If you’re actively in a job-hunt, you know that it’s hard and takes a lot of time.
I suspect that if you knew about ways to make it easier, and save time doing the job search things you need to do, you’d grab on to them.
When I go through the annual re-certification process for my Social Branding Analyst Designation, I invariably pick up at least a few juicy new tidbits on using LinkedIn better.
This certification is a premier LinkedIn training program for career professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest LinkedIn strategies for job search and career management.
Three of the tips below were ones that I learned in the re-certification program, rounded out by two that I came across through my own research.
5 Nifty LinkedIn Hacks That Make Executive Job Hunting Easier
1. Save a copy of your LinkedIn profile.
You should be updating the content of your profile regularly, as you add new skills, achievements, contributions, responsibilities, professional roles, certifications, training, etc. At any time, people who may have good-fit job leads for you may be viewing your profile. You’ll want them to see the most up-to-date picture of the value you offer.
Hopefully you’ll follow my advice, and update your profile content, say, a few times a year.
So, now you’ve taken the time to put all this work into your profile.
What can you do?
If you haven’t saved a copy of the content, you’re out of luck.
But, if you get into the habit of saving the content each time you make changes, you’ll be safe.
Lucky for us, LinkedIn makes this very easy to do, right from your profile.
Go to “View profile” in the main menu drop-down under “Me”. To the right of your profile photo, look for the 3 little dots. Hover over them for the drop-down and you’ll see “Save to PDF”. Click on that. Simple!
2. Find alumni on LinkedIn to connect and network with.
Networking is by far the best way to land a new job. It opens you to the goldmine of “hidden” jobs where something like 80% of executive job opportunities – especially at the top executive level – reside.
Understandably, the more robust your network, the more job leads will likely come your way. Tapping into the pool of people you went to college and high school with is a wise network-building move.
LinkedIn used to make this a cinch to do. We could easily access alumni from our profile menu.
Now, with the newest User Interface, that feature is gone. But there is a workaround. You can still get there by using this URL:
3. Let executive recruiters know on the DL that you’re job-hunting.
LinkedIn’s Open Candidates feature allows you to share the specifics of your career goals – types of companies, roles you’re seeking, etc. – with executive recruiters who may be able to help you meet those goals.
Unfortunately, recruiters tend to favor those who are employed, so this feature will probably be more valuable if you’re employed.
Although LinkedIn can’t guarantee that recruiters affiliated with your current company won’t see that you’ve signed up for Open Candidates, this feature may be useful to some.
If you can be wide open about your search, Open Candidates may make sense . . . and may boost your chances of connecting with the right recruiters.
Only recruiters with paid accounts will be notified, so Open Candidates doesn’t let all recruiters on LinkedIn know that you’re open to recruitment.
Access Open Candidates by clicking on “Jobs” in the menu at the top of your profile. Look for the “Update preferences” link.
More on the pros and cons of Open Candidates in my post, How To Get a Direct, Secret Line to Executive Recruiters on LinkedIn.
4. Determine what compensation to expect in your new job.
In November 2016, LinkedIn rolled out a new feature, LinkedIn Salary, that allows you to compare your salary against others with similar jobs, aiding you in future salary/compensation negotiations.
In an article on the LinkedIn Blog, Ryan Sandler, LinkedIn’s Senior Product Manager, wrote:
“With LinkedIn Salary, we’ve tapped into our network of more than 460+ million members to provide deep insights into the compensation landscape. This includes salary, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles, and the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level – all of which becomes critical knowledge as you navigate your career. Also, rest assured that when you enter your salary, it’s immediately encrypted and remains private.”
This feature has potential but, since it’s still relatively new, it may be that not enough members have participated to generate results that will be of help to you.
5. Easily share content from your browser.
Sharing updates is a relatively quick and easy way to stay top-of-mind with your network which, in job search, should include employees at your target companies and recruiters, along with your various professional contacts.
[Please note that “sharing updates” is different than “updating your profile content”, as noted in #1 above.]
You should get into a routine of sharing updates once a week, or at least a few times a month.
For a list of possible items to share as updates, see my post, Keep Your Personal Brand Top-of-Mind with LinkedIn Updates.
If you’re already in the habit of sharing updates, you may be frustrated by this scenario:
You want to share a blog post or online article of interest that you’ve come across. You have to take the time to copy and paste the article title and URL into the “Share an Update” field (found at the top of your profile’s “Home” page).
It doesn’t take that long to do, but it is tedious. Wouldn’t it be nice to streamline this process?
You can install the LinkedIn Browser Bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar.
With a click of the bookmarklet, the article you’re reading will automatically be shared as an update on your LinkedIn profile.
I couldn’t get this hack to work, but maybe you will. Leave me a comment and let me know how you make out with this bookmarklet.
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