LINKED FOR YOUR JOB SEARCHI simply cannot give LinkedIn enough positive kudos for the role it plays in networking and assisting job seekers in securing employment.

A few months back, I was looking for a highly specialized candidate for a hard to find leadership role. I posted the position on a variety of job boards with no interest. So, I used my Advanced Talent Finder feature on LinkedIn, plugging keywords for the essential functions of the job, and found four individuals in the State of Oregon. I messaged them through LinkedIn. One potential responded back and that is who we hired. (I have to be very vague because this blog will be posted on LinkedIn and they are a “Connection” on LinkedIn now!)

What does all this mean to you, job seeker? It means create an account on LinkedIn NOW! Recruiters and employers are using LinkedIn to find and hire candidates. They use my search method and they post jobs every day, all day long.

If you already have a LinkedIn account, make sure you complete your profile and list your skill keywords in the “Skills & Expertise” section. These keywords are especially useful for when Recruiters are conducting Advanced Searches.

Read this article, “BEST PRACTICES IN JOB SEARCH” for more support of using LinkedIn for your job search.

Also, check out the LinkedIn Tutorial to get started.

– Heather McBride, SPHR
Resume Writing Services, Career Counseling Portland, Portland Outplacement