How to Find a Job Using LinkedIn

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Over the past ten years, LinkedIn has grown to become one of the largest online platforms for professional networking. With more than 200 million members, it’s the go-to tool for hiring managers who are hunting for candidates or reviewing profiles before making a hiring decision.

That’s why it’s important to review your profile to make sure you’re using LinkedIn in a way that increases your chances of landing a new job. If you’re job hunting, there are ways to leverage LinkedIn to help you through the process. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use this platform to strengthen your opportunity for finding a new job.

Update Your Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is the first thing that many hiring managers and recruiters will see. They’ll use it to explore your expertise and gauge your compatibility. That’s why it’s important to have a profile that’s professional, yet welcoming.

Start with your profile picture. A first impression can go a long way when you’re in the market for a new job, and your LinkedIn profile picture can speak volumes about your professionalism.

Secondly, write a detailed summary of your career. Some of the best LinkedIn summaries are around 300 words, include specific achievements, and use keywords and phrases that would be included in a related job description. The summary is your opening statement and can be a driving factor in whether or not a hiring manager keeps looking at your profile.

Finally, clean up your experience section. This section is an opportunity to showcase your job history with an online resume. Remember to list significant jobs, but try to also list jobs that are relevant. If you don’t feel the need to list a job on your actual resume, then you can probably leave it off of your LinkedIn profile.

Network

One of the main reasons why LinkedIn has become so popular is because it’s created an innovative platform for professional connections. You now have the ability to easily network and connect with industry leaders, whereas a few years ago this would have taken a considerable amount of time and effort to accomplish.

There are many ways to go about networking on LinkedIn, but the easiest way is to simply send an invitation to another LinkedIn member. By doing so, you’re inviting this person to join your professional network and connect. This invitation can open the door to many possibilities and is one of the first steps in establishing an online relationship.

Another way to network on LinkedIn is to join a group. LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.

Finally, a quick etiquette tip: networking doesn’t mean reaching out to strangers with cold invitations. Start building your network with people you know and trust by uploading your online address book. This step will give you a good base for making stronger connections with other professionals.

Sign Up for LinkedIn ProFinder

Another unique way to find a job on LinkedIn is through LinkedIn ProFinder. This new platform connects freelance professionals with high-quality leads. If you can provide a service, then there’s a possibility that you could transition it into a freelance job opportunity with the help of LinkedIn ProFinder.

Apply for a variety of professional services like legal, administrative, events, real estate, wellness, and much more. Once you apply and designate which service you provide, LinkedIn Profinder will connect you with requests that match your expertise and send you an email.

There are literally millions of people who are looking for services every single day. Profinder is an innovative tool connected to your LinkedIn account that helps you market to these customers and turn your talents into a potential career.

Be Proactive

When you’re in the market for a new career, it’s important to remain proactive. Looking for a job is a job in itself, so your results will ultimately depend on the level of effort you put into advancing your career.

LinkedIn is a powerful resource that can yield some amazing results when used correctly. Hopefully this article has you thinking of some unique ways to utilize this platform to find a new job.

 

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Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist for Bridgepoint Education

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