LinkedIn can be a helpful tool in your job search… if used correctly. Here are 7 tips from PayScale for how to utilize the site to aid your job search.
Get Background on Companies
For companies that you are interested in, check out their page to learn about their culture, job openings and management team. Also look for a list of employees and connections to see if there is anyone you know or have a connection to that will help you establish contact.
Find Those that Actually Hire
Search for the people most involved in the recruiting process that can help you get the job you want. Looking for titles such as recruiters, hiring managers and personnel in human resources departments. Also search for professional groups where employees of your interested company are members so you can boost your interaction and connections.
Research Any Recruiters
If a recruiter reaches out to you, be sure to do your homework and see what you can learn about them and the recruiting or staffing firm they work for. You may even find a mutual contact that can help give you an edge in the interview proccess.
Review Who You Know Frequently
Look at the contacts of people you meet on LinkedIn and look for names and companies that might aid in your job hunt.
Find Who Has Your Job
Search the title of the position at the company you are interested in and review the profiles of employees already in that position. Evaluate their profiles and how you relate to yours. Check to see if they have similarities and what kind of education, skills or certifications they hold that you may need.
Get Informed Before a Call
Before you call or email a contact back learn what you can about them or what you have in common to make the conversation easier and help build the relationship.
Find and Give Thanks
Make sure to get business cards or write down the name of any person who aids in your job search and connect with them on LinkedIn to keep the conversation going.
Job seekers need to use every tool to its maximum capacity to find a job in this current labor market. Here are seven expert tips on how to use networking site LinkedIn to find your next job.