15 LinkedIn tips to improve your job search

By Rich Hein, CIO |  Networking, LinkedIn

Involve yourself in a group or two relevant to the position you would like to be in. Groups are found in the top navigation bar and are easy to use. LinkedIn has recommended one's available. These are located in the top navigation--click Groups and then, Groups You May Like. To search on your own click on Groups and then Groups Directory. There are, at the time of this article, 1418650 results or groups. Use the filters in the left column to drill down to the groups that interest you.

Add content to groups when possible and contribute to ongoing conversations. Doing so will not only help you learn more, it will also help you network with people that could potentially hire or recommend you down the road. Which leads us to number 7...

7. Get Recommendations

Just like letters of recommendation are an important part of the hiring process, recommendations are a key characteristic of your LinkedIn profile. Recommendations from former bosses, co-workers and colleagues can go a long way when employers are looking through profiles. All too often, two individuals with the same credentials could potentially boil down to who has better recommendations.

The most common way of getting a recommendation is to recommend someone else. Seek out recommendations only with people who know your work well. The same holds true for providing recommendations.

8. Set Your Profile to Public

Unless you're a celebrity or in the witness protection program then you should have your profile set so that the public can view it. LinkedIn allows non-logged in users and search crawlers access to your public profile, however, your public profile has limited information available by default. If you are on the hunt for a job then you want to turn on full-view.

Setting your profile this way is good if potential employers are browsing because they can see your entire profile and if you've taken the time to set up it up right, they will notice you. It's also good from an SEO perspective, allowing search engines to crawl some pertinent information regarding a very important topic, you.

Doing this is easy, click on settings:

Now in the "Profile" tab click on the link entitled, "Edit your public profile". On the right you will see the "Public Profile" settings. Click the portions you want to share and the settings are saved automatically.

9. Update Your Contact Information

You want employers to be able to find your profile and see what you're about but if your contact information is out of date then you may never get that chance. So get in there and add your most recent email addresses. Make sure that you use a personal email for your primary account. Nothing is worse than being locked out of an account because you can't get a password recovery email.


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