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The Bare Essentials of LinkedIn-Style Networking

What good is having a beautiful and complete LinkedIn profile if no one gets to see it? Without an extensive network, your LinkedIn profile is just another online résumé. If you only obsess about your profile and don’t bother to build a strong, targeted network, then you will face these issues:

  • If you’re looking to break into a new industry or specialty field, your current network may be very strong in the industry you’re coming from but not so useful for the industry or new field you’re trying to get into.

  • Your network may be so small that finding and connecting with important people is difficult.

Nowadays, with nearly every single talent-sourcing professional running LinkedIn searches, it’s more important than ever to have a large and high-quality network. The larger your network, the more chances your profile will pop up in search results pages.

The more recruiters you have in your network, the more chances you’ll have of getting discovered. Even if you don’t like to connect with people you don’t know or haven’t met, consider doing what ever it takes to get as many recruiters in your network as possible.

Just go to an Advanced People search using the keyword Recruiter and add as many as you can. Typically, recruiters want to connect with as many candidates as possible.

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