3 Strategic Ways To Land Your Dream Job On Linkedin
When using social networks to find a job, Linkedin is certainly a great place to start. Here are 3 things to focus on.
1.) Finish, update, and perfect your profile:
Keeping an updated, descriptive, and full profile is imperative for finding a job in line with your interests. The words you put on your profile end up being key words that employers look up when they are searching for a candidate to contact. Not sure what your tagline should be? Look up ideas using LinkedIn's search bar to see what other people like you have chosen to put. Although you don't want to directly copy them, use this tool to keep up with trends in employment descriptions and styles.
Keep your experience descriptions assertive and concise. Employers want to know what you've done in the past, but they won't want to read a long paragraph of fluff. Try bullet points or a small descriptive paragraph. Make sure to use good action verbs like established, developed, and implemented to really highlight that you were particularly important to your past employer, and not just a replaceable body.
Also, don't forget to include any impactful statistics you may have about your past work, such as increases in sales or growth of users. These types of concrete details stand out to employers who are looking for individuals who can prove their worth.
2. Get recommendations!
This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of your profile. With everyone posting their elaborated experiences on the web nowadays, it can be difficult for employers to pick out which candidates they would like to call in for an interview, especially if the work experience is comparatively close between applicants. At this point, what will set you apart from your opponent is a solid heartfelt recommendation from your past employer explaining your tasks more specifically and how he or she felt it was like to work with you. A key thing to note here is that while recruiters will definitely be looking at your past experiences as a guide for whether or not you are a good fit for the company, many times they will spend less time looking at that and more time looking at the easier read. To get recommendations, you will want to ask colleagues and employers you have had good relations with politely through LinkedIn or email, and prior to this you may want to double check what you wrote on your profile about you experience at that company.
3. Use your network!
Alright, so you have your profile all set up, now what? It's time to use LinkedIn's greatest advantage: its ability to easily connect you with old, current, and potential connections. A study showed that company recruiters are now using LinkedIn more actively to find their employees. By using key words and requirement descriptions in their searches, they can more effectively find and contact individuals that they like.
Additionally, you can make referrals easier on future employers and friends/acquaintances by simply having a LinkedIn profile. Ask friends to show off your LinkedIn profile to their bosses right on the web, or they can look it up themselves on their own time. The site provides an organized and comprehensive professional resume that is easy to view, download, and circulate between recruiters. At this point, it may even be considered unprofessional not to be on LinkedIn.
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