Take Advantage of LinkedIn When Looking for a Job

Use LinkedIn as one of your search methods when finding your next job. You’ll be able to research which companies are hiring, who works there, what the culture is like and other factors that influence where you want to work. Here are five ways you can take advantage of LinkedIn when looking for a job.

  1. Update Your Profile

Ensure your profile is both complete and updated. Because your LinkedIn profile is like a resume, keep your skills and experience current to show the value you can provide for an employer. Include an attractive headline, detailed summary and links to your online portfolio or professional website. Provide a professional photo of yourself so that an employer can see whom they’re contacting for a job interview.

  1. Become a Thought Leader

Establish yourself as a thought leader in your field. For example, join LinkedIn Groups to provide input in discussions, and ask and answer questions. Also, connect with individuals you regularly interact with in Groups to further develop your relationship. In addition, post content and videos you create that are relevant to your industry.

  1. Learn About Employers

Use LinkedIn company profiles to learn more about employers. You can determine which of your connections work for the company, who recently was hired or promoted, which jobs are available, what the company statistics are like and who its competitors are. You can also follow companies to stay current on their achievements, which you can mention in a cover letter or interview, and discover job postings. In addition, you can learn about company culture and what employees have to say about working there. Furthermore, you can research your potential boss and executive team before participating in an interview.

  1. Make Connections

Connect with everyone you know on LinkedIn. The more connections you have, the greater your chances of getting help with your job search. For example, look for individuals you know who work for the company you’re interested in and may refer you to the hiring manager. Also, connect with individuals in your field with whom you want to establish a relationship. In addition, connect with alumni from your college to discuss your experiences and how you can help secure a new position.

  1. Use Job Search Options

Utilize LinkedIn’s job search options. For example, click on the “Jobs” tab to search for an opportunity by keyword, ZIP code and country. Use the “Advanced Search Option” to narrow your choices according to date posted, experience level, location, job function, company and industry. You can save your searches, request email notifications about new postings, and search for job openings on companies’ LinkedIn pages. Also, use Open Candidates to discretely show you’re looking for a job without your employer or co-workers finding out. Recruiters can see what types of jobs interest you and what the best way is to get in touch.

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