Sometimes a situation occurs in our life when it becomes necessary to make an important decision about searching for a new career or area of work, changing a type of our activity. A lot of people do this at some point. So, let’s find out what is the best way to use Linkedin powerful tools for careers switching. Many professional career coaches, certificated specialists make the articles, videos, webinars for LinkedIn on this very subject. One thing I want you to understand, if you are going to use LinkedIn to change careers, it is just like driving a car on a super-fast highway, you’re going down a lane. You’re going really fast and then, all of a sudden you want to switch lanes. You don’t just swerve into the other lane, because that is catastrophe. What do you do in that case? You put on a blinker, you signal.
you decide that you want to make a career change, you also need to signal. Otherwise
they’re not going to know, that you want to make that change nor that you’re
qualified to make that change.
like these happen all the time. People say “I want to completely change
career, but their whole LinkedIn profile reflects what? The previous career.
Well if recruiters find you, they’re not gonna hire you, because you don’t have
the skill sets they need. They’re given a list of skills that you need to meet and
they’re not seeing that. So you’re gonna have to signal. And how do you signal
when you’re changing careers? Will that be through networking?
The Biggest Common Mistake
People Make On LinkedIn Trying To change Careers
Today we’re talking with Karen Hampton, one of the most qualified professional linkedin profile writers and career coaches on LPWS. She offers the best possible solution and willingly shares with us her experience.
solution is to leverage LinkedIn by creating a group of bucket list companies.
Companies that hire for the skill set or the job or the career that you now
want to get into. Now you need to connect using customized connection requests
with people who work there. And then you need to set up informational
interviews, conversations with people there to talk about what it takes to earn
a position there and find out, if anybody’s ever switched careers before there
and how they switch careers. And maybe even how somebody like you with your
current skill sets could work there leveraging those skill sets as a way to get
into the company and navigate into a new career path.
people who all the time say “I’ve decided to make a career change. So I
applied to a hundred job and the career I want to be in. I know I’m perfectly
qualified, but no one’s contacting me”. That’s right, because perceptually
in your brand you didn’t signal. There’s nothing there telling you’re
qualified. I don’t see any certifications, I don’t see any volunteering, I don’t
see any work history. Nothing, so I’m not gonna contact you.
I use LinkedIn as a tool to get into those groups, follow the groups, attend
things, network, connect, conversations, now I’m going to insert myself with
those individuals, who can refer me in. And we know that 80 percent of all jobs
are gotten via referral. So that is the best way to use LinkedIn to change