STOP…. It’s not working for you!

A little bit of power is dangerous.

A saying I have used throughout my career and now I believe this applies to LinkedIn.

Without generalising too much… so many people are doing LinkedIn wrong!

As I sit here reading an article regarding an industry achievement, shared by a recruiter – Chevron’s Barrow Island LNG Plant starting up – I am AMAZED at the amount of people commenting with “I’m Interested

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IN WHAT???

This recruiter is sharing a milestone about this project and there is NO JOB – a LinkedIn user that is too lazy to go to the company website or contact that recruiter regarding work opportunities isn’t helping him/herself.

Having a quick review of these people, most are experienced in the construction/commissioning phase.. so are trying to jump on the boat too late.

Do you think someone is going to check out your profile in more than 100 comments for a job that doesn’t exist?

LinkedIn is a powerful tool if used correctly.

So take the time to learn a bit about how to use it the RIGHT way. There are plenty of articles and books to show you how to use this platform effectively – like Jane Anderson & Kylie Chown’s Connect, Jay Conrad Levinson & David Perry’s Guerrilla Warfare for Job Hunters to name  a few. Also Joshua Waldman has a great tool to see how your LinkedIn profile stacks up…

To be more effective in the LinkedIn job search arena you have to network…

  • Use these industry articles as a stepping stone to finding out more about the recruiter or companies involved.
  • Actually comment with real input or appreciation of the topic, sharing your knowledge or highlights about being involved.
  • Find someone who is working in your perfect role or at the company and reach out to them to find out more about how they got there.
  • If there is an advertised position, make it personal by going through the correct channels or reaching out directly to the company’s HR/Recruiter.
  • Make sure you are qualified for the role instead of making a blanketed approach or suggest someone perfect for the role from your contacts.
  • Help others help you!

At the end of the day, you wouldn’t reach out to someone you don’t know in the street and say “I’m interested?”

So, don’t do it on LinkedIn.

It is tough out there at the moment, especially in the resource industry. It may help to reach out to past colleagues and/or find people who are where you want to be, share advice and articles, and just don’t by annoying.

Has anyone ever got a job out of noting “I’m Interested” in an article?