Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
LinkedIn is a great tool for your job search! Before searching for any though, you should first spend a good amount of time making sure that your own LinkedIn profile is up to date and ready to be viewed by potential recruiters and hiring managers. This should include, at a minimum, your complete educational background (and GPA if you’re a recent graduate), professional work background in the order of most recent listed first, and never forget a picture! I know the picture doesn’t seem like it should be important, but it is. There are statistics that exist that show how many candidates get passed over simply because they have a blank profile picture.
When all of that is done, you can begin your job search and there are several ways to do this on LinkedIn. First, there is a “Jobs” tab long the top banner and that is a great place to start. You can search for positions by industry, company name, position title, etc. One of the most helpful things to do is set up a “Job Alert”. You can set keywords for LinkedIn to constantly search for, and as they get posted, you will get an email letting you know something new has become available. You can also search within your network. Say you have a contact that works for Company X and you visit your contacts profile. You can easily click on the logo for the company they work for and it will open the page dedicated to Company X. On this page, and any page for any company, you can look at the positions that just this company has available. I would say that the search feature, with all of its ability to sort, company pages, and job alerts should do you quite well!