Social media has become an influencer in job selection procedures and is used to vet people before they are selected for a role. To take control, GP locums can use LinkedIn to maximise their chance to get work. LinkedIn is a social network for professional people and businesses to connect and engage with each other. It is also used by recruiters/agencies.
What to include in your LinkedIn profile:
- Professional headshot (head and shoulders)
- Keywords included in job title to help being found on search engines
- Company website of where you work and a personal blog if you have one
- Add Twitter handle if applicable
- Claim your unique URL and add it to your CV and email signature
Additionally, you can add skills to your profile. By adding these your connections can endorse your skills.
Just like the blog on what you should include in your CV. You should include work experience, education and courses you have taken. For job roles you can ask for recommendations from co-workers and when they recommend you it will be added to your profile.
Finding people and adding connections
You can see people that have viewed your profile on the main page to the right hand side. This is advantageous if you have recently applied for work and see hiring managers have been looking at your profile.
You can search LinkedIn for other Locums or Practice Managers
The Search feature (top of the site) allows you to search LinkedIn in multiple ways. Use this search box to find people, groups, jobs, companies, and more.
You can ask someone to join your network by sending them an invitation to connect. If they accept your invitation, they become a 1st-degree connection. It is recommended that you only send invitations to people you know well. From a member’s profile, click “Add [name] to your network” on the right side of their profile. From Search results, you can click the “Add to network” link next to the person’s name.
Find and join a group
From the Interest menu at the top of your home page, select Groups. Here you can browse Featured Groups on the page, or search for a group using Search Groups on the left.
Alternatively, you can search Groups in the search box at the top of your home page and select Groups You May Like, then browse through a list of suggested groups. To join a group, click “Join Group” on the group page or the Groups You May Like tab, or respond to an invitation from a group member or manager.
Get involved in discussions that you feel impact or are relevant to you. To start a discussion in a group you belong to, click on group. Hover your cursor over “Actions” under the group name and click “Start a Discussion” from the dropdown menu. Enter a topic or question (a best practice is to keep it simple), then use the “Additional Details” section to expand on the question. Click on Share. You are automatically set to follow your Discussion and be notified of any updates.
You can also respond to and “follow” discussions started by other members. Following allows you to be notified when new comments are made in the discussion.
To follow a discussion, click on the “Follow” link displayed after clicking on the headline of any discussion topic.
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