5 LinkedIn Tips To Help You In Your Job Search
Waqas Abbasi |
Fri Aug 04 2023
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking platform, and can be a valuable resource in your job search.
In this article, we will explore five LinkedIn tips that can help you stand out from the crowd and help you find the perfect job opportunity.
1. Network and Connect with Active Professionals In Your Target Company
One of the most effective ways to network and search for jobs is to connect with professionals in your target company.
LinkedIn offers a convenient feature that allows you to see the exact people working at a company.
Simply visit the company's page and click on the "People" tab. Use this tab to find and connect with Recruiters, Hiring Managers, or any profiles displaying the "I'm hiring" picture frame.
Once you've found people of interest, take the initiative to engage with their content.
It's crucial to maintain a consistent effort in engaging with their content by leaving meaningful comments. Active engagement with their posts demonstrates your interest and leaves a positive impression, making you more noticeable.
For example, suppose a Hiring Manager from your target company posts an article about an on-going trend in your industry. Instead of leaving a generic comment like "Great post," you could reply with something more specific and engaging. For example, you could say: "This was a great read, thank you for sharing your insights, I wonder if this will mean that there are going to more customers who are going to need help with X. What are your thoughts on this?"
This way they are more likely to remember you and be open to your outreach.
Here is a video which discusses more about this tip:
Job Search on LinkedIn: The 1 Tip You Need to Know!
2. Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile
Your LinkedIn profile acts as your online resume and is often the first impression you make on potential employers or recruiters.
Here are some tips for improving your LinkedIn profile:
- Use a professional, high quality, friendly profile picture
- Write a compelling headline
- Create a well-written summary that highlights your unique value proposition and career objectives.
- Use relevant keywords into your profile and summary. This can significantly improve your visibility on LinkedIn and make it easier for recruiters to find you.
- Tailor your work experience, emphasising achievements and quantifiable results.
- Include relevant skills on your profile
- Obtain recommendations from colleagues or supervisors to strengthen your profile's credibility.
Here are some videos with more tips on how to improve your profile:
- 5 MUST-KNOW LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers!
- Write an OUTSTANDING LinkedIn Summary (with Examples)!
3. Networking in LinkedIn Groups
LinkedIn groups are highly underutilised by many people. One of the notable advantages of using LinkedIn Groups is that it allows you to message anyone, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level connections, for free, which is not possible except for those who are your direct connections.
You can use LinkedIn search to find Linkedin groups related to your university, target company, desired profession or job.
Once you join a group, you can access the member list, and direct message anyone that is part of that group! You can use this to reach out to Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Professionals in your target company etc.
You can also can participate in discussions, and share insights. Being active in groups can help you expand your network, gain visibility, and build meaningful connections.
4. Setup Job Alerts
LinkedIn offers a feature where you can set up job alerts based on specific keywords or job titles.
By setting job alerts, LinkedIn sends you email notifications whenever new jobs have been posted that matches your keywords
To find jobs in Muslim companies, you can set alerts for "Islam" or "Muslim" to receive job alerts whenever a new job has been posted on LinkedIn that has those keywords
5. Be Consistent
Consistency is key in your job search journey on LinkedIn.
Regularly update your profile and add any new achievements or skills you acquire. Write posts about recent problems you experienced, and how you solved them.
Engage with your network by sharing articles, commenting on posts, and congratulating connections on their successes.
Be consistent with connecting with recruiters and hiring managers. Always make sure to send personalized connection requests, engage with their posts, and showcase your genuine interest and passion for your industry.
This can help you increase visibility on LinkedIn and can keep you on the radar of hiring managers and recruiters!
To go the extra mile, set goals to challenge and push yourself, for example commenting on 10 posts a day.
By staying consistent, you'll maximize your chances of finding a job through LinkedIn.
Be Patient and Trust in Allah
Job search can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating, but it's essential to remain patient and trust in Allah.
The Prophet ﷺsaid
“Tie your camel, and put your trust in Allah.”
So, tie your camel by putting in the effort, and then place your trust in Allah's divine wisdom and plan.
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