Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Making use of the Premium Job Seeker group, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker.
- Another benefit of upgrading to a Job Seeker account is that you gain access to the Job Seeker premium group on Linkedin. In case you're not familiar with them, groups are essentially forms on Linkedin where members can post questions or articles, have discussions, and interact with other people who share the common interests of the group. You can find the group directory at linkedin.com/directory/groups. Here you can search for groups alphabetically or, for example, on this featured groups page, I can see there's a social marketing group, a group for banking careers, a digital marketing group, and so on.
Some of these groups are open, while others are private. Social Media Marketing, for example, is open. I can browse the postings here, click on items to read them, and participate in discussions. If I want to see posts in other items from this group automatically in my news feed, I can just scroll up and click join. So, this is an example of an open group. Other groups, for example Hotel Industries Professional Worldwide, is a private group.
So, you won't be able to see anything until you join. When you click join, your profile will be reviewed by the group manager to determine if you qualify to join. Another such private group is the one for Job Seeker Premium. There isn't really an easy URL to type in to get to this, but the fastest way to find it is to just do a Google search for a Linkedin Job Seeker Premium Group, and you'll get a link to the main page. So, again, this is a private group, but it's open to all current Job Seeker members. When you click join, you'll be accepted as long as you have a Job Seeker account.
Once you're in, you can use the navigation here at the top to browse these different areas, including the discussions. Under discussions you can start your own discussion or read and comment on existing discussions. Participating in a discussion and being active in the community can be one of the best ways to network and generate profile views for yourself. Every time you contribute to a discussion or create a new post, you're putting your name out there in front of the more than half a million members of this group. But, it's not just about numbers. There's also valuable information to be found here, and you'll most likely learn a lot of useful advice you can apply to your job hunt through the posts other people make and the subsequent conversations you'll have about them.
Now, the flip side, you'll want to keep an eye out for discussions that you can contribute your own knowledge to. You might have successfully navigated yourself around a particular challenge that other people are still struggling with. Sharing your personal insight or advice is a great way to help and network with others who may, in turn, be able to help you out in the future. So, again, this is an included benefit of your Job Seeker account that I don't think gets enough attention or the hype it deserves. Linkedin groups, in general, are a great way to get yourself in with like-minded people around a single issue, where you can all exchange knowledge with each other to everyone's benefit.
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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