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How LinkedIn helped me land a job.

This is not a sponsored article, just tips and tricks.

As you might know, because I shared it in a previous article, I was laid off after 5 years of working at Microsoft.

I’m currently in the final stages of a recruitment process with a Fortune 500 company and it was all thanks to LinkedIn (and a little networking), so I’d like to share my experience with you.

Photo by Nan Palmero.

Here are 5 useful tools that you can use to jumpstart your next career step:

LinkedIn Learning

This one is available only to Premium members (which, by the way, if you haven’t invested in it, do so) and it’s a course catalog that allows you to become certified in almost anything. I used it to learn about JIRA and to freshen up my digital marketing skills.

Social Selling Index

The SSI is a nifty little tool that measures 4 key aspects of a successful profile: establishing your personal brand, finding the right people, engaging with insights and building relationships.

The score goes from zero to 100 and it tells you how you compare to your industry and network, and you can measure your score here. Mine is 75.

LinkedIn Video

This is a relatively new feature in which you can upload videos to the platform, I haven’t tried this one yet but it’s a powerful tool to use as a means to getting your skillset out there.

InMail

This feature is only available to Premium members. You can use it to send messages to people you are not connected with. I used mine to send my CV to the recruiter that posted a job I was interested in. It worked!

Job application

When you have a Premium account, you can see what your ranking is in comparison to other job applicants (in the top 10%, 25% or 50% percentile), and you can also move your application to the top of the job poster’s list.

In some cases, you can even see who posted the job and reach out to them via InMail, as I did with this job I’m in the process of getting.

There are many other ways in which you can ramp up that new opportunity that you have been looking for, but most importantly, make sure to be consistent in your work towards achieving that goal.

Best of luck in your job hunt!