LinkedIn is a great platform to look for jobs. In this video, learn about how to search, save, research, and apply for jobs.
- [Instructor] As a student, one of the most important uses for the LinkedIn platform will likely be to search for jobs. LinkedIn has done an amazing job of improving the process of helping you find a job, research it, and apply for it. Let's take a look at how to do this. Inside of the account that we created for Maria, we'll take a look at how we can begin to search and apply for jobs. The first thing we need to do is click on the Jobs icon up at the top. I'll click here and this brings us to the Jobs page. Now, if I scroll down a little bit, you'll notice down here that it gives us some suggestions. It's saying, Because you viewed Instructional Designer, they give these recommendations. Based on your profile, they give some more recommendations. And, for any of these, I can go ahead and I can click on them. Inside, you'll find a plethora of information, stuff that will tell you whether or not it's a job that you're interested in as well as how you stack up as a candidate. So here I can click on See more, I can read where it is, when it was posted, how many applicants there are. I can see a description of this job, the required skills. Over on the right-hand side I can see here Job Details such as the Seniority Level, Industry, Employment Type, and more. And up at the top here, it has how we match with regards to our skills. So they list the skills that they're looking for and they show the ones that we have in common. So here with a blue check mark means that I have communication and design as skills on my LinkedIn profile. This can be a great spot to look because you might think to yourself, "Hey, I know Adobe Creative Suite," and if so, but if you don't have that as one of the skills on your profile, you might want to go ahead and add that. Now, in here, you can also apply for this job, so I can click on Easy Apply and apply for it right inside of the LinkedIn platform, and I can also Save this job. I'll go ahead and save it for now. And then I'm going to back out. Now, there's another way that you can find jobs, and that is to search for them up in here. So let's say that I want to search for a job related to social media marketing. I'm going to select that from the drop-down. And once you do, you'll have the ability to use these job filters. So up here, there are a ton of them. First of all, you can sort them by relevance or recency, by the date posted, LinkedIn Features. In other words, does it have Easy Apply, does it have under 10 applicants, is it with people in your network? You can choose a specific Company and Experience Level. And, in this case, because Maria is a student, I want to put in here Entry level. And I can click on All filters if I want. So, in here, what I did not add was the location. That's something I'm definitely going to need to do. So if I go over here to Location, I can see that they are giving some recommendations. I'm going to select Los Angeles and then click Apply. Now this has narrowed it down to 255 results that fit social media marketing job in the Los Angeles area that is entry level. From here I can scroll down and see the different jobs and what companies they are at. I can click on them once again, go inside, learn more about them. I can also Apply or Save those jobs as well. Now if I back out of here by going up to my Jobs icon again, you'll notice that, in the top left corner, there's a thing that says Track my jobs. If I click on there it will bring me to any jobs that I have saved. Now, it will show right here any of those saved jobs. I'm going to click on refresh and you'll see that the two that I just added now appear inside of here. So maybe I want to keep five or 10 jobs that I'm interested in and keep an eye on them. And, at any time, if you want to get rid of them, you can simply click on the X button. Now one thing you'll notice here is that there's two different Apply buttons that appear. Some job posts will have a blue button that says Apply. For these, it will take you to the company's website or a third-party job board in order to apply for the job. If it has the button that says Easy Apply with the LinkedIn logo, it's one that allows you to apply for it right in the LinkedIn platform. In other words, here if I click on that, it allows me to fill out my information, answer any additional questions that were posted, then I can upload a resume if I need to. And submit this and it will submit it using my LinkedIn profile. So it really is that easy to find jobs. One final way that you might want to find jobs is by looking for a specific company that you want to work for. Let's say, for instance, that I want to work at Microsoft. I'll go up here and type in that company to see if they have a page. In this case Microsoft does have a company page on LinkedIn. And then, if I look on the left-hand side, you'll see here Jobs. I'll click on that and it will show me any jobs that exist at this company and it will tailor them to the jobs that I would be looking for based on my account. So that's another great way to go and find jobs. Now I'm going to navigate one more time to my Jobs account. And down here you'll notice, up at the top, another tab that says Career interests. I'm going to go ahead and click on that. By turning this on, it will notify recruiters that you're open to new job opportunities or actively seeking a new job. If you're a student and looking for your first job, it's a great idea to fill this out so that you're more visible to recruiters. Now if it's something you want to do, you click on Go to profile, and in here you can update your account. So you can tell them what job titles are you looking for? What locations are you looking for? So, in other words, here I have digital marketing intern. I could put in social media marketing. I could type in here that I want it to be in web design. Then down below we can select those locations. We can select if we want it to be full-time, contracted, part-time. And then you can decide who sees this. Is it all LinkedIn members or do you only want recruiters to be able to see that you're open to these job opportunities? Once you're done you can click Add to profile and it will then add that. I'll click Done, and you'll see here on Maria's main page, she is open to job opportunities and then shows some of the job titles that she's interested in looking for. So LinkedIn is a great one stop shop for finding job openings, researching them, saving them, applying for them, and more. I strongly suggest utilizing these features as it will make the stressful chore of searching for a job much easier, more efficient, and more effective.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.