Using LinkedIn When Job Searching
Sep. 14, 2016
In todayâs internet world, searching for a job isnât what it used to be. Especially when it comes to searching for health care careers, itâs vital that you use all avenues and advantages available, which are numerous. That includes LinkedIn.
As important as a resume and cover letterPotential employers search the web for any and all information about potential candidates and having a profile on LinkedIn should be considered as important as a good resume and cover letter, said Joan Kilna, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concordeâs campus in Portland, Ore. âWith LinkedIn, you can show that you are reading professional periodicals, demonstrate interest in specific organizations, connect to other Concorde graduates and have the opportunity to show how well you communicate on a professional level,â Kilna said. âLinkedIn is an opportunity to learn about organizations that you want to apply to, and you should be sure to send link requests to potential employers. âLinkedIn also has a tab for job postings to help you in your job search.â
Ways to use LinkedIn when searching for health care careersLinkedIn is a massive datebase, and within its countless records are critical elements in your job search. Of course, before using LinkedIn, itâs important to have first contacted the prospective employer and done some other internet research to learn more about the company. Using LinkedIn, you can see who your friends know, where people have been and what theyâre interested in, what people are talking about. In fact, LinkedIn can save you hours that you used to have to spend at the library or on some corporate database, doing research. Here are a few ways to use LinkedIn to help your job search, according to a May 2014 article in Forbes.
- Make your headline count â Your name and headline are the only things a LinkedIn user will first see when he or she conducts a search. This is your online brand.
- Follow your target companies â That way, youâll hear anything new they have in the works
- Find the hiring manager â Use the Advanced People Search feature
- Get the 411 on your next boss â Learn who this person is, what he or she cares about and what they might be up against on the job
- Broaden your network â Who in your network might be connected to the company of interest