LinkedIn Steps up its Offering for Job Seekers

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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Keeping your eye on the job market is tough. It really only occurs to you on Sunday night when you are dreading work on Monday and let’s face it – that is not the best time.

The more we can automate the tedious searching and sifting though job postings, the better we will be.

LinkedIn already has developed at pretty good active job search site. You can click on the Jobs tab in LinkedIn and search through hundreds of postings. Shorten the path by the clicking on the advanced tab. This allows you to filter by location, industry and a bunch of other factors.

This week, LinkedIn introduced their new and improved iPhone app for job searching. It uses the location service along with your keywords to give you a list of local postings to scroll through. When you see something you like, you can apply with your profile in just a few taps.

You can set up alerts and favourites pretty easily too.

The folks at LinkedIn point out that this all happens privately. Your LinkedIn network is not notified that you are doing this. I should think that would be pretty obvious, but I guess it’s worth knowing.

One caveat: this means your LinkedIn profile has to be ready to serve as your application. You cannot just have a company and a title. There has to be some meat and potatoes in your jobs. Your education has to be clear. Awards, sports, hobbies, projects – all of that needs to be in your profile and spelling mistake free.

Tap, scroll and apply away!

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