My Medical Device Sales Career
We are nearing the end of my Linkedin Training Series. By this time you have determined if you need a Linkedin Account, built a complete and professional profile, understand how to build connections that are SMART contacts and GROUPS that are best for you to join. Now you are ready for what most Job Seekers have been waiting for; how the heck do you find the jobs posted on Linkedin, the companies that have the openings and a current or past employee who can help you get the job (in theory current employee's can help you!).
Now to be very frank with you, before we start this segment, Linkedin is a great tool to find out who has previously or is currently working within the company that has posted the job of your desire. That said, I feel IT IS NOT the best and quickest way to find all the jobs that have been posted in the world wide web. Why? You can search all the jobs posted on Linkedin AND they have partnered with Simply Hired (an Aggregate Job Board highly suggested link to read!). This means that when you do a job keyword search to find jobs POSTED DIRECTLY on Linkedin it will take you to those jobs AND THEN it defaults to Simply Hired's job feed and let's you see what has been posted PARTIALLY on Simply Hired. Ironically you lose the beauty and purpose of an Aggregate Job Board; Let me explain.
Interestingly, when I played with the job search feature on Linkedin (viewing the Linkedin and what I call partial Simply Hired Results) and then went directly to Simply Hired's own website to do the same key word search there...many more jobs and posting came up! Why? It appears Simply Hired's search WITHIN Linkedin is limiting the search to only Hiring Companies Posts, it is filtering out all the jobs that come from other job boards that typically appear within Simply Hired (hence most third party Recruiter posts never make it on Linkedin's search tab). Many of you who have read my earlier post on this subject understand that this could be very limiting to a comprehensive job search.
Bottom line, you are not seeing ALL the jobs posted in your area on Linkedin but I understand why, Linkedin's main goal is to tie the job post to a hiring company and to help guide you to the people or possibly the hiring manager that works at the company. It almost eliminates third party recruiter results and most of you know that using a connected third party recruiter is the way to go on a job search where you have ALL the goods the hiring company is looking for, so please keep that in mind as we continue! No one is going to push your EXCELLENT resume as hard as a third party that only makes money if they place you in a job (not even your good buddy in the company will push your paperwork as hard)! Don't make the mistake of immediately sending your resume to the Hiring Company or the HR internal Recruiter; once you send it in you are done...period, no recruiter can represent you for any other position(s) in that company! Gotta read my earlier Blog if you haven't already: A Job Seeker's Potential Fatal Decision!
You might be saying at this point, "That's nice Linda, I have this great Linkedin Profile built out, I joined several Groups right for my background, and I have spent more time inviting a lot of SMART contacts, but you are now telling me it is harder to work the hiring manager angle on it". My answer is yes and no. Linkedin provides a third dimension to your Job Search and if you can identify someone you know who works at one of these companies, they MAY give you an inside jump to the job over an HR recruiter or outside recruiter working on the job, especially if your resume is outside the box of the requirements on the Job Post (recruiters have been hired to find "spot on" clean resume's). A job search strategy should never depend on just one strategy, Linkedin is ONE approach that is becoming more important each year as a job search and people connection tool.
So here are the steps to finding jobs and people who work in those companies using Linkedin while you keep the above information in mind.
So there are the tools to power up your Job Search on Linkedin! You have now learned how to connect the dots between the Open Job, Hiring Company and Employee Contact(s), but the biggest dots are still left to be connected: What is the best strategy utilizing the RIGHT contacts that can get you an initial phone or face to face interview? That is the artform we will learn in Linkedin 106.
By Linda Hertz why not invite me to Linkedin with you today?