I’ve mentioned before a couple of the resources I am making a good deal of use of in my current job search, one being networking groups and the other being LinkedIn.
My main network group is Pathfinders-RTP. We’ve got a good group here that do a lot to help and support each other and we wanted to do something for the community at large. You have probably seen a lot of offers for resume services – advice, feedback, etc – but building an online presence has always been something of a do-it-yourself exercise. So the group hit upon the idea of running a training course to build a LinkedIn profile.
We are just getting it going now – and when I say we I mean primarily the project leaders and technical people of the group. I am involved as a coach, which means I am helping out with problems on a one-to-one level. The primary focus of the training is to gather people at a place with computers and, at a basic, intermediate or advanced level, give instruction and a practical demonstration of making use of various features and aspects of LinkedIn.
The Basic training is a step-by-step guide to setting up an account, to about 80-85% complete. The Next Steps (intermediate) training begins to show you researching into people, companies, building networks, using introductions and the like. The Advanced training is much more interactive, shifting to the particular needs of the class, but will give tips and tricks to do the ‘deep-dive’ on finding out about companies and people on the site.
Details about the training and the amazing location at ECPI (a technology training center with good sized classrooms filled with computers) can be found at the Pathfinders web site. Our initial test run will be this Friday June 12th, with classes at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. The plan is to have a larger event at the same location two weeks later.