Whether you’re switching positions or embarking on a PR career, finding a job can be challenging.
We have the internet, which makes certain aspects of the mission easier, but it’s still hard to go through the extensive résumé and in terview processes to find that perfect position.
Using the right resources can make things a lot easier. LinkedIn was built for that purpose. The professional social network has enabled millions of employers to connect with top talent over the years. It’s become the top network for job recruitment and the sharing of professional knowledge.
The numbers show it all. There are more than 6.5 million active job listings on LinkedIn, and more than 94 percent of recruiters use the site to vet job candidates. What’s more, 48 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn as their only source for social media outreach.
Facebook might reveal details about an individual’s personality, but LinkedIn will inform recruiters about your professional record, so they can use that information to discern your suitability for a certain job.
As a result, professionals searching for meaningful employment shouldn’t take LinkedIn’s utility for granted. If you’re trying to find a job, here are four essential tips for using the platform:
If there’s a certain company or set of companies you think you’d like to work for someday, follow their pages. Businesses often post their job openings publicly on LinkedIn, because they hope to recruit high-quality talent from its archives.
Take Park West Gallery, one of the largest art galleries in the world. It always posts about openings on its LinkedIn page. People looking for a career as an art auctioneer, art writer or production specialist can follow the company’s page and check regularly for career updates.
When you make a connection, take a few minutes to peruse his or her list of contacts.