LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, and it can be a great way to power-up your next job search. Having a profile allows you to:
In order to take full advantage of these features, you need a reliable strategy. Here are 5 steps to help you use LinkedIn for a more effective job search.
Your LinkedIn profile works like an online resume, and you can safely assume that any potential employer will read it. With this in mind, use the different elements of your profile to create a strong impression.
“Build solid relationships by offering your help and support to people,” advises Walters. “The more you help those in your network, the more they will want to help and recommend you when an opportunity arises.”
Here are a few examples of how you can show your support:
Groups are one of the best ways to improve your job search on LinkedIn. When you join groups that are aligned with your professional interests, you’ll get access to relevant job listings, events, and industry news. Not sure which groups to join? Here are a few suggestions:
There are millions of LinkedIn users, and some groups have thousands of members. It isn’t enough to set up a profile, join a few groups, or apply for a few jobs. If you want to leverage the power of LinkedIn to find a job, you should consistently interact with other members.
Even if you’re new to LinkedIn, you’ve probably worked with people who are active on the site. Recommendations are a powerful asset on this platform, but you should only request them from people who know you well enough to attest to the quality of your work.
Look at your resume, and make a
list of people you could feasibly ask for a recommendation.
Always re-connect first. If possible, offer some sort of
professional help or support before you ask for a
Once you’ve developed your profile on LinkedIn, turn your attention to the jobs section. There are a number of powerful tools here to help you find and apply for jobs.
LinkedIn makes it easy to apply for jobs. On each job posting, you’ll see the Apply or Easy Apply button. You’ll either be taken to an application within the LinkedIn platform (Easy Apply), or you’ll link to the company’s web site or job board where you’ll find instructions on how to apply.
Keep in mind that once you submit a job application through
LinkedIn, you can’t take it back or modify it – you can only
contact the job poster. This is a good reminder to complete each
No matter where you find a job posting, and no matter how you apply, getting to the interview stage is what you want. That’s why it’s important to follow up with each potential employer in a timely and professional way.
that there are a lot of people applying for jobs on LinkedIn. If
your applications are routinely getting passed over, you may
need to tweak some things about your profile and/or your job
search – but don’t give up. Using LinkedIn to find a job is all
about being confident in the skills and talents you bring to the
table and fostering connections for mutual support.
If you follow these guidelines for using LinkedIn to find a job, and if you are consistently active on the site, it should only be a matter of time before your efforts pay off.
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Neither Strategic Education, Inc nor Strayer University has a promotional relationship or is in any way affiliated with LinkedIn. Students should conduct their research on how they can best utilize LinkedIn.