Video: How to Use LinkedIn for Job Search
is a business-oriented social networking site. Much like Facebook does for your social connections, provides an online environment for managing your business contacts. In fact, more than managing your business contacts, gives you the opportunity to use the powerful concept of networking to extend your business contacts.
Clearly this can be tremendously effective at job search time. Not sure how to use in your job search? Watch the video below.
How to find a new job using LinkedIn? - Explania
also from Angela Astley on NewGradLife.com:
Today LinkedIn is an essential tool for all job seekers. Because the site is an online network for over 8.5 million experienced professionals, many hiring managers and recruiters scour LinkedIn profiles to find top quality candidates. If you’re an active job seeker you must join LinkedIn and learn the many ways the site can enhance your job search or career.
2. Build your network. Build your network to increase the likelihood that your profile will come up at the top of the list when hiring managers/recruiters are looking for candidates. Invite five people a day, every day, to join your network and you’ll be amazed at the results. If you’re VP Marketing, you don’t want to show up on page 10 when people are looking for marketing pros. You want to be on page 1. The more contacts you have the higher you’ll be.
3. Prepare for interviews using LinkedIn. Expand your research by reading about the people who will be interviewing you. Knowing that you went to the same school, share a sport, both love the theatre, or have an acquaintance in common is a great way to establish rapport.
5. Participate in discussions. Share your insights and answers to questions on discussion boards thus demonstrating your knowledge and desire to contribute. Post questions or discussion topics yourself. This will help you make valuable connections while building your personal brand. Always be sure to include your email address in your posts.
6. Search for jobs daily.LinkedIn’s job board functions like other job boards with the exception that many of the opportunities listed are exclusive to LinkedIn. In addition, many of the opportunities list the recruiters or employers who posted them, offering another level of personal connection for networking.
7. Ask and answer questions. Using the “Answer” tab you can contribute your knowledge and insight in your area of expertise. For example, if you are an employment lawyer who is looking for a job you can click on “Answer a question” then select “Employment law” where you’ll find two pages of employment law questions. By answering selected questions and offering your insights you will establish your brand and expertise and potentially create some networking and job opportunities.
8. Identify target companies. You can identify companies by industry and geography to expand your list of target companies. You can filter your LinkedIn list by exploring the company’s web site and job postings. Then, by going back to LinkedIn, you can identify hiring managers and HR managers for additional information and potentially informational interviews.