It should come as no surprise that more and more recruiters are using LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. Firstly it's free rather than having to pay to post on a job board. Recruiters can also search for candidates who are using LinkedIn to find a job, using keyword searches that relate to the skills they need.
Here is some tips about LinkedIn for job seekers. Learn how to get a job through LinkedIn!
Let recruiters find you!
Setup an account and create a strong profile. Not only will this give you an opportunity to really showcase yourself to recruiters, and to make professional contacts but it can also help you to rank higher in Google’s first results page (which is great thing if a recruiter is doing a google search for your name). You also need to make sure that your resume and your LinkedIn profile match. They should have exactly the same content. You can also link to websites and upload documents to showcase your work.
Discover professional opportunities and make yourself visible!
Once you have setup your profile, there are so many ways you can build solid professional connections. Join or create groups, follow companies that you are interested in working at, follow people that are thought leaders in your industry or follow people that are connected to the industry you want to work in. Especially follow recruiters that recruit for roles in the field you are looking for. It's also a great idea to ask for recommendations, these are short references from people who you have worked with.
Use LinkedIn’s features for your job search.
Create a job search profile and base it on things like your location and the industry you would like to work in. Check updates on your home page regularly. This is where you will see posts from recruiters looking to hire.
Once you have a LinkedIn account setup don’t forget about it! It’s important that you maintain it and keep it current, post every now and then and hey, even follow our page!