HOW LINKEDIN CAN GET YOU A JOB
Whether you’re a recent grad looking for a full-time job, or a seasoned veteran of the business, we have all have heard that LinkedIn is a necessity in today’s business world. A lot of times your profile will be your first impression when applying for jobs and making connections in the industry. Before they even call you about your application, recruiters are looking you up online. Potential clients are checking out your credentials before they sit down to meet with you. You want to make sure that you’re putting the best representation of yourself out there.
BENEFITS OF CREATING AN ACCOUNT
BUILD THOSE CONNECTIONS
LinkedIn provides a great way to connect with people that are in your professional network. You never know who could become your future co-worker, employer, employee, or client.
GET UPDATED JOB NOTIFICATIONS
LinkedIn is known for being a valuable resource for its members when it comes to job searching. Companies will often post their position openings right on the social media site and are accessible through the search tool.
BE FOUND BY POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
Not only are potential employers going to look you up on LinkedIn, they most likely will Google your name as well. Having a LinkedIn account also boosts your search engine optimization (SEO) on Google. So when they type your name in the search bar, your account will show up near the top.
TIPS FOR AN ALL-STAR ACCOUNT
COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE
An incomplete profile is a huge red flag. Treat your profile like you would your resume. You wouldn’t submit a handwritten paragraph on a piece torn-out spiral notebook paper would you? Didn’t think so. The social media site will effectively guide you through the process of filling out your information. Two things we especially recommend: upload a professional profile picture and add a summary of yourself.
UPDATE YOUR WORK HISTORY
Once your initial profile is set up, you need to keep up with maintaining it. Did you get promoted? Did you get a new job all together? Make sure that those accomplishments are reflected on your profile. This is the most looked at section by potential employers, so you want to make sure that it is up-to-date and leaves them feeling impressed.
Recommendations are the same as references on a resume. Although it may be awkward to ask for them, they are definitely worth having. Being able to see a couple of good recommendations for your past work experience gives an employer confidence that you’re the right candidate for the job.
Just in case your profile itself isn’t enough of a reminder, let the person know how you know them. It helps to seal the deal when gaining a new connection.
FIND YOUR FUTURE JOB
To make it even easier, they recently developed the LinkedIn Jobs Search App. This free app will help you look for jobs in the palm of your hand. Here are some of the many benefits to this app:
- Find jobs based on industry, seniority level, and geographic location.
- Apply for the jobs you’re interested in right in the app using your account.
- If you don’t have the time right at that moment, save the posting to look at again later in your saved searches.
- Receive job recommendations based on your search history.
- Keep track of jobs you’ve already viewed, saved, and applied for.
- Get real-time notifications on the status of your application.
With all of these great benefits, what’s stopping you from creating an account? Get found, get connected, and get hired.