How to Network on LinkedIn for a Job
LinkedIn, an online networking company that helps job seekers and employers alike connect with one another, has over 500 million active users in the United States alone. To land your dream job, there’s more to the professional social networking site than bumping up your number of connections and waiting for a recruiter to find your resume. Luckily, we did the research so you don’t have to! Use these tips to network on LinkedIn for a job.
Post Relevant and Interesting Content
It may not be your first instinct to post on LinkedIn like you do with Instagram or Facebook, but it’s actually important to stay very active. Staying active encourages recruiters and employers to reach out to you about jobs because they know that you care about keeping your profile up-to-date. However, don’t just post random content. Make sure you’re putting out links and articles that are not only interesting, but relevant to the sort of career that you want to get into. This could include articles about advancements or new findings in your career field that would not only be interesting to you, but also your other LinkedIn connections that are on the same career path. This encourages networking by showing potential connections that you are not only tuned into your professional field, but passionate about it as well.
Make Your Profile Unique Yet Professional
One of the most important aspects to getting noticed and landing a job is by standing out to potential employers. The bare minimum of having a profile picture and an up-to-date resume may not be enough with so many other competitors in your career field. One way to stand out is by making your summary and headline more than just a bland description of who you are on paper. An eye-catching few words can do wonders for drawing in potential employers for employment opportunities. Check out this article to discover more ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out!
Interact With Others
Interacting with other connections or potential connections can be just as important as posting your own content for others to interact with. This shows potential employers that you are a supportive person and a team-player, which are qualities that most employers admire. This could be as simple as congratulating somebody on their new position, or sharing an article with them via LinkedIn that you believe would benefit them in their job hunt or current career. This also encourages networking because you may become the first person that comes to mind when their employer is looking to hire a new employee, due to how outwardly supportive and involved you are with them and others.
Networking The Right Way
Networking on LinkedIn for a job can be overwhelming. Why rely on an online social media platform to dictate your professional future? Well, with these tips, you’ll be on your way to standing out on LinkedIn and having recruiters lining up to interview you. With many people now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, check out this article to find out how to land your first remote job, too!