There are plenty of ways you can look for a job, from putting your CV up on a job board, applying for advertisements, and contacting companies directly. Another way to search for a new job is using LinkedIn – so today I’m going to tell you how to use LinkedIn to get hired!
Your profile matters:
LinkedIn continues to grow in the recruitment industry, and employers/recruiters will often search LinkedIn for their ideal candidates. This means that your profile should be as good as it can be, so sitting down and ensuring that it is complete and up-to-date will be an instant benefit. This is because the more complete a profile is, the more likely it is to be found.
While on the topic of your profile, it’s important that you have a professional profile photo - which means it probably shouldn’t be the same as your Facebook profile.
It’s who you know:
By using your connections, you have a better chance of finding a helping hand during your job search. If you know someone who works for your dream company, or even has connections there, you have a better chance of getting a referral, which are often much more respected by employers than general applications.
As well as this, by asking for and receiving recommendations from your managers, it helps to verify your accomplishments, add to your profile being complete, and will give an impression of your skills.
Search search search:
There are plenty of things you can search for on LinkedIn, from jobs to connections to companies, make use of the things you can access. The website allows you to search for jobs, by using keywords and/or areas; there is also an Advanced Search Option which allows you to do a more specific search based on location, experience leve, job title, company name, salary, date posted, and industry.
Most companies will also have a LinkedIn page, which you can look at to find out more about the company, see roughly how many members of staff they have, their job postings, and any news about them. This can be handy if you get a job interview with the company, as you can learn as much as you can about the company and its history from their About Us section.
My final tip on how to use LinkedIn to get hired is to make sure you are liking or commenting on posts, or even publishing your own, so you can ensure that you are a bit more visible on LinkedIn. By sharing interesting articles you find, or even write yourself, you can share them with people in your industry while reaping the networking benefits!
Similarly, by making sure that you are following your dream companies, you can keep up to date with their latest news and newest job postings.
I hope you have found these tips on how to use LinkedIn to get hired helpful, and you now feel ready to go out and get your dream job! For more tips and tricks when it comes to recruitment, check out the rest of our blog!
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