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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.
The Jobs section on LinkedIn contains over 100,000 listings of jobs available. These are paid listings that have been posted by hiring companies or recruitment agencies themselves. To get to the Jobs section, come to the Navigation bar and click on Jobs. You'll come to the Jobs Home where you can Search for Jobs, or view recommendations of Jobs you may be interested in based on your previous work experience and take a quick look at the Job Seeker toolkit where you can click on a link to Update your profile if you need to, Add connections or Follow more companies. I recommend going through to the Advanced Search for jobs and selecting some of the options below.
If we search the Keyword editor we can select multiple functions, we'll have all the functions covered and select multiple levels of experience or any level. In my case I am going to select the middle two; in terms of Date Posted, any date or more recent postings. We'll click on the Search button a list of results will come up, these have been sorted by Relevance. We can also choose to sort them by Relationship or Dates Posted. For any Search we've run we also have the option to save the search by coming up to the top right-hand corner of this bar and clicking on the link to Save.
This names the search and offers us the option to receive Email Alerts on a Daily basis, Weekly basis, Monthly or Never. I recommend receiving the alerts on a weekly basis, as you don't want to receive too many emails by receiving emails daily or miss opportunities by receiving emails monthly, by which stage the position may already have been filled. If you do change the settings for how often to receive the alerts, remember to click Save and the search will now be moved to a Saved Searches tab. We can run the search again any time by clicking on the Search Name and revealing the results.
We can also adjust the Settings for the frequency of alerts if our search has become more active or if we're finding less results, maybe move back to Never, maybe move back to Monthly and allow one of the other searches that have been more productive to be delivered on a Weekly basis. If we take a look at some of the individual results, the format varies. If we click on a job, we get a Job Description but on the right-hand side we may also have additional information such as how many people have clicked on the job. Beneath this is an option to Unlock the Salary Estimates, for this you'll have to upgrade to a Job Seeker Premium account and beneath that how you're linked through to the company that's hiring.
There is also another link at the bottom of the page for you to Apply on Company Website. In other cases the additional information such as how many people have clicked may not be shown. However other information such as how many people have applied may show up in this place, as well as a link to the person who has posted the job and the opportunity to apply directly through LinkedIn. We come back to Jobs again and down to our Saved Search. You can usually review jobs quite quickly from this and assess how many people within your network can help you with further information.
By clicking on this link you receive a list of the people who work within the company and if the job looks promising you can either save it or seek some other jobs. Once you've saved a job, you may wish to contact the people in your network for further background information before applying, but you'll be able to come back to it here, to the application when you are ready. Make sure your job is relevant for the jobs you are applying for via LinkedIn, as people posting on LinkedIn will almost certainly review your profile to see how close a match there is. As you adjust your profile over time, also remember to adjust your offline resume so the two match closely; and if requested to send in a hard copy of a resume, over the soft copy version, it will match the details you have in the work EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION sections of your LinkedIn profile.
Jobs can fill fast at times and companies which pay to post jobs on LinkedIn are actively seeking potential candidates. So if you are receiving automatic emails, review these jobs frequently to ensure you have enough time to build your network and leverage your contacts in the organizations before the application deadline. Many people also set searches to run even if they are employed, as this allows them to stay current on competitive activities and options should they need them at a later stage. The best time to look for job is when you already have one, as networking always takes time, and LinkedIn is most powerful when your network can be leveraged to support any job application.
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