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The 3 Ways LinkedIn Makes Your Job Search Easier
Thursday, April 11, 2013

The national unemployment rate is going down serving as a good sign that the economy is hanging on steadily to its recovery. Of course, where the job market is concerned, there's usually a catch that comes with any good news.

Despite the unemployment rate dropping down to 7.7 percent back in February, that still means that there are 12 million people in the United States who are still looking for work. If you happen to be one of them, LinkedIn could be your secret weapon.

LinkedIn is the largest and most used professional networking websites by job seekers, employers and working professionals. Its extra features such as filtering job searches by salary remains accessible only to Premium users, but its free ones prove to be just as useful.

LinkedIn has also made improvements in its LinkedIn Jobs services that are worth checking out. Here are three ways in which you can benefit from these improvements:

"Discover Jobs in Your Network"
The best way to find employment opportunities these days is by getting someone to refer you. This could be a friend, a neighbor, a family member, and so on. LinkedIn's "discover jobs in your network" feature allows you to take a peek at open job positions at places where you have connections. LinkedIn also notifies you if one of your connections is linked to someone who posted the job and a reminder to ask them to introduce you to the hiring manager.

"Jobs You May Be Interested In"
This is a new area in the LinkedIn Jobs landing page that rotates new job openings that their network believe may be a good match for you based on your LinkedIn profile. While not every suggestion may be a perfect match, they do provide you with options that you may not have stumbled upon yourself. As a job seeker, you should refine your LinkedIn profile to a T so that the suggestions are that much more accurate.

The Look & Feel
LinkedIn's gave its design a touch up that lets you search, review, job, and keep a list of saved searches all in one place. Even though they've always allowed users to search for jobs, they can do so much more with their search that goes beyond finding a job, rather an employment opportunity with potential to advance their careers. LinkedIn's new features, however, are meant to be used as tools so limiting yourself to just one resource will limit the span of your search efforts. If you only have a few connections, your search will lack the effectiveness it needs to be of any real use to you.