LinkedIn is useful for both the jobless and those looking for new job prospects. The social networking site’s features are aimed at helping job seekers establish professional networks at an active pace; constantly reinventing itself and coming up with new improvements and features that advance its usability.
Networking through LinkedIn allows you to find out about job openings that aren’t advertised elsewhere on the Internet. In fact, according to Matt Youngquist, Career Horizons president, around 70 to 80 percent of job’s aren’t published online.
By using LinkedIn and its new features listed below, you will get to your dream jobs earlier than your competitors.
1. LinkedIn Contacts
LinkedIn Contacts lets you instantly combine all your contacts from various email accounts, calendars and address books; a surefire way of shoring up and strengthening your network list and connections.
In addition, using LinkedIn Contacts effectively allows you to increase your chances of coming across people that can give you opportunities in the near future.
2. Links or Uploads
Managers are impressed when employees put extra effort into making their sketched out job descriptions more presentable, complete, and look a bit more than your ordinary resume.
With links and uploads, you can make your graphic online resume more desirable. In your LinkedIn profile, you can post pictures or links of any work you want to draw attention to in the summary, experience and education sections.
Using this new visual portfolio tool, you will impress your managers as they discover the presentations you showcased, products you have supervised, final presentations you have made as a student, etc.
3. Who’s Viewed Your Profile
Who’s Viewed Your Profile is not a new LinkedIn feature, but LinkedIn made some improvements, making it another way to fortify new connections and current relationships in your network.
Often, if you view other people’s profiles, they will return the favor and view yours, provided that your privacy settings let them see you viewed them. As such, Michael J. Stone, BuildABetterWorkforce.com founder, says that you should join groups with people that are in positions you want to be in as well.