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A most valuable tool for today’s job seeker

➔ Is it a sign of the times or the just the evolution of the job search? Whichever it is, a recruiter friend maintains that 90 percent of all positions now are filled through some level of involvement with LinkedIn.

That “filled” can take many forms. On the one hand, you have the recruiter who performs a search seeking a particular job title or type of experience. Then again, there are employers doing the same on their own. Then there are hiring managers who vet candidates by reviewing their LinkedIn profiles even before examining their resumes.

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It also can be candidates searching directly through LinkedIn for possible openings. It’s also candidates beginning their interview preparation by checking the profile of the person with whom they’re going to interview, or searching through their personal connections to find if someone they know also works at that company. It’s also candidates utilizing LinkedIn groups as another form of networking. The tentacles of LinkedIn reach far and deep.

Some recruiters – as well as job seekers, regardless of their ages – live by LinkedIn. Some estimates claim to spending anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours each day on LinkedIn.

This is not meant to be a commercial for LinkedIn by any means. It’s simply a matter of fact. That’s the way things are in today’s job-seeking world. One recruiter claims that, next to preparing a killer resume, improving your chances of being found on LinkedIn may be the most important part of your job search.

That said, here’s the crux of today’ Nifty Tip: LinkedIn is always changing. The good news is that there is a wealth of information through online search, YouTube and AI to bring you the latest in LinkedIn changes and updates as well as how to make them work for you.

There is little doubt about it. Staying current – especially staying current on LinkedIn – is a major weapon in your job seekers’ arsenal.


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