5 Better Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job
Just last year alone, LinkedIn introduced a social news feature to help keep users up to date on their industry, added status updates to company pages and improved the search options for those trying to make connections on the site, all of which helped LinkedIn pass 150 million users by the end of the year.
|LinkedIn is good for much more than just updating you about your friends' career changes.|
Whether you're one of those new users or a longtime member, chances are you're not using the site to its fullest potential. Here are five simple steps you can take on LinkedIn to make your job search more efficient and potentially more successful.
Use the Resume Creator
LinkedIn doesn't just advertise your resume, it also helps you make one. The LinkedIn Resume Creator transforms the information you've put on your profile into a proper resume, using one of a handful of templates on the site. Users can tweak that resume as much as they want. Even better, LinkedIn creates a custom URL for the resume so you can send it out quickly to your contacts.
Use the JobInsider toolbar
Few things help your chances of landing a job quite as much knowing someone at the company, which is why LinkedIn's JobInsider toolbar is so helpful. Users can install the feature on their Web browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer only) and turn it on anytime they look at a job posting online to find out if anyone in the person's LinkedIn network works there. If so, you can ask that person to pass along your resume to the hiring manager or perhaps put you in touch with the hiring manager directly. Search for the right contact
Even if you don't have a direct contact on LinkedIn who can help you land a job, you may still be able to use the site to pinpoint the name of someone worth getting in touch with. Just go to search bar in the top right corner of the main page on LinkedIn and click on the advanced search option. From there, you will have the option to search by name, title and company. You can leave the name blank, but enter the company you want to apply for, specify the search for a "current employee" and select the relevant job title of someone who would be in a position to help with your application (human resources, for example.) LinkedIn will pull up a list of connections who match that description in order of how many degrees removed from you they are.