Five Reasons You Need to Be on LinkedIn Even When You Have a Job

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When a company hires a contract recruiter to fill a job requisition, that company isn’t looking for someone unemployed. They wouldn’t need to hire a contract recruiter for that. There are enough unemployed people to fill every single job vacancy in the country. What the organization needs is someone who is not actively looking, called a passive candidate.

In other words, the recruiter is paid to steal and pillage from competitive companies, convince the happily employed person that the grass is greener and get a huge commission from the new hire. Companies who use these types of recruiters are willing to pay you more than what you are making now in order to snatch you away from your cushy job. If you aren’t on LinkedIn, you are reducing your chances of being discovered and having the opportunity to make more money.

A question Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, frequently gets when training job seekers on using social media is “Won’t my boss think I’m looking for another job if I’m using LinkedIn?”

With over 180 million LinkedIn users in the world, he honestly doesn’t think that even half of them are actively seeking work. More than likely, they are happily employed and happily networking. It is a mistake to think of LinkedIn as a giant job board and your profile as just another resume. The power of any social networking tool is in the actual networking.

So if you are currently employed and not taking your LinkedIn use seriously, you’re making a grave error. Here are five reasons Waldman, writing for the TheLadders, has identified for why you need to be on LinkedIn.

 

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