Tips for Using LinkedIn to Job Search

Whether you are actively looking for a new job or just open to the possibility, LinkedIn offers many tools that make the process easier and more enjoyable than simply sending out a resume.

Beyond the typical process of searching for a job and clicking Apply for Job, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Save the job listing for a later date. Maybe you're perusing the job listings but don't have time at that moment to click Apply and write a sterling cover letter. When you are looking at a job listing, you can always click the Save button, shown in the following figure. That adds the job listing to your Saved Jobs list, which you can go back to at any time by going to your Jobs home page and looking for the Saved Jobs header, as shown on the far right in the second figure, below.

    Click Save to return to the job listing later.
    Click Save to return to the job listing later.
    Use your Jobs home page to return to any saved jobs.
    Use your Jobs home page to return to any saved jobs.
  • Share, tweet, or Like the posting. You can click the LinkedIn Share, Twitter, or Facebook Like button in the top right corner of the job posting page (see the first figure, above) to share the job listing with someone (or everyone) who might be interested.

  • Pay attention to your jobs page. When you look at your Jobs home page, you see the Jobs You May Be Interested In box, which is generated from a combination of the skills in your profile, the companies you follow on LinkedIn, and your activity on LinkedIn. Scroll down the page to see the Discover Jobs in Your Network section, as shown in the following figure. A summary of jobs available from various companies is presented, and below each grouping, you see your first-degree connections and second-degree network members who work at that company. These people might act as referrals for you when you apply.

    Find out which of your connections could refer you to available jobs at their company.
    Find out which of your connections could refer you to available jobs at their company.
  • Use Boolean operators when you use search terms. This is a fancy way of saying that you can use specific terms to help you when typing in search terms:

    • To exclude listings with a certain word, simply type the word NOT and then the word you wish to exclude (for example, NOT Manager, NOT Assistant).

    • To look for a job listing that has only one term from a list of two or more terms, separate each term with the word OR (for example, sales OR marketing OR advertising).

    • To look for an exact phrase, put that phrase inside quotation marks (for example, "Project Manager"); otherwise, you will get listings that have those terms in any order.

    • To have multiple terms appear in your job search results, type each term in the box provided, or separate them with the word AND (for example, marketing AND sales).

  • You can combine these tips into a complex search. Let's say you are looking for a position with either the word Director, or the words Project Manager and Entertainment. You would run a search for Director OR ("Project Manager" AND Entertainment). The parentheses are necessary; otherwise, if you searched for Director OR "Project Manager" AND Entertainment, you would see positions that had the word "Entertainment" and either the word "Director" or the words "Project Manager."

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