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LinkedIn Job Search Guide | How to find jobs on LinkedIn?

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Why use LinkedIn job search?

It’s no secret that LinkedIn is the top professional social networking site, reaching 200 countries and territories around the world. LinkedIn has over 630+ million users, with more than 303 million monthly active users. Find here the effective and proven strategy for your LinkedIn job search.

LinkedIn’s global headquarters are in Sunnyvale, California, with Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

Current LinkedIn Stats 2019

  • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 630 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.
  • More than 70 percent of LinkedIn members are outside the U.S.
  • More than 630M members
  • More than 30M companies represented on LinkedIn
  • More than 20M open jobs on LinkedIn Jobs
  • 90K schools listed
  • 35K skills listed
  • The network has 303 million active monthly users, 40% of which visit the site daily.
  • 90 million senior-level influencers and 63 million decision makers use LinkedIn.
  • 92% of Fortune 500 companies use LinkedIn.
  • 46% percent of the social media traffic to B2B company sites is from LinkedIn.
  • 97% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn as a content distribution channel.
  • Only 3 million LinkedIn users share content every week.
  • LinkedIn is responsible for 80% of B2B leads from social media.

LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

When you’re not looking for a job, it can be easy to ignore your LinkedIn profile. But, when you are fresher and serious about finding your first dream job or to change your existing job LinkedIn is the best place for you.

We have discussed here some of the basic and important points taking into considerations, to strengthen your LinkedIn profile and use all the Linkedin features to attract the attention of the recruiters.

Below are some tactical tips on how you can leverage LinkedIn to its fullest to expand your professional network and land your next job. Read on for expert-backed ways to make your LinkedIn profile soberly shine and start getting noticed by recruiters.

Update(Complete) your Profile

LinkedIn members with a profile picture are 21 times more likely to receive page views, and 9 times are more likely to receive connection requests. While those who post skills are 13 times more likely to have profile views compared to those who don’t, per LinkedIn’s blog. Add a profile picture, skills, achievements and also add other important features and make sure to regularly update your profile.

A perfect linkedin profile
Image source: https://business.linkedin.com/
Steps to follow
  • Login to your account
  • Click on the Edit (pencil symbol) on the right side of your profile picture.
  • Add all the relevant and authentic information about yourself. Fill all the fields and complete your profile.

2. A strong Profile Picture and Background Image

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Choose a clear, friendly, and appropriately professional image. Follow the below tips to upload the profile picture.

For Profile Picture

  • Chose a photo that looks like you
  • Face in the center of the frame
  • Wear what you would wear to work
  • Non-distracting background

For Background Photo/Image

Choose a high-quality background picture that conveys something meaningful about you, too. The optimal size for your background image should be 1584 by 396 pixels.

Steps to follow
  • Click on the existing photo to edit/change it or to Add a new photo
  • Use 400 x 400 pixels photo size for your LinkedIn Profile
  • Add your stunning corporate style photo.
  • To change the background photo click on the Edit (pencil symbol) on the right-hand side of your profile picture and add a background photo/change it with a new one.

3. Add all Your Contact Info

Add all your contact info, as this is the most important checklist, Most of the recruiters or businesses always check for the contact details, so do not miss on this. Check to see that all fields contain your current information. Pay close attention to spelling and number sequence to ensure inadvertent transposed numbers or misspellings don’t keep someone from getting in touch.

You can add all the following details under the contact info on your LinkedIn profile page

  • Profile URL
  • Add Website
  • Phone (Mobile, home, Work)
  • Address (Home/Office)
  • Email Address
  • Twitter
  • Instant Messenger (Skype, ICQ, Google hangouts, QQ, Wechat)
  • Birthday
Steps to follow
  • Loin to your account
  • Click on the “Contact info” as shown in the below picture.
  • Add all the real and authentic contact info and save it.

4. Get a personalized LinkedIn URL

During account creation, LinkedIn automatically generates a profile URL for you which looks like https://www.linkedin.com/in/yourname-1a123456/ which looks the clunky combination of numbers. You can change it at your will and It’s much easier to publicize your profile with a customized URL (ideally linkedin.com/yourname), rather than that LinkedIn assigned to you.

How to get one? follow the below steps to get your custom URL.

Steps to Follow
  • Login to your Linkedin account
  • Click on your Name
  • Click on “Edit public profile & URL” at the right side of your LinkedIn profile
  • In the new window on “Public Profile settings” page click on the “Edit your custom URL”, at the upper right side of the page, click on the pencil symbol and edit it with your desired name, which will remove the number and create a new custom URL for you.
  • You can also change/edit the profile visibility preferences from this screen.

5. A well-written Headline and Summary (About Page)

No headline is the same. Whether you’re calling out the opportunities you’re creating, unique talents, or company, a good headline helps candidates and clients understand your mission and impact. A well-crafted headline implies that you’ve taken time to make the rest of your profile more enjoyable, too.

Your headline doesn’t have to be your job title and company, in fact, especially if you’re looking for jobs, it shouldn’t be. Instead, use that space to succinctly showcase your specialty, value proposition, or your “so what?” The more specific you can be about what sets you apart from the competition, the better.

In your headline, describe what you do in under 120 characters (try editing on a mobile app for extra characters!)

Headlines Examples:

Healthcare Consultant l Vice President Pharmacy l Vice President Healthcare l VP Pharmacy

Sales Software Engineer l Technical Sales Account Executive l Technical Software Sales

Civil Engineer | Fresher | Job Seeker | Ready To Work On Your Project

Fresh Civil Engineer Looking for the Job

You can also check the Great LinkedIn Profiles You Should Look Up To.

Summary (About Page)

Summary: 2,000 character limit

Be original and creative, yet also clear and informative. Include relevant industry keywords. That will make you easier to find when people are searching for professionals in your field.

The summary section allows you to add images, videos, documents, and links, so add relevant pieces that show off your finest work. People are starting to focus on future goals and ambitions, consider offering an audacious glimpse of your future goals, ideas, and objectives.

6. Highlight recent experience.

Your work experience speaks a lot about you. Many hiring managers and recruiters will also view a candidates LinkedIn profile in detail before inviting them in for an interview. Many job seekers don’t polish their LinkedIn profile and it could be affecting their application response rate. It’s really important to spend some time polishing up your profile and highlight your recent experience.

  • Convert work experience listed on your resume for LinkedIn.
  • Copy the work experience from your resume over to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Select major achievements (quantifiable if possible) and remove the rest of the content.
  • You may need to rewrite some of it but you should end up with a few sentences that highlight your major achievements.

7. Treat Your Profile Like Your Resume

Your resume isn’t just a list of job duties. It’s a place to highlight your best accomplishments. Same goes for your LinkedIn profile: Make sure your experience section is fleshed out with bullet points that describe what you did, how well you did it, and who it impacted.

8. Add Public profile badge on your blog, online resume, or website.

Promote your profile by adding a badge to your blog, online resume, or website.

If you are a freelancer and have your own online property like blog or website you can easily add LinkedIn badge on it and attract the client, you can also add the LinkedIn badge on your online resume to get attracted by the recruiters.

You can add it from Public profile settings page. you can find it on the right side of the page. The detail instructions to add the LinkedIn badge to your profile are given there.

  • Login to your Linkedin account
  • Click on your Name
  • Click on “Edit public profile & URL at the right side of your LinkedIn profile
  • On “Public Profile Setting Page Click on the “Create a badge” button at the right bottom corner.
  • On the new page follow the instructions to properly add the badge to your profile, blog, resume, and website.

9. Let people know you’re available

If your LinkedIn profile may not be getting the attention you seek from recruiters. So, what’s wrong with your profile? Are you using LinkedIn correctly?

Turn On “Open To Opportunities”

The first thing you need to do if you want recruiters to find you shows that you’re available. Thankfully enough, LinkedIn allows you to select an option so that you appear on specific searches to recruiters from outside your company.

Take advantage of the customization features LinkedIn offers. Write a note to recruiters and select specific job titles, industries, and locations that match what you’re looking for. This will help you not only get noticed but also attract the right type of opportunities.

Steps to follow
  • Login to your LinkedIn account
  • Click on the Jobs section on the LinkedIn top menu (it looks like a suitcase)
  • On the Jobs page click on the “Career interests,” the below screen will open
  • On the “Career Interests” Page turn on “Let recruiters know you’re open”.
  • Edit your preferences.
  • You can also write a note to the recruiters on this page.

You could also add/change your preferences like;

  • Status (Actively Applying, Casually looking, etc)
  • Job Titles: What Job titles are your considering?
  • Job Locations: Where would you like your next job to be located?
  • Type of Jobs (Full-time, Part-time, etc.)

10. Build your network to the 1st-degree connections.

Your connections can exponentially increase your exposure and access to other connections. LinkedIn makes it easy to connect with people you know by importing your contact lists from sites such as Gmail.

11. Research the companies you’re interested in and follow them.

LinkedIn makes it easy to find and follow companies. If you haven’t already done so, make a list of the companies you’d like to work for and follow them on LinkedIn. This will help you stay in the know about company news and new positions as they become available.

12. Use the Advanced Search.

Use LinkedIn’s Advanced Search option and do a search on your favorite companies, a people, jobs contacts, schools, and groups. you can filter your LinkedIn connections base on the connections type (1st, 2nd, or 3rd), locations and the current companies where they are working for.

Find out who of your connections is associated with your future employer or from your business domain. You can reach out to these people depending on their connection with the company. If they work there, you can ask questions about the company culture. If they are a client or service provider, you can ask what it’s like to do business with them. Get creative and have fun doing your research so you can navigate how to best approach the company for a job when you’re ready.

 

13. Show Your Achievements

Recruiters spend countless hours scouring LinkedIn in search of the high performers. And when they find them, they contact said high performers. Knowing this, you’ll serve yourself well to market yourself as a high performer in your summary and experience section (think action words, accomplishments, talking about times you’ve been promoted or hand-picked for projects).

14. Get involved in LinkedIn Professional Groups.

Do an Advanced Search to identify professional groups in your area and get involved. This will help expand your network, show your expertise (when you engage in online conversations and answer questions that come up), and possibly connect you to the organizations you want to work for in the future. When researching groups, you want to participate in groups that have recent activity. Otherwise, you might be wasting your time if a group doesn’t have daily or regular interaction online.

As shown in the above figure type the search term in the search box and search the groups relevant to your interests and send a request to join the group.

15. Research your future boss and executive team.

Before going in for an interview, you can use LinkedIn to research hiring managers and interviewers to find out about their likes, interests, and more. You can leverage this information during your interview to create relatability and show that you’ve done your homework.

16. Networking with the right people.

LinkedIn has 303 million active users per month, 40% of which visit it daily. 77% of recruiters are on LinkedIn. The average LinkedIn user spends 17 minutes on the site per month. These figures indicating that you might get more interaction and exposure if you update your status, network, and connect with people and companies after business hours on LinkedIn. Test this out at different times of the day to see what works best in getting responses and other interactions.

17. Optimize your profile’s search visibility.

Like other social media platforms, LinkedIn has an algorithm. There’s no silver bullet to propel your profile to the top, but there’s plenty you can do to make yourself more visible, such as:

  • Include relevant keywords in your headline
  • Add your location into your profile
  • Insert impressive work samples
  • Complete your contact information
  • Showcase volunteer or charitable interests
  • Join industry-centric groups

Searching for Jobs on LinkedIn

You can use LinkedIn to search and apply for job opportunities that are posted by companies and recruiters, based on a keyword, title, or location. If you don’t want to apply for a job at the moment, you can save it by clicking Save above the job description. You’ll be able to access your saved jobs at any time to begin the application process. Here’s how you can search for a job that suits your professional skills and specifications.

Job seeking preferences settings

Before applying or searching for the jobs, you need to make some necessary changes for your job seeking preferences, LinkedIn has given us, great preferences to make our job searching experience hassle-free. Click on all the available fields and make the necessary changes.

To change, your preferences click here. You can also access this page from your home page in “Settings & Privacy” under “Me” tab on the top bar.

How to search job on LinkedIn Jobs

Steps to follow

1. Click the Jobs icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage while login to your LinkedIn account.

2. In the Search jobs field, type a job title, keyword, or company name. Keep in mind that you can use Boolean search modifiers to help refine your job search.

3. You can use the Search location field to type a city name, state/province/territory name, or country name. Your desired location may be pre-filled for you, but it can be updated by typing a different one into the text-box. A drop-down list will appear where you can select your desired location.

4. Click Search.

5. Use the filters at the top of the page to further refine your search by Date Posted, LinkedIn Features(including In Your Network, Under 10 Applicants, and Easy Apply), Company, Experience Level, and more. Click All filters to view additional filter options.


i. You can click the Sort by dropdown at the top of your search results to sort your search results by Relevance or Post Date.

ii. The number of days the job has been posted for is listed at the bottom of each job summary.

6. Click a job title to view the job details.

7. Click Easy Apply or Apply (options may vary). Learn more about applying for   jobs on LinkedIn.

User-generated contents(Jobs) on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the largest professional network, so here you will find all the stuff written by LinkedIn users. You can find the particular stuff by typing the keyword in the search box and type of the content to find the content written on your particular topic or interests.

Many recruiters also post the jobs in the form of posts and contents, so you can also follow the recruiters from the area of your interest to get the regular feed of the post related to jobs from them.

In the above picture, you can clearly see that, I have put construction as a search term, after clicking search on the top menu bar of LinkedIn it shows total 492,594 results, and also gave me some preference to choose from, like People, Jobs, content, companies, schools, and groups. Similarly, you can search for any search term and narrow it down by selecting your desired broad term.

To search a content (job), write a job in the search box and click on the content you will get a list of all the contents (jobs) posted by the recruiters and other LinkedIn users. As shown in the above picture, if you type “civil engineer jobs in dubai” and hit search, you will get a feed of civil engineer jobs content. You can narrow down your search by using the filter option shown in the picture.

Conclusion

LinkedIn is a professional way to promote your personal brand online. LinkedIn is usually one of the first websites to show up in search engine results and is, therefore, a great tool to establish your online presence and connect with professionals from your business domain.

But don`t forget, while applying for a job you may still be required a traditional CV, covering letter, etc. On Howtowrite.Customwritings.com you will find a lot of tips and guides for an impressive resume. Think of LinkedIn job search as a more dynamic and visual version of your resume.

Linked is a great place for you to find career opportunities if used smartly. If you follow all the steps and tips mentioned in this article you will surely succeed in your mission to find a great job for you.

Happy Job Hunting!!!

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