LinkedIn Tips for Executive Job Search and Research

by Meg Guiseppi on September 28, 2009

Do you have your nose deep into the job boards, investing hours daily searching and posting your resume?

Then you’re focusing on a strategy that usually yields dismal results.

Executives should be leveraging LinkedIn to search jobs, research companies for market intelligence and due diligence, and connect/re-connect with people. LinkedIn’s search capabilities will yield a much better return for your efforts.

Here’s a quick look at using LinkedIn for proactive job search:

♦  Your LinkedIn profile

Step one is to set up your home base. If you already have a profile, it may need revamping. Make your profile resonate with your target audience, and be brand-evident and searchable for recruiters and hiring decision makers sourcing candidates like you.

Download my free e-book to learn how to bring it all together, Executive Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile: How to Transform Your Executive Brand, Resume, and Career Biography Into a Winning LinkedIn Profile.

Remember to revisit your profile and re-focus your professional headline and other relevant information whenever your target changes.

♦  LinkedIn’s “Jobs” tab:

You’ll find the tab in the top menu on the home page, along with People, Answers, and Companies.

A quick search I just did for “VP of Sales” yielded some 75 results across all industries, located within 50 miles of my own rather remote location. “Advanced Job Search” will help you narrow results for many criteria.

What you’ll find on the Jobs pages:

  • Results include the company (with link to their LinkedIn profile), location, date posted, and who posted the listing (with link to their LinkedIn profile).
  • In the right sidebar of the Jobs home page, you’ll notice a list of “Companies in my network” whose profiles you can explore.
  • Results include exclusive job listings found only on LinkedIn.
  • LinkedIn also provides their own list of Job Search Tips.

♦  LinkedIn’s “Company” tab:

One of LinkedIn’s most powerful features, the companies tab provides a wealth of valuable information to gather research on companies of interest and find hiring decision makers and people in their circles.

What you’ll find when you search companies:

  • Company descriptions
  • Total number of employees, with the number in your LinkedIn network
  • Employees with links to their profiles
  • Former employees with links to their profiles
  • New Hires with links to their profiles
  • Recent Promotions and Changes with links to their profiles
  • Popular Profiles (most visitors) with links to their profiles
  • The right sidebar includes information sourced in partnership with BusinessWeek:

–  related companies
–  career path for company employees before and after
–  key statistics (company size, revenue, locations, company website, common job titles, media employee age, number of males vs. females)
–  their job openings posted on LinkedIn
–  recent company news culled from various sources
–  stock information.

Take a look at Liz Lynch’s excellent post at the Personal Branding Blog, The Hidden Goldmine Within the LinkedIn Companies Tab.

Related series of posts:

My Best of LinkedIn Tips and Resources

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