Even if you like the job you have now, get to know LinkedIn for the job searching tool it can be. You never know when it’s going to come in handy. There are a variety of ways you can use LinkedIn to find your next job. Obviously, check your contacts for jobs, but be sure to use all the tools that LinkedIn has to offer. That means fill out your profile completely, making sure to use all the right keywords and phrases, as frequently as you can. For instance, if you’re going for a web designer position, then stock that profile full of “web” and “designer” and all other words employers looking for when they’re looking for a web designer.
Use the “Answers” section to build your credibility in your field as well as your visibility. The bigger “footprint” your profile leaves, the more noticeable you will be to employers.
Speaking of employers, keep checking the “Updates” section too, better yet have it automatically forwarded to you. If someone you know gets promoted, don’t be afraid to ask them about their old job! Chances are you may be the right candidate.
When it comes to the photo, be professional! Suit and tie or business casual, if appropriate. Don’t do the “me at the BBQ” or “mugshot” picture. Consider getting it professionally done.