Why I love searching for jobs on LinkedIn.


One of the best job search resources is: http://www.linkedin.com.

Go to “Jobs Home” and on the right side of screen it shows companies in your network and you will want to click on “see more”.  On the right side of screen where it says “modify search” look for the box marked “industry” and click on down arrow.  Choose an industry.  In the “limit search” box click the button for “all companies”.  In the “hiring” box check the box next to “only companies with jobs posted on LinkedIn”.  Then click on “search” in lower right side of screen. 

You will see a list of companies in the industry you selected and next to each one it will list the number of jobs available at that company.   Click on the number and details about that job will appear.  This is a simple and effective way to find companies in your field that have posted job openings.  It is much quicker than going to each company’s individual website to see if they have openings.  The first time I saw this I felt like a child in a candy shop.  For a job searcher, locating this information was like finding gold.

The LinkedIn Learning Center offers a ‘Job Seeker’ Users Guide that displays various tips to help you best utilize LinkedIn for your job search needs. Click on ‘Learning Center’ in the bottom navigation area of your home page. User Guides are found at the bottom left side of the Learning Center page along with other articles and video tutorials on how you can use LinkedIn to its fullest potential.

Select ‘Search Answers’ to the left of the LinkedIn Search box at the top of any page on the site. Search for a topic like ‘job search’ to read comments and advice from your fellow LinkedIn peers and experts. Find out what has works and doesn’t work for them.

Browse the LinkedIn Blog and its archives for articles, videos and success stories on how LinkedIn has helped others in their search for a new job or career.  Go to http://blog.linkedin.com/?s=job+search.

Select ‘Job Search’ to the left of the LinkedIn Search box at the top of any page on the site. Click on ‘Advanced’ to build searches that can help you find jobs posted exclusively on LinkedIn’s job board and other jobs posted out of the Web.

Utilize the JobsInsider feature included in the LinkedIn Toolbar. This will help you identify inside connections you already have that work for the companies that are hiring.

Job Search Tips

  1. Advanced Search Fields
  2. Keyword field – Enter any keywords to search on; the field at the top of the page searches the entire job listing.
  3. Location – Limit your search to jobs in a particular area or country.
  4. Experience Level – Limit your search only to jobs that require a certain level of experience.
  5. Search jobs posted – Limit your search only to jobs posted within a certain period of time.
  6. Job Title – Limit your searches to particular job titles only.
  7. Company – Limit your searches to jobs at a particular company.
  8. Job Function – Limit your searches to jobs with one or more primary job functions. Use ctrl-click on Windows, or cmd-click on the Macintosh to select more than one industry at a time.
  9. Industry – Limit your searches to jobs in one or more primary industries. Use ‘ctrl+click’ on Windows, or ‘cmd+click’ on the Macintosh to select more than one industry at a time.
  10. Sort Results by:
    1. Date posted – Show the most recently posted jobs first.
    2. Location – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by location.
    3. Company – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by company.
    4. Job Title – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by title.
    5. Degrees away from you – Show jobs posted for companies in which you have the closest degree of connections first.
    6. Keyword Relevance – Show job postings weighted based on your keywords.

Special types of searches:

  1. “QUOTED” searches – If you would like to search for an exact phrase (for example: “product manager”) you can enclose the phrase in quotation marks.
  2. MINUS searches – If you would like to do a search but exclude a particular term, type that term with a – immediately before it (e.g.: -sales). Your search results will exclude any job containing that term.
  3. OR searches – If you would like to search for jobs which include just one of two or more terms (for example: Marketing OR Advertising) you can separate those terms with the upper-case word OR.
  4. AND searches – If you would like to search for jobs which include two terms (for example: finance AND director) you can separate those terms with the upper-case word AND. However, you don’t have to use AND – if you enter two terms (for example: finance director) it will assume that there is an AND between them.
  5. PARENTHETICAL searches – If you would like to do a complex search (for instance, finding advertising sales or marketing jobs) you can combine terms like this: marketing OR (advertising AND sales). This will find people who have marketing in their profiles, or have advertising AND sales in their descriptions.

There are many slideshare presentations about job searching on LinkedIn.   Slideshare is one of many applications featured on LinkedIn.  These presentations are free and contain excellent job search information.  Check out: http://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow?q=+job+searching+on+Linkedin&submit=post&searchfrom=header&x=51&y=11.

Rose Waltz
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz
http://www.rosewaltz.com

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