In case you don't know what LinkedIn is, it is the specialized Facebook for the business community. Just as you spend time on Facebook hunting old college mates and future friends, business-minded folks too spend time on LinkedIn hunting old colleagues and future jobs.
So, how did I get a job via LinkedIn within just one month of leaving my former job? And also got a part-time job within another month of landing a full-time job?
Just read on...
As soon as I got the bitter news that Nokia Siemens Networks would retain not me and my other colleagues beyond the end of our initial 6 months contract, I asked my old colleagues and bosses to make LinkedIn recommendations for me. I burrowed into the groups and job section of LinkedIn and I sent my CV to people who work where I would like to work and also people who were recruiting for other companies.
Within a month, I had sent out close to 100 copies of my CV (not to LinkedIn guys alone) and at the start of October I got a call. Yeah, a call from a recruitment consultant whom I sent my CV after seeing her call for applications on Lagos Business Club on LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a particular job role for Comviva Technologies. I said yes, and went through a series of phone interviews for the next two weeks. And as you can figure out now, I got the job. Though, I got some other great feedback from my LinkedIn probe, but this was the one that got me a job near instantly.
I have since resumed at my new job since October, and just yesterday I got an offer of a work from home part-time job via LinkedIn too. One of my LinkedIn connections seem impressed with my profile and offered me a supervisory role in an online startup he's been working on.
And to cap it all, I have been getting special invites to events via LinkedIn.
And for the records, it's barely two years after my graduation and I am now on my fourth job.