Join Jolie Miller for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding jobs on LinkedIn, part of Job Hunting Online.
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Having a professional profile is a great start, and you can multiply its power by using LinkedIn as a jump board and your profile as a virtual resume you can submit when you find the job you like. Let’s take a look at finding jobs, and reviewing all the analytics that job seeker account gives you on each opportunity. I’m here on the job’s tab, and I just clicked in the top navigation bar jobs to get here. It gives me a search field where I can search for jobs by keywords, by company name, by job title. Underneath the search field there’s an advance search area where I can continue to filter by industry, by functions, salary, zip code.
Basically as many filters as you can imagine LinkedIn will allow you to apply, against the search that you do. You can also click to get e-mail alerts for jobs that you might be interested in. If you click the get e-mail alerts button, it will bring up a dialog box, you can select daily, weekly, or no e-mail alerts. When you’re early on in your search, you might want Daily Digest of alerts for jobs that LinkedIn finds of interests for you. As you get more leads in your pocket, you’re feeling good about where you are, you might want to scale that back.
You can always change these, go ahead and click Save when you’ve made your selections. You also want to check here that LinkedIn shows you that your job activity is private. It should default to this, but if for any reason you don’t see that, go back to your privacy settings and make sure that you have your selections the way that you want them. Underneath this area, we have recommended positions. I’m a Director of Content here at Lynda.com. LinkedIn is guessing that I might be interested in other director positions at other companies.
It is serving up these types of jobs so that I can take a look at them and consider them in my search. Over here on the right, we have saved jobs. If during your search you find a position that you’re interested in, you want to revisit it, come back at a later time, you can save it and it will show up here in your saved jobs queue. A little further down on this page also, you can see the jobs that you have applied for, and it lets you take a look at those applications. I’m going to go ahead and type in a search, you know I’m on a quest to be a Developmental Editor, much to LinkedIn [should grin].
I know they’re hoping I want to be a Director somewhere. I typed editor and clicked search, and then LinkedIn serves up a lot of editor jobs over 4,200 that I can take a look at. I’ll use by best judgment in scanning through these. Some will obviously be of more interest than others. I can click save job on the ones that I want to take a closer look at. Of course, click the actual job title itself, to draw down into the specifics of each position. Here we are on this editor job listing page.
I can see 2 other applicants have applied. If I come back later, LinkedIn will tell me more about other applicants. I have an estimated salary range. I have an ability to contact the job poster through an e-mail, which is basically sending an e-mail. This is a great idea if you want to send a quick note, “I applied, I’m so interested." "I’ve noticed what your company is doing in the news." "I particularly like these products." "I’ve always wanted to work there”. Keep it short and sweet, and definitely only send one. Don’t feel the need to [pastor].
Someone who’s hiring for the role, they have a lot of people there going through, and they’ll appreciate brevity but also a friendly hello. Scrolling down a little further, I see the job description, and as I scroll beyond that, I’ll see more about the company. I have the opportunity to learn about the role. I can also see the jobs that people have viewed on the right side of the page here. After they clicked this position, they also viewed these other positions. Gives me a good idea of how other people are tracking through their job searches.
Now, back up at the top of the page here. If I click the apply now button, this will let me apply my LinkedIn profile virtually toward this position. LinkedIn makes my profile into a resume of sorts, but it also lets me upload a cover letter, or resume of my own with this upload file link. Before I click submit, I can follow the company that’s doing the hiring. I can click in this box here to feature my application. You want to check mark in that box, if you would like your application to go to the top of the pile, which is where you’re really getting your $30 a month back for the job seeker account.
When you feel confident, you’re ready to click that submit button, go ahead and click it. I’m not going to actually apply for this job. I’m going to close out of this. I want to also show you what a posting with more insights would look like, so you get a real sense of all the analytics available for positions. Once a critical mass of 10 people have applied for a job, LinkedIn shares insights with you about your competition. It’s under the number of applicants who have applied, and LinkedIn will allow you to get more insights on the position.
It tells you first of all what tier are you in. Are you top 5, top 10%, top 25, maybe top 90%, gives you a real good idea of how you stack up against your competition. As you scroll down through the screen, it lets you know when people applied, how senior they are, their network size, the top skills and expertise areas that they have. It also rates the education that you have, and compares it to that of other applicants. This is really rich data that LinkedIn is collecting and using to help you target your search.
Take advantage of it when you’re paying for that job seeker account. Now, I also want to draw your attention to the fact that, when you apply, LinkedIn is going to collect this information on you also, so be comfortable knowing that. If I click this i next to the … based on your LinkedIn profile section, it shows me a little bit more about how this rankings are estimated. I want you to keep in mind, when you apply for a job on LinkedIn, LinkedIn will also collect your information, and add it to that data pool.
You can click learn more to understand more about how they use this information and how it’s really driving that info that is in the insights that you are viewing. The last thing I want to show you about applying for jobs is how you work with a position where you don’t apply directly through LinkedIn, but instead you apply on the company website. For this position, the button is not apply now, it’s apply on company website, and if I click through to it, it takes me to the company’s homepage and the job listing where I can enter their online portal to apply through their system.
This is helpful for companies that want to get all applicants together in the same inbox essentially. You really should differ to how LinkedIn directs you to apply. If it sends you to the company website where you can apply online, definitely take that as notice for how they would like to receive your information, and follow through on the steps for the company’s webpage. Finding jobs on LinkedIn lets you leverage your resume, your network and your future opportunity all in one platform.
If you set up customized searches relevant to your job hunting plan, you’ll have a great head start on finding the job that’s right for you.
Then take a quick workshop on applying for a job—from finding the ad to researching the company, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and submitting the application.
- Making a plan for job hunting
- Using popular job sites such as Monster, Simply Hired, and Indeed
- Networking and finding jobs on LinkedIn
- Using Twitter to search for jobs
- Scanning sites of companies you want to work for
- Approaching recruiters