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“How Do I Find a Job On LinkedIn?”​
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“How Do I Find a Job On LinkedIn?”​

Jan 9, 2024

If used correctly, LinkedIn is the most powerful platform for career advancement – including job search.

The only reason we visit LinkedIn is professional growth. Whether it’s hiring or getting a job or selling or buying or checking out who is building what. But it’s very underrated as a job-finding tool.

Which is why I was surprised when my friend’s recently graduated son asked me, “How do I find a job on LinkedIn?” I shared my thoughts with him. Based on what I have done, learned, and observed after 20+ years in the professional world. It was astonishing that what I thought were common practices, he thought were secrets.

The following 4 tips are the gist of our conversation if you want to find a job on LinkedIn.

  1. Be specific about which job you want.

I understand if you’re recently graduated, a young professional, or are in-between jobs, you just want any job.

However, make it easier for yourself by narrowing down a job title – whether it’s a project manager or a software engineer, or a biotech scientist. Then, search for the job title on LinkedIn. Lookup a couple of job descriptions.

Focus on only the first two bullet points of the job descriptions.

That’s 80% of the job. The rest is mostly fluff like verbal and communication skills, MS Office and Office365 and self-initiator and things like that. Important, yes, but hard to demonstrate online. But the first two bullet points tell you the skills required and the problems to solve.

Remember, we don’t get paid for our degrees or experience.

We get paid for being skillful problem-solvers. From the first two bullet points make a list of skills and problems.

(On a side note, no matter what your job is, it all comes down to MS Excel and PowerPoint. It’s a long-term investment to spend time to get good at them.)

  1. Highlight the skills in your profile.

Of course, don’t lie to match your skills with the job description the way they do on the dating apps.

(Every app is a dating app if you are creative enough but that’s for another and different article.)

For a project manager job, if the first bullet is “Project timelines and tracking”, ensure that your LinkedIn profile or About Me or Experience displays timely completion of projects. The recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn using the job title and/or main skills required. By prominently highlighting them in your profile, you are increasing the chances of you showing up in their search.

  1. Write about the skills and problems on LinkedIn.

You don’t need to be a writer or an expert or famous to write on LinkedIn.

You can easily write a How-to or a list or an opinion about the skills and problem solving required for the job. Write in a way that helps the reader. 90% of the LinkedIn feed is press releases, how-awesome-I-am-humble-brags, and motivational stuff. Very little helps others grow professionally.

And that’s where you can shine.

For example, if the job requires a timeline tracking skill for project managers – I’m using PM as an example since we all understand what a project is – here are a few simple LinkedIn posts and article ideas.

  • 4 tips for new project managers to manage an aggressive timeline.
  • Pros and cons of working on a fast-paced project.
  • 3 time management books every project manager must read.
  • Managing a project is more than managing time and money.
  • The biggest myths about project scheduling.
  • One thing you must do if the project is about to miss a major milestone.

If you’re a recent graduate or an inexperienced professional, write about what you’re learning.

Regardless of age and experience, employers have to train every new employee. Knowing you’re willing to learn and are teachable works in your favor.

Here is a post/article structure if you are interested.

  • Introduction – What’s it about, what’s the benefit to the reader, what’s the writer’s credibility
  • Main points – What are the points? Clarify, explain, example, reinforce, data/story/evidence
  • Conclusion – Takeaway or a call to action

Anyone who shares or teaches something on LinkedIn is considered an expert, or an altruist. It’ll put your name at the top of the pile of prospective candidates.

  1. If interested in a specific job with a specific company

What if you are interested in a job that is already posted on LinkedIn?

In that case, do this. Sometimes the LinkedIn job posting gives the name of the recruiter or talent acquisition specialist. Contact that person via LinkedIn DM to express your interest and share your résumé. Provide a link to your LinkedIn activity page (e.g. here’s mine) where you have written posts and articles about the skills required for the job.

What if there is no recruiter listed?

In that case, go to the company’s page, and search in People for talent acquisition or recruiter. Connect with a couple of them and tell them about your interest in that particular job listing and ask for their help to forward your resume to the assigned recruiter. If asked professionally and courteously, they always do. This will get your resume to the right recruiter. When a recommendation or a reference from one of the colleagues, it gets due attention.

If you do all of these 4 things, are you certain to get your desired job?

Well, no. But, two things will happen.

  1. You will enjoy learning new ways and connecting with new people.
  2. You are increasing the probability of your name showing up in front of the right person at the right time for the right job.

You will know that if you didn’t get the job, that was because you weren’t the right fit. Much better than being the right fit but the recruiters/hiring managers do not know about it.

 

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