You can search for jobs without having a LinkedIn account by using the site’s job search page. However, if you want to apply for a job, you’ll need at least a free basic account.
LinkedIn also offers a premium Career account specifically for job hunters, which offers more options. The Career account starts at $29.99 a month, though you can try it out for free for the first 30 days.
The good news is that the free account should be enough for those trying to find their first full-time job. There are numerous features to take advantage here, so we’ll look at the options for the free account.
At the Career interests page, you can toggle the switch to “Let recruiters know you’re open,” to new opportunities. Activating this feature allows recruiters to contact you directly.
LinkedIn says it tries not to show your current company that you’re seeking a new job but can’t guarantee your privacy. So, if you don’t want to tip off your current employer, you may want to leave this option turned off.
What’s Your Preference?
Next, you can type a note to recruiters to tell them what type of job you’re seeking. Then click on the Add title link to add job titles you would consider. As you type the title, LinkedIn serves up a list that matches the first few characters; you can select titles from that or add your own.
Next, you can add a location where you wish to work. Again, start typing the name of a city or other location, and LinkedIn shows a list of matches. Click on the location you want to add. Then click on the check boxes for the types of jobs you’re open to, such as full-time, part-time, and freelance. Next, click on the link to “Show company preferences.”
Click Add industry if you want to limit your search to specific industries. Type the name of an industry, and click on any appropriate match that LinkedIn offers. You can then select the size of the company you’d like to work for based on the minimum and maximum number of employees. Your choices are automatically saved.
When you’re done, click on your browser’s back button to return to the Jobs page. Now you can scroll down the list to see if any positions interest you.
LinkedIn responds with a list of job openings that match your search. You can narrow the list by using any of the filters available at the top of the screen. These criteria can help you filter by location, company, date posted, experience level, industry, and job function, and selecting a specific option. As you select an option, the list of job openings refreshes itself to match your criteria.
If you’re satisfied with your search parameters, you can save this search and be notified of any jobs that match your interests. Scroll to the top of the page and toggle the Job alert switch.
You then can then submit a form on LinkedIn with your name and phone number and an option include your resume. Click on the Submit application button.
If instead, the job requires that you apply through the company, click on the button to “Apply on company website” and follow the process from there.