Now that you are on LinkedIn and have your profile completed, a growing number of connections, some recommendations and a decent photograph of yourself, it is time to put LinkedIn to use. With budgets being cut everywhere, hiring departments at corporations find they have to do more with less. If they were on all the major job boards a few years ago, they are only on one or two today. One of the methods for finding people that is becoming increasingly popular is LinkedIn. For the corporate recruiter, LinkedIn is a cheap way to post a job and it gives them greater insight into the candidates than a simple resume. LinkedIn is a real boon for recruiters. There are 1,000s of jobs listed on LinkedIn. In some cases, these jobs are ONLY listed on LinkedIn. They are not on any of the job boards. If you are not checking LinkedIn for jobs, you are missing some.
The first thing you should do is to go to the search bar, select the “People” pull-down and scroll to “Jobs”. Enter the job you are looking for in the search area, click on the magnifying glass and dozens or even 1000s of jobs will pop up. There are probably too many jobs for you to sort through. Additionally, many of them will be jobs in other countries. You are probably not going to get a relocation package to move you to Brussels, Holland, or Barcelona for example.
The next thing to do is to select “Advanced” (slightly to the right of the search field) and narrow down the scope a bit. A good place to start is by selecting a location within a reasonable distance from your home zip code. Then try other options. The “Advanced” option is not difficult. Don’t be intimidated. It is not an IQ test. It is simply a more sophisticated search. Try it.
This is the conclusion of “Lesson Number One” on using LinkedIn for the job hunt. Pretty simple, I know, but I have attended LinkedIn training and heard the crowd gasp and emit a delighted laugh when they heard the trainer explain this simple use of LinkedIn. Play with it a little bit and you will know everything you need to know.