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5 Ways LinkedIn Can Supercharge Your Job Search Results

15 Ways LinkedIn Can Supercharge Your Job Search Results

Cheryl Simpson, September 24, 2015

You know that LinkedIn is a critically important job search tool, right? But do you know the specific ways LinkedIn can elevate your search results? Let’s take a look at 15 of them.

There are five major job search methodologies, or ways to bring your candidacy to the attention of prospective employers. By supplementing your action steps in each of these areas with specific LinkedIn tactics, you can upgrade the number of interviews and career opportunities you attract.

1.   Networking

Hopefully you are already aware that networking is the #1 way to land a job at any career level. Whether you are a new college grad or a C-suite executive, networking – when done right – will open doors to new jobs faster than any other strategy. Supplement your networking with these specific actions on LinkedIn and you’ll see even better results.

  • Segment your networking: Odds are you have several hundred non-LinkedIn networking connections that you’re planning to contact in your search, but you have to segment those by hand unless you’re using a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. While LinkedIn isn’t a full-fledged CRM tool, it can help you to segment your first-/second-level and Group connections. From your Contacts tab, use recent conversations and filters to segment your list by communication thread, first or last name, company, tag, location, title, or connection level.
  • Gather business intelligence on key influencers: Great networking is based on great information – the more you have, the more explicit your networking can be. One of the greatest weaknesses in most job seeker’s networking efforts is that they ask too many generic questions. Instead, if you’re planning to network with a specific connection on LinkedIn, start by reviewing that person’s profile. Study their background, network, common connections, Group memberships, interests, and key skills to identify strategic synergies that align with your information needs and leverage those to deepen your networking interaction.

2.   Targeted Outreach to Companies

Many job seekers don’t realize that targeting specific employers is a powerful way to gain entry to new career opportunities. By making the fatal mistake of assuming a job opportunity has to already exist, they miss out on the incredible benefit of accessing the Hidden Job Market – job openings that will soon be available but have not yet been publicly advertised. With LinkedIn’s business intelligence you gain take your targeted outreach to the next level.

  • Network with connections you already have in the company: I presume you already know that when you visit a company profile on LinkedIn you will be presented with a list of connections you have with the employer. If you filter that list, then leverage the intelligence you can garner from each connection’s profile, you will boost your networking requests of them to the next level.
  • Seed your profile with documents: By studying the target company’s LinkedIn profile, you can gather quite a bit of data about their corporate direction, job openings, divisions, and key people and products. Use this information to decide what kinds of supplemental documents or media you can add to your profile to tighten the alignment between your brand and their needs.
  • Comment on company shares: Sure you can follow a company’s shares on LinkedIn, but why not go a step further and look for ways to comment on those shares? By infusing your comments with your experience, insights, and authenticity you gently bring yourself to the awareness of the share’s source.

3.   LinkedIn

LinkedIn itself is a viable job search tactic simply by virtue of the ability to forge a broader online network. But there are more advanced features and usages of the social networking platform that job seekers may want to consider leveraging.

  • Brand-driven status updates: Status updates are a simple way to communicate your brand with your entire network and the whole LinkedIn membership. And if you’re active on Twitter you can tweet any post at the same time. Use status updates to reveal your insights and perspectives on issues facing your industry or target market.
  • LinkedIn Groups: I hope you already know what a powerful tool Groups can be to dramatically expand your networking reach and enable you to be “discovered” by more recruiters and hiring executives. Beyond joining the right kinds of groups, take your involvement up a notch by engaging in and starting Group discussions. Share resources. Ask questions. Be visible.
  • Endorsements & recommendations: Take control of your endorsements by moving your strongest skills to the top of the list and then proactively endorse those whom you want endorsements from. Choose who solicit recommendations from carefully and make sure you suggest specific projects and experience that reflect your brand and key word focus.
  • Thought leadership: LinkedIn is a powerful ally in the quest to build thought leadership. If you want to recession-proof your career for the balance of your working life, this is a critical strategy. Start a blog or engage a business ghostwriter to help you start one. Write articles and white papers and link them to your profile. Use your LinkedIn posts to demonstrate your UVP (Unique Value Proposition).

4.   Recruiters

The previous three job search methodologies are great choices for penetrating the Hidden Job Market where 85% of jobs can be found. There are times, though, when it’s appropriate to also apply for jobs that have been already published (the Visible Job Market, of course), including those assigned to an external recruiter. The problem is, though, that recruiters are overwhelmed with great candidates. So how do you get their attention?

  • Use LinkedIn to build relationships: While you might not think of LinkedIn as a relationship management tool, it can serve in that function even if it wasn’t created for that purpose. If you use Inmail, introductions, and invitation messages wisely you can proactively build a relationship with recruiters to help you stand out in a sea of super-qualified peers.
  • Seed evidence of your brand in Groups recruiters hang out in: Keep in mind that some recruiters are active or lurk in select industry LinkedIn Groups. If you “seed” your communications in those Groups with evidence of your brand, achievements, and industry insights, then you can potentially cultivate recruiter awareness of your candidacy.
  • Upgrade your personal communications and invitations with “give-to-get” content: The overwhelming majority of LinkedIn users employ the default message text when they invite others to connect with them. This sends a negative message about the value you place on the relationship. Instead, customize your invites with appropriate personal details and commonalities. And after you connect with someone, send a warm welcome message that initializes networking by helping you both help each other in specific ways.

5.   Online Job Search

Applying for jobs online is generally the least successful and slowest way to land to a new job for most professions. But if you utilize this methodology anyway, here are three action steps you can take to boost the odds of getting an interview in your favor.

  • Use the LinkedIn job search app: You are using the LinkedIn job search app, right? If you are going to apply for jobs online, it just makes good sense to do so. But my suggestion is to use this app as a filtering tool each time you find a job you want to apply for and then do one or both of the next two actions.
  • Network with hiring managers: Rather than apply through online channels, use a LinkedIn advanced search to identify the hiring manager in that company. Build a relationship with him or her and cultivate the opportunity to share your resume with the hiring manager and/or request a short phone call to investigate the alignment between your talents and experience and their hiring needs.
  • Target company employees in your preferred departments: If you don’t know or can’t find the hiring manager for the role you wish to pursue, target other employees in that or similar departments instead. If you build relationships with these folks you may be able to request a referral for an open position. This enables to take advantage of the company’s employee referral program which gets you front-row access to open jobs and rewards the staff member for the efforts at the same time. http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-job-search-results-supercharge/
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  • LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool to be sure. But if your profile is complete and your network is growing, it’s time to shift into high gear with more advanced LinkedIn features and action steps.

Are You Ready For The Retirement?

Laid-off federal employee becomes new entrepreneur

I can earn a true living wage again, and most importantly, do work I genuinely enjoy that makes a difference! It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t found the downtown Metro Career Center and Zuri!

How to Not Fail a Phone Interview in 10 Ways

How to Not Fail a Phone Interview in 10 Ways.

Preparing For An Interview

Originally posted on Autumn Smith:

Interviews can be scary, but stepping in there prepared can help ease your nerves. During my early college years, I was completely lost when it came to preparing for interviews. Now, that I’ve had many interviews since then, I know what to expect, and hope some of this information can help you out.

Keep reading for my interview tips.

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QUIZ: What Type Of Employee Are You?

Originally posted on Diamond Hospitality's Blog:

August 25, 2014

TypeofEmployeeYou’re SUPER awesome at your job, but have you ever wondered what your boss REALLY thinks of you as an employee?

Of course you have!! Who hasn’t?

Take this quiz to find out what type of employee you are at work!

1. At work, you’re typically:

(a) Serious and intense about getting things done.

(b) Excited to work on projects with your team.

(c) Unhappy and unmotivated.

2. Your mantra is:

(a) Time is money!

(b) Be good, do good.

(c) I’ll do it myself.

3. When the boss praises your work, you:

(a) Brush it off and move on to the next project.

(b) Give credit to your team.

(c) Praise? You never get credit for your hard work.

4. Your co-workers:

(a) Look up to you.

(b) Go to you for help and support.

(c) Generally don’t work with you unless it’s absolutely necessary.


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Five Tips on Managing Work and Family: Here Is How She Does It

Originally posted on Sara Rickover, Behind the Corporate Veil:

51dDweLYrsL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_There’s a new book out on working mothers—I Know How She Does It, by Laura Vanderkam. Ms. Vanderkam took a data-based approach to the issue of how women manage both a career and children. She asked women in highly paid professional jobs who also have children to keep hourly records of what they did every day for about three years.

Her book makes the case that the women she studied—all of whom were mothers with children still at home who earned at least $100,000 per year—actually don’t have such rough lives. While they may not “have it all,” they have a lot. They are not stress-free, but they are pretty satisfied with their lives.

Ms. Vanderkam’s website promotes the book as follows:

“I Know How She Does It offers a framework for anyone who wants to thrive at work and life.”

So what is the framework? How…

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KRA/San Diego Provides Hiring Solutions for Balboa International Group

KRA/San Diego Provides Hiring Solutions for Balboa International Group

Mr. Hamed Seyedi, Business Services Representative, San Diego Metro Region American Job Center–operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership–reported, “Some Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) participants have difficulty finding work because of  language barriers.  So, I started contacting local businesses, one of which was Balboa International Group, that serve the needs of our international communities.

ESE Coordinator, Deona Dorsey, commented , “Balboa was extremely receptive to a Business Services  partnership, and the screening and referral process progressed quickly.  Of the first 15 ESE candidates referred, 10 were hired, with four pending hire.”

According to Hamed, “Currently, Balboa relies on KRA/San Diego and ESE for most of its hiring needs at Balboa International Market, as well as a Balboa-owned restaurant, Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine.  Staff are often cross trained to work at either establishment, which enhances participants’ skill sets.  We are very excited that our relationship will be expanded soon to include other Balboa businesses throughout San Diego.”

San Diego - Balboa Inside - 594x182Farhan Heidar, Balboa General Manager, stated,  “Working with KRA and the ESE team has brought tremendous value to our business. The professionalism and the attention paid to the details of our requirements are the cornerstones of this partnership.  I look forward to expanding our relationship beyond the ESE program in the future.”

Source: http://www.kra.com/company-news/krasan-diego-provides-hiring-solutions-for-balboa-international-group

Writing a Federal Resume Using the SAR Method

Writing a Federal Resume Using the SAR Method

The process of writing a good resumé or information essay (also known as KSAs) is best started by doing your own self-assessment.  You will be using feedback you have received from a variety of sources including your last appraisal, your supervisor’s and co-worker’s comments, and communications from your customers both internal and external.  This self-assessment phase is your first opportunity to begin writing powerful statements about your performance, in other words, your accomplishments.  An activity is an accomplishment if you:

  •  Improved operations by making things easier or better
  •  Resolved a problem/situation with little or no increase in time, dollars, people, etc.
  •  Effectively acted as a liaison between departments which helped to make things run more efficiently
  •  Produced reports/data that enabled management to make more informed decisions
  •  Identified the results of your work efforts in terms of contributions, impact and skills

Using a behavioral model to describe your accomplishments will help you clarify your work strengths and successes and increase your awareness of your marketable skills.  Writing down your accomplishments helps identify skills, talents, capabilities and your potential for solving problems.  Your past accomplishments play an important role in convincing a selecting official that you can use these skills to be successful in a new position.

Situation you faced

Action you took 

Result(s) of your effort 


SITUATION: new administrative personnel need training in local office procedures

ACTION: create training module

RESULT: efficient administrative team

  •  Put your accomplishments into a sentence(s). Writing the sentence is important to:
    •  Communicate that you demonstrate the required skills and knowledge
    •  Show how your skills and abilities can make a positive contribution to a new position
  •  Use action verbs.  Begin to write the answers to the S-A-R into sentences using action verbs.
  • Select verbs that best capture the action described in “the action you took” and “the result of your effort.”  Be specific.
  •  Use “I” statements to clearly describe your accomplishments.  When describing work on a team or in a group, describe your personal actions as part of the team and results you contributed.
  •  Quantify whenever possible – use numbers and data points to illustrate success  Edit to reduce fluff and make every word count.
  •  Check for misspellings and typographical errors
  •  Ensure all required information listed under the “How to Apply” section of the announcement is complete.


SITUATION: During my time as a recruiter, I noticed that attendance at our community events had dropped off by 30% over the past 3 years.

ACTION: I designed a new promotional packet to go out to the local community businesses. I also included a rating sheet to collect feedback on our events and organized internal round table discussions to raise awareness of the issue with our employees.

RESULT: I used some of the great ideas we received from the community, improved the efficiency and visibility of our marketing strategy which raised attendance by 18% the first year.


To solve a problem with document flow, I encouraged creative thinking from my work team. They proposed a solution which resolved the problem and increased productivity by 20%.

Sample Resume:

Jane Doe

111 Narrow Street

Any Town, CA 92655

Home: (619) XXX-XXX

J. W. Associate, LLC                                                                        02/1997 to Present

2222 Avila road, Suite 333                                                             $69,000 per year

Laguna Niguel, CA  92677                                                               40 hours per week

Contact: Shirley Gonzalez (Manager)

(949) 360-XXXX

Executive Assistant – Prepare proposals, manuscripts and reports; draft executive level documents and key correspondence.  Administer telecommunications, travel and calendars for three executives.  Lead support staff and develop employee training to facilitate understanding of roles and responsibilities within the organization.  Results include positive teamwork among employees and their active participation in developing process improvements.

Coordinate projects and events exercising ability to improvise, improve procedures and meet demanding deadlines.  Plan and coordinate corporate luncheons, and develop presentations for related on-site and off-site meetings.  Manage capital purchases, direct vendor relations, generate and maintain equipment tracking records.  Create Standard Operating Procedures that are used by all support staff for cross-training purposes and as back-up when designated employees are not available.  This reduced backlog of records by 80%.

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