Begin making connections. LinkedIn, similar to other social networking sites, allows you to import your contacts from various sources. But before immediately importing all of your contacts, consider with whom you want to be professionally connected. You do want to build your network, but you don’t necessarily have to be connected with everyone you’ve ever known.
Beyond your own contacts, you’ll want to begin expanding your network. At this point, you will have already identified your industry or field. Use LinkedIn’s “people search” to begin identifying professionals with whom you would like to be connected. Join groups in your field. Also, consider joining the Lawrence University LinkedIn group.
There is a lot of hype about using social networking tools, such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, as part of your job search. But once you’ve set up an account, it’s not always clear how the site can assist you in improving your job search. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting brief tips for how job seekers, in particular Lawrence University students and recent graduates, can begin to harness the power of LinkedIn to enhance their job search.