How to Find a Job On LinkedIn Fast

Job hunting on LinkedIn is a much more participatory activity than using job boards, where connecting, networking and sharing are the keys to success. But that does not mean there aren’t job listings like the boards you’ve come to know and love because there are. Jobs are not far away as soon as you log into LinkedIn. In fact, When you go to Home > LinkedIn Home you will see Jobs You May be Interested in along the right hand side, which LinkedIn has displayed based on keywords in your profile.

Click on the title of the job and you will be taken to a page with:

• The full job description;
• The name of the person posting it with a link to their profile;
• Names of your first connections who can introduce you to that person;
• Who in your network works at that company;
• Links to similar jobs;
• And an Apply Now button.

Click the apply button and you will find a form where you can enter a cover letter and attach a resume. When you hit Submit all your information including your LinkedIn profile is forwarded to the hiring manager in an instant. That’s another reason why you need to get your profile to 100% completion – it will help you make a great first impression (and you never get a second chance to make a great first impression!)

Searching Paid Job Listings

After you look at the jobs LinkedIn has served you on a silver platter, you can then click on Jobs on the top menu bar and be taken to the Jobs Home page. That’s where you can type in a keyword just like you would on other job boards and pull up jobs in your field of expertise and in the location you desire.

If you want to refine your search, click on the Advanced Search tab over on the right. There you can select criteria including industry, job title, company name, department type, location, and when the job was posted. Premium members can also sort by salary ranges. Fill in your criteria, click on Search, and you will see your matches.

In that sense, LinkedIn can function like a job board. But the great thing is the feature I mentioned where you can see all the people in your network who can connect you to the person posting the job.

For example, if I type in “social media” in the keyword section and pick my location which is Tampa, I get lots of jobs to choose from. So I pick out Sr. Marketing Manger at a local tech company and click on it. I see the job descriptions, and in this case, 25 people in my network who know the person posting the job. So I can click through and see who might be able to make an introduction for me, thus turning a cold call or a random resume into a warm call.

I can reach out to any of my connections and ask for an introduction. Also on the job listing page are the names of people in my network who work at the company. I can reach out to them and tell them I saw a job announced at their company and try to get information on the job which I can use to better position myself to get the interview.
You can gain valuable information by cross referencing the job with the firm’s Company page on LinkedIn.

When see you a job that appeals to you on LinkedIn (or another board for that matter) search for that company by going to Companies in the top tool bar. On the Companies Home page type in the name of the company in the keyword search box. Then when the company page is displayed, you will see all your connections who work there. Find one who might be able to share with you the “secret” job requirements. Get the inside story on why the job is open and what they are really looking for in terms of skills. You can also view profiles of people who work at the company to get a sense of what kind of skills and background the company values.

So, you can do your job searches on the Jobs home page and find connections at that company on the Company page. You can save ten job searches in the Jobs section. Go back and look at your saved searches every day as you never know when something new will appear.

When you see a job that you want to apply for, click on the Apply Button and you’ll be taken to a form where you can enter a cover letter and attach your resume. In some cases you will be directed to the company’s applicant tracking system. Just follow the instructions and apply.

Searching for Jobs in the Companies Section

The company pages will be a great boon to your job search. If you are targeting a certain company, a great strategy is to view their page. Go to the top toolbar, click on Companies > Search Companies to get to the Companies Home Page. Type in your target company in the search box and visit their page. There you will get all the updates on the company, whose been hired, whose been promoted, etc., as well as news about the company you can use to your advantage in interviews. You can see who in your network works at the company, and you can also see which college classmates of yours work there – valuable information for requesting an informational interview.

There are also job postings. If you click on the Careers tab on a company page (most have them but some won’t), you will see all their paid job listings. Staying with Apple as my example, when I click on Careers on their company page I see 45 job listings. If I click on any job headline I will see a full job description and a button I can click on to apply for a job. On the job description page, it also shows me my first level connections at the company.

Here’s a really creative way to find a job by leveraging the information on the Company Page. As I mentioned, each page tells you whose been hired recently. If you see someone who has taken a job you’d like at the company you’re interested in, click on their name and visit their profile to see what company they recently left. What you have found is a company with a position to fill with someone who has the skills you possess. Maybe they won’t be replacing them, but you never know until you approach them and let them know you are ready to step into the role of the departed employee.

Looking for Jobs in Groups

Another place to look for job postings is within LinkedIn Groups. Every group has a jobs tab where every member can post a job, and I strongly urge you to take a look at that. Up until this point you’ve been looking at paid listings. As a group manager, I know that not every organization wants to shell out the cash for a paid job listing so they save money by posting in groups. In my Tampa Bay Marketing Professionals group I get lots of these postings every day. So they are there… under the radar. Which may be good for you as a job seeker since fewer people see them than the paid job listings.

Go to any group you’ve joined in a field you are interested in, click on the Jobs tab, and you will be on the Group’s Job page. LinkedIn heavily promotes the paid job listings (they are a public company now with pressure to make money) so they have downplayed the free posts and you will initially only see the paid listings. But the free ones posted by group members are there to the left of the paid listings under Job discussions. Click on that hyperlink and you will see many open jobs.

For example, in my Tampa group now there are 11 posts, including one from a recruiter I know who has listed a multitude of jobs he has open. So, don’t overlook this feature; you might even make it a point to join groups in your field so you can get access to their job boards. Join 50 groups in your field and that gives you fifty job boards to explore.

The difference in finding a job in the Groups job area is that you don’t have the lists of people in your network displayed who work at that company like you get when you click on a paid listing. But it’s so easy to do research on LinkedIn with Company pages and the Advanced People search it should not be a problem for you to find connections at any company.

Making Online Education Attractive

All over the world, the numbers of people in school at the different levels takes pyramidal shape. There are huge numbers at the elementary, but as they progress, the numbers decrease, leaving just a few in higher education. In the United States, some 65 million students were expected to enroll from K to K12 in the fall of 2015. In the same period, it was expected that 20.2 million would be attending Colleges and Universities. It is estimated that 25% of fresh high school students in the U.S.A are not able to graduate. For fresh students who enter colleges or universities 1 out of 3 are likely not make it to second year. This dropout out rate hinders national development, because many people do not receive the full training they need to be functional in society. National development would be hugely fostered, if more adults receive education, in order that they become functional in society.

I am not saying that all adults who were not fully educated are not playing important roles in society. There are very prominent individuals in society who dropped out of school at some level. Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, for example, at some point dropped out of school. Though this list is not exhaustive, the number of people who dropped out of school or decided not to gain higher education and yet became successful are relatively few. For the majority who dropped out or discontinued education, and could not become successful in their careers, it was because they lacked the knowledge they needed to develop their potential. If you check the history of those who in spite of dropping out or discontinuing schooling have become successful, you would find that appeared to have found their life’s purpose and so pursued those goals and, more importantly, they received some kind of education later.

Education as we all know is a life-long activity. At any point in time, whether you dropped out of school or got honors at your graduation, you would need education. The school dropout who has found himself a vocation or gained employment needs education so he/she can be more productive, the dropout who has realized the need to school but has ‘grown past school going age’ and desires to school obviously needs education, managers as well as employees need further education in order to keep pace with today’s rapidly changing world and gain increased wages and status respectively. Somehow, the traditional education dependent society we have created for ourselves and considers the ‘best’, limits our quest for continuing education. For many people, formal education ended the day they dropped out or graduated from High School, College or University, even though, technology makes it possible for us to sit in our houses and still get quality education.

When technology – computers and internet connectivity – replaced physical classrooms and made it possible to study by distance in real time, it appeared the issue of continuous education for everyone, including the dropout and the working class have been solved. It appeared, and still does, that now the teacher need not leave his students, apply for study-leave or leave of absence to pursue further education. It appeared the fifty-year-old woman who dropped out of school several years ago could now school from home and it appeared the father could learn what his daughter is learning at College using the same device he uses to call her. That is what it appeared. Those who dropped out of school due to issues of finance and have not since had a breakthrough would not benefit, and those who have the money would not want to put their money into a certificate employers and academicians alike would frown upon. So little appear to have changed for these two groups of people, though online Colleges and Universities abound.

Two prime issues are to blame. First, online education is too expensive for the target group of learners and second, there is the perception that online Colleges and Universities do not provide holistic education like the traditional Colleges and Universities. As indicated by Ed Vosganian – founder and CEO of College Funding 123, the cost of on-campus University for undergraduate is estimated at 42,000 dollars while for the same group it cost around 21,000 dollars for online universities. By comparison we would say that it cost far less to study via online. But we need not lose sight of those who mostly enroll in online University. It is those in the middle and lower classes who opt for online universities. They include; the employee who has sacrificed pleasure for higher qualification in return for better wages, the unemployed who wants to gain employable skills, the dropout who wants to get back to school in the hope that there will be a brighter future, and the people living in the remote part of the world, especially in the developing world, who don’t even have the money to pay fees and so would have to learn and work simultaneously. To these 21,000 dollars is money so huge, it is very difficult to raise. There are people of the higher income class who enroll in online universities, but online learning is not popular among these due to low prestige and the myths associated with online education. The online institutions will tell you, they would not put anything on your certificate to show that you received a non-traditional education. This kind of advert speaks of how society values online education. Online education is considered a cheap way of getting ‘watered down’ education. Online Colleges and Universities were until recently considered diploma mills. This perception still exists, though empirical evidence tells us there is no disparity in quality of students from traditional Colleges and Universities on one hand and online Colleges and Universities on the other. The online Universities and Colleges are doing their best to make online learning prestigious and bring down study cost, but they cannot do it alone. With government intervention online learning can become prestigious and lower and middle class friendly.

Government should provide a national framework for online education, subsidize accreditation, and grant scholarships and student loans for students in online Colleges and Universities. A national framework to guide the operations of all online colleges and universities should be instituted by the state, through the Department of Education or the relevant government agency. This framework, which would be descriptive and not prescriptive in nature would describe, for example, the minimum courses to be taken at a given level, and the general mode of operation of online universities and colleges without prescribing specific courses or mode of operation. Accreditation is not just laborious for online Colleges and Universities; it is also expensive. This cost is passed to students, souring up program fees. If the government decides to absorb half the cost of accreditation, though there is no guarantee the program fees will be halved, the program fee would be reduced somehow. Lastly, most of the students who opt for online colleges and universities do not receive scholarships and student loans from the state. Those who receive something do not get huge scholarships and student loans like their counterparts in traditional Colleges and Universities. Government should make scholarships and students loans available to students of online Colleges and Universities just as it does for students in traditional Colleges and Universities.

The ramifications of these interventions would definitely be awesome. Providing a national framework for online education would take away the false negative perception people have about online learning. Many think online learning is easy and also the number of credits taken are far less than those taken in traditional learning settings. This thinking exists because there are some poorly designed online courses in which certificate are awarded after just a couple of assignments have been submitted. Such practices can be stopped, when a national framework is developed and operationalized. A national framework will give credibility to online learning, because a national standard for online would have to be adhered to and so no online college or university can just sell certificate. Subsidizing Accreditation will yield three results. The most obvious is that, it would reduce program fees because amount to pass to the students would be less. Subsidizing accreditation fees would encourage online Colleges and Universities to seek accreditation from accrediting bodies recognize by the Department of Education or the appropriate state agency. Even though accreditation is not compulsory in some parts of the world, like the united states, some occupation that require state licensing would not accept degree from non-accredited Colleges and University. Prospective online learners are, usually, worried about whether the can easily work with their certificates. Government intervention would remove this worry and remove the negative perception people have about online education as well. Government interventions in the form of scholarship and loans would ease the financial burden and make it possible for those who hitherto would not be able to school to do so. In sum, government intervention would go a long way to produce an enlightened society by permitting many people to receive higher education.

There are many people wanting to get higher education through online Colleges and Universities so they gain knowledge and skills, or enhance their knowledge and skills but cannot do because of either the cost or the uncertainty of the acceptability of the certificate. Government intervention in the form of national framework for online universities and colleges, subsidizing accreditation cost and providing scholarships and student loans would open the door for those who want to study from home. Government intervention can give the assurance that online learning is as good as traditional college or university learning, and that their certificate would be accepted jobs that require state licensing. It would ease the pressure on facilities in traditional Colleges and Universities, produce the well-educated citizenry needed for national development and convert the current pyramidal shape into a ‘near’ cylinder.