LinkedIn is a powerful tool that many overlook.
It’s a great way to make connections with important people within companies you might like to work for. It also has a powerful job search tool that can help you find jobs that interest you.
Let’s look at LinkedIn job search. This tutorial is meant to get you started.
Find Job Postings and Employers
The job search tool in LinkedIn provides you with a number of search options including keyword and location.
If you want more refined searches don’t be afraid to use the advanced search option provided by LinkedIn.
- Log in
- Choose Jobs from the menu across the top.
- Select “find jobs” from the drop down menu.
- Type in the keywords to search by – these might be a specific position, an industry, a city, a company name, etc. This will provide you with a list of available positions based on that search criteria. Find thousands of job positing.
- Check who posted the job position.
- Apply for as many jobs as you want from your search, using your LinkedIn profile.
- Conduct searches regularly as postings can change quite quickly.
Let Employers Find You
1. Create a Profile
If you don’t already have a profile, the first thing you need to do is create a LinkedIn profile, which includes your current and past employment history, the industry you are in, and websites that are relevant.
2. Add a Photo
Some individuals prefer not to add a photo, but that is a big mistake when you are looking for employment. Take a headshot if possible; edit it so it’s crisp, and appealing. Then upload the photo. Remember you are only allowed an 80×80 pixel rate so you’ll have to downsize your photo.
3. Add Keywords and Skills
Be sure you include in your profile all of your resume keywords and your skills. This will allow employers who are searching to find your resume for appropriate jobs that you qualify for and when you are seeking employment within a particular industry.
4. Build Your Own Network
You should connect with other LinkedIn members and build your own network. The more connections you nurture and build, the more opportunities you will find. That said, you should always connect to people you know or have a business relationship with. You need to know you can trust the other party.
5. Get Recommendations
Obtain recommendations from people you have worked with. These carry a lot of weight.
Sign up today
LinkedIn is a valuable tool for employers and employees. Don’t wait until you are in the market for a new job.
Sign up today, start to build relationships and networks. You never know when you might find yourself looking for a job change or career move. Building solid relationships along the way will ensure your chance of success significantly increases should the time arise.
There are many social networking tools available to the job seeker. LinkedIn offers one of the most powerful social networking tools at your disposal. Make the most of it.