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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

Tulika Nair
Do you want to use LinkedIn to find your dream job? If yes, then read this story to learn how to find a job to your liking, using this social media site.
If you are unfamiliar with the website, then you need to first understand what LinkedIn is. It is, in the simplest or terms, a directory of sorts, that has records of professionals and different organizations.
As a job seeker, you can use the website for job searching, networking, and connecting with interesting networks. For someone looking out to hire people for their organization, it can be an effective tool for hiring.
You can also use this directory for company research, and for connecting with affiliate groups who use the website for business processes. As of today, LinkedIn has as many as thirty five million members who work in almost 140 varied industries, therefore making it easy for people to search for jobs of different profiles.

Finding a Job

In order to conduct a job search, first and foremost you need to create a profile with the directory by signing up with it. 
Once you have created a profile with LinkedIn, you should be able to connect with potential employers, network with them, search for a job keeping specifications in mind, and boost your career.
You need to know that the process may take some time as creating the profile and then networking with the right connection and joining groups that are relevant to your job search may be time-consuming.
  • First and foremost, you need to create a profile. While creating a profile, remember to create one that is as detailed as possible. Include all your employment details from the past and the present, your educational details, and contact details.
  • Next, you need to add a photo to your profile if possible. It is recommended that this photo be a headshot and not larger than 80 x 80 pixels, which is the recommended size.
  • Try and include keywords and skills in your profile which ensure that prospective employers will find your resume with ease. These keywords increase the chances of relevant hits on your profile. In order to ensure that prospective employers know that you are presently job seeking, select the career opportunities option in the contact settings.
  • With a profile on this website, it is important that you build your network. Add members to your network, whom you have worked with or done prior business with. 
The more connections you have on your network, the more career opportunities you will be presented with. You can import all the email ids from your address book on your email provider, and increase your connections.
  • It is important to get recommendations from past employers or people you have worked with, in order to get more opportunities.
  • The job search section will help you find job listings and let you search for jobs that match the profile you are looking for. The Answers section helps increase your visibility on the directory. Answer queries that are put up, if you think you have something concrete to contribute or have the required information.
  • Stay connected all the time by using the mobile application that LinkedIn has and also by customizing your profile's URL so that it becomes easier to share the same.
Using the tips given above should help you find a job using this popular directory. Searching for the perfect job is never easy but using a site like LinkedIn can definitely ease the difficulty that comes with process of job hunting.