According to Wikipedia.org, LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented online service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Launched on May 5, 2003, the platform is primarily used for professional networking and career development and allows job seekers to post their CVs and employers to post jobs.
If you are looking for a job then it is advisable to join the LinkedIn platform. It is a platform that is widely used by job seekers and employers. According to Jack Meyer, the site has become the “premier digital platform” for professionals to network online.
In Australia, a country that has approximately twelve million working professionals, ten million of them are on LinkedIn, according to Anastasia Santoreneos, suggesting that the probability was high that one’s “future employer is probably on the site.” According to one estimate based on worldwide figures, 122 million users got job interviews via LinkedIn, and 35 million were hired by a LinkedIn online connection.
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LinkedIn helps users to research companies, non-profit organizations, and governments profiles on their platform they may be interested in working.
Typing the name of a company or organization in the search box causes pop-up data about the company or organization to appear. Such data may include the ratio of female to male employees, the percentage of the most common titles/positions held within the company, the location of the company’s headquarters and offices, and a list of present and former employees.
LinkedIn’s Profinder is a marketplace where freelancers can (for a monthly subscription fee) bid for project proposals submitted by individuals and small businesses. In 2017, it had around 60,000 freelancers in more than 140 service areas, such as headshot photography, bookkeeping, or tax filing.
How to Create A LinkedIn Account
Before you can have access to LinkedIn’s job search features you will need to sign up for an account on their website (LinkedIn.Com). Follow the guidelines below to create a LinkedIn Profile that will get you jobs.
- Go to www.LinkedIn.com/SignUp
- Enter your email address
- Choose a Password: Choose a strong password for your LinkedIn account. Do not use a password that can easily be guessed by hackers or anyone.
- Accept to join the platform by clicking on the “Agree and Join” button
Alternatively, after visiting www.LinkedIn.com/SignUp you can choose to join with Google by clicking on the “Join With Google” button at the bottom of the page.
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Ways to Find Jobs on LinkedIn
You can find many jobs on LinkedIn after creating an account, to do so, follow the step-by-step guide below.
Put Up A Full Profile
The first thing to do is to take your time and complete all required fields on your profile. Employers are always looking for information by viewing your profile. If they come across a profile and notice it’s incomplete, it tells them how unserious the job seeker is. This will make you lose a job opportunity. You have to add a catchy message that talks about who you are and what you do. Search engine researches are based on keywords and as such, it is important to add some of them to your LinkedIn profile, most especially in these sections: headline, biography, and work experience.
Join LinkedIn Groups
Joining LinkedIn groups related to your expertise or profession will expose you to many opportunities and has no downsides. Some of these groups have hundreds of thousands of members. When you become a member, you automatically gain direct access to all of the other members in the group either by starting new discussions or by posting a status update and/or sending them messages.
You can equally create your own group if you are an expert in a particular field. You can share your ideas in your group. Once you are a group owner, as soon as you answer questions from members, you start being perceived as an expert, and your chances of attracting employers triple in a flash.
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Be Active on LinkedIn
When you create a LinkedIn account and complete your profile, don’t just leave the account idle. Apart from joining groups, you can connect with other users. Build your network, accept other users that want to connect with you. Unlike the school of thought, that suggests you should not accept connections from users you do not know, I strongly advise you to do the opposite: connect with as many users as possible. Why should you take this approach? You never know who will be looking for a candidate with your skills.
Recommendations are like testimonies and every company loves to hear other people’s opinions about you. It makes it easy for them to know who they will be working with in the future. If your past employers are giving good testimonies about you then it means other employers can trust to work with you too. This means that the more recommendations you have the better your chances of being noticed by employers on LinkedIn.
A very effective way to get recommendations is to give them. Once you have written a few lines for somebody else you know and trust, this person will be much more willing to do the same for you. As to what they should write about you, following the rules of storytelling is always a good guideline. Just as any good writer will never say that his/her character is clever or violent but, instead, he/she will show it through his/her actions, your recommendation should explain what you have achieved working in a group instead of saying that you are an incredible team player.
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If you follow the above guideline and make use of LinkedIn, you will find your dream job in no time; be it remote or in-office jobs.
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