I Bet Nobody Ever Shared This

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I Bet Nobody Ever Shared ThisAs promised, over the next few days, I'm going to share some of the most powerful methods I know for leveraging your LinkedIn profile and network to attract more job opportunities and land interviews.

Today, we'll start with one I bet nobody ever told you about before.

It's about reviews.

In case you're not too familiar with LinkedIn, a "review" is when someone you know -- like a former co-worker, boss, or client -- writes a testimonial about you, which you can display on your profile so that other people can see it.

And when I say "other people", we're really talking about recruiters, HR reps (when they're screening applicants), or hiring managers.

So this tip is about reviews.

But NOT *getting* reviews.

It's actually about *giving* them to other people.

Now, how can giving reviews to other people help you land job interviews?

Simple.

When recruiters or hiring managers are trawling through LinkedIn looking for stellar professionals to snap up, one of the first places they'll check when they land on someone's profile is their reviews.

And do you know what else they'll do?

They'll often right click the name of the person who gave the review and open their tab in another window. Why? Because they might also be a good hire!

So the rationale behind the strategy I'm about to share is simple:

The more people you review (in earnest), the recruiters, HR reps, and hiring managers you'll attract to your profile.

And the more of them you attract to your profile, the greater the chances you'll come back from lunch one day to find that someone wants to invite you to interview for their or their client's firm.

With that in mind, here's my suggestion:

For the next week -- at least -- write a review for one person each day.

It could be a colleague.

It could be a co-worker.

It could be a client.

It could be someone you know who works for a supplier.

It could even be a superior.

All you need to do is think of one thing -- just one thing -- you admire about them, and write it out as a short review. You don't have to write an essay.

By the way, there's two things I need to warn you about this:

Thing #1:

Expect to receive some positive reviews back.

This isn't the aim, of course, but it's a welcome side effect.

Thing #2:

I STRONGLY recommend you brush up your LinkedIn profile before you start writing reviews for others. Why? Because attracting recruiters, HR reps, and hiring managers to your profile is one thing. Impressing them is another.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.