Searching for an internship or a job in today’s economy isn’t as easy as pouring hot water into your ramen noodles and calling it dinner. If you want to successfully enter the workforce, you must stay proactive and persistent when searching for jobs.
Luckily, for you, there are plenty of free resources available that can make the process easier. One of these resources is LinkedIn, which has more than 250 million users worldwide and 2.7 million business pages. It takes some time and effort to make this professional social network work well. But you’ll feel it’s more than worth it once you’ve found the right job.
Complete Your Profile and Keep it Updated
Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do when you sign up for LinkedIn is complete your professional profile. Once your profile is complete, LinkedIn will automatically tailor your profile feed to showcase related jobs and groups that cater to your professional interests. LinkedIn will also include your profile in its job-related search feature. The more active and compete your profile, the better your results.
Also, remember to add volunteer work to your profile. According to research conducted by LinkedIn, having volunteer experience is just as advantageous to your career as on-the-job experience.
Use the People Search to Network with Other Professionals
Now that your professional profile is complete, take advantage of the many tools LinkedIn offers. One of these tools, the People Search, allows you to search anyone on LinkedIn by location, current company, past company, industry, and school. This is a great tool not only to narrow down your preferences for networking, but will save you time and energy from not having to sift through endless employment sources.
Use the Company Search to Generate Your Target List
Once you’ve searched for and networked with other professionals in your industry check out some of the companies featured on LinkedIn. To start, and tomake sure your job search remains focused, compile a list of companies within your industry you’d like to work for. Then go to LinkedIn, where you can
Search for Jobs by Using LinkedIn’s Comprehensive Database
Did I mention you have to be proactive and persistent?
When you’re job hunting, the search never stops — and that includes on LinkedIn. And LinkedIn’s comprehensive job database is another tool at your fingertips. Using the database, you can search by location, job title, time of post, experience required, and more. Just head over to the “Jobs” tab on the navigation bar.
The biggest benefit LinkedIn offers that other big job sites, like Monster or Indeed, don’t?
LinkedIn is essentially a social networking site similar to Facebook. As far as networking goes, you can’t get better than LinkedIn. With every job you find, you’ll add companies to your target list, find recruiters at those companies and build your personal network.
Apply for Jobs with One Click
Now comes the part you’ve been waiting for: Applying for the job.
Instead of fumbling around with a pile of cover letters and resumes, LinkedIn lets you apply for jobs with a click of the mouse (or, on a smartphone or tablet, the touch of a screen).
Bonus: LinkedIn will also notify you of anyone in your network who works for the company to which you’ve applied. This gives you the option to send a note; in case they can help you make a good first impression immediately after your application hits HR.
Save Your Job Searches and Follow Up Frequently
When job hunting, there’s nearly nothing worse than applying for a job and anxiously awaiting that phone call for an interview. Instead, take matters into your own hands by actively following up with the companies where you’ve applied. Saving your job searches – or the jobs you’ve applied for – is a great way to stay organized. After all, you don’t want to contact a company you’ve never applied with. Or worse, not contact a company that you have applied with.
Here’s an in-depth look at how you can follow up with an employer you’ve applied with. If you didn’t leave an impression before, you will after following the outlined steps.
Although earning your degree might have seemed like the hard part, it wasn’t. The job search is much harder. Navigating LinkedIn, however, isn’t as grueling as cramming last-minute for an organic chemistry or a quantum mechanics final exam. So join LinkedIn now. And if you’ve already joined but haven’t gone “all in” using LinkedIn to find your new job, do so now. You’ll start reaping benefits almost immediately!
About the Author: Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology, especially mobile phones. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida. Follow Teddy on Twitter!
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