Need some LinkedIn insider secrets? Are you a job seeker or are you hiring job seekers?
Here are a few resources to help you land a job or a candidate.
Did you know that LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has several tools for job seekers? Below is a LinkedIn Insider Secret along with the job seeker support areas you may be aware of already.
Participate in their interview preparation platform and review common interview questions and sample answers.
There is a LinkedIn Salary platform to explore your earning potential by job title in your locale.
You can upload a resume or create a resume from your profile if you find this might be helpful. What you put into it is what will come out of it, so reflect on if you feel comfortable with your resume-style writing skills and know how to find the right keywords to optimize your profile. If not, consider hiring a career coach who specializes in this field.
There are Skills Assessments with multiple choice questions where you can earn a badge if you score over 30%.
Review LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Guidance tools.
Revisit your Job Application Settings to ensure you have the most current information.
Search for jobs on the LinkedIn platform by job title or keyword(s) and location. You can save your searches and get job alert notifications based on the date posted, experience level, company, and job type. For some jobs, you can use the Easy Apply button, but ensure you have optimized your profile before you clicking apply.
Another LinkedIn job search approach on LinkedIn is to go to the search bar and enter the word hiring before you type in the job title you are seeking. To illustrate an example, you can type Hiring Staff Accountant and click on posts. You can see any posts made by employees at a company or anyone else that shared a hiring announcement post.
Attention hiring managers: get your employees to share your post so it travels farther on LinkedIn and will reach more potential candidates.
You can also utilize the filter feature to target your job search further. If there is a specific company you want to work for, you can explore hiring posts related to that company.
In addition, you can type #hiring in the search bar and see what results come up. You might discover new career coaches, recruiters, or hiring managers you want to connect with on LinkedIn.
Don’t forget that humans hire humans; bots don’t hire humans. Reach out and engage in conversation with the person who made the post or with someone they might have tagged in the post. You can mention you saw the post and ask if they would be willing to tell you about the company’s culture or the hiring process. You can also send them a message saying that you applied for the position. Never ask for a job; only ask for information.
Requesting an informational interview might be the right approach to get a conversation going.
If you need some other job search tips, refer to these previous articles:
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of ChemPharma.net and runs a Clubhouse session on Fridays at 11 AM ET in the Thought Leadership Branding Club.
Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.