How to Search for a Job on LinkedIn
LinkedIn offers lots of tools that can help you look for a job. The most direct way is to search for open positions on the LinkedIn job board. After all, someone is getting hired when a company runs a job listing, so why can’t that candidate be you?
When you search for a job on LinkedIn, you can see what skills seem attractive to companies these days, which you can keep in mind as you refine your job search and LinkedIn profile.
Roll your mouse over the Jobs link from the top navigation bar, and choose Find Jobs from the drop-down menu that appears.
The Jobs home page appears.
Enter keywords describing the job you want in the Search For Jobs text box.
To be more precise in your search, you can click the Advanced link underneath the Search button to bring up the Advanced Search tab and enter additional criteria, such as location, specific job title or company, or job function or industry.
Click the Search button.
You’re taken to a LinkedIn Jobs results screen, where you see the basic components of the job listings, like Title, Company, and Location.
To refine your job results, enter additional keywords or use the additional filters on the left-hand side of the screen. You can scroll down the page to see additional filters like the name of the company, how old the job posting has been online, and the location of the job.
Click an individual job title to see the details of that job posting.
You see the detailed write-up on the next screen, where you can find out more about the job and the job poster. If the person who posted the job is in your network and has opted to show their name, you will see who in your LinkedIn network can refer you to that person.
When you see a job you want to apply for, click the Apply Now button.
In most cases, LinkedIn takes you to the job application form. (In some cases, you’re taken to the company’s specific applicant tracking system. In those cases, simply follow the instructions displayed to apply for that job.)
Enter your contact information, then write a cover letter (or cut and paste one from your word processing program) in the Cover Letter and Resume text box.
You should write a brief summary of why you feel you are qualified for the job in the text box provided. If you like, you can update and reuse an older cover letter you’ve used to apply to a similar job: Simply open a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word), find the letter, copy the contents, and paste it into the text box here on LinkedIn.
If the job poster is in your extended network, read her profile first, see what common interests you have, and incorporate that information into your cover letter. If you have the time, approach that person first with an Introduction or InMail to get some more information about the job posting before you apply.
Click the Browse button to find a copy of your resume on your computer to be uploaded into the job application.
Be sure to run a spell check before you upload your resume.
Scroll down and click Continue to review your application.
The Review and Confirm Application page appears. Put this page to good use: make sure the details of your application are all correct before you submit the application.
Click the Apply Now button.
Off your application goes.