If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, LinkedIn can be a great resource. It’s filled with people who are searching for someone, maybe even you, to fill an open job. The question is, how do you reach out to them in a way that makes sense?
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According to an article on Small Business Trends, you don’t want to alienate a potential employer before you even have a chance to talk to them about why you’d be a good fit for a job at that company. Instead, offer the opportunity the build a relationship, do your research, and be specific about why you’re contacting that person or company.
Get to Know Them/The Company
Don’t make the mistake of idly grazing through the job opportunities and applying to everything that catches your eye. Take the time to really research the companies and make sure you’re a good fit for what a particular company has available.
Take Your Time
Don’t try to connect before you’re ready. Make sure your profile is up-to-date and looks great. Maybe have a friend or colleague look it over for you. And then take things a step at a time. Don’t ask for a job with your initial contact. Instead, tell them what you love about their company and work up to it. LinkedIn Groups are a great place to find people who work at companies or in fields you aspire to. Start a dialogue with them there and let things evolve naturally.
Be Specific and Know What You’re Offering
Once you know exactly who they’re looking for, make sure to play those qualities up when you broach the subject of their job opening. Let them know that *you* know exactly who they need and why you’re the best person for the job. If you can’t explain who you are or what you’re best at, there’s no way for them to really appreciate you for your talents. Make sure you’re playing up your strengths and coming across confident. If you aren’t a perfect fit for the job, say so and then explain all the ways you do fit.
Don’t Be a Repeat Offender
You won’t hear back from everyone you try to contact. Most hiring managers are busy and if they don’t see what they need in your profile, they might not take the time to contact you and let you know. It’s generally OK to ping them one more time after about a week to ask if they got your inquiry, but more than that isn’t appropriate. Move on to the next thing.
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