What is LinkedIn? An Extraordinary Job Search Resource

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What is LinkedIn?

If you’ve been wondering… what is LinkedIn,  this post will point out the extraordinary resource they are for finding job opportunities.

I urge you to get started soon and explore all they have to offer.

Your professional network

LinkedIn is the worlds largest professional network with more than 450 million members. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.

Don’t miss this great tool for job search, networking, and building your online resume.

There are more than 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic.

A place for online learning

Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Through individual, government, corporate and academic subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts – more than 5,700 courses and 255,000 video tutorials across mobile and desktop.

Extraordinary job search results

1. Pump up your job search with LinkedIn

It is easy to find online job listings through LinkedIn.  Just type in the job title you are looking for in the search bar, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of job leads that appear.

  • When I punched in “Information Technology jobs”, there were 209,468 in the United States alone. That is amazing!
  • Once you have the list of job leads, you can sort them by location, company, salary, experience level, industry, and job function.

2. Find company information on LinkedIn

When you’ve found a job lead you are interested in, LinkedIn can give you the information you need to be informed when you apply or interview.

Here is how LinkedIn’s connection power can help your job search:

  • Click on a company’s page and read their latest press releases.
  • Follow the company, so you have immediate updates on what the company is doing.
  • LinkedIn tells you any second connections that work at that company.
  • You could ask your friend (first connection ) to introduce you  to their friend  (second connection) at company xyz.
  • With a little effort, you can get an insider’s view of the company from your 2nd connection before you interview.

3. Show employers your professional portfolio via your social profile on LinkedIn  

Not having a social profile online is a red flag for today’s hiring manager. If a job seeker can’t be found online, they may assume you are out of touch, behind the times, or using a false name.

Career Builder reports that 60% of employers use social media to screen applicants.

The article goes on to say that hiring managers in information technology and sales are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; professional and business services were least likely:

  • IT: 76 percent
  • Sales: 65 percent
  • Financial services: 61 percent
  • Health care: 59 percent
  • Retail: 59 percent
  • Manufacturing: 56 percent
  • Professional and business services: 55 percent

Can you see how important it is to have a professional profile when employers and recruiters google your name?

Optimizing your online profile

Perhaps you aren’t sure how to optimize your online profile.

LinkedIn has a great article with 16 Tips to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to get you started.

4. Connect with recruiters and employers on LinkedIn

There is another advantage to using LinkedIn for your job search. Recruiters and employers use LinkedIn extensively to find good candidates.

Finding recruiters

Put “people with recruiter titles” in the LinkedIn search bar, and a list of recruiters in your area show up.

Then you can sort by:

  • Relationship (1st connections, 2nd connections, fellow group members)
  • Location
  • Current company
  • Industry

Progressive job search tools

I hope if you haven’t before, you will start to expand your job search using LinkedIn. They continue to be progressive in adding helpful functionality, and the system is super easy to use.

LinkedIn is a great way to expand your current job hunting network, uncover job leads, and present yourself professionally to employers.

Happy job searching!