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Using LinkedIn for Job Hunting in 2024: 5 Tips to Get You Hired Faster

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Madison Schacht
Manager of Talent Acquisition
April 18, 2024

It’s 2024 and job hunting has taken new twists and turns. Thankfully, LinkedIn has emerged as a powerful tool for job seekers.

But are you using LinkedIn to its full potential in your job search?

Keep reading for That’s Good HR‘s guide to leveraging LinkedIn for your job search. This week on the blog, we’re sharing actionable tips to help you get hired faster in 2024.

From optimizing your LinkedIn profile to networking online, we’ll delve into LinkedIn’s job search features and how to use them to your advantage.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a fresh graduate, these tips will help you stand out to potential employers in 2024’s extremely competitive job market.

1. Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Visibility

Your LinkedIn profile is your digital resume. It’s the first thing recruiters see when they find you on LinkedIn.

A complete and up-to-date profile is crucial for job search success and can increase your visibility and credibility among potential employers.

In fact, almost 50% of hiring managers in 2024 are using LinkedIn skills data to fill roles.

Start by updating your skills on LinkedIn.

It’s essential to include both soft skills and hard skills to showcase a well-rounded profile to potential employers.

Soft skills are the personal qualities and traits that allow you to work effectively with others.

These skills are valuable in any job and can set you apart from other candidates. Examples of soft skills include:

  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Time Management
  • Adaptability

When listing soft skills on your resume, provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these skills in previous roles.

For example, you could say, “effectively resolved conflicts within a team by utilizing strong communication skills and fostering a collaborative environment.”

Hard skills are job-related, measurable abilities that can be quantified.

These skills are typically job-specific and are acquired through education, training, or experience. For example, hard skills may include:

  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Computer Programming
  • Data Analysis
  • Project Management

When including hard skills on your resume, accurately represent your proficiencies and abilities.

Often, job boards and LinkedIn rely on powerful algorithms to weed through candidates who have specific skills.  Be sure to list any of your professional skills and highlight any relevant experience on LinkedIn to optimize your visibility. It only takes a matter of seconds to add relevant skills and expertise to your profile, and the results can be life-changing. 

At That’s Good HR, we know a thing or two about crafting impactful resumes. When you work with us, we partner with you to help pinpoint the skills that are most relevant to your resume. We’ll assist you in identifying the key skills that will truly make your profile stand out and WOW potential employers.

Craft a compelling headline.

A LinkedIn headline is your chance to grab attention and make a strong first impression. Your headline should state your current role, area of expertise, and even include some personality.

For example, “Empathetic Customer Service Pro | Problem Solver Extraordinaire | Dedicated to Deliver Top-Notch Support with a Smile :)” showcases more than just your most recent job title. It provides context, reinforces your mission statement, and reveals some personality.

Try to think outside the box when writing your profile headline. Check out these other eye-catching examples. You can thank us later.

Write a professional summary.

Be concise and engaging when highlighting your skills, experiences, and career goals. This is your opportunity to tell your professional story.

Showcase your work experience and achievements. Detail your roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments in each position to give potential employers a clear picture of your capabilities.

Don’t forget to include relevant keywords in your headline, summary, and job descriptions to help your profile appear in recruiter search results. 

Add a professional photo and cover image.

A high-quality, professional-looking photo can increase your profile views by up to 21 times. 

If you don’t have the resources to hire a professional, you have other options! 

Grab your smartphone during golden hour and have a friend or family member snap a photo of you. For the best results, try to keep distractions within the frame minimal – now is not the time for your favorite graphic tee. Be sure to put your best foot forward for the most professional-looking DIY headshot.

A DIY high-quality LinkedIn portrait

2. Expand Your Network and Engage with Industry Leaders

Growing your LinkedIn network is a key part of your job search. The more meaningful connections you have, the more opportunities you can uncover.

  • Engage, engage, engage! One of the most effective ways to grow LinkedIn profile visibility is to like, comment, and share posts that resonate with you. This shows people you’re knowledgeable in your field and helps build your network of followers and connections with shared interests. If you want to get serious about finding that dream job, aim to engage for 10-20 minutes each day. 
  • Start by connecting with colleagues, classmates, and industry professionals. Remember to send personalized connection requests. Let people know you’re open to networking, job opportunities, or even a virtual conversation over coffee to learn more about what they do.
  • Customize your LinkedIn URL to make it more professional. This can be your name or a combination of your name and profession. A customized URL is easier to share and remember. 
  • Follow companies and industry leaders that interest you. This keeps you informed about industry trends and job openings. It also shows potential employers that you’re engaged and proactive.
  • Participate in LinkedIn groups related to your industry. This is a great way to expand your network and learn from industry experts. Engage in discussions, share insights, and ask questions.

If LinkedIn networking sounds daunting, we have good news for you! When you work with That’s Good HR, you are instantly linked to a network of Indianapolis employers actively seeking candidates with your specific skill set and experience. By leveraging the expertise of That’s Good HR, you can tap into a pool of employers that you might not otherwise find or be connected to. 

3. Leverage LinkedIn’s Job Search Tools and Features

LinkedIn’s ‘Open to Work’ feature is a game-changer.

LinkedIn's #opentowork feature

Applying “Open to Work” to your profile signals to recruiters that you’re actively seeking opportunities. To use it, go to your profile and click: ‘Show recruiters you’re open to work.’

Job search filters on LinkedIn can help you identify the right opportunities – filter jobs by location, industry, and job function. 

Set up job alerts on LinkedIn. This ensures you’re notified as soon as a job matching your criteria is posted. You can set alerts for specific companies, job titles, or fields of interest.

Remember, applying early to job postings increases your chances of getting noticed. At That’s Good HR, we often see applicants with incredibly strong resumes applying within 24-48 hours of listing a job. LinkedIn’s Easy Apply feature makes applying quickly possible –  but don’t forget to be thorough and provide a Cover Letter, if possible.

Writing of a Cover Letter

4. Demonstrate Your Skills and Expertise

Having recent recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn can really boost your credibility. Request recommendations from colleagues, managers, or clients who can vouch for your skills. Similarly, try endorsing others for their skills and they might just return the favor!

Don’t overlook your volunteer work and extracurricular activities. These can add depth to your profile and show your commitment to personal growth and community involvement. Add these experiences to the ‘Organizations’ section of your profile.

Remember, our team of recruiters at That’s Good HR are ready to work on your behalf, advocating for your skill set with potential employers, truly giving your resume a voice. 

5. Maintain Professionalism and Use Advanced LinkedIn Strategies

Whether you’re reaching out to a potential employer or responding to a connection request, always be courteous and professional.

Using advanced LinkedIn strategies is critical to finding your dream job fast. So if you’re ready to kick the job search into high gear, here are a few advanced strategies you may want to use:

  • Research potential employers: Using LinkedIn to research the company culture, recent news, and key employees will help you prepare for your interview. This will help you tailor your interview responses and show that you’ve done your homework.
  • Use LinkedIn analytics: LinkedIn analytics can help you monitor who’s viewed your profile, which posts have the most engagement, and how you compare to other applicants. Use this data to tweak your strategy and improve your chances of landing the job. 
  • Post consistently: Whether sharing insightful posts, writing articles, or engaging in meaningful discussions, posting on LinkedIn can showcase your industry expertise and increase your visibility on the platform.

Always remember to maintain professionalism and courtesy in your interactions on LinkedIn. This will help you leave a positive impression and build strong professional relationships.

Advanced Job Hunting Strategies ( with That’s Good HR)

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in your job search if used effectively. By optimizing your profile, expanding your network, and leveraging LinkedIn’s job search tools you can increase your chances of finding that dream job. 

No matter the job market, finding just the right role can be challenging, but we’re here to get you hired faster. Leveraging both LinkedIn and our team of award-winning staffing professionals will supercharge your job search. At That’s Good HR, we know people and have placed thousands of candidates in a variety of positions. 

You’re not in this alone. Our team is here to walk alongside you from unearthing careers in your sweet spot, to giving your resume a voice and so much more. If you’re ready to take the next step in your job search journey, submit your resume to That’s Good HR today.