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Career Corner: Using LinkedIn to Find Hiring Managers
LinkedIn has become one of the largest professional networks on the Internet, with more than 300 million active users worldwide. As of 2011, executives from all Fortune 500 companies were registered users.
What does this mean to you? If you’re looking to find decision makers at a particular company, chances are extremely high that you’ll find their name on LinkedIn. To do this, you have to become familiar with LinkedIn’s “Advanced” search feature.
When you’re on the Advanced People Search section, you can look up a prospect’s name by “Title”, “Company”, “School” and so on. To stick with the example in the video above, say you want to work at Microsoft. In the “Company” section type in Microsoft. If you’re looking to meet current, not former, employees of Microsoft, make sure to select “Current” from the drop-down menu.
To save time, you can actually search for more than one job title at a time. To do that, put the word or in ALL CAPS. Let me give you an example. Say I’m searching for a technical writer or a technical writing specialist. Instead of using the search feature twice I can write:
“Technical Writer” OR “Technical Writing Specialist” in the “Title:” section.
If you get too many results, try to narrow down the list by leveraging the “Keywords:” section like I used in the video example. In that case I was looking to meet engineering managers that worked at either BING or XBOX.
Reaching out to these contacts through LinkedIn can be a tricky proposition. Come check out one of ProLango’s free Career Search Excellence Seminars at City University of Seattle for a more in-depth look at how to approach this process.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Anderson is a nationally recognized speaker on career transformation and was the TV Co-Host of the weekly show “How to Get a Job in Seattle,” aired on Comcast. Paul has formally written career columns for The Seattle Times’ NWjobs, ABC’s KOMO 4 News, and CW’s The Daily Buzz. Anderson’s unique and research-based curriculum to career management has put him in demand with the army, national guard, professional associations, universities, NFL, corporations, and government agencies across the country. Paul’s empowering advice and career strategies have appeared in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Business Week, USA Today, The Seattle Times, and seen on the ABC, FOX, and NBC networks.
City University of Seattle has partnered with Paul and ProLango Consulting Inc. to offer affordable career seminars throughout 2014. Both are leaders in their industry whose focus is on preparing working adults for their next career move. For more information about ProLango and their upcoming events at CityU visit www.prolango.com.