LinkedIn is one of the most powerful job search platforms on the internet and is a must for anyone serious about advancing their career or speeding up their job hunt. Here are five different ways to find a new job on LinkedIn.

1. Search LinkedIn Jobs

The first stop is the most obvious one. Browse the board at LinkedIn Jobs to search for positions in your area. Use the built in filters like Date Posted, Experience Level, Under 10 Applicants, and others to hone your search.

LinkedIn Job Search
LinkedIn Jobs search results.

Have LinkedIn automatically recommend jobs for you by filling out your Career Interests section. Specify job titles, cities, industries, and company sizes you’re most interested in and discreetly signal to recruiters that you’re available.

2. Optimize Your Profile for LinkedIn Search

87% of recruiters use LinkedIn as part of their process, according to Jobvite. Job seekers can get their attention by creating a LinkedIn profile optimized for LinkedIn search.

“We use a lot of LinkedIn Recruiter,” a tech recruiter told Jobscan. “That’s probably the main tool I use… I’m taking the hard skills that are listed in the job description and doing some sort of Boolean search with them.”

Ensure that the most common skills and proficiencies for your field are present in the profile sections most important to LinkedIn search, such as the headline, summary, and work experience headings. Fill out your entire LinkedIn profile to show that you’re serious about your work and increase your chances of being contacted.

Jobscan’s LinkedIn Optimization tool generates an instant report of missing skills and other red flags that should be fixed to better attract recruiters in your specific field.

Jobscan LinkedIn Optimization is a great tool for your LinkedIn job search.
Match percentage from a LinkedIn Optimization report.

3. Search User Profiles

After optimizing your LinkedIn profile to bring recruiters to you, turn the tables by using LinkedIn’s search tool yourself. This is how you find recruiters on LinkedIn.

Many recruiters and hiring managers will advertise their active searches in their headlines or other profile sections. By doing a people search for “recruiter” or “hiring” plus your role, you could find recruiters and managers actively recruiting in your field.

For example, this search for “hiring full stack” reveals several recruiters in my extended network that are actively recruiting software engineers. These recruiters will be more receptive to your outreach than others.

Search for active recruiters on LinkedIn.
Click to enlarge. A search for “hiring full stack” reveals recruiters in my extended network advertising these roles on their LinkedIn profiles.

Use the built in filters or search operators to narrow down your search by location, keywords, or other criteria. If you are targeting a specific employer, filter LinkedIn’s people search by company to identify recruiters, key decision-makers, or people you know who can provide an in.

Filter your LinkedIn search by company to find decision makers for your job search.
Click to enlarge. Filter your search by company name on the right or use search operators to identify key players, for example a “Marketing Manager.”

4. Search Newsfeed Posts

Click over from “People” to “Content” to instead search newsfeed posts. This will be hit or miss but will reveal posts by recruiters and company pages announcing their openings, including jobs that aren’t on LinkedIn’s job board.

Toggle sorting between “Relevance” and “Latest” to reveal different content. Try different keywords (such as your city) or add search operators to your query to return a variety of results.

Search for LinkedIn content to find jobs.
Click to enlarge. Searching LinkedIn content for jobs is a great way to find recruiters and reveal opportunities that are hosted on company websites or other job boards.

5. Network

Committing to the social networking aspects of LinkedIn is a sure way to create opportunities.

Expand your network as far as you’re comfortable so that you show up in more searches as a recruiter’s first-, second-, or third-degree connection. Add former colleagues, contacts, and industry peers to your network. Connect with people that might be willing to help you, always with a personalized message that is polite and communicates why connecting would be mutually beneficial.

Post newsfeed updates that demonstrate your expertise in your field. Increase your visibility by interacting with posts by industry peers. If you’re comfortable with it, consider appealing directly to your network in search of a job. Know who to follow on LinkedIn to pick up helpful tips and new opportunities.

Even if LinkedIn is already your job search hub, digging a little deeper into its various features and filters can unearth unique opportunities. What other ways have you found to boost your job search on LinkedIn?

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