Social media may be old hat to some job hunters, but others could still use a shove. A new rule of job searching is that if you’re looking, you should be on LinkedIn.com.
“I’m on LinkedIn every day, and I tell my students to get on it,” says Shelley Wales, a career adviser in Kansas City. “Recruiters use it to find candidates.”
For free, you can:
Create your own profile;
List your work history;
Get people to recommend you online;
Tell what kind of job you’re looking for;
Search for people who are connected to people who might help you.
By building your own connections on LinkedIn you can “find people in a company you’re targeting and maybe even get the names of the human resource people or interviewer,” Wales said.