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How to Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search

When it comes time to search for a new job, you need to use all the tools in your arsenal. That includes places like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Glassdoor. But have you considered using LinkedIn at all? Here’s what you need to know about using this particular site in your job search.

Update Your Resume

LinkedIn is a great tool for creating a virtual resume. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that you’ll want to update this before you start scouring the web for a new position. Make sure your work experience is up to date, and give everything a solid proofread before publishing it.

One important aspect to focus on is your headline, as this is the only thing people will see if they’re searching for you. Come up with something crafty that conveys the work you do (or did) without sounding too mundane. For example, if you’re a freelance writer, instead of saying “Writer for Hire,” you’ll want something witty, such as “Prolific Wordsmith Available for Writing Projects.”

Follow the Companies You’re Interested In

Everyone has a few dream companies they’d like to work with. If you want to make that dream a reality, your best bet is to start following them on LinkedIn. You’ll be able to see everything that’s going on there, including any relevant job openings.

Even if they don’t have anything available at the moment, following them will make it easier to stay up to date on what’s going on in the company. That way, if you ever do get an interview, you’ll already be armed with background knowledge.

Expand Your Connections

The great thing about LinkedIn is that it lets you see other people you’re linked to through colleagues and other connections. This makes it incredibly easy to network and expand your professional reach. Rather than sending out a message with no context, you can instead mention your shared connection. This is a great starting point for building a new relationship and eventually asking about employment. If you’d really like to sell yourself, you could even have that mutual connection introduce the two of you first.

Search for Jobs

While it’s not as popular as some other job sites, LinkedIn has a fully functional and thriving job board. You can search by date posted, company, job function, and much more. Best of all, once you find a position that sounds great, all you have to do to apply is submit your profile. No copying/pasting your resume or uploading documents — it’s that simple.

Finding a job can be a lot easier if you use LinkedIn. Whether you need to have a virtual resume to send out, research your favorite companies, grow your network, or just find more opportunities, LinkedIn can help.

Works Cited

Ryan, Liz. “Ten Ways To Use LinkedIn In Your Job Search.” Forbes. 19 May 2014: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/05/19/ten-ways-to-use-linkedin-in-your-job-search/#6ac21042a3d2.

Doyle, Allison. “How to Optimize Your Job Search Using LinkedIn.” The Balance Careers. 25 Jan. 2019: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-use-linkedin-to-job-search-2062600.

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