Searching for a job is easy with LinkedIn. With it you can research companies and connect with other professionals. Learn how you do that on LinkedIn.
Networking is the most powerful means of getting a job. Haven’t you ever heard that landing a job is all about who you know rather than what you know? Even if your qualifications, work experience, and skills can set you apart, the factor that is most likely to get you in the employer’s door is your contacts. The sooner jobseekers realise that the easier it will be for them to approach recruiters.
An effective way of networking purposefully is using LinkedIn. According to the 2015 Jobvite survey about 40 percent of jobseekers are using LinkedIn to find a job. Out of those, 20 percent are still in high school, 51 percent are jobseekers with a four-year college degree, and 67 percent are post-graduates. These results show that a large percentage of highly-skilled and educated jobseekers are using LinkedIn to search for job opportunities, network with other professionals and learn more about companies.
Given the opportunities that LinkedIn provides, it is insane not to be using it. To help get you started the team over at Open Colleges has prepared a guide on how to use LinkedIn to boost your chances of landing a job the right way. Here are some of the tips and advice they wanted to share with you.
1. Reach Out to People
The first step to getting noticed on LinkedIn is connecting with people. But, it’s not enough to send out an invite. To make a connection stronger, you need to prepare a good introduction that will help other professionals or employers, if you want to reach out to them directly, understand who you are and why you want to connect with them. This should help you establish some sort of rapport which is essential, especially if you haven’t actually met them before.
2. Join Groups
LinkedIn offers many possibilities to jobseekers to prove they are worthy of employers’ attention. An excellent way to do it is to join groups that are relevant to your interests or the industry you are targeting. This can help you meet like-minded professionals who are more than keen to talk about industry trends and happenings, exchange advice and post about job openings. These groups also allow you to comment on other people’s posts and just as start a conversation with someone who works for an employer you want to work for.
3. Get Recommendations
Open Colleges advises that you should try to get more recommendations on your LinkedIn profile. This is because recommendations can count a lot during a job search. Employers pay attention to these and you should too as they can give you more credibility. Apart from the fact that recommendations show you are knowledgeable, they also make you look more trustworthy which is a huge advantage when getting a job. So, reach out to people within your network who can vouch for you – either past colleagues, a mentor or tutor and kindly request they recommend you for the position you are after.
4. Stay Relevant
There is no point in having a LinkedIn account if you aren’t using it. As a jobseeker, you need to make sure that you are active and available to talk 24/7. You need to let people know that you are looking for a job and update your status regularly. Talk about events you have attended, provide links to relevant resources and show that you are interested in the industry or the position you are targeting. A great way to do this is to ask your network questions so that you can get people on board and also yourself noticed.
If you have certain expectations about your job search and how successful you want to be, then make sure to use LinkedIn to your advantage. Create a complete profile that can promote you as the right candidate for the job and reach out to as many employers as possible to maximise your efforts.
Have you ever used LinkedIn to get a job? If yes, how? Let me know in the comments section below…