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How to use LinkedIn for Job Hunting

How to use LinkedIn for Job Hunting

LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals that can be the perfect place to find your next job.  Before you start, consider the following:

Before you start to connect

  • Make sure your employment status points out that you are job-seeking, not everyone will know!
  • Unlike a resume, make your LinkedIn profile a bit more sociable and personal. Voice in the 1st person and come across as how you would speak in real life.
  • Of course, emphasise that you are a reputable professional, but LinkedIn is still slightly less serious than an actual resume document. You want to engage with people and essentially get them to like you.
  • Take your resume and use that as a guideline, including key words which recruiters would normally pick up on. You want to make yourself as easily searchable as possible- people already in your network aren't going to be the only ones who can help you. Make sure you stand out, as with a resume or job application.
  • Make sure you fill in everything, and really think it over. If you're just treating LinkedIn as you would do say with your Facebook, you're not going to get very far. Enter all of your contact details so that interested employers can get in touch if they wish.
  • Choose a picture that is professional.  
  • Emphasise your hobbies and voluntary work sections, as these can make you stand out over your competitors. You can show yourself as the compassionate, proactive individual you really are.
  • Of course, upload your resume. If a recruiter sees you and wants to know more, that's the perfect next step for them. Make sure your resume is up-to-date and highlights your main goals and ambitions. If you're applying to a few different positions, mention a broader "seeking" description in the profile, which could apply to all roles, and emphasise your transferable skills.

Once you're set up

  • Connect with old colleagues and college friends to see what they're up to. Let them know what you've been doing and that you're looking for a new role.
  • Ask for referrals; the more you have, the better you look.
  • Be referred to people who your contacts know, and message them. Drop them a line and ask if they know of any positions in the company, or if they could mention to someone that you are looking. Networking is key.
  • Comment on others' shares and people may begin to notice you. Provide constructive feedback and perhaps post a link you have found in a response. Others can pick up on this and those who are interested in what you have to say may contact you.
  • And obviously, now that you can Apply via LinkedIn, look at companies you are interested in and apply for roles with your profile! You could even do further background research by seeing which employees are under that company and contacting them on LinkedIn, see what kind of people work there and what the expectations are, and what it's really like to work at that company.

Once set up and connected, LinkedIn really can provide you with many job opportunitities!  

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