LinkedIn For Job Seekers
Getting Started with LinkedIn ?
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over 300 million members in 200 countries and growing—members who may be looking to hire someone with your skills and experience. It’s also a powerful tool that lets you connect to your trusted contacts to exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Your next manager may be just a few connections away. While there is a premium version LinkedIn, the free version has the features you need to make connections and propel your career. You can log in as often as you like and have updates sent to your email.
So, how can you make the most of what the LinkedIn has to offer?
Your profile is your LinkedIn page that describes your career history, education, interests, and other related content you may want to publish. A complete profile gets noticed and acts as an interactive virtual business card.
Summarize your interests. Include your experience, skills, and your great education at MSU Denver. Don't forget to add any volunteer work, campus activities and projects you'd like to highlight.
Contact Career Services for a profile review appointment. Staff members from Career Services can go over your profile, provide feedback, proofreading and tips on highlighting your skills and knowledge to further your career goals. See LinkedIn's video on the Basics.
You know more people than you realize. When you consider your classmates, friends and people with whom you've worked, you'll find that you know a lot of people. Encourage people you know to join LinkedIn. Recommend classmates, colleagues, and others you’ve worked with. Recommending people is a great way to get your own recommendations and build your profile. Endorse other's skills as well. This is about building relationships that continue and expand as you career progresses. LinkedIn has InMail for communications with other LinkedIn members.
Remember that employers have company and organizational LinkedIn pages with great information for interested job seekers. Join or become a follower of companies that interest you to stay current with that employer.
Many employers are recruiting on LinkedIn. Job announcements may be on a company page or announced within a LinkedIn group page. In some industries recruiters also do some keyword searching for candidates with specialized skills, so keep up your profile.
Learn about employers. Before an informational interview, job interview, or networking event, check the background and interests of the people you’re going to meet. You can also look at the Company Pages for information on the organization.
Be as visible as possible. Update your status often. Mention events you are attending, projects you are working on, and any other professional news. Join relevant groups and weigh in on discussions. Connect with people.
Professional association groups and discussion groups can help you find people who share your interests. Choose a few discussion groups and plan to be active. Ask and answer questions that can lead to more engagement with professionals in your field.
Consider using these other features
Job Search Tool - https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/
- Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network and get hired. LinkedIn Jobs surfaces insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.
Salary Search Tool - https://www.linkedin.com/salary/
- Explore salaries by job title and location. See how years of experience, industry, location and more can impact your salary.
LinkedIn ProFinder - https://www.linkedin.com/profinder/pros
- Helps to connect entrepreneurs and freelancers with real business projects.
LinkedIn has some short videos about other features on their Youtube channel