LinkedIn Messaging Tips for Job Hunting and Networking | JobSearchTV.com


Follow Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/NoBSCoachingAdvice

There have been a few updates to LinkedIn’s messaging function on both mobile and desktop they make a much more useful tool for you as a job hunter and in your networking.

Read Full Transcript

LinkedIn has really updated its messaging service. Whereas it used to be this clumsy, awful system, it's much more effective now. They've added some features recently, I just want to bring to your attention, because I think they'll make it a lot easier for you when you're networking and also your job search, in general.

So, the first thing I want to point out is, if you're meeting with someone, and you want to meet at a particular location, there's now a feature in the mobile app so that, while you're on the go, and you want to send a message to someone about where to meet you, or where you where they want them to meet you, the mobile app, if you click in the messaging function for the LinkedIn app and look at the bottom currently (I say currently because this could change at some point in the future(, you'll see a little pin icon. Click on that, it'll first immediately identify where you are.

But let's assume that they're not meeting you at your office. They're meeting you at a restaurant, they're meeting you in a hotel . . . wherever it is, you can now enter the location in the search field above and it will send that location to someone so they know where to meet you. Very, very sweet.

You can send attachments from the mobile app. That can be a PDF, a .Doc, a PowerPoint, any other file. Then, from there, use the body of the messaging app for the cover letter. You know, you can use voice messaging, which I really like. So when I'm responding to people, sometimes, if it's a customized message I need to send to someone. I don't like doing all the keying; I'd rather just speak into my phone and a send the message that way.

You can drag and drop attachments now from the desktop so that, in this way, again, you're not doing a lot of different steps.

This one was very handy to me on my birthday--Smart replies. The messags on the go. This is clearly on the desktop. It is now on the mobile, as well. Smart Reply options offer choices of responses to messages that you receive.

So, for example, on my birthday, I got hundreds of birthday wishes from people I didn't want to be rude and ignore them. But, if I had to manually type, or even use a text expander, it still takes a few seconds. Better to just click on something that auto responds for you and allows you to respond in a courteous way.

Lastly, for the sake of fun communications, GIFs and emojis are available now. Use them. They're fun. It allows you to communicate in a way that calls attention to you in a fun way, you become a human being. So, lots of different emoticons and emojis, lots of different gifts are available through the app.

It's just a nice way to communicate.

Transcribed by https://otter.ai

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com or BingeNetworks.tv for FireTV, AppleTV, Roku and 90 other devices

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

JobSearchTV.com
JobSearchTV.com

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

About the author

Leave a Comment, Thought, Opinion. Speak like you're speaking with someone you love.