Review your profile to make sure it is optimized for searches. Be sure that:
- The headline promotes your personal brand. Use up to 120 characters (the limit) to succinctly communicate your career value; incorporate powerful keywords in both the headline and summary.
- The skills and expertise section is full of keywords representing skills employers will be seeking. You can include up to 50; take full advantage of this. Keywords drive search results. Because LinkedIn now uses this section for endorsements, it’s likely that the power of keywords will become even stronger.
- Your profile is as complete as possible. Recently LinkedIn inserted a sidebar graph that indicates the completeness of each profile.
Check off that you’re interested in receiving information on career opportunities. To do so, go to account settings; email preferences; types of messages you’re willing to receive. However, be cautious in doing this if your job search is confidential. Your current employer could discover you are seeking new employment.
Join groups. Not only will this help increase your searchability, but it holds potential to substantially strengthen your online network. Participate in group discussions.
Conduct job searches using the LinkedIn Jobs tab on the top menu. Advanced job searches can be filtered by keywords, job title, region, and other criteria.
Stay connected with organizations in which you are interested. Use the Company tab on the top menu to find, research, and follow businesses. Explore second and third-level connections you may have with the company.
Become comfortable with LinkedIn by using it on a regular basis. As with anything, practice builds skills.
People hire people, and one of the wonderful things about LinkedIn is the way it opens up new relationships and possibilities.