LinkedIn is THE platform to be on if you’re looking for something new to do professionally. In this post, I’ll share how you can get the most out of your job search on LinkedIn when looking for a new job.
Why You Should Use LinkedIn When Searching For a New Job
LinkedIn is the World’s largest professional networking platform, which makes it the go-to tool for most recruiters, headhunters, and other hiring professionals when they are looking for new talent and filling open positions. Which, of course, makes it obvious to do more out of your job search on LinkedIn, since it’s the place to be visible and actively use when you’re looking for a new job.
But, like everything else, you need to put some work into your LinkedIn profile if you want to leverage your presence and get attention from hiring professionals.
How To Start Your Job Search On LinkedIn
There are a few actions you can take that will help you get in front of the right hiring professionals. Your LinkedIn profile has many different sections, and there are a few things you can do to help your profile stand out. I’ll share some of the most effective ones with you right here.
Optimize Your Profile With Relevant Keywords
The first thing you want to do when searching for jobs on LinkedIn is to make sure your profile is complete, up to date, and keyword optimized.
You should focus on five to seven of your strongest skills and use those as your keywords throughout your entire profile. Completed and optimized profiles rank higher than those that aren’t. You also want to make sure your profile is up to date when hiring professionals are stopping by and viewing your profile.
Taking the time to optimize your profile with the right keywords is essential for succeeding with your job search on LinkedIn.
Create a Professional Headline
Having a catchy headline will drive more visitors to your profile. I see way too many people missing out on this simple yet very effective task.
Your headline could be a list of your keywords or your professional value proposition, which also should include a few of your keywords since it’ll increase your chances of being discovered.
You want to use the headline as a teaser that will ignite curiosity and make people want to visit your profile.
Write a Compelling Summary And Fill Out Past Positions
In your summary, you want to focus on who you are, why you do what you do, and how you bring value to the things you do.
You can also list your strongest skill, and even share a story about how you use them to create results.
Filling out your past positions will also help your profile stand out when you use your keywords. Your past positions are usually the first section a hiring professional will go to on your profile, so it’s important to fill out this section as thoroughly you can.
Get Recommendations On Your Profile
Getting recommendations from co-workers, clients, and other people you’ve worked with will serve as social proof that you’re the real deal.
When you ask for recommendations, it can be helpful to the people you ask if you request that it’s on a specific project or skill.
Let Hiring Professionals Know You’re Open To New Things
Linking up with hiring professionals can be beneficial if you’re on the lookout for new career opportunities, but it might also catch the attention of your current employer if they are using LinkedIn as well.
So, fortunately, there are ways for you to fly under the radar if you currently hold a position but want new challenges.
LinkedIn has a feature that lets hiring professionals know you’re open to new opportunities without having to announce anything on your profile.
When you go to jobs on the top menu on your page, you can click career interests. There you can choose to let recruiters and hiring professionals, that use LinkedIn’s recruiting solution, know that you’re looking for new opportunities.
You provide what type of position, location, industry, and the size of the company you prefer working for, regarding the number of employees.
There you have it!
Five easy actions to take on LinkedIn that will help you when you’re looking for a new job.
Final Thoughts on Job Search on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is such a significant player in today’s job market when it comes to career opportunities, which is why having an optimized profile and active presence can help you not only find your next job but also build valuable professional relationships with people from all over the world.
If you want to know more about how to leverage your LinkedIn profile and presence, then drop your name and best email in the fields below and get my best tips to help you get the most out of LinkedIn.
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