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Using LinkedIn to Find a Job

LinkedIn is a great place to find your dream job - it is where tons of employers and recruiters hang out! 

With 500+ active users and over 75% employers active posting jobs, LinkedIn has come a long way. Like everything in life, there is a set process to gain maximum returns. Before you jump right in, ensure your profile is 100% complete on LinkedIn.

Update your status & publish some posts

It is your voice, and by using this little tool, it allows you to tell your connections what you are doing.  If you are looking for a job why not make those who are connected to you a little bit more aware? Obviously, you do not want to appear desperate, but by including a variety of updates about your experiences of job hunting or sharing jobs you think your network could be interested in you can add value to your network.  

Know your settings

What do you want people to see and know about you?  When do you want them to know what you are doing? Check out the settings function and keep revisiting this to make sure it fits into your LinkedIn objectives. E.g. When looking for a job it would make sense to keep your profile as visible as possible, but when you have landed that job and using LinkedIn for business, you may wish to change this. 

Find & follow companies that employ people like you

The aim is to find people with similar skills to you & establish where they are working.  By understanding your local job market, it will then enable you to connect with employees or recruiters within that business and gain a greater insight into whether or not they are hiring.  After all, many of the good jobs, usually employ people through word of mouth – It’s who you know not what you know.

Eliminate the noise & target contacts who are talking about jobs

Like every other social media channel, LinkedIn has its own share of notice aka junk. You will find dozens of posts which asks you to comment ’Yes’, ‘Interested’ so on and so forth on posts that claim they are hiring. By being diligent you can cut through the noise and comment on legitimate posts. It’s very easy to differentiate though. A Post without Role Details and Contact Details is likely to be a spam. Stay away from such posts

Connect with relevant people

It tough, we get it. People won’t respond to your Inmails, agreed! Still, you have to take that step. Research people employed with your target companies. Send them an invite. Tell them why you would want to connect with them. Ask for suggestions. Send them a small note outlining your passion and interests.

Follow Agency Recruiters

There are zillions of them out there. Again your diligence comes into play. Ask recommendations from your peers/networks. Take a look at their LinkedIn Profile. Check their experience, activities, published posts and their recommendations. By doing this, you will get a fair idea about the recruiters credibility. Follow credible Recruitment Agencies. You will be a step closer in the know hows.

Join Groups

If you have a specific industry or job niche that you work in, there will be a group for that!  You can find out what groups are best to join by looking at the profile of a few of your ideal connections or just by doing a search in the groups

LinkedIn happens to be one of the most reliable platform to connect with employers/hiring managers. Take advantage of it. Stand out from the crowd. Do something different

 

 

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