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7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials Should Join

7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials Should Join

Do you think setting up and sending connection requests on LinkedIn is all you need to do to master this social media channel? Think again! Joining LinkedIn groups is a great way to meet new contacts, share ideas, view jobs and establish yourself as a thought leader in the industry. With the thousands of groups on LinkedIn, how do you know which ones you should be a part of? Here are the 7 LinkedIn Groups Millennials should join:

NetParty

NetParty is a LinkedIn group that makes networking easy for Millennials and young professionals. This group connects young professionals with each other in over 20 cities across the country, and arranges events for them to meet and network in person. NetParty allows members to connect with each other online and then meet in person, taking the first steps of small talk and awkward introductions completely out of the picture.

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Band of Entrepreneurs

Millennials, are you aiming for entrepreneurship? The Band of Entrepreneurs LinkedIn group provides support to up and coming entrepreneurs in areas that may be new to them; think: on-demand legal, tech and PR help which may be way out of the comfort zone for some entrepreneurs just starting off with their business. Feel free to ask questions to other members in the group if you’re stuck on anything from how to sign new grocery suppliers to how to file a patent. This group aims to become somewhat of a mentorship/trainee group where members can truly learn and benefit from knowing each other which is exactly what LinkedIn was designed to do!

Leadership Think Tank

Career-driven Millennials will love the Leadership Think Tank group on LinkedIn, which encourages members to share news articles, thoughts and opinions about what’s trending in the world of leadership. This group will expose Millennials to new ways of thinking about the business world and the role of leaders, while also helping them develop their own skillset for a leadership position.

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Social Media Marketing

Whether you’re in the field of social media marketing or not, this group is still beneficial for your professional success. Face it, social media marketing is a must for businesses across most industries, and even if you’re not on the marketing team, it’s best to stay in the loop and know what’s going on in the world around you. Plus, this group has sub-groups that narrow topics down by industry, so you don’t have to read over dozens of articles that have nothing to do with your line of work.

Digital Marketing

Just like social media marketing, digital marketing is unavoidable at this point in the business world. This group is much broader than the social media group, focusing on all things digital including search engine optimization, email marketing and banner ads. Either one of these groups would also be perfect for Millennials hoping to branch off and start their own business one day.

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Young Professionals of…

There are dozens of LinkedIn groups dedicated to bringing together young professionals within the same area. Do a quick search for the group closest to you and join it. This instantly connects you with hundreds or thousands (depending on your metro area) of like-minded individuals that will be sharing tips, job opportunities and information on upcoming industry events. All you have to do is scroll through!

Project: Get hired!

Looking for a job? You should join this LinkedIn group. Already have one? Yep, you should join this LinkedIn group. Members of this group actively share tips on finding new positions and interviewing to get the job as well as sharing job posts from around the country. If you’re already employed, don’t worry, you should still join this group for tips on advancing in your career!

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Which LinkedIn groups are you a member of and which are the most beneficial to your professional development? Tell us in the comments below!

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Published on March 26, 2019

How to Write a Cover Letter for a Career Change (Step-By-Step Guide)

How to Write a Cover Letter for a Career Change (Step-By-Step Guide)

Embarking on a career change, tiny or big, can be paralyzing. Regardless of the reason for your desired career change, you need to be very clear on ‘why’ you are making a change. This is essential because you need to have clarity and be confident in your career direction in order to convince employers why you are best suited for the new role or industry.

A well crafted career change cover letter can set the tone and highlight your professional aspirations by showcasing your personal story.

1. Know Your ‘Why’

Career changes can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You can take control and change careers successfully by doing research and making informed decisions.

Getting to know people, jobs, and industries through informational interviews is one of the best ways to do this.[1] Investing time to gather information from multiple sources will alleviate some fears for you to actually take action and make a change.

Here are some questions to help you refine your ‘why’, seek clarity, and better explain your career change:

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  • What makes me content?
  • How do I want work to impact my life?
  • What’s most important to me right now?
  • How committed am I to make a career change?
  • What do I need more of to feel satisfied at work?
  • What do I like to do so much that I lose track of time?
  • How can I start to explore my career change options?
  • What do I dislike about my current role or work environment?

2. Introduction: Why Are You Writing This Cover Letter?

Make this section concise. Cite the role that you are applying for and include other relevant information such as the posting number, where you saw the posting, the company name, and who referred you to the role, if applicable.

Sample:

I am applying for the role of Client Engagement Manager posted on . Please find attached relevant career experiences on my resume.

3. Convince the Employer: Why Are You the Best Candidate for the Role?

Persuade the employer that you are the best person for the role. Use this section to show that you: have read the job posting, understand how your skills contribute to the needs of the company, and can address the challenges of the company.

Tell your personal story and make it easy for hiring managers to understand the logic behind your career change. Clearly explaining the reason for your career change will show how thoughtful and informed your decision-making process is of your own transition.

Be Honest

Explain why you are making a career change. This is where you will spend the bulk of your time crafting a clear message.

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Speak to the mismatch that may be perceived by hiring managers, between the experience shown on your resume and the job posting, to show why your unique strengths make you more qualified than other candidates.

Address any career gaps on our resume. What did you do or learn during those periods that would be an asset to the role and company?

Sample:

I have been a high school English and Drama educator for over 7 years. In efforts to develop my career in a new direction, I have invested more time outside the classroom to increase community engagement by building a strong network of relationships to support school programs. This includes managing multiple stakeholder interests including local businesses, vendors, students, parents, colleagues, the Board, and the school administration.

Highlight Relevant Accomplishment

Instead of repeating what’s on your resume, let your personality shine. What makes you unique? What are your strengths and personal characteristics that make you suited for the job?

Sample:

As a joyful theater production manager, I am known to be an incredible collaborator. My work with theater companies have taught me the ability to work with diverse groups of people. The theater environment calls for everyone involved to cooperate and ensure a successful production. This means I often need to creatively and quickly think on my feet, and use a bit of humour to move things forward to meet tight timelines.

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Feature Your Transferable Skills

Tap into your self-awareness to capture your current skills.[2]

Be specific and show how your existing skills are relevant to the new role. Review the job posting and use industry specific language so that the hiring manager can easily make the connection between your skills and the skills that they need.

Sample:

As the first point of contact for students, parents, and many community stakeholders, I am able to quickly resolve problems in a timely and diplomatic manner. My problem solving aptitude and strong negotiation skills will be effective to address customer issues effectively. This combined with my planning, organization, communication, and multitasking skills makes me uniquely qualified for the role of Client Engagement Manager to ensure that customers maintain a positive view of .

4. Final Pitch and Call-To-Action: Why Do You Want to Work for This Company?

Here’s your last chance to show what you have to offer! Why does this opportunity and company excite you? Show what value you’ll add to the company.

Remember to include a call-to-action since the whole point of this letter is to get you an interview!

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Sample:

_________ is a global leader in providing management solutions to diverse clients. I look forward to an opportunity to discuss how my skills and successful experience managing multiple stakeholders can help build and retain strong customer relationships as the Client Engagement Manager.

Summing It Up

Remember these core cover letter tips to help you effectively showcase your personal brand:

  • Keep your writing clear and concise. You have one page to express yourself so make every word count.
  • Do your research to determine ‘who’ will be reading your letter. Understanding your audience will help you better persuade them that you are best suited for the role.
  • Tailor your cover for each job posting by including the hiring manager’s name, and the company name and address. Make it easy on yourself and create your own cover letter template. Highlight or alter the font color of all the spots that need to be changed so that you can easily tailor it for the next job application.
  • Get someone else to review your cover letter. At a minimum, have someone proofread it for grammar and spelling errors. Ideally, have someone who is well informed about the industry or with hiring experience to provide you with insights so that you can fine-tune your career change cover letter.

Check out these Killer Cover Letter Samples that got folks interviews!

It is very important that you clarify why you are changing careers. Your career exploration can take many forms so setting the foundation by knowing ‘why’ not only helps you develop a well thought out career change cover letter, [3] but can also help you create an elevator pitch, build relationships, tweak your LinkedIn profile and during interviews.

Remember to focus on your transferable skills and use your collective work experience to show how your accomplishments are relevant to the new role. Use the cover letter to align your abilities with the needs of the employer as your resume will likely not provide the essential context of your career change.

Ensure that your final pitch is concise and that your call-to action is strong. Don’t be afraid to ask for an interview or to meet the hiring manager in-person!

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