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Starting a new job gives me the jitters. Like traveling alone to a foreign country, it's exciting to learn and see new things but also nerve-racking to navigate logistics and interpret an alien language.

I've been on this roller-coaster before and experienced it anew this week as the new editor of Strategy and Careers here at Business Insider. I wondered, how important is that first impression and what can a professional do right from the start to set themselves up for future success?

"The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process," says Amanda Augustine, career expert at TheLaddersan online job-matching service for professionals. "From the first day, you need to be on your game."

With nearly a decade of experience advising high-level professionals, Augustine details what the most successful people do that first week in a new job:

1. Be a geek about introducing yourself.

Take the initiative to meet people. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen or bathroom. It will pay off in the end. "It could be a fast-paced culture, and they don't have time to come to you," says Augustine. "Start with the group that's closest to you, the people you're directly working with." It will be in their best interest to get you started on the right foot, since your work will directly affect theirs.

2. Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).

Learn who the players are, and who's been at your company awhile, Augustine advises. Find the battered veteran who has a good handle on what works and doesn't and can show you around. "Companies have their own language and inside jokes," she says. "Look for the one person to help you decode the acronyms and office politics." Plus, you'll need someone to go to for the silly things. Asking your boss where to find the pencils is a bit below their pay grade.

3. Set expectations with your boss and employees. "Get on your boss's calendar," says Augustine. Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month and three months. At the same time, if you're in a managerial position, it's important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.

4. Figure out the coffee situation.

Learning where the coffee is will always be a good strategy for success. It's also important to figure out the unwritten rules of the office that, if violated, make people go ballistic. Who washes the dishes? Which shelves are communal? "In our office, there are several refrigerators, and people get upset if you use the wrong one," says Augustine. "Be a sponge, and watch how people are doing things. There's nothing wrong with asking how to use the coffee maker."

5. Start demonstrating and documenting what you sold the company on.

"Whatever you sold them on in interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you're going to do it," Augustine says. If you said you were a social media whiz or good with numbers, immediately start revamping the social accounts or making sense of the company's analytics. And start a brag sheet. Keep track of all your accomplishments, major contributions, and when you get positive feedback. You want to get in the habit early and have the information at the ready for future performance reviews and salary negotiations.

6. Get organized to set good habits.

Especially since a lot of new information is coming your way, setting good habits and getting organized from the start will make your life easier down the line. It's also a good time to improve your bad habits. "It's a great opportunity to overcome any challenges or weaknesses from your past," says Augustine. If you've struggled with time management, for example, use that first week to map out how you'll spend each day and begin putting it into practice.

7. Reinforce your new connections on social media.

Once you're officially on the job, it's important to update your title across your own social media platforms and also start following your new company and colleagues. As you meet new people, cement the relationships by finding them on Twitter or LinkedIn. Augustine advises identifying the platform that makes the most sense. Facebook, for instance, is viewed by many as personal, so use discretion.

8. Reconnect with former colleagues.

Perhaps counterintuitively, Augustine says the first week of a new job is the perfect time to reach out to colleagues from your previous jobs. "Go back and reconnect with people at your old company, and ask for LinkedIn recommendations," she suggests. The best time to get referrals is when you're not looking for a new job, she says.

9. Find your go-to pharmacy and take-out lunch spot. Learn your new neighborhood. Do you know where the nearest CVS is? What about where to get a sandwich, take people for coffee or a nice business lunch? "Logistically, you need know where to go get a Band-Aid when you need one," Augustine says.

9 Things Successful People Do In The First Week Of A New Job


Here are a handful of strategies to help you get more eyes on your job posts by driving traffic to job postings:

  1. Include Keywords – Think like a job seeker. What are they going to search for to find your job? These are the words you need to include in your job description.
  2. Add Video – Video is an engaging, visual medium. Short videos about the job, the company, or the employees are a good way to capture a job seeker’s attention.
  3. Post and Share Regularly – The more opportunities that people have to see your job listings the better. Try to post them at different times on different days and through different mediums to cater to the largest audience possible.
  4. Use Niche Job Boards – Take advantage of cool job boards, Spending a bit of money can really increase the number of people who see your job ad.
  5. Implement SEO Strategies – SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a smart way to drive traffic. SEO is how search engines find and rank your site. This would include using the right keywords, headings, meta descriptions, URLs, etc.
  6. Tap Into Your Email Subscribers – People who subscribe to your email list want to know what’s going on with your company. Notify them of job openings in your latest newsletter.
  7. Use Proper Job Titles – Everyone wants a creative job title like “Digital Ninja” or “Outdoor Wizard,” but what do these jobs do? While they may be fun, they are not job titles that any job seeker is going to search for. Stick to traditional job titles to attract more traffic.
  8. Utilize Social Media Social media is the ideal way to share your job postings with a loyal and engaged audience. Build your social following and then add job openings to your posting schedule at regular intervals.
  9. Make Your Job Postings Shareable – People love to share things online. Make your job postings shareable so that if a candidate stumbles upon the perfect job opening for their friend, it’s easy to send the info their way.
Thanks & Cheers

How do I drive traffic to my job board?

 Are you using social media to recruit employees? You should be. According to Independent.co.uk, 1/3 of all employers use social media to recruit. Social media is the best place to target job seekers who are already interested in your company. It’s cost-effective and delivers a solid return on investment.

Now you can’t just create a Facebook or Twitter page, post a few jobs, and expect to get results. Social media is all about building a loyal and engaged audience who are fans of your company’s brand and culture. To do this you need to constantly promote your business via social media.

The things that you post on social media define your brand. Monster.com has a list of things that you can post on social media that job seekers like to see:

  • A Day In the Life
  • Insights Into Your Company Culture
  • Industry News
  • Community News
  • How-To Information
  • Ask Your Audience Questions
  • Job Openings

Start posting things like this daily. Engage your users. Use hashtag. Create a positive and welcoming atmosphere that attracts people who are fans of your company. Be sure to utilize different social media outlets, including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • Vine

Find the social media outlets that line up the best with your target audience. Then once you have a loyal following turn your social connections into your future hires. Social media is the perfect place to post job openings, recruitment events, and other job-related information. The people who see it will be the ones who are already fans of your cool company and are more likely to apply for your jobs or share it with their friends who are interested in that type of position.

Social recruiting is one of the best ways to recruit new hires in today’s wired world. It creates a loyal following of true fans of your company from around the world. Build your social presence now and you’ll save your company money and time. Plus, you’ll be able to efficiently find more new hires. You need to recruit using social media.

Do You Recruit Using Social Media? You Should.

 What job titles are you using in your latest job postings? Are they flashy and fun? Or boring and bland? Creative job titles can show your company’s culture and make a not-so-glamorous job look more appealing, but it may not be the most effective strategy for finding the right person for the job.

Take a minute and put yourself in the job candidate’s shoes. As a job seeker, you are most likely to visit a job board or a company’s website to search for a job. For example, if you wanted to be a website designer, you’ll probably plug in something like “designer” into the search box. Then you would browse through the listings and see what comes up – ideally clicking and applying for the job postings that are most appealing.

Now what happens when you have a job posting for a website designer, but instead of using the standard job title of “website designer”, you got creative and used “World Wide Web Ninja” or “Internet Wizard” in hopes of making the job more appealing? The result is that your job posting will never be seen by a large majority of job seekers who are qualified to fill your job listing. That’s not good.

It’s time to ditch ninja, jester, guru, rock star, wizard, and other fun, but vague words in your job titles. Visit LinkedIn and you’ll see thousands of people who are social media gurus, sales ninjas, or marketing mavens. When it comes to recruiting your next superstar employee, terms like these do not help you hire the right people. In fact, it limits the number of people who will even see your job listing. If you want to use catchy job titles, that’s fine. But don’t use them in your job postings. No one knows what they mean.

The job title may be the most important part of the job listing. These highly visible words need to clearly and directly provide an immediate impression of the job’s role and responsibilities. Job titles should follow industry standards so that they are searchable.

If you’re unsure what job title to use, visit your competitor’s websites. See what else is out there. Use keywords and create clear job titles that people understand and that truly represent the job. It will ultimately help you hire the right person for the job.

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Why Selecting A Proper Job Title Is So Important


If you’re a current or aspiring professional, then LinkedIn is one of the best platforms that you can use to increase your earnings and land new opportunities.

Hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find full-time candidates and freelance talent. So, if you’re looking for a full-time job or freelance clients, then you should use LinkedIn to:

  1. Make it easy for employers and clients to find you, and
  2. Build credibility and intrigue so that employers and clients would like to follow up with you (whether that’s via email, an interview, or going to your portfolio).

For example, I used LinkedIn to get my freelance instructional design business off the ground. Recruiters and clients would search for keywords such as “instructional designer” and “eLearning developer,” then they would find my LinkedIn profile.

From there, they would visit my instructional design portfolio. After evaluating my work, they would reach out to me to discuss their projects. Without LinkedIn, these early clients would never have found me in the first place. 

As you can see, using LinkedIn effectively can make or break a business (just as it can make the difference between landing the job of your dreams and having to settle for something subpar).

In this article, I’ll share everything that I've learned about crafting a good LinkedIn profile and landing new opportunities via LinkedIn.

Let’s dive in!

How to Make a Good LinkedIn Profile

The first step to using LinkedIn effectively is to make sure that you have a good LinkedIn profile. You can think of your profile as your “homepage” on LinkedIn. This is where people will go when they select your name, so it’s important that the profile as a whole makes a good impression.

Let’s take a look at the specific portfolio elements to focus on.


Your tagline appears at the top of your LinkedIn profile, but it also appears beneath your name in the feed, on job applications, in connection requests, and more.

In short, your tagline appears beneath your name almost everywhere on LinkedIn, and because of this, it is quite important.

The way I see it, there are two ways to approach your tagline: 

  1. Fill your tagline with the positions (keywords) that you’d like to be found for.
  2. Craft a specific value proposition where you explain the value that you can bring.

Both approaches are valid, and you can even use a combination of the two. Let’s consider them both.

The Keyword Tagline

The keyword tagline is a good place to start. This is where you fill your tagline with common search terms and phrases; this way, when recruiters and hiring managers search for a specific role, you are likely to appear in the results.

For example, if you’re an instructional designer, then a keyword tagline may look something like this:

“Instructional Designer | eLearning Developer | eLearning Design | Learning Experience Designer | Learning Consultant” 

This example may be a bit overkill, but it does fit a decent number of keywords within the 120 character tagline limit.

If you’re not sure which titles or keywords to include, then you should look at job listings that appeal to you. These titles usually align with the language that recruiters and managers use to find suitable candidates.

The Value Proposition Tagline

The value proposition tagline is more advanced. This tagline quickly conveys the value that you can bring to your target audience. 

You sacrifice the number of searches that you appear in, but if you convey your value proposition in a way that’s compelling, then it can quickly generate intrigue and invite people to select your profile to learn more.

I only recommend using this approach if you have a specific offering and you know exactly who your target audience is. For example, consider this tagline from Stephen Johnson:

“I  Help B2B Consultants Define Their Competitive Advantage & Book New Clients Every Month Using My L.E.A.N. Strategy.” 

Stephen’s tagline says exactly what he does and how he provides value, as well as mentioning his strategy (which likely invites people to select his profile to learn more).

Jeff Later uses a hybrid approach with his tagline. He states his value proposition, includes a call to action (“DM me for more info”), and adds keywords to help people find him in search results.

It’s up to you which of these approaches you use. However, if you are looking for a full-time job without posting much content on LinkedIn, then the keyword approach will likely be a better option. 

Once you are more active on LinkedIn (and thereby getting your tagline in front of more people without relying on search results), you should consider the value proposition approach.

Profile Photo and Cover Photo

My best advice with your profile photo is to ensure that it’s a photo of you that you’re proud of. Appearances are powerful for first impressions, and people want to know who it is that they’re talking to.

So, make sure that your profile photo is a picture of you, and, if possible, hire a professional (or ask a friend) to take a nice headshot. 

Your LinkedIn cover photo is another opportunity to convey your personality, make an impression, and even provide a call-to-action. Look at the cover photos in the previous section: they both include a value proposition, and Jeff’s even includes contact details and a website.

At the least, I suggest that your cover photo is a high-quality image that represents your professional interests or personality. You can take it a step further by including your website, call-to-action, and contact details on the cover photo itself.

The optimal cover photo size is 1584x396 pixels.

About (Summary)

The About, or “summary,” section of your LinkedIn profile is the best way for people to learn more about it. You should use this section to talk more about:

  • The value that you can bring to a person or organization.
  • Why your previous experiences and expertise make you the right person to provide that value.
  • Your personal philosophy on how to approach common problems in your field.

Most importantly, your about section should include a call to action. It’s nice that people are on your LinkedIn profile, but where do you want them to go next?

If you’re a freelancer, then you likely want people to visit your portfolio to see some of your work. If you’re looking for full-time jobs, then you likely want people to email you about potential opportunities.

State what you want clearly in this section. For example, in one of the first few sentences, you should include a sentence such as: “To see some of my work and learn more about me, visit my portfolio website: www.devlinpeck.com.”

At the end of your summary, include a “contact me” call to action, like so:

“Reach out today to discover whether my skill set would be a good fit for your organization: [email protected]

These are two quick examples, but the important thing to consider is what you want your profile visitors to do next. Once you’ve determined that, invite them to take the next step.

Work (or Volunteer) Experience

If the hiring managers or potential clients are sufficiently intrigued by your profile, then they will likely view your work experience. 

Including keywords in this section is also important for getting matched with jobs and appearing in search results.

Furthermore, this work experience is auto-submitted when you use the “Apply on LinkedIn” feature to apply for jobs.

So, use the same approach here that you would use on your resume:

  • List the positions you’ve held that are relevant to the positions you’re looking for. 
  • Include “action word” bullet points that clearly convey your job responsibilities.
  • Use present tense for positions that you currently hold and past tense for positions that you no longer hold.

Since keywords are so important here, you may decide to include related job titles (not only your “official” job title). For example, if you were an instructional designer, you may set the following job title:

“Instructional Designer | eLearning Designer | Learning Experience Designer”

Use popular keywords in your task descriptions, and you may decide to include additional keywords at the bottom of your job duties. For example, I include popular tools that I use in my job description.

    Striking a good balance here between keywords and clarity will ensure that:

  1. It’s easy for clients or employers to find you, and
  2. Your work history is compelling enough to encourage clients or employers to take the next step and contact you.

Social Proof

In my opinion, the “Recommendations” and “Skills & Endorsements” sections are some of the most important sections on your entire LinkedIn profile. 

The reason for this is because you can say as many nice things about yourself as you would like. However, you are a biased source of information when it comes to how great you are.

If hiring managers or clients can read about how great other people think you are, then it gives a different impression. This is called social proof. 

When people see that other people trust you and think highly of you, then it makes them more likely to trust you with their project or the position that they’re hiring for.

Therefore, it is worth your time to reach out to colleagues, past supervisors, and friends who can speak to the quality of your work. Ask them to provide a LinkedIn recommendation for you. 

People rarely provide LinkedIn recommendations without you asking, but they are often happy to do so once you ask. Do not be afraid to ask! However, you should only ask people that can actually speak to the quality of your work.

You can even suggest talking points that you would like your recommenders to address (for example, your work ethic, attention to detail, or speed).

Likewise, add all of the skills that you have in the “Skills & Endorsements” section. Use keywords to guide this process. Once you’ve added all of them, ask people in your network to endorse you for skills that they know you can perform well.

Adding social proof such as this turns a good LinkedIn profile into a great LinkedIn profile. Don’t skip this step!

Featured Section

LinkedIn updated their “Featured” section functionality, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of this. 

The section is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an area for you to feature a given piece of content. You can feature an “About Me” video (which is a great way to establish a more personal connection), a popular post that you published, a screenshot from one of your portfolio projects, or even your website.

It’s up to you what you decide to include here, but the important thing is that you’re intentional with this section. You have the opportunity to make an impression with what you feature, so you should include something that you are proud of.

If you do not have any posts, articles, or projects to share here, then you should film a short intro video where you describe who you are and how you can help a person or organization.

How to Make Connections on LinkedIn

Once your profile is in good shape, you want people to see it. The way LinkedIn works is that, unless you’re paying for specific features, your search results are limited to people who are connected, in some way, to your existing connections.

This means that the more connections you have, the more potential search results that you can appear in. It also means that your searches will return more results if you have more connections.

So, LinkedIn incentivizes you to make connections. 

Send requests to people in your field

LinkedIn isn’t just a place to find new jobs and clients — it’s also a place to share knowledge and get to know other professionals.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to connect with other people in your field. This will help you stay in tune with the latest conversations and resources.

There are two ways that you can build this network: inclusively or exclusively.

With an inclusive or open network, you basically connect with anyone in (or related) to your field, whether you know them or not. 

Since I started my freelance business right out of college, I opted for an open network. I searched for people with job titles in my field, and I sent connection requests en masse.

This helped me rapidly build my network, figure out who the big contributors were on LinkedIn, and, perhaps most importantly at the time, appear in more search results.

The other way to go about this is with an exclusive network: this is where you only connect with people that you know. This will likely reduce the amount of spam you receive, but it will limit how many people are able to find you via keywords.

I recommend the open network approach so that people can find you more easily. Furthermore, when you send connection requests to people, they may look at your LinkedIn profile. Increasing your exposure in this way increases the likelihood that you will be put in front of someone who is in need of your skills or services.

To make your connection requests “warmer,” you can send a personalized note stating who you are and why you’re looking to connect.

Reach out to networks on other platforms

Since you likely already have some form of professional network, it’s a good idea to use your existing network to build your LinkedIn network.

For example, if you’re active on professional Facebook groups, subreddits, Slack or Discord channels, or even alumni boards, then you can post your LinkedIn profile there and ask people to connect with you.

This will help you get in front of people that already have some sort of professional relationship with you.

How to Get a Job on LinkedIn

Now that your profile is in order and you have a healthy number of connections, you can use LinkedIn’s built-in tools to aid you in your job search.

Change job search preferences

You can show recruiters that you’re open for work by selecting the “Show recruiters you’re open to work” button on your LinkedIn profile. This gives you options to include the job titles that you’re open to, the locations where you’re willing to work, and even the number of hours that you’re available to work per week.

There’s even an option to show all LinkedIn members that you’re open for opportunities — not just those that are designated as recruiters.

If your profile is in good shape, then this is a nearly surefire way to generate leads and possibly land interviews.

Network with your network

And this brings us back to what LinkedIn is all about — networking! Once you’ve laid the necessary groundwork and are sure that you’re presenting yourself in a positive light on LinkedIn, you can start reaching out to people and getting to know them.

That’s right: getting to know them. Show genuine interest in the work that they do. You want to go into a conversation or informational interview wanting to learn more — not wanting them to give you a job or project.

My advice for this is to find people who are in positions that you aspire to be in. Ask them if they have a few minutes to chat (either via LinkedIn messages or a virtual meeting), and come prepared with questions about their journey and skillset.

I’ve made some of my best professional connections just by asking people for advice or about their journeys. People often enjoy talking about themselves and helping others, so this is usually a win-win.


Following the advice in this article will help you use LinkedIn to its maximum potential. When you’re using LinkedIn effectively, you will find many opportunities coming your way that otherwise would not have.

And remember, LinkedIn is only one part of searching for a job or clients. You also need to ensure that your resume, portfolio (if it applies), and interview skills are on point.

If you’re interested in becoming an instructional designer, then you should check out my How to Become an Instructional Designer in-depth article to make sure that you’re developing all of the necessary skills. 

Finally, if you have any questions or need some help along your journey, then feel free to join my instructional design and eLearning Slack community. See you there!

How to Use LinkedIn Effectively