So, the time has come for you to begin your job search process.
By now, you are probably aware of the hundreds of different platforms that you can utilize to find your dream job.
But wait, do all those options actually help you during the job search process?
Or, do they just complicate things?
It’s true that not all job search platforms are equal.
With the recruiting industry changing faster than ever, it’s important to spend your time working smarter, not harder.
For the sake of this article, your sanity, and the overall success of your job search, we will only be discussing one job search platform: LinkedIn.
Today, we will answer, in-depth, how to find a job on LinkedIn.
These proven methods have worked for thousands of individuals.
Why Use LinkedIn to Find a Job?
Before we start talking about how to find a job on LinkedIn, it’s important that you understand why using LinkedIn to find a job is so beneficial.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest social media platform for business professionals.
With over 500 million members in over 200 countries and territories, this can be an ideal place to find your dream job.
While other websites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder have a ton of job postings, that’s about all you will find … job postings.
If you haven’t been involved in the job search process for some time, ask your friends or family how well applying to jobs on Indeed has been going for them.
My guess is, not so good.
The reason those job boards don’t work is simple.
Everyone is using them!
Don’t take my word for it; check yourself.
Find five jobs you think you would enjoy and check to see how many other people have applied for the same job. Was it 100? 200? 300?
I have seen 646 applicants for a job that was posted only two weeks prior.
Key advantages to using LinkedIn
- Not all your competition will be on LinkedIn because a professional LinkedIn profile takes more effort and skill than creating an account on Indeed.
- Recruiters and hiring managers can gather a lot more info from you on LinkedIn (if you have a quality LinkedIn profile).
- Roughly 95% of all recruiters and hiring managers search for candidates on LinkedIn. (Survey by Jobvite)
- LinkedIn provides company information, info about the recruiter, and allows you to network with individuals at the company for advice, referrals, etc.
It’s clear why recruiters prefer LinkedIn over any other job search platform.
As a job seeker, it’s in your best interest to spend time where the recruiters are searching and where hiring managers are more likely to notice you.
How to Find a Job on LinkedIn
Finally, I am going to break down exactly how to find a job on LinkedIn using a few simple strategies with proven results.
Here is what you are going to learn:
How to make a professional LinkedIn profile
- Achieve all-star profile status
- Improve your credibility
- Follow companies of interest
How to search for jobs on LinkedIn
- Search LinkedIn jobs
- Review job descriptions
- Rate your qualifications from 1-10
Top LinkedIn networking tips
- Make strategic connections
- Customize invites by “adding a note”
- Perfect your messaging skills
Displaying professionalism on your LinkedIn profile is not always easy.
Especially without the proper guidance.
Don’t worry, we're here to walk you through this process step by step.
Achieve all-star profile status
The first thing you are going to want to accomplish is an all-star rating on your LinkedIn profile.
An “all-star” rank is achieved by doing seven simple tasks.
- Add a profile photo
- List 2+ positions you have held, with descriptions
- List 5+ skills on your profile
- Write a summary
- Fill out your industry & zip code
- Add your education
- Have 50+ connections
Easy enough, right?
Just be sure not to make any of these common LinkedIn makeover mistakes.
Improve your credibility
Endorsements and recommendations are great ways to stick out from your competition who might also be on LinkedIn.
Since the recruiter checking you out has likely never met you, it helps if they can read comments that your peers, managers, or other acquaintances have said.
When it comes to the highly competitive job search process, any little edge you can get on your competition is going to help.
Follow companies of interest
If you are interested in working at a specific company, it helps to follow their company page.
Not only does this help you stay up to date on news, events, and potential job openings, but this can also show the recruiter you are interested and passionate about their company.
Searching for jobs on LinkedIn is easy.
Don’t get caught up in all the filters and extras just yet.
Let’s start with the basics.
To search for jobs on LinkedIn, simply click the “jobs” tab on the top of the menu.
It is right in between the “My Network” and “Messaging” tabs.
Search LinkedIn jobs
- From the jobs tab, type in the job title, keyword, or company you are looking for.
- Next, type in the city, state, or postal code.
- Click search.
Depending on the number of search results, you may or may not want to filter your search further by using the filters on the right-hand side of the page.
Once you find a job that seems interesting, click on the job title.
You'll then be taken to the job description.
Review job descriptions
I can’t tell you how often people just apply to jobs because it has the “easy apply” feature. Don’t do that!
Only apply to jobs that are actually a good fit for you.
- Read the job description and determine whether you are a good fit.
- Have you handled the listed job responsibilities in the past?
- Do you have the “minimum qualifications” required for the job?
- If not, don’t waste your time.
Rate your qualifications from 1-10
While you are reviewing the job description, give yourself a rating from 1-10.
One means you do not qualify for the job at all.
Ten means you qualify for every single required skill and have exceptional experience doing the tasks listed in the job description.
- Anything that is a six and under, toss it out.
- For sevens and eights, go ahead and apply for the jobs.
- For nines and tens, skip applying for these jobs but add them to a list.
We will talk more about what to do with the nines and tens in the networking section below.
Since LinkedIn is a social networking site, it’s important to take advantage of this when you are conducting your job search.
Up until now, just about everything mentioned could be applied to a normal job board such as Indeed.
This section is going to be the game-changer when using LinkedIn to find a job.
Make strategic connections
LinkedIn allows you to send an invite to connect with just about anyone.
However, this doesn’t mean that they have to accept your invite.
Just like Facebook or any other social platform, LinkedIn shows others how many mutual connections you have in common.
I don’t know about you, but I am much more likely to add someone to my network if they have 100 mutual connections compared to the person with zero.
If you are targeting a company, position, or specialized recruiting firm, begin by networking with people at the company.
If the end goal is to speak with the hiring manager for a certain position, don’t just send him/her an invite with zero mutual connections.
First, connect with some low-to-mid-level employees.
The hiring manager is much more likely to connect with you if they see a lot of common connections.
Customize invites by “adding a note”
LinkedIn encourages you to add a note when connecting with someone new.
In fact, when you click “connect,” a notification pops up that says, “LinkedIn members are more likely to accept invitations that include a personal note.”
I can tell you from experience, this is 100% true.
Make sure to add a note when you connect with someone new on LinkedIn.
At least, do this for the hiring managers or recruiters you wish to speak with.
(Read these 5 Tips for Sending LinkedIn Messages.)
Perfect your messaging skills
By now, you have a list of your nines and tens from your LinkedIn job search.
Here’s what you are going to do:
Find the hiring manager/recruiter
About half the time, LinkedIn tells you who the recruiter is right on the job description page.
The other half of the time, you have to do some research.
You can figure this out by a LinkedIn search of the company’s employees or by asking employees of the company.
It doesn’t matter how you get the information; just get it!
Send them a personalized note.
See the samples below.
I enjoyed reading your post about motivation. Particularly the part about understanding and defining your 'whys'. Couldn’t agree more. I was hoping to introduce myself. My name is Mike Podesto and I would make a great fit for the Director, Digital Marketing position at your company."
If you don’t have a specific position at the company of interest, your message could look something like this:
I was hoping to introduce myself. I am extremely passionate about your company (in particular, that you utilize solar energy to power cars). My background is in electrical engineering - currently employed at Chevron. I didn’t see any open positions, but I’d love to chat."
You only have 300 characters (not words) when sending a note on LinkedIn.
- Pay a compliment to the person you are messaging.
- Tell them what you are interested in.
- Give a little information about yourself.
- State your intentions for connecting.
This is the secret formula to get responses and help you find a job on LinkedIn.