How to use LinkedIn for your job search

There are many ways that you can use LinkedIn to help you in your job search, which is why it is one of the most popular methods of searching for a new job, as can be seen in our infographic. As such, it is useful to know how to optimise the way in which you look for jobs using LinkedIn.

Firstly, it is vital that your profile page is in order. Ensure that you have a professional photograph, a full work history and a small but detailed biography detailing your key strengths and the parts of your work you are most proud of. This way, you will immediately indicate your talents and experience to prospective employers.

Utilise your connections. If you are continually making connections on LinkedIn, you should find that there will be at least one of those connections is able to assist you with your search. Be that an introduction to a prospective employer or through a recommendation for a role they have seen, it is worth keeping your network as wide as possible. Make sure you reciprocate the favours though, it is only fair!

LinkedIn’s job search function allows you to perform a very narrow search for jobs in a specific discipline, area or company. This gives you the opportunity to find the jobs which are perfect for you. However, you need to know the keywords necessary for the positions you are looking for, so it is worth researching the jobs description to ensure that you find exactly what you want.

Having found the engineering job you are looking for, it can be useful to see who it was that posted the job or the company that they work for. You can, with this knowledge, find a Hiring Manager and apply directly or ask for a referral. Referral is an option on LinkedIn that comes with a template that can be easily personalised. These options mean that you are less likely to be forgotten about through the hiring process, as you have placed yourself at the forefront of the Hiring Manager’s mind.

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