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12 Ways To Use LinkedIn To Find Jobs In USA

by JC, published: 2010-04-30 17:50 viewed: 344 times
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LinkedIn is a great social networking website for professionals. You can find job through LinkedIn as well as researching a company's background information.

Below are the tips for job search using LinkedIn.

1. Connect with former bosses, people who worked for you, fellow co-workers and other people who know your work (could be donors in your case or people who have attended events you have organized)

2. Get endorsements from all past bosses

3. Make sure your profile on LinkedIn highlights your accomplishments and not just what you were responsible for. Make sure you turn on the checkbox under your contact settings that you are open to career opportunities. Think about what search terms recruiters or hiring managers may enter to look for people like you. Make sure those terms are in your profile.

4. Make it easy for people to find and contact you. Sign up for a Personal Plus account and turn on OpenLink.

5. Be sure to connect with everyone who knows you and is likely to be willing to recommend you. Go to Find Contacts or download the Outlook Toolbar if you use Outlook.

6. Search for jobs on LinkedIn. Don't forget to look at the second tab of results called "The Web". There are over 5 million jobs listed.

7. In addition to applying for a job listed on LinkedIn, request a referral to the poster. Research the poster, so your cover letter can be as personalized and targeted as possible.

8. Download the LinkedIn JobsInsider if you are also looking on Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, etc.:

9. Type the names of the 10 organizations you most would like to work for and see which of your contacts know people there or know people who know people there. Then contact them asking for referrals.

10. Search for people in your region that work in the industry you are targeting. Under "interested In" select hiring managers. Contact people in your second degree. Instead of asking for a job, offer them something of value and ask to meet.

11. Search for people like you and see where they are working. This may give you an idea of who is hiring people like you.

12. See what your former classmates are up to. Some may be in a position to hire you and may give preference to someone from the same alma mater.
Comments (2)
1. JC 2010-04-30 17:50
This LinkedIn article is very good and viewed by lots of visitors. So, here you go again.
2. JC 2014-03-29 11:24
Recently a former coworker on LinkedIn had a 5 year anniversary and the LinkedIn system suggested to me to congratulate him on his achievement.

So that's what I did. However, while writing him a congrats comment, I wrote something about myself as well, it is quite personal. After hitting the submit button, I realized that the comment would be seen by other people since it is not a private message.

So I tried to remove it. But weird thing is I couldn't find the comment anymore. I spent over an hour searching on Google to try to find it, but to no avail.

I emailed LinkedIn support, and finally got reply as follows:

Please hover your mouse on "All Updates" on your Home Page and select "Profiles" from the drop down menu. You can find the update and the congratulations comment you posted. Please hover your mouse to the right corner of the comment and click on X mark to delete the comment.

So there you have it, it is not so obvious to me as the "All Updates" Link is to the right side of the page. So, it should be: Home->All Updates->Profiles, find the congrat and delete.

LinkedIn is becoming so confusing these days with so many features, and to be honest, their search is no good at finding these tips.
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