6 Ways You can Utilize LinkedIn to Help with Your Job Search

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6 Ways You can Utilize LinkedIn to Help with Your Job Search

When it comes to finding a job, it’s best to use all the resources available to you. It’s often not enough to stick to one job board, or networking with close friends, you need to get your name out on the web and start increasing your connections to help you get the job you want more quickly.

One of the best ways to build an online network of business connections is to use LinkedIn. For those of you who haven’t heard of the website, it currently has over 35 million users, caters to over 140 industries and is one of the best ways to share your resume or portfolio to employers in your industry.

What are some of the best ways to use LinkedIn as part of your job search?

  1. Get your resume out there. One of the most important things you can do to help your job search is to get your name out there. If recruiters or firms can’t find you, then they can’t hire you.
  2. Share that you’re looking. Another great thing about LinkedIn is it allows you to share your contact preferences and share the fact that you’re actively looking for work with potential employers and recruiters.
  3. Figure out what works for you. Researching to see where other candidates with similar background and experience to you are working can help you expand your employer options and get a good idea which kind of firms, companies and recruiters can help you get a job that will suit your skills.
  4. Research who’s hiring. Sending your resume to a company unsolicited, isn’t always the best way to get a job because you’re basing your job search on the assumption that the company is hiring (which they’re often not) and that you have the skills required to fill the position (which you don’t know if you do). By using LinkedIn you can get a better idea about which companies are hiring and who you should talk to about getting an interview, whether that’s the appropriate HR representative or a recruiter which a strong relationship with the firm.
  5. Find the right people. This relates to the point above, using LinkedIn you’re able to find the stakeholders of the hiring process at a particular firm online, and then work to connect with them.
  6. Make connections. LinkedIn, like many other social networks, is all about making connections and building relationships with other people, in this case, other people working in your desired industry. LinkedIn offers you an enormous pool of resources to help you succeed in your job search, why not make use of it?
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