How To Land Your Dream Job Using LinkedIn
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just land your dream job using LinkedIn? Well, guess what? You can!
Today’s post is all about what action steps you can take that will help you land your dream job using LinkedIn.
1. Update Your Profile
The first step is updating your profile is to actually let recruiters know that you’re looking for a new position. You can do this by going to Jobs > Update Preferences > Scroll down to: Let Recruiters Know You Are Open.
You also need to make sure that your career interests section is updated and filled out.
Optimise Your Profile For Job Opportunities
Now you need to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is well-optimised for the result you’re looking for – to land your dream job using LinkedIn.
There are a few areas to focus on:
2. Profile Picture
Include a professionally taken profile picture that captures your full face and shoulders. It needs to convey friendliness, trust, and warmth.
Your headline needs to convey what it is you do so recruiters know exactly what value you could bring to their company. A good example of what we’re talking about is: Sales Consultant helping B2B companies generate and close more leads.
Compare this to most people who just put their job title as their headline.
This is your chance to really shine and grab a recruiter’s attention. You need to write a few snappy sentences that explain what you can DO for the next company that hires you. This is essentially a section where you sell a recruiter on benefits their company will experience by hiring you.
So think about key accomplishments throughout your career and specific skills and insights you bring to the table that make you unique. Be sure to use rich media in this section where it makes sense such as a case study or something else that could increase the chances of a recruiter contacting you. Also, include your email address and phone number.
Another key point here is to make sure you let recruiters know that you’re open to new opportunities.
Don’t write this as a boring CV like everyone else does. Instead, focus on explaining achievements of yours while working in that role. It should read as a series of bullet points explaining all the key achievements you made in different aspects of your role.
If you don’t have them, get at least three recommendations from people that you have worked with and also get them to endorse specific skills you have listed. The more recommendations from ex-colleagues you have then the better impression it makes on a recruiter.
You need to aim for at least 500 connections. Go through all your past roles and companies and try and find as many people that you worked with. Also, add people that work in your industry that are 2nd-degree connections (meaning they know someone you’re already connected with) and then piggy back off them to grow your network even more.
Include at least 1 -2 projects that you worked on and explain the kind of results you got upon the project’s completion. Structure this section like a case study with an outline of the task that needed to be completed, results before, and results after.
9. Apply For Listed Jobs
Under the Jobs section of your LinkedIn dashboard, you can search for listed jobs in your city (or anywhere for that matter) in your industry. This is the easiest way to get started looking for posted jobs on LinkedIn in your field and you can also directly apply for jobs listed by a company via their company page on LinkedIn.
Once you find a job you think is interesting you can then apply for it using LinkedIn’s Easy Apply option or whatever other instruction is specified in the job post.
10. Post Engaging Posts And Statuses
Another way you can increase the chances of landing your dream job on LinkedIn is by regularly posting updates in the Home feed and publishing content on LinkedIn Pulse. Post content and statuses that demonstrate your expertise in your field and show recruiters that you’re someone who can help their company.
The more often you do this then the more likely it is that you’ll be seen as someone who is knowledgeable in their field and has the expertise companies are actively looking for.
Conclusion: How To Land Your Dream Job Using LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an available resource for professionals to use if they want to get their dream job. Using this blog post, you can get that edge over all of your fellow job seekers and use this information to land your dream job on LinkedIn.
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