Here are 10 ways for career changers to leverage LinkedIn® in the job search:
1. Include Target Keywords
Just because you don’t have the industry experience yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have the right profile or transferrable skills. If you’re ever going to be found or considered for your next move you’ll have to brand appropriately which means including the best target keywords in your profile. The Summary section is a great place to subtly slip in keywords that will help you be found by those searching people in your target industry. Add a paragraph of career interests that is keyword rich by simply writing: “Career Interests: Keyword 1, keyword 2, keyword phrase, keyword 3,” etc. Ultimately, you want to start molding yourself into your new target-self whether this means adapting your profile story to communicate a new you or gradually weaving in target industry lingo.
2. Volunteer in Target Industry and Add as Recent Experience
Your recent experience is of paramount importance because the reader or hiring manager wants to feel you are up on current trends and practices. If your current job is non-industry