith most of the world in various states of recession, it’s no wonder many students are considering spending their summers doing internships. Internships give you an insight into the specific roles in your chosen field and could help you to decide where to specialise in the final stages of your courses. You learn a great deal about the positions available and what extra study could be beneficial to you in order to get the best jobs. It also doesn’t hurt to have an internship on the résumé either, as it shows you’re dedicated and thorough. You might even get offered a position at the company you intern with.

But aside from being useful for you educationally and professionally, internships can be a great way to meet people with similar interests. If you’re planning on doing an internship during your summer break, the idea of going somewhere new in the world might appeal too. With these points in mind, many students are considering the merits of summer internships abroad in order to combine travel with work and education.

Here’s a list of the best places online to begin your search for your summer internship.

Internships.com Summer Internships In The USA & Abroad

Internships.com has a great search for Summer internships, along with good advice on how to get your internship and how to prepare your CV. They even have a tool to help you predict which internships would be best for you to apply for.

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Internships.com also have a listing of international internship postings which could see you working for American companies in a travelling position or an international post of a global company. There are many jobs listed and there are icons next to each position so that you can quickly spot paid roles and other key deciding factors.

E4s.co.uk Summer Internships In The UK & Abroad

Employment For Students is a UK-based job search site which makes it very easy to search for summer internships both in the UK and abroad. The results for an international internship search featured many positions in London, Europe, China and India.

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GoAbroad.com Worldwide Internships

Go Abroad focuses on international jobs of all types. Their internship search will allow you to narrow down the search by a specific country or a general geographic area, as well as by occupation. So, even if all you are sure of is that you want to go “somewhere in Asia” it’s easy to find an internship that you’ll love.

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Global Experiences Internships Globally

Global Experiences has a slightly different approach to finding an internship. There are a number of popular global destinations listed to choose from, such as France, Australia, Spain, Italy, Ireland, America and England. Within each destination there are lists of available summer internships, plus information on interning in each of those countries.

Each list of jobs contains a good variety of occupations to choose from, but with a focus on fashion and marketing roles.

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Student Jobs For Internships in UK & Abroad

Student Jobs have plenty of internships listed in the UK and summer internships internationally. They have a good variety of occupations represented across plenty of cities worldwide. Examples include being a Blackberry OS developer in Germany, a spa therapist in Greece or a sports journalist in Paris.

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World Internships

World Internships seems to cover positions in great detail and there’s a good variety of internships available in many locations worldwide. For instance, there’s biological research in Australia, Environmental Studies in Ecuador and Dental work in Nepal.

More Job Seeking Articles

If you’re looking for work, also check out these articles:

Have you ever done an international internship? Where did you find yours? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!


April 28 2012

17:30

LinkedIn Rolls Out New App for the iPad [Updates]

The business networking site, LinkedIn, just released the iPad version of its mobile app, and it’s available for free download. The app is optimized for the iPad’s Retina display, and the user interface has been completely revamped.

On their company blog, LinkedIn notes that that mobile platform is the fastest growing segment of their membership base, and so they not only released the new iPad 5.0 version of their app, but also revamped their iPhone, Android, and Mobile Web products to address the needs of their users.

The LinkedIn iPad contains all the features found the web version of the site, including profile overview, updates, news, and direct mail Inbox. The mobile app also takes full advantage of the multi-touch features of the iPad, and many users will find navigating their account easier than on a computer browser.

The three main areas of the app – Updates, Profile, and Inbox – are all accessible in the user dashboard. The interface is clean, and pages open quickly.

The new app also includes a calendar feature that lets you see LinkedIn profile information for people you’re meeting with. You can do a search for other LinkedIn members, as well keep up-to-date with your groups and share content with your network.

You can access your LinkedIn profile via their new mobile iOS version of the Safari web browser. The web version mirrors the new app, even including the dashboard. Try it here: tablet.linkedin.com.

The LinkedIn app requires iOS 4.0 or later, is also compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch.

Source: Mashable


March 16 2012

21:30

Need A New Job Or Want To Volunteer? Check Out IdeaList.org!

idealist jobsFor the past few years, the United States–and the world in general–has experienced rapid fluctuations in economic stability and purchasing power. The general trend has been downward. Layoffs and firings all over the place. People unable to find work. The prevalence of terrible dead-end jobs because there exists nothing better.

And then there are those who are looking to quit. But that ain’t you!

If you happen to be looking for a new job, whether it’s because you don’t have one currently or you hate the one you have, then there are a few options: networking connections, Craigslist, Monster, as well as others. And if you’re using a job search engine, then be sure to put these job searching tips and tricks to use.

But on top of all those other options, have you considered IdeaList? Have you ever even heard of it? You should give it some consideration, and here’s why.

What is IdeaList.org?

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Way back in 1985, Ami Dar had an inkling of a great idea: a global network that would pool together the available resources in people and organizations and use those resources for the betterment of humanity. Fast forward through a lot of hard work and IdeaList is born in 1996.

Their website summarizes the vision of IdeaList in three distinct and concise points. They want to live in a world where:

  • All people can lead free and dignified lives.
  • Every person who wants to help another has the ability to do so.
  • No opportunities for action or collaboration are missed or wasted.

Too long, didn’t read? Here’s the gist of it. IdeaList is a neutral organization that aims to bring people together so that they can help build a world where everyone can live their lives in a free, dignified manner.

And let’s not forget the play on words here. IdeaList is really just idealist with a capital ‘L’–in other words, someone who is guided by ideals rather than practical considerations.

So it’s a list of ideas for an idealist’s purposes. How delightfully clever!

Finding New Jobs

Perhaps IdeaList sounds good and all, but you’re wondering how it could possibly help you find a new job. Fear not. Let me explain.

There are plenty of organizations and businesses out there that are doing good work and looking for helping hands. But they’re not just looking for free labor; they’re looking for quality help. Free is nice, but you often get what you pay for, and these people understand that.

So these organizations are looking for employees and they are willing to pay wages for the work they need. Respectable wages.

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Click on the Jobs section of the website and you’ll be presented with a big pile of job listings. Areas of focus include teaching and education, office work and administration, social services, event planning, counseling, and more.

Don’t need a full-time job? That’s fine, too. You can filter the results by the employment type (part-time, contract-basis, etc.), by the level of professionalism required (entry level, managerial, executive, etc.), by the requirements (diplomas, degrees, etc.), and by salary ranges.

Volunteers and Internships

Maybe you don’t qualify for the available jobs. Don’t give up yet! There are a few other avenues for you to explore.

While you continue looking for a job, you can build up your resume by participating in volunteer activities. You can also learn new skills by landing internships in the field you intend to pursue.

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Filter the list of volunteering opportunities by area of focus, weekly time commitment, duration of volunteering, days available, and more.

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Filter the list of internship opportunities by area of focus and whether the internship is paid or not.

Conclusion

Sure, sites like Craigslist and Monster have much more variety and quantity of postings. However, IdeaList operates on a grander scale by supporting organizations that work towards making the world a better place.

When you land a job through IdeaList, you know that your energy and effort will be going towards something bigger than yourself, reaching out and affecting those all across the world–not just filling the piggy banks of the CEOs above you.

Image Credits: Volunteer Image Via Shutterstock


March 13 2012

00:31

3 Ways Tech-Savvy People Can Earn Money While In College

best way to earn moneyIf you’re currently attending college or university, you will know that your expenses have gone up the roof. If you use some type of budget planner (I use email-based TheBirdy), you have probably been scared off by the high amount of money you’ve spent on even little things.

Do you want to try to get a grip on your expenses? Fear not. There are many ways you can quickly earn some money while balancing a student life with classes and social events. Let us present to you now a few of the best ways to earn money that can help you if you want to earn money.

Become Part Of Tech Support

Are you the kind of person whom your friends run to when they have technical questions? Do you have a fair knowledge of all things computer or web? You might be suitable to obtain a job as tech support. Your college or university most likely offers a helpdesk to assist students who are having trouble with their laptops, or students that require general technical assistance. Try looking up your college website’s job board to see if the school is hiring technical help desk staff.

Alternatively, you can walk up to the help desk and ask if there are any openings and if so, whether you can apply for a position right there on the spot. This job may require you to speak remotely to students or staff needing assistance over the phone or even chat.

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Since this job is usually given to students, they are bound to offer flexible schedules and general pay, which isn’t bad if you don’t have a busy class schedule and you do enjoy helping others with their technical problems.

Assemble Computers For Others

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If you have a knack for knowing all of the latest and coolest hardware components and can build a desktop computer, you could get a job at nearby computer repair shops. There are often places around campus that can actually fix computer issues when the university helpdesk cannot, so these are probably very near your school. Try applying at those locations if there are openings.

Duties might range from building computers to replacing cracked laptop screens. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials that show you how to do either. Here is one video from which I learned how to do the latter, which consists of removing the bezel and carefully detaching the ribbons before replacing the screen.

These duties will definitely be deeply hardware engineering-centric, as opposed to the helpdesk position where you might have to answer software-related questions or simple laptop concerns.

Make Mobile Apps

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If you consider yourself passionate about technology, you have most likely considered learning some type of programming language, whether it is a software or web development or even a scripting language. If so, you can quickly become familiar with Java/XML, C#, or Objective C to make your own Android, Windows Phone or iPhone apps, which could be games, simple utilities or larger projects. MakeUseOf has Android tutorials for beginners, including ones on how to test your apps, and even articles for creating Android and iPhone apps without coding experience. There are also plenty of very thorough YouTube tutorials on programming for Android and iOS.

Making mobile apps can take some time, especially if you want to finish a good, actually usable app, but at least you are your own boss in this one, and you can write your app in the comfort of your home. When you finish writing your app, you’ll have to submit it to the market of the mobile platform you chose, which will cost $99+, though I know for Windows Phone apps, you can waive the fee for the first year only if you can provide a student email address with your university extension (i.e. @someU.edu). After that, you can sell your app for $0.99 and advertise to your friends or on blogs. You probably won’t get rich from your first student project app, but if you gain considerable experience and insight of what apps customers might need, you could earn some money with some passion for (clean) code and time.

Do you have suggestions for how tech-savvy students can earn money while still in college? Share them in the comments section below!

A bank of call center operators Image Via Shutterstock, Build a PC Image Via Shutterstock, Touchscreen smartphone with cloud of colorful application icons isolated on white background Image Via Shutterstock, Earning Money Over The Internet Image Via Shutterstock


March 01 2012

22:30

June 24 2011

11:00

Microsoft versus Apple – A Timeline

Microsoft versus Apple – A Timeline is a post from: Advocate's Studio

Who rightfully should wear the crown of Emperor in the Tech world? It’s always fun to measure tech giants and an Apple / Microsoft duel at 50 paces is hard to resist. Check out the stock values and key events in the history of both companies with this (very) long infographic. And remember back to the good old days when the Apple I was built in a garage and Bill Gates was writing Tic Tac Toe programs in BASIC.

Hat tip to BGR.

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February 02 2011

21:13

Design Orgy Smackdown: Ikea vs. Apple

I could NOT resist an infographic comparing the lives of the brains behind two of my favorite designer / retailers. Check out the comparisons between Ikea’s Ingvar Kamprad and Apple’s Steve Jobs. It really is a fascinating read. My corporate office is 10 minutes from both an Apple Store and an Ikea store. Swedish meatballs and lingonberries for lunch! My home office is littered with Apple and Ikea spoils. I am typing this post on my Apple Macbook Pro while sitting on an Erland chair. Can you say “product placement?” Even with the subtle anti-Jobs sentiment reflected in the facts and timelines, it is till Very Cool Indeed:

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