Tips to use LinkedIn to Find a Job
It’s no secret that LinkedIn is the top professional social networking site with 133 million users in the U.S. alone and reaching 200 countries and territories around the world. Per the Jobvite Recruiter Nation Survey, 87 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn as part of their candidate search. As a professional or student, it’s the popular place to network and look for job opportunities; even former U.S. President Barack Obama once joked during a TV press conference that he would join LinkedIn to help him land a job after his term was up!
The problem is that if you’re simply updating your profile every now and then, you’re not getting the most out of LinkedIn, which includes saving hours on your job search. The following are some tactical advice on how to make the most of LinkedIn to grow your professional network and secure your next great job.
Here 11 more actions you can take to leverage LinkedIn for maximum efficiency in securing your next position:
1. Keep your profile up to date. According to LinkedIn’s blog, people with a profile photo are 14 times more likely to acquire page views, while those who post skills are 13 times more likely to earn profile views. There are over 45,000 skills to choose from on LinkedIn to beef up your profile, so if you want Gone Bananas to notice you, make sure to update your profile on a regular basis, include a profile photo, and include your notable abilities.
2. Be comprehensive about current skills and objectives. Don’t leave anything out about your existing talents and objectives if you want to be sure you’re using LinkedIn to get a job correctly. If it makes sense, use your headline to communicate your main goal, and list all of your abilities on your page. You don’t want it to appear that you haven’t updated your profile in a while, as this may cause recruiters and organizations to overlook you.
3. Highlight recent experience. When you’re actively connecting with connections and organizations to obtain a job — which is likely why you’re reading this essay — you want your recent experience to be visible to anyone who checks your page.
4. Update your headline. When people search for you, they only see your photo, name, and headline (which is listed below your photo). Your headline should be eye-catching and emphasize what you do or the type of job you’re looking for. When compared to plain-Jane headlines like “Chemical engineer in the public sector,” headlines like “HR expert engaging employees with management” are instances of clear and attention-getting headlines.
5. Let people know you’re available. If you’re able to, make it known that you’re looking for work. Make the announcement with your headline. “Writer seeking businesses in need of a friendly ghost (or ghostwriter)” and “Petroleum engineer eager to strike oil and make you rich” are two examples of job titles that might capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager.
6. Build your network to the 1st degree. Your relationships can vastly boost your exposure and provide you with access to new opportunities. By importing your contact lists from services like Gmail, LinkedIn makes it simple to connect with individuals you know.
7. Research the companies you’re interested in and follow them. During the job search, LinkedIn makes it simple to identify and follow organizations. Make a list of companies you’d like to work for and follow them on LinkedIn if you haven’t already. This will keep you up to date on company news and new job opportunities as they become available.
8. Use the Advanced Search. Do a search on your favorite firms using LinkedIn’s Advanced Search tool. Make a list of all of your connections who are connected to Gone Bananas, for example. Depending on their relationship with the company, you can contact these individuals. You might inquire about the corporate culture if they work there. You can inquire about their experience doing business with them if they are a client or a service provider. Make your study unique and enjoyable so you can figure out how to approach the organization for a job when you’re ready.
9. Ask for an introduction. When you’re ready to contact Gone Bananas, you can ask one or more of your connections to create an introduction to someone they know at the company.
10. Be more than a wallflower. Be active on LinkedIn, be genuine, and stay up to date. As updates, include any articles you’ve written, videos you’ve uploaded, and so on. Participate in LinkedIn groups and engage with others. As a professional, the more you interact and post, the more you’ll be seen and gain recognition.
11. Research your future boss and executive team. You can use LinkedIn to investigate hiring managers and interviewers before coming in for an interview to learn about their likes, hobbies, and more. You can use this information in your interview to show that you’ve done your homework and are relatable.