Now that finding employment opportunities through the classified ads in the printed newspaper is just about unheard of, new ways of job hunting have taken over. Regardless of your feelings about them, if you are seeking employment - freelance, contract or permanent - you need a basic knowledge of the methods available, in order to compete in the new world of job searching.

LinkedIn appeared several years ago as the professional connection tool of choice for many people. A large amount of individuals jumped on board to sign up for an account, but according to recent informal studies, a rather disappointingly high percentage of those people did not follow up by remaining active with their accounts. What this means is that although you may see thousands of people registered on LinkedIn, the amount of active users my be significantly less.

“Online life is about premeditation.”

― Sherry Turkle

For this reason, it is important to use all of the resources and platforms available to you when seeking jobs and assignments. This means keeping active in your search via LinkedIn, Facebook and even Craigslist, which, because of its cost to advertisers (none) has become very popular for even high-end companies to advertise for employees.

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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

First, of course, set up your account if you have not done so already. When creating your profile, consider where you want to be going, rather than where you have been. Keep your long-ago job descriptions brief, especially if they have nothing to do with the position you are currently seeking.

Invest time in your resume. Take advantage of the articles on LinkedIn (and elsewhere) that will help you improve your job search. Resume writing, free templates, free examples of resumes and interview questions etc. will serve you well. Devote a certain amount of time every day to your job search, or to doing something to improve your chances of finding the perfect job. Commit to the time and focus solely on this task without distractions.

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Choose your connections. Connections are requests from people you know. You will likely receive many of them once you become active on LinkedIn. Accept the ones you feel will be the best for you in your career. These are not necessarily your friends from high school or social connections (they may be, but don't choose them just because you feel you "should"). Send connection requests to your professional acquaintances. You will start to see levels of connections to new people, sort of like a web of people connected to each other. Reach out to those people who you think will mutually benefit with your connection.

LinkedIn Job Search Tips

Use the Job Search feature on LinkedIn. It can be filled with quite a few jobs or ads that do not have anything to do with your field of interest, so be patient as you search your keywords. Submit your perfectly prepared resume (proofread, proofread and proofread again) to all the positions that interest you. Note that on many of the job listings there is a contact person and email. Do not hesitate to contact this person after you have submitted your application, if you have not heard back form the company. Send a very professional note asking for an update - or ask a good question to show your interest.

Use the Answer section of LinkedIn. Responding to posted questions help improve your visibility and can make you recognized an expert in your field.

Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

A professional photo is nice to add, but keep it very business-like. Use keywords and skills that people will search for in your profile. Research these keywords online so that you are going to be found easily.

Recommendations are very important. These might be the best part of your LinkedIn experience. Recommendations are like testimonials. You can request them from your connections and write them for other people yo have worked with. The more glowing recommendations you have, the more your profile will stand out and the easier you will be to find. You can also copy them and use them in your hard-copy resume, for job interviews and applications not on LinkedIn.

Consider your LinkedIn connections as your sales team, and don't hesitate to call on them to assist you in your job search. This platform works because of the team approach - everyone helping everyone - and teamwork is the key.

The most important thing to keep in mind is consistency. Remain connected. Stay active in your account. Follow up on leads, tweak your profile or resume as it is needed. Write recommendations for others and request they do so for you.

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This is an online network created by the UNDP as a tool for the sharing and storage of information, knowledge, lessons and experiences learnt by its staff members, staff from other United Nation agencies, consultants, alumni, retirees and trusted partners from all over the world who are invited.

Its first trial version was in use in May 2009. Within a period of 18 months it had over 7500 users. A fully working version was later released in November 2010 after positive feedback from its users. The collaboration of users of over 35 United Nations agencies is made possible through Teamworks.

How UNDP Teamworks works

Every member of staff of the UNDP has an account automatically and can access Teamworks using their full email address and intranet passwords from the Teamwork's homepage. Non UNDP users of partner organizations request membership to Teamworks only if they maintain their own Teamworks domain otherwise they have to be invited by existing members into a particular work area.

Benefits and uses of Teamworks

It is an important platform where professional networks are formed and nurtured between colleagues where learning and innovation results to the benefit of every party.

It enables sharing and storage of knowledge and material like files, photos and video content in any language for the benefit of other colleagues now and in future because it also acts as a database where retrieval is possible. This is a secure medium for the safe dissemination of material to the intended persons within the network.

There is the possibility of creating online spaces for discussion and collaboration is one of the major benefits of Teamworks because interaction within this secure platform enables the exchange of ideas, experiences and material. This enhances friendly working environments because of the constant communication and the up-to-date information on one's colleague's activities.

It enables users to excel professionally because their work is open to many. The online discussions open up ways in which users expose their professional skills which increase their visibility. This opens the user to the possibilities of promotions to more challenging opportunities that suit their level of skills.

Teamworks promote inter agency cooperation between UNDP and other United Nation' partners. It enables the users to find experts who they can consult on different issues to the benefit of all.

The platform also uses blogs and articles to spread information to many. This helps in the sharing of experiences because, when a blog is started the sharing of questions and concerns is made easy. The dissemination of information through press releases, latest publications and newsletters is made from this medium.

It is a tool for campaigns and advertisements which reach many colleagues which increases responses and participants. This is because the information is available to all UNDP staff across the globe. This helps the users in improving outreach and advocacy of their campaigns.

Teamworks enables users to generate news using Rss feeds that make it possible to get news from different sources. This saves the user's time and keeps them informed.

Online interviews are possible where the users get to meet other communication officers from around the world.