LinkedIn's Top Five Job Hunting Tips

 by Allison Doyle

  1. Update your resume and establish your online presence. LinkedIn allows you to post your extensive work experience and relevant awards or activities. You may be surprised to learn how many recruiting executives use online networks to locate potential candidates.
  2. Reconnect with former colleagues and current coworkers. The more connections you acquire, the higher the chance of building new relationships and finding job leads specific to your network.
  3. Research companies you’d like to work for. LinkedIn, unlike other social networking sites, gives you access to over 200,000 Company Profiles, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to philanthropic organizations.
  4. Get recommendations. Your profile not only lets you post a virtual resume, but it also provides a space where recommendations from coworkers or former colleagues are displayed. Headhunters check out recommendations to gauge your level of experience and areas of expertise.
  5. Find out more about industry trends and hot topics by using LinkedIn Answers. Answers allows users to ask industry experts questions and find inside ways to approach new markets. It’s a great tool to solicit input and gain perspective from your connections or from the broader LinkedIn community.

LinkedIn is where companies want to be when they are hiring. Over 500 companies are using LinkedIn's Corporate Solutions and many more hiring managers and recruiters are using LinkedIn to post jobs and source candidates for employment. That's good news for job seekers, because you can use your LinkedIn connections to help find a job.

How can you ensure that you're using the full power of LinkedIn to assist with your search for a new job? It's important to take the time to build your LinkedIn profile, to add to your connections, and to effectively use your connections to help with your job search. It's also important to help your connections, too, when you can - it works both ways.

Complete and Update Your Profile.  The more complete your LinkedIn profile, the more chances you will have to be found and to be contacted. Use your LinkedIn profile like a resume and provide prospective employers with detailed information on your skills and experience.

Get and Use Connections.  The more connections you have, the better your chances of having a connection who can help with your job search. When you're applying for jobs, be sure to use the connections you have. Someone who is employed at the company or has connections there, will be able to help your candidacy for employment. On the flip side, be willing to help your connections when they need your advice and referrals.

Use the JobsInsider Tool.  JobsInsider is a tool you can download that will inform you how you are connected at jobs listed on Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, Craigslist, SimplyHired, Dice, and Vault. You can then see who you are connected with at the company and request an introduction to the hiring manager.

Types of Jobs on LinkedIn.  There are jobs posted directly on LinkedIn by employers, as well as other jobs from the web provided by SimplyHired.

Job Search Options.  You can search for jobs on LinkedIn by keyword, country, and postal code. Use the Advanced Search Option to refine your search and to search by location, miles from a location, experience level, company, job title, job function, industry, and date posted.

Use Recommendations and Referrals.  If the job is listed directly on LinkedIn, you'll see how you're connected to the hiring manager and you can apply online and/or request a referral from a contact. If you request a referral, LinkedIn will provide you with a template you can use for your message. You can edit the message so it's personalized.  Some employers prefer that candidates have LinkedIn recommendations (LinkedIn will show you the number of recommendations you have below the requirements). Employers may also prefer referrals through the LinkedIn network. Follow the instructions in the job posting to optimize your chances of securing an interview.

LinkedIn Company Profiles
LinkedIn company profiles are a good way to find, at glance, more information on a company you're interested in. You'll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics.

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