Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Find open job opportunities, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- 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 kickstart your post-military career. LinkedIn has more than 5 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.
- [Female Instructor] Say you're looking for a role as a project manager. Begin by clicking on the "Jobs" tab on the main navigation bar. Next, type in "project manager" in the white search field. From here let's narrow our search by looking at jobs specifically at LinkedIn. You can add companies if you don't see their names on the list. There are a number of other filters such as location.
From here choose a job you're interested in and click on the job title 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 at the top 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 who 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. You may also have the option of uploading a resume at this time. If you're not ready to apply yet you can save the job posting and to see what you saved click on the "Jobs" icon and your saved jobs will be at the top.
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 to 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 backgrounds as yours. On some job postings LinkedIn makes this easy by showing you the recruiter who posted the job. To connect with that recruiter simply click on "Send InMail". InMail is a premium feature and 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 you subject line, something like "Army Veteran interested "In Project 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 Project Manager position at LinkedIn you might want to see if there are any other military veterans who work there.
To do that type "LinkedIn" into the search field and click "People who work at LinkedIn". Then over on the right hand side under past companies you can add military departments such as the U.S. Army. This will bring up a list of U.S. Army veterans who work at LinkedIn. Choose the person who best aligns with your career interests and send them an InMail. - As we know the military and veteran communities are tight knit 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 5 million jobs listed on LinkedIn into the one opportunity that is perfect for you.
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- Creating a strong LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your work experience
- Adding skills and endorsements to your profile
- Using the Education, Honors, and Awards features
- Connecting with other LinkedIn members
- Finding open job opportunities
- Using Linked Learning to build skills
- Getting a free LinkedIn premium subscription