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Join author Richard Colback as he shows you how to get started with the world's largest professional networking site, LinkedIn. The course demonstrates how to build a profile that will get the attention of employers, recruiters, fellow professionals, and potential clients. Richard walks you through creating an account, adding pertinent information such as skills and work experience, making connections and joining groups, accessing LinkedIn from apps, and monitoring your stats to continuously build a better profile. Along the way, learn to grow your personal brand and become a more visible community member by participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, and engaging in other ways that add to your profile's integrity.
In addition to the jobs listed in the Jobs section of LinkedIn, further opportunities are also added to the Jobs section of many groups. This feature has made Groups a very important section of LinkedIn for job seekers, in particular alumni groups and groups focusing on jobs and careers often contain very active job sections. While group members and administrators are allowed to post job opportunities for free, the number and frequency of jobs posted in groups varies widely. So it makes sense to take another look at the groups you are a member of and to consider joining new groups when actively searching for job. If we take a look at the Groups and come down to the Groups Directory, we can gather information by clicking on the links of some of the groups we are not yet a member of.
If they are open group, we may already have access to the Jobs tab, which is listed just beneath the Group title, here we have a Job title, the company hiring and some more information about people who may have shared it. If we click on the link, we can see a Description, some experience and maybe even an option for you to apply directly. Again, here we have the number of people who have already applied for the job. In other cases, such as with a members only group, if we click on the link for the group, we don't have access to the Jobs tab. However, by coming down and clicking on the Group Statistics icon on the right-hand side and selecting the fourth link called Activity, if we click on this, we can see how many jobs were posted in the Last week within the group.
This gives us a very good indication of how much activity there has been and if the theme of the group is appropriate, this should be a good one to join. If you're already a member of group, it will be shown in the Your Groups section. Here a summary of groups is given and an icon in the shape of a briefcase with a number above it indicates how many jobs and job discussions have taken place recently within the group. However jobs may have been posted that aren't shown, so it make sense to click and go into each of the groups and review the Jobs tab to ensure that you see all the jobs that are available. These were posted some while ago so they are not showing in the Jobs count on the summary screen.
Jobs you find posted in groups have the additional benefit that you'll already have a connection with the person who posted them by virtue of both sharing membership with that group. Jobs maybe posted by a third party as a way of spreading the word about a job and helping the group and so less detail may be given in the job posting as to how to contact other people in the company whether a job is available and the person actually hiring for the job may not be directly identified. The structured job postings may vary here from that you find in the Jobs section and you may not be able to apply for the job directly through LinkedIn itself.
However in all cases take note of the person who posted the job and contact them to start the networking process and ask for their help in identifying more inside connections.
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