Top 10 LinkedIn Job Search Tips 16 Comments


The LinkedIn network represents 70 million members from 200 countries, on all 7 continents.  It’s powerful, and growing.  Some recruiters think it’s a powerful force behind the tipping point in agency recruiting.  Regardless, the site continues to add new features, benefiting both job seekers and recruiters.

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LinkedIn also continues its’ growth as a major component of sourcing and recruiting strategies worldwide.  And, instead of publishing the literally 100’s of tips possible, this list is focused on the 10 that I wouldn’t overlook, and many that will give you an advantage over the average user of the site.

The 10 include:

  • Job Seeker Account:  With the LinkedIn Job seeker account upgrade, users can contact hiring leaders with inMail messages, see profiles of decision makers, get introduced to inside sources at companies, and more.

  • The JobsInsider Toolbar:  The toolbar integrates into your web browser so when you are viewing a job listing on an external job site, you can automatically see your inside connections at that company.
  • Competitive Research:  You can find a lot of information out about a company including who has recently been hired, who has been promoted, who has left the company, where they have gone, financial information, and a lot more.
  • Keywords, keywords, keywords:  Kind of like location, location, location for real estate.  Be sure to build a keyword centered summary and work history, as recruiters and hiring leaders search this way.  Use keywords throughout your profile.  Get creative, use keywords that include software and technologies you’ve used, certifications, titles, and core responsibilities.
  • Keep your profile updated.  No, I’m not referencing adding new jobs or roles, I am referencing your existing experience already on the site.  As an example, if you are a recruiter looking for a job, you might consider referencing social media or social recruiting from your current role that you added to your profile 3 years ago, yet you are still at the same company.  Professions evolve, so should your profile.
  • Get recommended.  Recommendations build credibility, from leaders you’ve worked with and for, peers, other co-workers, clients, vendors, and consultants.
  • Inspector Gadget.  Who is viewing your profile? How many views is it receiving? If the number of views isn’t high enough, rethink your profile summary and refer to #4.
  • Integrate applications.  If you write a blog, add the wordpress or blogger application.  Have you published content on slideshare? If yes, add the application.  If no, why not?
  • Event listings:  Don’t ignore them.  Researching who is attending, and/or attending is a powerful way to leverage the site.

You may or may not find your next job through LinkedIn, but there is no reason not to leverage the powerful capabilities of the network.

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  • Posted on: Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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    5. Rita Ashley says:

      Want to verify your profile is effective? Go to the people search box and type your key words for your domain [SaaS, Agile, Cloud]. If your name doesn’t appear on the first one or two pages, take a look at those that do. Compare what they do, their key words and such and keep changing your profile until you appear on the first two pages.

      Rita Ashley, Career Coach
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      Twitter: jobsearch4execs

    6. Amanda says:

      This is really interesting.. I use Linkedin but I kind of think it’s just like facebook or twitter and that people don’t really take it seriously. I’m still interested in seeing how it develops as time goes on though. I actually found this interesting psychometrics testing website that has to do with career goals. It’s called Central Test and I think it’s better to first know what you actually want to do in life before you throw yourself into a career you might not be passioante about. http://us.centraltest.com/

    7. Thank you for sharing this information. We’re always looking for valuable resources to share with clients and my coworkers, and this post is absolutely worth sharing!

    8. Kelly O says:

      For those who are doing their job search in a more passive way, and who may not want to broadcast a job-seeking status, what would you suggest in lieu of the Job Seeker account on LinkedIn?

    9. Alex says:

      Hi Kelly,

      You should maintain a regular LinkedIn account — fully updated, of course — and join groups that are relevant to the industries you’re interested in. There you can see what other people in that field are discussing and perhaps connect with some new people via discussions. Many groups also have job postings.

      For example, the Finance Networking, Jobs & News account (http://bit.ly/dlQrrz) or Social Media Marketing Group.

    10. Mike Tedesco says:

      Just wanted to point out that thousands of companies either don’t have the resources or manpower to effectively integrate social networking into their recruiting mix. There’s a new website called http://www.usajobblast.com that will do the work for you. All you need to do is post a job (it’s free for the time being) and they’ll do the rest–blasting your job out to hundreds of websites, including your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts (as well as theirs). If you don’t have any social media accounts, they can help with that too…

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    12. James says:

      I agree with Alex, you have to maintain it and show that you put in some time and focus on it; otherwise people will judge you by your performance on your LinkedIn account and your real-world job performance.

    13. Awesome post, These days I have been looking for job and I am glad that I have found your site which is full of useful information :)

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