How to find a job using LinkedIn?
If you’re looking for high-quality career opportunities, LinkedIn, with its more than 55 million registered businesses, is a great place to start.
Follow this guideline and create a great LinkedIn profile to help you succeed:
- Upload a clear, professional, and friendly-looking profile picture
This is one of the first things employers will see before they click on your profile, so make sure the photo gives the right impression. It should only show you and it must be of high quality. You can also upload a background image to make your profile stand out even more.
- Write a great headline
Like your profile picture, the headline is something people will see before they click on your profile, so make sure it represents you well.
Don’t mention “actively looking for a job” – that doesn’t tell recruiters what you do or why they should consider you at all. Instead, put your skills in the headtitle and include at least one keyword/phrase for the type of job you want.
- Fill out skills
Make sure you fill out at least five skill slots. This is an important part of using LinkedIn to find a job because skills will help you be more visible.
- List your previous work experience
- Get recommendations
The next step is to ask one or two colleagues to write you a recommendation.
- Change your privacy settings
This signals to hiring managers and recruiters that you’re open and actively looking for work. To do this, go to your profile, click on the option just below your Avatar icon, and select Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.
- Start networking
Start connecting with people you already know, but don’t just gather acquaintances. LinkedIn is not about popularity, but about genuine professional relationships. If you receive a request from someone you don’t know, don’t feel obliged to accept it, LinkedIn never sends information about your rejection to the sender.
If you don’t want to wait for recruiters to notice you, you can take a more active approach and use the LinkedIn Jobs tab, where you can search for job opportunities based on preferred location, job title or even company name. Good luck! But remember – Like all things in life, finding the right employer will take time, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get your dream job right away, but following the seven steps above can help you get there quicker.