USA Today recently reported encouraging news for job seekers: Larger companies are increasingly adding to their staffs. This could be a sign that the economy’s recovery is growing stronger. It’s also a sign that it’s time for you to boost your job-hunting efforts, perhaps through a LinkedIn job search.
LinkedIn is one of the most popular social media sites. Unlike rivals such as Facebook and Twitter, though, LinkedIn focuses entirely on the world of business. The goal at LinkedIn is to stay connected with influential business professionals in your field.
It’s because of this that LinkedIn is so valuable as you are searching for work. If you need help on how to find a job, consider using LinkedIn to its full potential.
The LinkedIn Advantage
With LinkedIn, you can instantly tell your business-world followers that you are hunting for a new job. Consider this a supplement to your in-person networking skills. When you tell your LinkedIn contacts that you are looking for work, you never know who will provide you with a solid job lead. For instance, a former co-worker might clue you in that her company is expanding. A past supervisor might know of a company in your field that is looking to add a new department; a department that might make a perfect fit for your work skills.
Why LinkedIn Matters
You might also receive valuable advice on everything from resume tips to interview strategies from the conversations that naturally flow on LinkedIn. Remember, this is a social media site in which people are talking not about what they had for dinner or who they saw at the bar last night; on LinkedIn, the conversation is about the world of business.
You can also use LinkedIn to follow workers at the companies at which you’d like to land employment in 2012. This is key; by following these people, whether they’re lower-level cubicle dwellers or important managers, you might discover that a company you have targeted is looking to hire three months from now. You might also learn that someone is leaving one of the companies you like; again, you might be a good fit for that firm.
Jobs Market Remains Challenging
Even as the national unemployment rate falls to a three-year low, finding a job in 2012 remains a challenge. Because of this, you need to use every tool at your disposal, including social media sites such as LinkedIn.
If you need help forming a LinkedIn job search plan, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our career counselors can help you tap into the full potential of this important site.