Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying for a job, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker.
- So, let's say you've narrowed down your job prospects using the tools covered in this chapter, and you've done your research, and now you're ready to apply for a job you've zeroed-in on. There are two types of ways for employers to accept applications for the jobs they post on LinkedIn. On this job, for example, we see a button here that says, Apply on company website. Clicking that takes me to a site off of LinkedIn. This can be the company's website, or a third party service they're using to accept and process applications. Therefore, the exact process will vary depending on the company or service they're using.
So, this is what the application process looks for the job that I just clicked on. In some cases you might have to dig around to look for an Apply Now button, and then just walk through the process to submit your resume. I'll just close that for now. But if I switch to another job and click the Apply on company website button, the resulting page looks completely different. I can again click Apply Now, and in this case, I can fill out a form. Now in some cases, the third party site will have LinkedIn compatibility built in, allowing you to simply submit your profile and possibly, some additional information.
In other cases, you may have to fill out an entire application and submit a resume. Notice, this particular application does give you a space to put in the address of your LinkedIn profile. But regardless of the process, you should be absolutely certain that your LinkedIn profile is looking as good as possible before beginning the application, since chances are good that potential employers will be checking it out. Now the other way employers can accept job applications, is directly on LinkedIn. In those cases, you'll see a button labeled Apply Now. That opens up a simple window that you see here.
Notice it says that your complete profile will be included with this application, so again, be absolutely certain your profile is in top shape and includes all the information you want, before applying for the job. For example, you can choose an alternate Email address to be contacted at. You can add a Phone number, if you don't already have one on your profile. And you can upload a Resume or Cover Letter by clicking Upload a file. I won't do that right now, though. Now below that, you have the option of following this company so anything they post on their account, will show up in your feed. Which is probably a good idea since this is a company you're interested in potentially working for, so you'll probably want to keep up with what they're doing.
And lastly, as a Premium subscriber, you'll see this option here checked by default, to Feature my application. As a Premium member, this option places your job application above the applications of non-Premium members, which increases the chances of having your application viewed. So clearly, applying for a job through LinkedIn is much easier than going through a company or third party website. But, again, the big takeaway here is to make sure your profile page is up-to-date and in top shape, before submitting any application.
He then covers such features as Insights, which show how you stack up against a company's employees and other applicants. He also explains best practices for sending InMail to people, finding companies of interest, and using tools to reach key contacts and hiring managers. Finally, put it all to work by learning how to apply for a job directly on LinkedIn. Using these tips and LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker, you can find, apply, and network your way to your next dream job.
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