Social professional networks are the fastest growing sources of quality hire, globally. Recent research says it has increased by 73 per cent in the past four years. As a job seeker, getting ahead of this trend would be beneficial to you. Of all the social professional networks available today, LinkedIn stands out from the pack.

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional social network on the Internet, with more than 364 million members in over 200 countries. It hosts job seekers, recruiters, employers and other professionals from around the world. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of two new members per second. There are over 39 million students and recent college graduates on this platform and they are LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic.

LinkedIn says in a recent blog that they are often asked what successful job seekers are doing on LinkedIn. In response, it says job seekers are already ahead of the curve just by using LinkedIn. With over 300,000 jobs spanning nearly every profession, and with 90 per cent of the Fortune 100 and thousands of other businesses using LinkedIn to hire, the social network platform is the perfect place to jumpstart a job hunt.

However, most successful job seekers on LinkedIn aren’t just searching, viewing, and applying for jobs via the platform; they’re doing something more. As a result, LinkedIn analysed a group of over 4,000 super job seekers (LinkedIn members who viewed a job at a particular company and then joined that company within three months) and studied what they were doing on LinkedIn during those three months of job hunting.

The above is an excerpt from my post on the iPunch Column of The Punch Newspaper titled “Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search”  which was published on Friday, May 29, 2015 both online and in print.

Kindly read the Online version of the post here and drop your comments.

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