Thursday, July 4, 2013

Effective (and Non-Creepy) Ways to Stalk People on LinkedIn

If you’re a job seeker, you probably already know that you need insider access to the position you’re after: a key contact at the company, the direct email address of the hiring manager, or the real scoop on what will make your application stand out among the thousands of others.
But you also know that’s easier said than done. If you don’t have friends and family who can help you get a foot in the door, how do you get this elusive access?
Well, by stalking. Yep, I said it—stalking. And not in some weird “I’ve loved you forever and one day you’ll be mine” fashion. What I mean is this: You need to go out and find contacts (and potential contacts) in your network who could help you out, and you need to be clever and resourceful about how you get to them.
Fortunately, there’s a brilliant (and legal) place to do this: LinkedIn. The site not only offers a rundown of job postings and organizes your contacts, but also contains all kinds of useful features for non-creepy information gathering. All it takes is some originality, flair, and a few investigative skills.

Here's how to get started.