LinkedIn Job Searching Tips
Part of the LinkedIn For Dummies Cheat Sheet
LinkedIn is a great way to help you use professional networking to job search. Here are some helpful hints when using LinkedIn to look for employment:
Make sure your profile is up-to-date, accurate, and matches whatever you provide to a hiring manager or recruiter.
Stay on top of your Network Updates so you know if someone in your network has been promoted or switched jobs to a company where you would like to work.
Use Advanced People Search to find 2nd or 3rd degree network connections that work at a desired target company. Request an Introduction to that person and ask for advice or an informational interview.
Advertise your skills and knowledge by answering questions posted in LinkedIn Answers.
Connect with everyone you have worked with, since these people know your professional capabilities well and could potentially recommend you on LinkedIn.
Make sure your profile highlights as many measurable accomplishments that you did at your jobs. For example, instead of saying that you managed the sales force, it would be better if you stated that I managed a 37% growth in revenue in the last four quarters.
Do a search and connect with as many recruiters you can find that look for jobs in your target industry or job focus.
Use LinkedIn Company Pages to see which of your network connections works at a particular company, has recently been promoted at that company, and specific information about the company that you need for your cover letter and interview.
Don’t forget to use LinkedIn’s job board. Currently, there are millions of postings available when you search the Web on LinkedIn’s job board.
If you find and apply for a job using LinkedIn’s job board, see if the job poster is someone in your extended network. If so, ask for a referral or Introduction to that person so you can connect with him or her and make a great impression!