Job seekers have access to a world of opportunities on LinkedIn. At any given time, there are 58 million companies on the platform. A whopping 84% of organizations are investing in social recruiting. 65% of jobs are filled before they're listed, or they are never listed at all. LinkedIn jobs are rated 40% more likely to deliver qualified candidates compared to other hiring alternatives.
So, how do you get into this?
Review your profile. Include all sections, including volunteer activities, certifications, projects, honours and awards, and upload PowerPoints, work samples, and photos. Write a headline that sizzles, using keywords and branding to guide LI's algorithms to your profile. Replace the background with something customized to add personality and branding. Include an engaging About section.
Curate a list of companies you'd like to work for, Then do extensive research on each of them. Listen to earnings calls, read articles, interview executives, and survey customers. Follow the company on LinkedIn, Be aware of the company's specific challenges and corporate culture. Write a plan to address the company's pain points.
LinkedIn can be used to find people at companies that are of interest to you, Reach out to someone who might be the hiring manager or a peer if you were hired. Ask them how they overcame their most complex challenge, what they are working on now, or what their 12-month goals are.
Your current network has been built and nurtured over time for a time like this. You may already have contacts who may be able to help you find decision-makers at your desired company. If you find any that work at one of your targeted companies, contact them directly through a personal message, mentioning your mutual connection, if necessary.
Make sure you follow up once you make this new connection. Once you complete this new connection, you shouldn't ignore it once you get the interview. Even if you don't get an interview, your network is still being built. Thank them for their time and assistance, and be sure to offer service. Let them know what you did and the outcome.
LinkedIn is the top social media platform job recruiters use to find qualified candidates. You're missing out if you're not using it to find open positions.