With an impressive 90 million users (a growth of over 300% in 2010), LinkedIn is fast becoming the top tool for job seekers and recruiters alike to find jobs, candidates, connections, leads and business opportunities.
But how can you make the most out of LinkedIn as a job seeker? We’ve asked a few recruiters what they think the best utilization is for LinkedIn. Here’s what they said.
Groups are an effective way to meet like-minded professionals, have a voice in industry dialogue and see hot jobs posted on the Group’s job board. Some of the most popular Groups (where you would be likely to get the most information and open jobs) are:
Also, check out Atrium’s new Group: Administrative Professionals Career Network
Find the companies you want to work for and staffing firms that would be a good fit for your skill set and what you’re looking for in your next career move. Follow them and actively participate in discussions. If you look under the New Hires tab, you’ll also find recruiters who’ve just joined the agency. Most likely those are the recruiters will be looking to build up their desk, and would be most willing to connect with you.
While there are still many recruiters who detest the use of LinkedIn, both for job boards and recruiting candidates, LinkedIn is quickly becoming populated with recruiters from agencies around the world. And they’re looking for you. Connect with them. The recruiters who invite you to connect most likely are active on their account, using it as much as a dozen times a day. Many utilize their own status updates to let their connections know hot jobs they’re working on. That way, when your dream job pops up on the status – you’ll be the first to know.
Connect with some of our recruiters!
The experts in the industry cannot say it enough; the power of LinkedIn is only as robust as your network of personal-professional connections. That being said, make use of your personal relationships with recruiters and connections who know people where you want to get a job. Ask for an introduction. Nine times out of ten, your connection will introduce you, and while you may not always get a response from the introduction, the connections you do make will usually be powerful.
Use your InMails and accept InMails (InMails – usually sent from contacts outside your network). Seems intuitive, but with the vast amount of recruiters and professionals seeking to build both personal and business relationships online, it is important to respond to people. Even if you don’t know them. You never know if you know a friend of a friend who could really use the connection and you never know if you could use the connection at some point in the future.