Looking for a job can sometimes make you feel powerless in the face of such a challenging market. Job seekers come from a variety of backgrounds that include recent graduates to career changers or those returning to work after being out of the game for a while. Whatever your background is, you can benefit from using LinkedIn when looking for a job.
Get Setup and Get Connected
First, to have any chance of leveraging LinkedIn to find a job, you’ll need to have a complete profile ready for a hiring manager to review. Ensure you go through each section meticulously to provide as many details as pertain to your situation.
Next, you’ll need to start adding contacts to your network. If you’ve made a connection with someone at a previous employer, it’s a safe bet they are on LinkedIn to network as well, so feel free to add contacts in a liberal fashion. Of course, it’s always a good policy to avoid any personality conflicts you might have encountered.
Also, be sure to add your alumni as connections. You never know, one of your fellow alumni may have landed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a great company and might be willing to help point you in the right direction.
On many occasions you may have a company or even more specifically a job in mind and want to find out more information. After searching the company on LinkedIn and viewing employees, you may discover a hiring manager or other employee who shares a mutual connection. If you feel comfortable, this is your opportunity to make a connection through your mutual contact or get a “digital handshake”.
Unlike adding contacts to your professional network on LinkedIn, which can be done without much deliberation, asking for a digital handshake requires a bit more thought. Make sure the mutual contact is someone with whom you’ve worked with professionally and will be proud to introduce you to their professional contact. The stronger the relationships the more impact the digital handshake will have to your job search success.
Search for Jobs on LinkedIn
Once you’ve completed your profile and have a reasonable number of connections to make you look established on the site, you should start searching for jobs. LinkedIn has a search box where you can enter parameters like job titles and zip codes. There is also an advanced search option for more specific queries.
This is a great tool for finding jobs in your desired New Hampshire cities and towns. Be sure to apply to as many job listings as you feel qualified. There is no limit to the number of jobs you can apply to.
Learn from Employer Profiles and Collect Recommendations
As previously mentioned, one of the best strategies for finding a job through LinkedIn is the digital handshake to befriend someone working at the company and get their recommendation. It’s also a good idea to check out the hiring manager’s profile and learn more about them. Look for commonalities that can provide insight into what appeals to them. In the event you get the opportunity to interview with this person, discussing things you’ve found to have in common might be a great way to create an instant connection.
Be Bold with Your LinkedIn Headline
Your LinkedIn headline is going to be one of the most important pieces to your Linked profile in terms of finding a job. Hiring managers pay close attention to these headlines and evaluate them with great scrutiny. If you sound desperate, they’ll pick up on it and keep scrolling. If you have misspellings, you will be passed over. In most cases it’s best to work from the idea of ‘less-is-more’.
Hiring managers are looking for confident applicants who can get the job done. Whether that’s how you feel about yourself or not, that’s the kind of image you need to project.
Follow the Companies You Want to Work for
When you become a follower of companies you’d like to work for, you’ll be in the loop whenever they post about a new branch opening or if they’re looking to fill an open position. It will also give you an opportunity to learn more about these companies, including chances to learn about the company culture.
The takeaway here is that LinkedIn offers plenty of opportunities to find a job. Many LinkedIn users grow their professional network exponentially after joining the social media platform. By following the steps above you’ll improve your chances of successfully finding a new job using all of LinkedIn’s job search tools.
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