Getting made redundant or being put on furlough can really knock your confidence.
You don’t feel wanted or valued.
I get that.
That’s exactly how I felt 11 years ago when I got made redundant.
I felt hurt, upset, worthless and angry.
I lost my confidence.
I lost my clarity.
I lost my direction.
Without work and my job title, I felt rudderless. Drifting. It took me a while to get over it.
And I was SO grateful then for LinkedIn.
I’d always been meticulous at nurturing my network, being active on LinkedIn, sharing content, asking for recommendations …
That made a HUGE difference, THE difference in fact, when it came to getting another job. Especially in 2009 when so many good technologists were out of work.
But if you’re not that active on LinkedIn, and you’ve not had to job hunt for a while, getting started can feel daunting.
You don’t want to bother people. You don’t want them to think you’re trying to ‘use’ them.
You don’t want to come across as desperate or needy.
Five simple things to help you get a new job on LinkedIn
Let me share five simple things that are essential to get right on your LinkedIn profile to help you get a new job:
- Get clear on what keywords you need to use and sprinkle those throughout your summary.
- Make sure your headline says who you, what you do and how you get results.
- Ask for recommendations from people you’ve worked with in the recent past.
- Show up more consistently by posting content, writing comments and sharing articles.
- Big up your experience and skills in your summary. Nobody else is going to do that for you.
There’s a lot more you can do of course but the list above covers the five things I always check when I’m reviewing a client’s LinkedIn profile i.e. keywords, headline, summary, recommendations and how you show up on LinkedIn.
And if you’re not sure how to get started or you don’t know how to figure out your keywords (or you need gentle encouragement to start bigging yourself up), it’s your lucky day.
I know there are so many women who are facing redundancy, sitting on furlough not knowing whether there’ll be a job to go back to, or they’re starting to realise that their employer is not what they thought and they’re actively job hunting.
That is why I’m creating a brand new free 5 Day Sprint to Get You Job Search Ready on LinkedIn.
I’ll be taking you through step by step how to identify your keywords, what to put in your headline, how to ask for recommendations with confidence and how to show up more consistently, so that you can find a new job on LinkedIn