5 Tips For Finding A Job With Help From LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a very popular social medium for business people. Over 200 million people use LinkedIn to network, and companies share their information and news via the medium all the time. However, if you are looking for a job LinkedIn is also the place to be. If you set up your profile in a smart way you can make connections, and many employers check for the LinkedIn profile’s of their applicants before they make the decision to hire them. Here are 5 tips to get you started with your LinkedIn profile:

LinkedIn Job Tips

1. Your experiences

This part of your LinkedIn profile allows you to create a resume that you can share with the world via social media. Take that opportunity. Lots of people make mistakes when filling out this section: some people only list their current job, while others go into details about irrelevant jobs or jobs that they had a long time ago. The best way to fill out this section is to list all the jobs that are most the most relevant to what you are doing at the moment or what you are looking for. Write in a way that makes you appealing to potential employers. In short: it is just like writing a resume, only shorter and easier.

2. Your URL

When employers are looking at hiring, they always do a web search for their applicant’s name, and it is better if business-related things come up when your name is being searched. That’s why you will want to make sure that your LinkedIn URL includes your name, so that it comes up when people search you. You can easily change your name via ‘public profile settings’, and pick whatever you want, as along as it’s not taken. Of course, if you have a common name, there is a chance that it is already taken, but in that case you can add your middle name (if you have one), an abbreviation of your city, or your year of birth.

3. Get Recommendations

One thing that will definitely get the attention of potential employers is a big amount of recommendations on your page. Ask your former employers, colleagues, or even your friends to write you a recommendation. Many people on LinkedIn write a short draft of what they would like the recommendation to look like, when they ask someone to write one for them. Depending on how well you know the person that you’re asking, this is perfectly acceptable. Your recommendations should include what you have accomplished and some of your best skills at least. When a person has written you a recommendation it is polite to offer to write them one as well, but again, that depends on how appropriate it is in your relationship with the person.

4. Find events

Another great thing about LinkedIn is that you can find events that may be helpful with it. If you go to the home page and roll your mouse over the ‘more’ tab you can see ‘events’ in the drop menu. Open it, and go to ‘events home’. There you can see which events your connections are going to or interested in, as well as the events that are the most popular on LinkedIn. If you go to ‘find events’ you can search events by using keywords, such as the location and the type of meeting that you are interested in.

5. Join Groups

If you want to make yourself known, the best way to start doing this is by joining groups that are relevant to you, and that interest you. Participate in discussions, and get to know the people that could possibly be good connections for you. If you participate in other people’s discussions, they are likely to invite you to be a connection. However, you don’t need to sit back and wait till people invite you to be a connection, because you can just invite them yourself. The big difference between Facebook and LinkedIn is that on LinkedIn you don’t really need to know people before you connect: everyone is there to meet new business connections.

Hopefully these tips will help you to build a better LinkedIn profile, and to get better connections. Once you know enough people and have good recommendations, it will be easier to find jobs with the help of LinkedIn.

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