How to correctly use LinkedIn for your job search
Searching for a new job can be a stressful time, but it’s something that can be made much easier if you ensure you’re using all of the tools at your disposal, most importantly, using LinkedIn correctly.
Make sure your profile is up to date
The first step to using LinkedIn well is ensuring your profile is good and up to date. We have a few resources on what your LinkedIn profile needs and some tips on how to build a professional online presence that will get you off to a great start.
A few quick tips to make sure your profile is great before you start your search are, ensuring you have a good headline & summary about yourself, highlighting all of your skills and ensuring you keep them update as you evolve in your professional life, adding career highlights and show off your education.
Get recommendations & endorsements
LinkedIn endorsements are a great help when it comes to your job search, a simple and easy way for your colleagues and connections to highlight your expertise in a specific area in a matter of seconds.
Recommendations give colleagues a chance to go into more depth with a written testimonial that adds to your profile by allowing others to see the great words that have been written about you.
Recommendations add more value to your profile than endorsements – but both are necessary. Study’s show that you will rank higher in LinkedIn search results if you have a higher number of endorsements – meaning the more endorsements you have, the higher chance you have of hiring managers finding you first!
Share your own successes
It’s important for your colleagues to talk you up but you need to talk yourself up too! Make sure you share your own successes on your profile, take the time to post about great projects you’ve worked on. If you’ve had work published or written articles make sure you share.
Use the job-search function… properly
LinkedIn is a search engine, just like Google but more focused. Make sure you’re using the right keywords for the job you’re hoping to land, or even the industry you want to work in to ensure the search results are right for you. After you’ve spent a little while searching, be sure to check out the ‘Jobs you may be interested in’ page – this will be populated with similar jobs you might have missed.
On the flip side, remember that recruiters will use the search function to find candidates using keywords, which is why it’s important to build up your skills and endorsements section.
Network, network, network
Networking is one of the most important aspects of a job search, even when you’re not actively looking for a job. Spend time networking – you never know who you’ll end up talking to and who might remember you in the future.
We recommend networking with people in your industry, companies you’re interested in and also recruiters who work in your area – this way you’re covering all ground and it will help you see great opportunities, even when you’re not looking. Be sure to talk to people, don’t just connect and stay silent. Interreact when people share posts you’re interested in to help get your name out!
At Adapt Talent we specialize in Magento Recruitment and recruitment within the autonomous driving and artificial intelligence industry, we have a range of vacancies currently open with companies ready to hire this month!