Now that you've created your LinkedIn profile it's time to start searching for jobs. In this video former marine Greg Call shows fellow service members how to find job opportunities on LInkedIn. Learn how to narrow down a job search and connect with a recruiter in this video, and start applying for your dream job today.
- So now that you've developed your profile and are building your professional network, we're on to the final phase of our mission. Let's explore how LinkedIn can help kick start your post military career. LinkedIn has more than five million job opportunities, or postings, listed on the site. And we have built tools to make it super easy to find the right opportunity for you. This video will show you how to utilize those tools in your job search. In general, it's a good idea to start with a fairly broad search and then add search filters to narrow down your results.
Let's begin by typing a company you're interested in. We're going to use LinkedIn as the example. In the white search box at the top type LinkedIn. Now before you hit enter or the magnifying glass on the right hand side of the search bar, wait for the drop down menu to appear. You'll see jobs at LinkedIn. When you click on that you'll be brought to a new page with all the jobs that are currently available at our company. LinkedIn allows you to narrow down these results through filters. These filters are located on the left side of the page.
For this example we are looking for operations manager positions. So we're going to type operations manager into the keyword box, and then LinkedIn again into the company box. Hit search to see the new results. From here choose the job you're interested in and click on either the job title or the blue view button to read the job description. Once you're on this page you'll see a job summary and learn about the desired experience for this position.
At the bottom of the job description you can read more about the company and follow the company to stay up to date on job postings and other announcements. Another great way that LinkedIn helps you find the right opportunities, as well as cuts down on your job search time, is our similar job postings feature. You can find these by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Instead of going through the search process for every company you're interested in, LinkedIn will show you other companies with similar job opportunities. Additionally, over on the right hand side of the page, you can also check out related jobs that other applicants for this position viewed.
Now if you find a job you're interested in, here are some next steps. Apply on the spot. Save and research. Follow the company. Or reach out to other LinkedIn members that work at the company. If you're ready to apply, go ahead and click on the blue button. It will either say apply or apply on the company website. For this example we can just click on the apply on company website button, and you will be directed to the application. You also have the option of uploading a resume.
If you're not ready to apply yet, you can save the job posting. You can see what you've saved by clicking jobs on the top menu of any page. Your saved jobs will be on the right hand side of the page. We recommend taking some time to learn more about the companies. And you can do that by clicking on the company name to access their company page. Once there you can read more about their business and job opportunities. Go ahead and click follow to signal your interest in the company and receive updates from them. And here's a tip; employers frequently check out who's following them, so we encourage following every company you apply to.
Now don't forget you can leverage a new professional network to help land your next job. This is called targeted networking. In targeted networking you reach out directly to recruiters at a company or employees with similar background as yours. On some job postings LinkedIn makes this easy by showing you the recruiter that posted the job. To connect with that recruiter, simply click on Send InMail. An InMail is exactly the same as an email but strictly for LinkedIn members. An effective InMail should do two things; establish your interest in the job and show why you're a great candidate.
Be clear and concise in your subject line. Something like, Marine veteran interested in operations manager position at LinkedIn. Treat your InMail like the start of a conversation. The goal is to discuss and explore the opportunity, not to seal the deal immediately. And don't forget to mention something about the job posting that prompted you to reach out. Another aspect of targeted networking is finding LinkedIn members with similar backgrounds at companies you're interested in. For this operations manager position at LinkedIn, you might want to see if there are any military veterans who work there.
To do that type LinkedIn veteran in the search bar, and a familiar face will pop up on your screen. Click my name and follow the same process to send me an InMail. As we know, the military and veteran communities are tight nit communities. Networking with other veterans on LinkedIn is an extremely effective way to get your foot in the door at any company. Take some time now to conduct searches for job opportunities using the strategies we just talked about. These strategies will be key to turning the five million jobs listed on LinkedIn into the one opportunity that is perfect for you.
Find out how to join LinkedIn and get special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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