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Alison Doyle

LinkedIn Job Hunting Tips

By September 7, 2008

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Whether you're just getting started using LinkedIn or you're making good progress using it to build your network, these job search tips from LinkedIn will help you make the most out of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the professional networking site that everyone, regardless of where you are on the career ladder, should be using to grow their career and to job search. I use LinkedIn every day and it's definitely the one networking site I couldn't get by without. Here's my LinkedIn Profile, in case you'd like to take a look.

LinkedIn's Top Five Job Hunting Tips

Update your resume and establish your online presence. LinkedIn allows you to post your extensive work experience and relevant awards or activities. You may be surprised to learn how many recruiting executives use online networks to locate potential candidates.

Reconnect with former colleagues and current coworkers. The more connections you acquire, the higher the chance of building new relationships and finding job leads specific to your network.

Research companies youd like to work for. LinkedIn, unlike other social networking sites, gives you access to over 200,000 Company Profiles, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to philanthropic organizations.

Get recommendations. Your profile not only lets you post a virtual resume, but it also provides a space where recommendations from coworkers or former colleagues are displayed. Headhunters check out recommendations to gauge your level of experience and areas of expertise.

Find out more about industry trends and hot topics by using LinkedIn Answers. Answers allows users to ask industry experts questions and find inside ways to approach new markets. Its a great tool to solicit input and gain perspective from your connections or from the broader LinkedIn community.

Here's more how can you ensure that you're using the full power of LinkedIn to job search.

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