Let Jobs Find You With LinkedIn – Part 2

Having trouble finding a job in Information Technology or Cybersecurity?  You may be doing it wrong.  Once you have a fully developed LinkedIn profile, jobs should be finding you.

On Monday we kicked off part 1 of our two part series on how to get LinkedIn to find jobs you will love.  Lets look at the remaining sections.

Licenses and Certifications – If you earn a professional certification, this is where you record those achievements.  Many cybersecurity job requisitions have CISSP certification or Security+ as a requirement.  Including it on LinkedIn means you are more likely to pop to the top when a hiring manager or recruiter is looking for talent.

Volunteer Experience – Some companies are involved in their communities, and like to hire people who know how to give back.  If you are a Scout leader, or soccer coach, or teach English as a Second Language as a volunteer, put it here.

Skills and Endorsements – This section is devoted to recording the comments of other people who have endorsed you, offered a testimonial, or acknowledged your skills.  The way this works, you have to ask people you know to offer your an endorsement.  The easiest way to get one, is to give one to them first.

Recommendations – Recommendations work the same way, you offer your recommendation, and good manners will cause them to reply.  It is perfectly OK, and a good idea, to write the recommendation you want for them. Not literally, but include enough detail that the process is easy for them.  “Remember the time I did a significant task for your company, would you might talking about that.”  Cut and paste is OK.

Accomplishments – If you look at the section above, you get the drift.  If you are active in a professional association, speak another language, or received an award, list them here.

Interests – This is a compilation of the LinkedIn groups that I have joined.  After you finish your profile, I recommend wandering over to the My Network tab and join a few groups.  I have joined several, and I am active in a few of them.

We finally come to the end of our LinkedIn tutorial.  I strongly urge you to make LinkedIn an important part of your online life.  It will pay big dividends with a little investment on your part.

Good luck with your career.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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