When it comes to searching for your dream job, you need to do more than apply for available roles and cross your fingers you receive a call to be interviewed. You need a comprehensive roadmap that will guide you to your next destination – from defining + communicating your value, to targeting companies, and finding connections that can help you on your journey.
Networking is a powerful tool in your job search arsenal.
A study conducted by LinkedIn revealed 35% of the 15,509 people surveyed reported a casual LinkedIn conversation led to a new opportunity. A previous study confirmed 70% of individuals were hired at a company where they had a connection!
According to the Society of Human Resource Management, employee referrals account for 72% of all interviews! (source)
Leveraging the power of networking on LinkedIn can help boost your chances of getting hired simply by connecting to and talking with people you already know!
Here are 3 ways to leverage LinkedIn as a workhorse in your job search and boost your chances of winning interviews and getting hired.
If you are overwhelmed by the thought of networking, simply replace the word (networking) with relationship building and start seeking out individuals you already know on LinkedIn.
- Start by searching for and connecting with current + past colleagues, alumni, friends, and former bosses.
- You can also sync LinkedIn with your email contacts to find people more easily!
Power Up with the ‘My Network’ Feature
Located in the header on LinkedIn (next to the Home icon), you will find a “My Network” tab. Within this feature, you will find a section titled, “People You May Know”.
This is where you will find suggestions for individuals you can connect with.
Remember, always send a customized message that reaffirms mutual interests or connections.
Search for groups within your industry and aligned with your interests. LinkedIn Groups provide professionals a place to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.
When you join and actively participate in a Group, you are expanding your network with other professionals outside of your immediate circle.
- To find relevant groups, use the search feature at the top of your homepage. Type in a keyword and then choose ‘in groups’ or select the “works” icon at the top right side of your screen and select the ‘groups’ icon. The second option will show you groups you are a member of AND gives you the option to search for other groups you might like.
- LinkedIn Groups are a great place to share information that others will find valuable –doing so will help you build your reputation, position yourself as a thought leader in your industry and attract quality interactions.
Investing in building your professional network will pay dividends time and again as it is connections that will propel your job search forward.
You can find out more about getting involved on LinkedIn here: 4 LinkedIn Status Updates to Share for Modern Job Search Success
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