Mastering common interview questions (Valerie Sutton)
Looking for a new job?
LinkedIn's community and resources are here to help you get back on your feet and find your next opportunity.
4 steps to find and land your next job on LinkedIn
1. Search and stay in the know
There are millions of jobs on LinkedIn – and we want to help find the one meant for you. Here are some tips.
Search and set alerts
Start by specifying things like job title, location, commute time, remote work, or companies, and then set up job alerts.
Once you create a job alert, we'll send you notifications when a relevant job is posted. Being the first to apply can increase your chances of landing a role by 4x.
Keep track of your jobs
After you've applied, Jobs Tracker helps you organize your saved and applied-to jobs, so you can follow up if you haven't heard back yet.
2. Stand out with your LinkedIn profile
Your profile often acts as your first impression to hiring managers. Update yours to show what makes you unique.
Show you're open to opportunities
You'll see a prompt to let hiring professionals (or the entire LinkedIn community) know the types of jobs you're interested in so they can reach out with relevant opportunities.
Add a profile picture
Your profile picture is your virtual handshake and can result in 21x more profile views. Make sure your photo is professional, but also approachable. A quick, easy snap from your phone will work.
Showcase your experience
To hear about roles that are a good fit, include a brief summary and your education and experience. Be sure to add in any keywords that are important for jobs you're interested in.
Specify your location and industry
Listing your location will make you 23x more likely to be discovered, and including your industry will give you even more relevant job suggestions, events, and trending articles.
Spotlight your skills
Almost 90% of recruiters agree that listing your skills are crucial, so add at least 5 to your profile. You can verify your hard skills, such as Excel or Adobe Photoshop, with LinkedIn Skill Assessments.
3. Tap into your network
When it comes to networking online, many of us don't know how to even start. Here are some ways to make it easier.
Start with family and friends
Make sure you've added the people who are around you in your everyday life. You never know if a friend is connected to someone who works at your dream company.
Tap past coworkers or classmates
Find people you worked or studied with using LinkedIn's Alumni Search Tool. Past coworkers or classmates are often connected to people you might not expect.
Find your way in
Your network can introduce you to someone you want to know or give you a referral for a job you'd love. When you reach out, don't forget to remind them how you know them and why you're a good fit.
4. Get ready for the interview
Here are a handful of free LinkedIn Learning courses to help you throughout your job search.