Are you using the available LinkedIn tools to maximize your job search? If not, then you are missing out on some prime strategies for your search. Here are a few things you can do:
1. You can use the advanced search feature to do a people search and see if any of your connections work at a company that you are interested in working at. If you do have connections at that company you can network with them about any open positions.
2. Use the advanced job search feature lets you define very specific criteria. You can search for a job location – you can even narrow it down by zip code, job title, a particular company, industry, and date posted. The search results will show the person that posted the job and your connection to them.
3. You can get the free LinkedIn Browser Toolbar which has a great Job Insider function that lets you see your connections at hiring companies. Where can you get this toolbar? Just look at the bottom of the page and click on tools. It will tell you the people in your network that work at that particular company when you use Craigslist, CareerBuilder or Monster to look for jobs.
4. Don’t be afraid to use your connections to request an introduction to the hiring manager at a particular company. This is what your network is for; take advantage of it and make it work for you.
So, there you go, a few tips and tricks to maximize your job search using LinkedIn.