Nowadays, recruiters first prefer LinkedIn to find and hire top candidates.
LinkedIn community represents 10+ million active jobs, and access to 9+ million companies.
It is a smart move to start your job hunt on LinkedIn. So, let’s find out how to search and apply for a job on LinkedIn.
Seeking for a job is a painful experience. Many people especially freshers find it very difficult when it comes to finding the right job.
Unemployment and failure in job search are causes of depression and low self-esteem.
There are sites like Monster, Indeed, Naukri, and many others, who are helping people in finding the jobs.
But, many times people have to end up sacrificing their dream company or job designation or salary and have to work for the sake of employment.
In this online world, professional network LinkedIn is making it effortless for both, candidate and recruiter.
LinkedIn currently has 500+ million users, and almost every small-big company have a LinkedIn company page.
Many companies consider posting on LinkedIn, whenever they have vacancies.
It is much easier to get your dream job on LinkedIn compares to applying offline or on any job portals.
If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.
Before you start searching for a job on LinkedIn, you need to perform following things:
Create customized LinkedIn profile URL
The majority of LinkedIn users do not have a custom public profile URL.
You can enhance your brand by creating a custom URL.
It is the basic but still an important thing.
Complete your profile
Applying for a job without completing your LinkedIn profile is just not going to work.
Fill all the details on LinkedIn. Your profile helps recruiters and Hiring managers to know more about you and your work.
Write a summary
An excellent summary provides your professional spirit to readers, and if it interests them, they will keep reading.
It is essential that it makes a heavenly first impression on recruiters and hiring managers.
Ask for recommendations
Never hesitate to ask for recommendations from your co-workers, clients, bosses, or anyone with you’ve worked in the past.
It shows you are not only good at your work but also people like to work with you.
Now, it’s time to search for jobs.
I consider you already have created a LinkedIn account, and completed your profile by filling all the details.
How to Search for Jobs on LinkedIn:
Click on the Jobs icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
In the first search box, type a job title, keyword, or company name.
For example, I used the keyword as, ‘Java Developer’ in Search Jobs section.
You can use Boolean modifiers, to further refine your search to quickly and efficiently find positions that fit your skills.
In the second search box, type your preferred job location and hit Enter.
You can put location as any city, region, country, or you can search worldwide.
For example, I chose ‘Mumbai’ as my preferred job location.
Use filters for more accurate results.
You can sort job results by the jobs posted in last 24 hours, past week, past month or you can keep it as default (anytime).
You can add a specific company to the job search.
The ability to filter by Experience Level is excellent. You can add a specific level of experience from the dropdown list.
Though, for a person with 0-2 years of experience just choosing entry level is not sufficient because it returns so many results that it beats the purpose of filtering.
You can add a specific location to the job search.
If you search by city, you’ll see a Distance within filter on the right rail allowing you to filter by a mile or kilometer radius.
This filter won’t work if you enter the name of a region (e.g., Mumbai Area, India) in the Location field.
You can also sort your results by LinkedIn features- In Your Network, Under 10 Applicant, Easy Apply.
You can add a specific job field from the dropdown list.
You can add a specific job industry from the dropdown list.
You can add your preferred job type- Full time, Part time, Internship, Temporary, Contract.
Once you’ve added filters according to your preferences, click on a job title to view the job details.
Applying for a job through LinkedIn is easy. Even, you can share and save a job too.
You can apply directly through LinkedIn or from the company website. LinkedIn offers different options to apply for a job.
How to Apply for Jobs on LinkedIn:
When you select and view a job posting, you’ll see the following choices to apply for a job:
#1 LinkedIn Easy Apply
If you select this option, a pop-up window will appear. Fill all the required fields.
You can make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and up to date by clicking on Review Profile.
Also, you can click the Resume field to upload or select a file listed under Recent Resumes.
LinkedIn only stores the four most recently used resumes.
Resume is an optional field, but I recommend you to upload your resume.
Note that, If you see the Apply on company website option instead of the LinkedIn Easy Apply, you’ll be routed to that company’s website to continue the application process.
Also, you’ll be unable to use a resume previously uploaded on LinkedIn.
#2 Send InMail (PREMIUM users)
You can contact a job poster without knowing their email address using InMail option.
Sending a message directly to a recruiter or hiring manager gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself, and make a solid first impression.
NOTE: You can use InMail option only if you’re a PREMIUM LinkedIn user.
A complete LinkedIn profile will put more emphasis on Skills and Expertise.
Put all your details and make sure you spend a good time on completing the LinkedIn summary.
Once you’ve created a killer profile, you are good to go.
Follow the steps to search for a job on LinkedIn- Click on Jobs > Enter preferred Job Profile and Location > Apply different filters> Look for the right job > Apply for the job.
Till now if you’ve never considered LinkedIn for a job search, then I highly recommend using it today.
Also, let me know your experiences with job hunting in the comment section.