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Using LinkedIn to find your dream job

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19 Jun 2017
LinkedIn With over 23 million members in the UK and 500 million members worldwide, LinkedIn has become a staple in the office for professional networking. Essentially a social media site, the platform can be used as a tool by virtually anyone from students to CEO’S, to find their dream job. There are many features to help you find your next role when utilising the site, but here are some basic tips to ensure you are using it to its full potential. 

Let people find you 

Think of your profile as your online CV – be sure to complete all sections in full, including your education and experience and be sure to add as many keywords as possible to ensure you are found by the right people. For example, an employer may use the phrase ‘Residential Conveyancer’ or ‘Wills and Probates’ to discover your profile. However, if you are a residential conveyancer or private client fee earner, but have not included this on your profile, an employer is not going to be able to find you. Completing the sections on your profile will make it easier for people to find you, rather than you find them.

Your headline on LinkedIn is also crucial to you being found. Your headline should describe you and what you do in just 120 characters. Be sure to keep this short and snappy – it could be the determining factor in an employer clicking onto your profile or the thing that makes them skip to the next one. 

Join relevant groups and contribute to the discussions, you might not have key decision makers in your network but they will be part of groups.  If you are contributing relevant and sound information to the groups, they will see you.

Do not forget to upload a profile photo as you will receive 14 times more views than without one! 

Find jobs

Once your profile is fully completed and accurate, you will start to receive relevant job emails based on the content of your profile. Your LinkedIn homepage will also recommend jobs for you. Use the ‘My Jobs’ button at the top of the screen to search for jobs and view saved jobs. This search function also includes a handy tool to compare salary expectations; simply put your job title and location in to see what others in the same field as you are being paid.

When applying for jobs, some applications will take you to the organisations’ main site, however on most you can use LinkedIn’s quick apply which will apply for the role using details you have already included in your profile.   

Receive recommendations 

Collecting as many recommendations from previous employers and clients will give you a competitive edge over other applicants. Most references these days are just confirmation of dates, sickness records, and your disciplinary record. Recommendations on the other hand, demonstrate your character and experience and can show hiring managers more than most references. 

Review company pages and hiring managers 

Before you apply for a role carry out more research by reviewing the organisations’ company profile or the hiring manager’s profile along with any connections you have that already work there. This is extremely helpful to get some detailed inside information to help make the decision to apply or not. 

If you are called to an interview, the information gained from your additional research should help you to answer any questions about the company. Having insight into the company’s recent activity could also give you a real competitive advantage.
If you need help finding your next role and would like to have a confidential discussion regarding your options, feel free to make contact with one our consultants. Alternatively receive more top tips on how to optimise your LinkedIn profile by downloading our LinkedIn Guide. Download LinkedIn Guide 

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