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Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

Using LinkedIn to Tap into the Hidden Job Market: The Value Isn’t in Being Found, It’s in What You Find ~ with Elisse Wright Barnes

  • Mon, May 04, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • VIRTUAL MEETING! Please register to receive login information.


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Best Practices in the Use of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful tool for jobseekers but the biggest misperception (other than a profile is your resume and a photo) is that its value is in potential employers finding the job seeker. In fact, it’s just the opposite. With over 660 million profiles on LinkedIn, the passive “create a perfect profile and they will come” approach rarely generates results. The real value of LinkedIn is its ability to empower the jobseeker to tap into the hidden job market where the vast majority of hiring occurs since most jobs are never posted. This interactive presentation focuses on demonstrating the most effective and strategic ways to

  1. leverage LinkedIn to tap into the hidden job market and 
  2. optimize the time you spend on LinkedIn.


Elisse Barnes, JD, PhD , Your LinkedN Driving Instructor, a LinkedIn trainer, communications strategist, and workforce educator teaches older adults to harness the power of LinkedIn for job searches, career transitions, nonprofit leaderships, and entrepreneurship. As the Owner, CEO, and Lead Trainer at Of A Certain Vintage Workforce Education, LLC, Dr. Barnes provides LinkedIn training in partnership with the Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Anne Arundel County public libraries. Dr. Barnes is also an adjunct instructor at Montgomery College’s Gaithersburg Business Training Center and has offers LinkedIn counseling to entrepreneurs for a variety of business development organizations, including the Maryland Women’s Business Center, the Montgomery County chapter of eWomen Network, and the Prince George's County chapter of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs. She also partners with the Nonprofit Village of Montgomery County to teach its resident organizations to use LinkedIn for effective donor research and management as well as board member recruitment and engagement. Dr. Barnes is a graduate of Yale College, Stanford Law School, and the Ohio State University, where she earned her doctorate in the history of U.S. foreign policy.

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