There are over 400 million people registered on LinkedIn worldwide, therefore, you need to make sure that you don’t get lost in the crowd, by making your account stand out. Many recruiters use LinkedIn to recruit talent, so here are a few easy steps that will help you on your way to get your dream job:
1) Make sure your profile is up to date
Your LinkedIn profile is your opportunity to showcase your professional skills and a way to get employers to you.
Profiles with previous/current work experiences as well as education are more likely to be viewed for potential job opportunities. Also, make sure you’ve got a professional looking photograph for your profile.
This will ensure that you are more discoverable on the search engines on LinkedIn
2) Use the search engine function
LinkedIn has a powerful search engine function with jobs listed on there every day. So why not go straight to the company that you are interested in and see if they are hiring.
It may also be helpful to connect with the hiring manager or people of influence within the company.
3) Connect and build your network
A strong network is fundamental on LinkedIn as it reflects who you know and trust. It can also come in useful if you need a recommendation or help to connect with a hiring manager. By connecting with various people i.e. ex/current colleagues, friends, family and schoolmates you increase your chances of connecting with more people and companies.
4) Write networking emails
LinkedIn allows you to send direct messages to any of your connections. You could use this feature to introduce yourself or perhaps get your contact to forward an introductory message to one of their connections. Make sure you explain your skills and experience in the field you are interested in thoroughly. Keep things simple and be clear in what you are asking for.
5) Get recommendations and endorsements
Recommendations add an extra layer of credibility to your profile and make you stand out from the crowd. They highlight your skills as well as show that you are/have been a valued employee. You should reach out to your previous employers or colleagues to get recommendations from them.
Endorsements are also a great way to highlight the skills you already have and they look good on your profile.
As much as LinkedIn is a great networking tool and a powerful search engine, you should remember that it not always about the job. It is about building a relationship with interesting people from across the world and finding opportunities which could come in useful in the future.