Looking for work isn’t as simple as seeing a “help wanted” sign in a store window, especially if you are seeking employment above entry-level. LinkedIn has proven itself to be a treasure-trove of business-minded connections, but for someone new to the platform, or new to job seeking, it can be overwhelming.
Recruiters look to LinkedIn and other online sources to scout for talent for their employing clients, so being found and looking your best is important. After all, being invited to a job is so much easier than hunting for one!
These tips will help your LinkedIn job search be even more successful.
Update Your Profile
Ultimately, LinkedIn is a database or search engine. Be sure that potential recruiters and employers can find you by having a robust, complete profile, including an up-to-date and professional photo.
Include words in each section that are some variation of the job title(s) you desire, as well as your corresponding skills. For example, if you are seeking a position as a receptionist, you may want to include titles such as customer service representative or executive assistant.
Be sure to list skills that are noted in job descriptions such as proficiency in Microsoft Suite or experience with multi-line phone systems. Add these terms in your profile where appropriate.
State You Are a Job Seeker – Either Publicly or Confidentially
If you are ok with a public pronouncement, change your headline from your title to something along the lines of: “Seeking Employment as a Medical Field Receptionist”. Use LinkedIn’s feature “Open to Opportunities” to let hiring managers and recruiters know you are open to be contacted with employment options. If you don’t want to tip off your current employer, using this feature is a great option, as it’s confidential. Find the feature under the “Jobs” tab, and share with recruiters the employment opportunities you are most interested in.
Make LinkedIn Part of Your Strategy
Just as you will search job boards or work with a staffing agency, you will want to commit some time to build connections on LinkedIn. Connect with others locally in your industry and check out businesses in your field. Sometimes you may find you have a connection to the business through a shared contact who just may be the key to you getting your foot in the door.
If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441 today and get started in your new career faster.