You have a profile on LinkedIn, but are you using it strategically in your job search? Sometimes making small adjustments in the way that you use social media sites can have a huge impact in your results. Here are some tips that will help you find a job on LinkedIn:
Use keywords. When recruiters are searching for candidates for positions in your industry, you want your profile to come up. If you include a variety of keywords, your profile will be easily visible to employers.
Join industry groups. When you join the professional groups on LinkedIn, you are able to make connections, learn about potential opportunities, and keep up to date on what is happening in your industry.
Follow company pages. Find the pages for your target companies and follow them. The companies may post updates that relate to your job search and they may even post job vacancies.
Connect with people. Look at your contacts’ connections and review the members of your professional groups. If you find someone who works at your target company or in your target position, go ahead and contact them. Most people will be happy to connect.
LinkedIn can be an effective job search tool, but you need to use it strategically. Reach out and make connections and you may be surprised by how far they take you.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: ponsuwan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)