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New Post 9/24/2012 1:51 PM
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Importance of LinkedIn 
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Hello Members,

I have been a self employed IT Consultant for the past 4 years.  I performed the duties of a Developer, BA and PM and had one part-time employee and one sub-contractor.

I now want to close up shop and become a BA/PM.

My question is how much effort should I give to my LinkedIn Profile.  I have it set up but it's minimal.  My friend suggested it's very important but I wanted your opinions before I devote 2 hours to it.

Any other tips that will help me transition and help land me a contract / position is appreciated.

Thanks

 

 
New Post 9/24/2012 2:28 PM
User is offline Chris Adams
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Re: Importance of LinkedIn 

 I have found LinkedIn to be critical, especially for consultants.  You don't necessarily have to have the profile filled out in great detail, but the high level summary and jobs should be in there. 

What's most important is linking to all of those people that you have worked with in the past and filling out the skills section, since this is used when companies search for candidates.  I'm vcontacted directly for positions regularly via LinkedIn.


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New Post 9/25/2012 7:44 AM
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Re: Importance of LinkedIn 

Thank you very much Adam for your response.

 

1)  Why is it important to link to all the people I have worked with in the past?  Is that because my connections are representative of the type of individual I am?

2) I am new to this forum.  Is it posible to get email notifications when someone responds to my post?  I could not find this feature in the profile section.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 
New Post 9/26/2012 2:28 PM
User is offline Chris Adams
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Re: Importance of LinkedIn 

Over the years you may forget some of those great people that you've worked with at so many positions.  Some of them are uniquely positioned to give referrals based on their previous work relationship with you.  Also, they may have moved on themselves and have an inside connection within a company where you are seeking work.  You never know.  It's just good to maintain that network of professional and follow where everybody is going, what they are doing, and the experience they are accumulating.

Regarding your second questions...I'm not sure. I'll have to check.


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