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Curriculum LinkedIn

Settembre 2013
Cerchi lavoro? Come prima cosa, impara a scrivere un curriculum, dopodiché mettilo su LinkedIn, il social network per i contatti professionali. Ricorda che LinkedIn ha le sue regole, anche diverse dal vecchio cv cartaceo. Noi vi segnaliamo alcuni trucchi per un curriculum efficace!

di George H. Limongi

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Finding a job is becoming more and more difficult. We need to make sure we have the necessary qualifications, skills and attitude to find one in this competitive world. How do you apply for jobs? Are you looking in the right places? Are you sure you are using all the tools that are available to you?

OUR ADVICE

Looking for a job has certainly changed in the past few years. Most companies around the world advertise vacant positions online both on their own websites and on more general ones. The best way to start your online job-seeking experience successfully is LinkedIn, a social networking website designed for people in professional occupations. LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003. It is based in Mountain View, California, but it has opened offices in Omaha, Chicago, New York, London and Dublin.  
LinkedIn has more than 225 million users all over the world but, most importantly, there are companies and people working in Human Resources Departments among these users. If you are really looking for a chance to create, build up or improve your professional network, LinkedIn is what you need. Its membership grows by approximately two new members every second and the site is available in many different languages.  


HOW TO USE LINKEDIN

It is easy to open an account or “sign up”: you just need your name, last name, email address and a password. Ideally, you should use a professional but personal email address such as: name.lastname@provider.com. Avoid using informal email addresses with funny nicknames.

MISTAKES

You also have to remember that LinkedIn is a social network, but is not like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: there is a big difference between professional and personal networking. There are mistakes that can really damage your career.

USE THE RIGHT PICTURE  

Your picture has to be professional and recent. In countries like the United States, for example, a picture of a person with a wide smile would be appreciated, but a more discreet smile might have a better impact in Italy. Not using a picture is a terrible mistake for two main reasons: your profile will have very few visitors, or people may think you have something to hide. Never use family pictures. Babies and pets don’t look professional. Post them on Facebook!

HAVE AN INTERESTING UPDATED STATUS

Write things which are related to your field, interesting articles you have read or written, books you like and so on. Do not tell people that you have a headache or what you ate for lunch.

CHOOSE CONTACTS CAREFULLY 

If you are interested in a person and want them in your network, never use the standard connection request. Write a personal request! On LinkedIn it is not important how many contacts you have but how good these contacts are. You should have people who you may want to work with in the future or people who can be useful. Do not accept requests from people you don’t think are professional enough. Selectivity is really important.

NO NEED TO SUMMARIZE

Social networks require short sentences, but on LinkedIn you can go in detail! Mention all the important jobs you have had, including volunteering experiences. On LinkedIn you can also say what you normally omit on your paper resumé. Maybe a summer job teaching children can be an interesting characteristic for a new job in a Human Resources Department.

SOCIALIZE

Join any group you find interesting and participate. You may meet the manager of a pharmaceutical company, for example, who is looking for a person with your profile in a group which discusses art.

BE HONEST

It is better to have a very good description of your real life than make up a second, fake one.

ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations are one of the most powerful tools on LinkedIn. Don’t ask for a generic recommendation. Write a draft of what you want your friend, ex boss or colleague to say about you and tell them the job you hope to get. It is not cheating! You will just make their work easier.

Good Luck!


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