How to Uncover a Job on LinkedIn

Well done for choosing LinkedIn and also the best platform to find a job! Some of you might ask why I would make such a bold statement. Let me convince you……

Did you know that 97% of sources use LinkedIn to source candidates? Sources are extremely satisfied and pleased with LinkedIn (Source: The 2016 State Of Sourcing Survey – The Technology)

LinkedIn has over 760+ million members, of which nearly 11 million are in Australia. Every third professional has a profile. People aged 25 to 34 are the largest user group (6 400 000).

Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.

How and where exactly should you look for job opportunities on LinkedIn?

  • If you are new to LinkedIn, then the Jobs tab would be a good starting point. Here you can search for the ideal job or let the job find you! Complete “Your Preferences” with as many details as possible.
  • Your newsfeed often contains information regarding companies looking for candidates. Your connections might share internal vacancies. Recruitment agents would also update those in their network whenever they are looking for candidates.
  • Recruitment agents often produce articles/posts when they are seeking to fill a position. Please have a look at their profiles as you can find all their articles/posts there. Also, have a look at their recent updates which you might have missed. To find this feature, see the image here.
  • Keep an eye on any promotions within your network, as a promotion might indicate that a vacancy needs to be filled.
  • LinkedIn Company pages. Please find your ideal company and its LinkedIn company page. Smaller companies might have updates relating to openings on their company page. Larger companies generally have a Jobs option with details of any job openings.
  • LinkedIn Groups often have a Jobs tab, which might prove fruitful to find a job in your chosen industry. You can also perform a search of groups, using the keyword “jobs”. The image shows the number of jobs currently “advertised” in groups. This would include those groups of which you are, and are not, a member.

Your connections – build relationships with your peers at companies which you would like to work for. Remember those who studied or worked with you previously. Often companies would offer their employees referral fees for finding suitable candidates, as this would save them the cost of advertising and hiring.

Always keep in mind that your profile reflects you and your professional brand. Ensure your profile is as complete as possible, as this would improve your LinkedIn ranking when sources and recruitment agents search for candidates. You want to stand out from the crowd.

I wish you every success in your efforts to uncover a job on LinkedIn!

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If you require help with creating a resume that highlights your Australian value proposition, or assistance with recruitment or setting up your LinkedIn profile, please feel free to contact me. Don’t hesitate to connect with me on LinkedIn and keep up with my frequent updates on both LinkedIn and  Facebook. You can easily reach me through a LinkedIn message or by finding my contact information here. 

About the Author

Having relocated twice from South Africa to China and then to Australia, and also moving from Queensland to Western Australia, has gained valuable insight into the intricacies of job searching in Australia.

Chaleen, who graduated from the University of South Africa with a background in accountancy, decided to embark on a new journey and discovered a passion for assisting others in their job search. Since 2012 she has played a pivotal role as a job coach, developing LinkedIn profiles and coaching job seekers.

Chaleen was eventually offered a position as a recruiter at a specialised recruitment company and later at an outsourced HR firm. It wasn’t long before she discovered that she had a passion for the recruitment process. Chaleen obtained her recruiter’s license and subsequently established her own recruitment company.

Chaleen enjoys reading, staying fit, and spending time with her family and their two furry pets when she is not working.

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