Few would disagree that LinkedIn has transformed the job hunting marketplace. Several years ago, back when LinkedIn only had 70,000 or so members, the job hunting sphere was monopolized by just a handful of websites. Now, LinkedIn has shaken up the market – and allowed to get would-be recruits a much better payday in the process.
Of course, the large nature of LinkedIn means that it can be a tricky platform to get your head around. There are stories of victims of scamming and fraud although in truth, considering its vast size, these stories form an exceptionally small proportion of their users.
Following on from the above, today’s blog post is going to help you get the most out of LinkedIn. Sure, we can’t guarantee you that shiny job at the FBI, but there’s no doubt that this Chase Rubin LinkedIn guide will make a monumental difference to your hunt for a job.
Keep on top of your profile
This is probably one of the principle mistakes that people searching for a job on LinkedIn make. Unfortunately, just signing up for the platform isn’t going to cut it – you need to be much more proactive than that.
Your profile needs to stand out from the crowd. Every single element of it needs to be completed and fine-tuned in-detail.
LinkedIn is also full of recruiters, who are desperately looking for a candidate to fill their position. Unlike rival job sites, it doesn’t cost the earth for them to advertise, so there are some real cost benefits for these recruiters using LinkedIn. As such, update your profile, just so it appears in as many searches as they perform.
The invaluable recommendation function
If you happen to know somebody who works at a company, this next suggestion is crucial. LinkedIn has a feature built in (which recognizes fraud, we should add), so that you can quickly put together a template to a company if you already know who someone works there.
Just like in the “real world”, a LinkedIn recommendation is significant and can make you stand out from the 70,000 candidates (OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration) who are seemingly vying for the same position.
Use as many search filters as possible
Something else that has put LinkedIn ahead of the game is their immense emphasis on search. Now, it’s possible to filter out on so many different levels that the chances of being connected with a completely unrelated position are pretty much over.
When we talk about these filters, we’re specifically referring to the likes of the job function, how much experience is required, the industry and even the date posted.
Their search feature also has a subscribe function. This effectively saves your search, so you can quickly return to it, but it also means that you will be updated as soon as a different job qualifies for this search. For particularly challenging industries (shall we mention the FBI example again), this is really beneficial.