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Job Search with LinkedIn / How to use it

The first, and most important thing to do is to make sure that your profile is up to date and as informative as possible – LinkedIn can only suggest jobs for you if it has a good idea of what you’ve done already. Equally, you want potential employers that look you up to see a professional and comprehensive profile. It’s easy, as the profile page is constructed to mimic a CV format – just make sure you use all the keywords a potential employer might use for a search.

The next step for job hunters is to use the site’s Job Search options to search for positions by keyword and location. But be warned: as with every jobs website, there’s a smattering of scam postings.

At this point, you can just sit back and wait for LinkedIn to match you up with vacancies. However, this is to miss the best opportunities, says Monika Morrow, senior vice president of career management at Right Management.

“On the contrary, success almost always comes down to the candidate making a personal connection with a person or persons on the hiring side,” she says. “The technology, now so integral to the job search, is just a tool, not by itself a solution.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at How to use LinkedIn to land your next job – AOL Money UK.

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