I’ve finally become a LinkedIn convert and have found it a great way to stay connected with my colleagues, but I’m now trying to find a job and am wondering if you have some best practices or other tips for how I can use LinkedIn to help with my job search? Thanks!
Actually, I’ve written extensively about LinkedIn (see LinkedIn Help for lots of articles) but I want to highlight my own piece How to use LinkedIn to find a job. Recently, though, I came across a terrific set of suggestions from LinkedIn team member Konstantin Guericke which he’s generously allowed me to share with everyone here:
Here are his top twelve suggestions:
- Connect with former bosses, people who worked for you, fellow co-workers and other people who know your work (could be donors in your case or people who have attended events you have organized)
- Get endorsements from all past bosses
- Make sure your profile on LinkedIn highlights your accomplishments and not just what you were responsible for. Make sure you turn on the checkbox under your contact settings that you are open to career opportunities. Think about what search terms recruiters or hiring managers may enter to look for
people like you. Make sure those terms are in your profile.
- Make it easy for people to find and contact you. Sign up for a Personal Plus account and turn on OpenLink.
- Be sure to connect with everyone who knows you and is likely to be willing to recommend you. Go to Find Contacts or download the Outlook Toolbar if you use Outlook.
- Search for jobs on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to look at the second tab of results called “The Web”. There are over 5 million jobs listed.
- In addition to applying for a job listed on LinkedIn, request a referral to the poster. Research the poster, so your cover letter can be as personalized and targeted as possible.
- Download the LinkedIn JobsInsider if you are also looking on Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, etc.:
- Type the names of the 10 organizations you most would like to work for and see which of your contacts know people there or know people who know people there. Then contact them asking for referrals.
- Search for people in your region that work in the industry you are
targeting. Under “interested In” select hiring managers. Contact people in your second degree. Instead of asking for a job, offer them something of value and ask to meet.
- Search for people like you and see where they are working. This may give you an idea of who is hiring people like you.
- See what your former classmates are up to. Some may be in a position to hire you and may give preference to someone from the same alma mater.
Konstantin also recommends check the archives of the popular group My LinkedIn Power Forum on Yahoo Groups. For example, he points out that a recent message about “ways to job hunt” drew over a dozen replies with many useful connections.
Great stuff. Hope that helps you with your own job search!
Additional useful reading:
• Getting Started with LinkedIn
• Find a job with LinkedIn
• Invite someone to join your LinkedIn network
• LinkedIn Etiquette