LinkedIn is one of the most important tools you can use in your job search. There are over 600 million registered users on LinkedIn. Imagine the possibilities! We’ve put together some tips on how to use LinkedIn to help you land a job.“If you are a professional working in the United States, you need a LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn Profiles are the cross-geography, cross-profession, and cross-location white pages of the 21st century.” – Susan Joyce, Job-hunt.org
Your LinkedIn ProfilePhoto – Make sure your headshot is professional. The photo should just be of you with a clean, simple background.
ConnectionsUse LinkedIn’s People You May Know feature to start building your network.
Find the Hiring ManagerDo an advanced people search. Enter your target company’s name in one field and search the likely title of your potential supervisor. For example if you’re in social media, you could search for “marketing director”, in the second search field. Job openings posted on LinkedIn include a link to the poster’s profile. You can reach out for more information about the job.
InMails and Messages
InMails are LinkedIn’s version of email. Use InMails to:
GroupsJoin groups and be active. Group members are allowed to send private messages without being connected otherwise, which means the more groups you’re a part of, the more opportunities you give recruiters to contact you (and you them!).
FollowFollow your target companies to stay up-to-date on their news and get a glimpse of their company. Also follow industry staffing and recruiting agencies to get notifications on jobs that may interest you.
UpdatesUse updates to show your expertise by posting relevant industry articles with your commentary. If you’re not secretly looking for a job, use your updates to tell your connections that you’re seeking employment.