Can You Get a Job Using LinkedIn?


The answer to that questions is YES and NO.LinkedIn logo. Omaha Career Networking - Job Hunt Search

Let’s cover NO first

There are ways to leverage LinkedIn to find the right open position through their job posting feature.  Still networking into the company to the hiring manager is preferred versus applying online.  That means even using the easy application process via LinkedIn should be used after you have tried to network into the company. So NO, LinkedIn will not get you that job automatically,  it will still take work on your part. Turning on “let recruiters know you are interested…” feature under Career Interests, will certainly help.

YES, LinkedIn can get you that job

I am an advocate of optimizing your profile with the right keywords for the position you have or the one the you want.  This way, as one of the many tactics you can use to get a job, perhaps recruiters will find you during a search they will do.

Several times a year a recruiter will reach out to me and ask me if I would be interested in a position. So I know this works. Here is another example with an alumni of the OCN…

“Hey Jeff, just wanted to share how I got my new job. They found me on LinkedIn and invited me to interview. So I didn’t even apply for the job. Quite interesting.

I know you already encourage people in the Omaha Career Networking Group to have a good LinkedIn profile. Feel free to share with them my story of how LinkedIn helped me get a new job.”  Fred Z.

So this does work and should be a tactic you use when looking for work. Consider LinkedIn like the resume to get the interview.  It will still be up to you at the interview to sell yourself as the solution to their problem. Of course the interview will also reveal whether it will be a good fit for you as well.


About OCN

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager's problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group. Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success. Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone's problem to get paid.