Emma Alkirwi, aka the CV Guru, gives some useful advice on how to use LinkedIn for job searching.
Some 87% of recruiters now use LinkedIn to find and vet candidates and 20 million companies are listed on the social media site. That means it pays to have a good profile, so how can you maximise your job opportunities?
First, go to settings and privacy and under the job searching options select ‘open for opportunities’.
Make sure the headline you use for your profile can be found by thinking through how you would look for yourself online. Use the keywords you would type in.
Get recommendations for your profile. These are online references for all to see.
Set up job alerts and save your CV to your jobsearching account.
Type ‘we are hiring’ into the search bar and filter to the appropriate location so you can see all the companies who are currently hiring and connect with them.
Send a personalised message when you connect to a recruiter and follow that up with a further message once you are connected. Remember that recruiters are inundated with requests so be patient.
LinkedIn is a long game so act accordingly.