LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networking tools out there and over the last year it has gotten a quite a bit better as a job-search tool as well. One of the newest LI features that I have learned about is Jobs Insider, a tool that improves the functionality of job-boards by overlaying contacts from your LinkedIn network to postings you find on the Internet.
Jobs Insider works by opening a side pane on your internet browser and lets you see the ‘inside’ connection (if you have one) to a job whenever you view it on a recognized job board (which includes most of the major job sites).
The example below comes from a posting on Monster from NGP (the company I work for) . It shows the LinkedIn connections I have to that posting and also allows me to make a quick jump to their profile.
Additionally, Jobs Insider lets you do a basic and advanced search of LinkedIn Jobs, another job-search tool that is powered by SimplyHired.
Jobs Insider is FREE and very easy to download. Find it at the bottom of your LI home page in the tools section.
Also on the LinkedIn front…
We were very lucky to have David Cohen, a Senior Account Executive with LinkedIn, visit the Monday night Career Transition Support Group in Brentwood, TN recently to talk about how to utilize LinkedIn to find a job. He was nice enough to give us permission to make that presentation a download available here on Recruiters Guide to the Universe.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!