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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job (VIDEO)

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

Here’s the biggest problem with job searching online:

Sending out more than a few applications takes FOREVER. It’s a pain in the ass.

Creating a login and password on multiple sites. Uploading a resume and then having to fill the exact same info into a form. And after all this you might not even hear back.

There HAS TO be a better way…

The “Rapid Fire” Method: How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job Fast

When I want to find a new job online, LinkedIn is the first place I go, and I’m going to show you why today. My video below will show you exactly how to use my method to find a job with minimal effort and almost no time invested!

Comparing it to other methods isn’t even a fair contest. Check it out…

Watch this YouTube Video:

Before we talk about how to use LinkedIn to get a job, let me tell you why it’s my favorite job search tool. LinkedIn is amazing for job searching for a couple of reasons, primarily how easy it is and how much time and frustration it saves you.

Why I love the “Rapid Fire” LinkedIn job search method above anything else:

  • The quantity of jobs you can browse is enormous, so you can use it as a one-stop-shop
  • Approximately 50% of jobs have a “Apply Now” button where you can apply for the job with 1 click without ever leaving LinkedIn’s website.
  • You don’t need a cover letter when applying for jobs on LinkedIn. This saves you a ton of time.

How to use LinkedIn to find a job the easy way:

To find jobs on LinkedIn, just use the search bar at the top of the screen, and select ‘Jobs’ from the dropdown menu. I show this in my video above, I’d recommend checking it out.

After that, look on the left side of the screen for options to customize or narrow down your search results. You can narrow down by location, job title and more.

Once you’ve done that, start opening each of the jobs up in a new window or new tab. Read through them, and decide which you want to apply for. There will be one of two blue buttons at the top of the screen… let’s talk about each.

Scenario 1: the ‘Apply Now’ button

You’re looking for the ‘Apply Now’ button up top, this is the best scenario. In my experience 50% of job postings on LinkedIn will have that button. When you see it, you can click it to apply for a job directly from LinkedIn. You can attach your resume if you’d like, click submit, and that’s it! The company will receive your application via email from LinkedIn, and can email you back if they’re interested in having an interview with you.

This is INCREDIBLY FAST. Literally two clicks. You can apply for 20 jobs on LinkedIn in less than half an hour. It’s fantastic. No cover letter, no filling out forms, no registering for accounts, no salary expectations or other questions. It’s a job-seeker’s dream come true!

Scenario 2: the ‘Apply on Company Website’ button

If you don’t see the ‘Apply Now’ button, you’ll see this instead at the top of the job posting on LinkedIn. I’ll usually click and quickly check out the company website. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and it’ll be easy to apply for a job on their website. If not, go back to LinkedIn and move on to the next job posting.

The beauty of this process is that there are so many jobs on LinkedIn that you can be picky and not put up with painful job application forms. If it looks time consuming once you land on the company website, or if it requires you to register an account or anything else, just go back to LinkedIn and move on.

You’re in the driver’s seat. There are so many jobs out there on LinkedIn, why waste your time and use your mental energy on cumbersome job application forms?

This method of finding jobs on LinkedIn is frustration-free

Compare the LinkedIn job search method above with having to go to individual company websites one-by-one, uploading your resume, filling out a ton of details in their forms, possibly having to create an online username and password specifically for their career page (this is the worst!! you end up with 20 useless accounts at 20 different job application forms).

It’s a huge headache. It’s frustrating. You don’t even know if a company is interested in talking to you and they want you to create an account, fill in personal details, salary expectations, send a cover letter. A lot of job application forms ask for a cover letter and it looks bad/lazy if you don’t send one.. not on LinkedIn! I talk about this in my video toward the end.

Conclusion: Why LinkedIn is a powerful way to way to find jobs

If I were starting a job search today I would hop on LinkedIn with this method I described above. No question.

The only thing I might do before that is contact my own network, friends and colleagues. But for finding new job leads, sending out resumes to companies that you don’t have friends within, LinkedIn is the best job search website and it’s not even close.

Check out my video at the top of the page to see exactly how I’d do this if I were looking for jobs on LinkedIn today. The video is unrehearsed, I didn’t practice or know what I’d find before I jumped in. And you’ll see how easy it is to use LinkedIn to find a job in just a couple of minutes, not hours.

Questions from Readers:

Isn’t this spam? sending out applications so quickly like this?

No. Look at it from the company’s perspective. Spam is when you’re flooded with multiple incoming messages from a single source. Or on a single topic. With my method, each company is getting 1 application from you. That’s it. I don’t see how that’d ever be considered spam if you look at it from their view instead of yours. Who cares what you’re doing, it’s about how the company perceives it.

What about quality? This seems all about quantity.

You can choose how selective to be and how much time to spend researching each company. I’m not telling you to rush the process when I say you can apply for 20 jobs in 30 minutes. I’m just illustrating how little time is spent on submitting the actual application. Which is a huge benefit! But focus on quality as much as you’d like when deciding which jobs to apply for. There’s no rule saying you need to apply for jobs quickly one after the other with this method.

Now you know how to use LinkedIn to find a job without the stress and hassle that usually comes with applying for jobs online.

If you follow the steps and advice above, you’ll have a great chance of finding a job via LinkedIn and saving time in your job hunt. 


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