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LinkedIn for Job Seekers?

Just to mix things up this week I have decided to make a quick video on LinkedIn for job seekers.

LinkedIn is without doubt a very valuable tool.  In the US over 80% of employers are now using LinkedIn as part of their recruitment process. In Ireland LinkedIn has really taken off in the past 12 months. There are over 8,000 new members in Ireland monthly.

My Tips for job seekers using LinkedIn include:

  • Add a quality photo
  • Add your contact details – make it as easy as possible for employers to contact you.
  • Make sure your profile is 100% complete.
  • Add your work history and your qualifications– LinkedIn in many ways is like having your CV online.
  • Update your status regularly. Remind your contacts that you are there and tell them what you are looking for.
  • Write a brief summary highlight your unique selling points, your achievements and your business goals.
  • Join Groups – Search and join groups relevant to your industry. Also look at career guidance and job seeking groups.
  • Ask and answer questions. The more active you are the more you will get noticed.
  • As LinkedIn is global there is a super opportunity to communicate with experts worldwide.
  • Build up your network – Invite ex colleagues, school and college contacts, old business contacts and even friends and family to connect on LinkedIn.
  • See what networking events are on in your local area.
  • Try to meet a contact in person weekly.
  • Keep adding to LinkedIn even after you find a job. It is an invaluable “Talent Bank” of contacts.

Good Luck and let me know how you get on using LinkedIn.

Please leave a comment and share your LinkedIn tips with us.

Greg is a Social Media trainer and workshop facilitator with the Digital Marketing Institute. He has also delivered lectures and short courses for leading organisations including SureSkills, and The Michael Smurfit Business School. Greg also works with the Ahain Group as a Social Business Consultant. He believes that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy and make sure that everything you do is measureable. Specialities include: Social Media Training | Personal Branding |Social Business Consultancy | Social Strategy Workshops | Interview Techniques | Psychometric Profiling | LinkedIn Training | Facebook Training | Twitter Training | Blogging | Online Video and You Tube Training | Emerging Social Media (Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+ etc.) More information at: and

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  • Hi Greg, Great post & I love the video. “Try to meet a contact in person weekly” That single piece of advice will go a long long way if you are job seeking or otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Niall. Regarding meeting a contact weekly, I am off to fulfill that task shortly. It does not matter whether you are job seeker or not many of these tips are still very relevant for a LinkedIn novice. I am amazed at how many of my contacts do not have a photo on their profile for example.

    Have a great weekend.


  • Anonymous

    Great stuff Greg. LinkedIn has come a long way, hasn’t it. Can I add one point to include:
    “Express your passion with conviction and heart.”
    God awful video, by the way….in my humble opinion. Was it made for LinkedIn Mumbai or something?


  • Anonymous


    Thanks for your comments. LinkedIn is starting to explode in Ireland and seems to be adding new features and functions regularly and with your comments of adding passion , conviction and heart it is a super tool for us all.

    PS. RE: Video-.I know I am no Stephen Spielberg, but I do my best. I am following up on your Mumbai tip though and hope to make a Bollywood later in the year.

    Have a lovely weekend.


  • Anonymous

    Don’t get me wrong. I think it has huge potential! Just add the romance element and some dancing with occasional lip-sync to a song, and you’ve got a sure-fire hit there!



  • Anonymous

    LOL. Thanks Lewis,

    I now have passion with conviction and heart to succeed.

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  • @04506e7b75e92d0cd51f3aa114e647ae:disqus @828482dfa045227e1a61ad34b8070ed3:disqus Hi Roisin, we have added “and men” in that sentece. This escaped the usual screening we make to posts nbefore they go live.

  • Hi Niall, I “like” the Facebook Page of http://gilchristandco.comu00a0u00a0too 🙂 I’ve been delighted to work with some accountancy practices who seek to add value to their clients and become more relevant & approachable. Thereu2019s a great accountant out there for everyone! ~ Helen

  • Great post Helen. People tend to associate accountants with bad news and hard work so we are avoided like a plague until absolutely needed. Sometimes by then we can only give bad news and need the client to do more work to get the info needed. Although if clients only communicated more through the year and spread the work throughout the year it wouldn’t be such a chore for them plus the accountant can be more proactive for their business rather than reactive and just picking up the pieces. If us accountants could be handled properly and not put off until last minute then clients would get far more benefit from us. Rant over 🙂

  • Precisely! Thanks Sian

  • Paddy Walsh

    Hi Helen, very good blog and very true. I had a client once who likened the “annual visit” to going to his dentist. It took a little explaining that he should clean his teeth and his accountant was more than a tax consultant.

  • The dentist, yes that about sums up the feeling of many! I think that when an accountant is aware of that feeling and can improve the relationship, with “a little explaining”, as you have done, that the problem just goes away. It’s a communication problem for many. Well done Paddy!

  • Gianni Ponzi

    It would be interesting to see HOW accounts are kept by business and it this is part of the “tailbacks” issue you outlined above.nnA poll on who uses actual accounting software vs the “receipts in a shoebox” model would be interesting.nnIt might even suggest one avenue accountants and business could focus on e.g better training, easier software etc

  • It would be interesting to see HOW accounts are kept by business and is nthis part of the “tailbacks” issue you outlined above.nnA poll on who uses actual accounting software vs the “receipts in a shoebox” model would be interesting.nnIt might even suggest one avenue accountants and business could focus on e.g better training, easier software etcu00a0

  • We are on our third accountant in 9 years, mind you, the first one didn’t last long as he was ‘inherited’.u00a0 I’ve recently changed to one who vows to help her clients understand their accounts. It’s early days but I’m not sure that it is going to happen. I’m also conscious that I am very much a less than ideal client in that I leave getting stuff to them to the last minute sometimes too although I do put everything on an excel spreadsheet that they provided me with.nu00a0

  • I am happy to report that Accountants nowadays are far nicer that 20 years ago. With the onset of Social Networking, it means they can really communicate with their clients and potential clients.nnMy biggest regret was not putting my accounts online, as potentially anyone could then work on my book keeping, providing me with greater choices. I agree that you have to be able to communicate well with your chosen accountant, and they should be proactive about future savings, rather than being happy to recreate the past, as you say.nnA good effort from both sides should improve the relationship, like any relationship 🙂

  • Info

    I wouldn’t agree entirely Helen. I provided my accountant with everything in the April, he still filed my accounts late and I incurred the fee. Obviously I wasn’t too happy and surprised in his professionalisum he didn’t offer to pay considering it was his mistake. Personally I don’t see why Accountants leave it to the last minute.

  • It can be hard to find the right professional…u00a0Next month’s article gives some tips on keeping in control of paperwork, so maybe that will help a little. Fingers x that your new accountant works out for you Lorna.

  • nnI’m delighted to hear that your experience of accountantsnis, in general, good. This month’s “Accountancy Ireland” has annarticle entitled “The Emotionally Intelligent Accountant” (!) andnit’s a sign that the profession is now recognising that accountants need tondevelop skills other than finance to properly service the needs of theirnclients.nnnIn relation to putting your accounts online, itu2019s neverntoo late! You should discuss moving package with your accountant firstu00a0though.nIdeally, you should set up reports and analyses in such a way that itu2019snmeaningful information for you and in a format thatu2019s usable for preparing the final accountsnas well. I always discuss client needs, logistics (how the business operates onna daily basis), and personal preferences with a client before setting up annaccounting system. Then itu2019s u201ctheiru201d system, they understand it and it doesnwhat they want, in addition to churning out VAT returns and producingninformation for accountants and auditors. u00a0nnnThanks Elaine & good luck with your accountant :)nnn

  • nnIu2019m sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. If younbrought in everything in April, it would seem that there should have been timento finalise your affairs. nnnNot all accountants are the same. There are good and badnaccountants in the same way as there are good and bad plumbers. I havenencountered a few accountants, (and other professionals), where the quality ofnwork and client service was poor. I wrote a post about it last year, u201cHiring anProfessional: 10 Tips for Spotting a Professional Turkeyu201d. for the comment, a valid point. ~ Helennnn

  • Great advice! Finding a great accountant is as essential as starting a business itself. The accountant is crucial since they keep tabs on all financial assets of the company. Whether using simple column pads or sophisticated accounting software, the skill of the accountant is measured in the smallest of details. n

  • any good accountancy service of small businesses will also have a full understanding of how their accounting requirements may change and develop as the business grows. Financial management can be a key to whether a small and growing business succeeds or fails, whether it is able to cope and manage any expansions.

  • Yes I agree that LinkedIn is important for all job searchers. Many job searchers out there are turning to the internet to search for hidden jobs available and I think this is one of the best ways to do so.

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