Last week, Terri Bishop passed along a tip from Hire Austin about how to attach your resume to your LinkedIn profile, and the week before a tip about making sure your LinkedIn contact settings are correct. (Thanks Terri!)
Here’s another LinkedIn tip for you.
UPDATE: LinkedIn has discontinued support for LinkedIn Events. However, It is STILL a good idea to post your upcoming activities to your LinkedIn status updates, to give potential employers an idea about what professional activities you are involved in!
LinkedIn has events listings. If you are attending conferences, events, seminars, SIGs, user groups, networking events, anything and everything that is an organized event relating to your career, let your network (and the recruiters who are surfing your LinkedIn profile) know what you are doing by registering for events (or even posting them) on LinkedIn.
Go to the Events page, and find the events you are attending. If you find it, click “Attending” and (once you have fixed a few settings), your events will show up on your LinkedIn profile.
If the event isn’t there, you can create a listing for the event by clicking “Add An Event” and supplying the relevant details, even if you aren’t the organizer. I recommend using the “Add More Details” link on the Add An Event form, as that allows you to add a detailed description of the event. If a recruiter was looking at your profile, what would you want them to know about the event, the things you will be doing and learning that make you a better candidate?
Be sure to click that you are attending the event, and what your role is (attendee, presenter, organizer, etc).
Once you have everything you are attending or want to attend on your list, its time to make sure the recruiters can see them. Click on “Account & Settings”, and go to “Authorized Applications”. You should see “Events by LinkedIn” on the list (along with Box.Net files, if you’ve followed the instructions to add your Word resume onto your LinkedIn profile). Click “Events”; then, on the right side of the page, make sure the “Display on my profile” checkbox is checked. Click “Update Settings” and you’ll see your events on your profile page.
Then be sure to regularly check the LinkedIn Events page for events you are attending or might want to attend, and keep your schedule up to date.
If you run into problems, the “Help” link in the upper right of the page is your friend (it was how I figured all of this out). If that fails you, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Jim Adcock is Vice President of Launch Pad Job Club, an organization in Austin, Texas, whose mission is help people who have lost their jobs to get the skills they need to land their next job, and to help them cope with the interim between jobs. Check out other career-related entries.