LinkedIn Career Tips

Grand View University's Career Center has teamed up with LinkedIn to bring you a guest blog series of helpful articles to optimize your use of LinkedIn and the job search process. Check out our guest blog series below!

Find Your Earning Potential With LinkedIn Salary

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn Salary is a tool that provides detailed breakdowns of salary by job title and location.

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Your job search is as easy as filtering by title and location.

LinkedIn Salary is free salary comparison tool to help users understand the various attributes that impact pay, so they can make more informed career decisions. The tool shares salary insights for specific job titles, and different factors that impact pay scale: location, years of experience, industry, company size, and education level. LinkedIn also uses this data to provide personalized features and recommendations. For example, you could find that your function, Marketing Manager, is paid more in the Software and IT industry than in the Finance industry where you’re located.

Types of Insights Available on LinkedIn Salary
LinkedIn Salary, you can find aggregate salary information and trends that can help you compare your earning potential to others in the same or similar role. You can also explore compensation for other roles, industries and locations as well.

After you enter your salary details, you'll can view what members earn on average for a specific role and city, broken down by:

  • Base salary
  • Total compensation
  • Additional earnings such as annual bonus or sign-on bonus

You can use the "Industry" and "Years of Experience" filters to learn how these factors impact pay for a given title (e.g. if you’re looking for a job as a software engineer you might be paid more in the Finance industry than the education industry). Whether you're just starting out or are an entrepreneur, you can filter your settings.

In addition, you'll also see the following, based on the type of data available:

  • Company salaries: Dive into company level insight pages to explore how salaries vary at different corporations.
  • Factors that may impact salary: Learn how certain aspects such as company size, industry, education level, and field of study can impact your salary for a given title in a region.
  • Top-paying locations: Discover which locations pay the most for a title, and see the number of job openings there.
  • Open jobs: We'll also show you current open jobs for your role and location that have been posted on LinkedIn. You can also look into freelance opportunities.

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Dig into insights, such as size and average salary.

Getting Started
To build this data, users must first submit their average salary information. When submitting one's salary, they can also add additional compensation details such as a sign-on bonus or company shares provided.

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

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Your soon-to-be awarded degree is likely a requirement for your dream job. But what is going to set you apart from everyone else who just graduated college with the same qualification? Your network! 

Harness the power of your network, providing you an edge in your career search.

Do I even have a network?
LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.  LinkedIn has the power to uncover 1st and 2nd degree connections that will boost your chances of getting hired for highly sought-after jobs in a competitive market. We found that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection. 

One of the easiest ways for students to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s a simple way to explore and create alumni connections from your school.  You can lean in on where they work now and in what cities. Simply search for your school and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Your First Job is a First Step!
Even if you land your dream job right out of college, the most successful professionals will warn you about complacency and how it may negatively affect your earning potential over time. Searching for jobs can seem like a daunting task, especially right after you've just landed one. It’s ideal to continue interviewing and keep an open mind for your next career move. LinkedIn has made it easier than ever to keep your options open even when you’re not actively seeking alternative employment. It’s called Open Candidates and it’s as easy as updating your LinkedIn career interest preferences. By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities. You’ll be prompted to select relevant job titles (e.g. Regulatory specialist) as well as the industries (e.g. Finance jobs) you’re open to exploring opportunities within.

What Now?
Create or update your LinkedIn profile today. There is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals!

Learn Something New with LinkedIn

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn is helping people discover and develop the skills they need through a personalized, data-driven learning experience.

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Browse different Marketing jobs, descriptions, and even salary info.

Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the "perfect job title" that fits your interests? You're not alone. One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist (e.g: Sales Jobs).

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Industry information updated by LinkedIn

LinkedIn heard you and as a result launched new career pages designed with the applicant in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions. LinkedIn surfaces popular titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a specific job (e.g., Human Resources jobs), making it easier for job seekers and exploring students to learn more about opportunities in various fields.

Now that you’ve found the right path, start diving in by learning new skills.

Discover and Develop New Skills Via LinkedIn Learning Video
Each week presents a new opportunity for you to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

LinkedIn Learning wants to do everything possible to help make that happen.

That’s why each week more classes are added to the 10,000+ course library. LinkedIn's goal is to help people discover and develop the skills they need through a personalized, data-driven learning experience.

LinkedIn Learning combines industry-leading content from with LinkedIn’s professional data and network. Get a unique view of how jobs, industries, organizations, and skills evolve over time powered by more than 500 million member profiles, including billions of engagements. From this, LinkedIn can identify the skills you need and deliver expert-led courses to help you obtain those skills. It takes the guesswork out of learning!

Take Your New Skills to the Next Level and Achieve Your Goal!
You can identify which skills are key to achieving business goals, and learn those skills in a personalized, efficient way. Delve into paths that are available to you with your new skill set via the Linkedin career exploration pages. There you can discover jobs by function, with job titles you didn’t even know existed, and relevant salary information.

Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn's ProFinder

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

Interested in entrepreneurship? LinkedIn ProFinder connects top quality freelance or independent professionals with new clients and leads.

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The ProFinder Marketplace consists of over 70,000 vetted professionals.

Getting Started
Having a complete profile is the most important piece to getting opportunities, as it's one of the first things potential clients will see.

There are five main pieces to consider when building a successful profile:

  1. Profile photo - A professional picture is the key to making a good first impression. This image should be clear, warm, and memorable.
  2. Headline - It's important to make sure that your headline matches the services that you originally selected on ProFinder, otherwise your specialties become unclear.
  3. Summary - Your summary is a great place to highlight your passions and accomplishments in your own words. This is a valuable section that helps you stand out.
  4. Recommendations - Recommendations are essential, as they can be the difference in whether you're hired or ignored. Please bear in mind that it's quality before quantity. A great recommendation has three parts:
    1. Clearly defines your role in the project and its completion.
    2. References the skills utilized.
    3. Includes a date.
  5. Published Articles - the quickest way to build your brand is with LinkedIn's publishing platform. You can write about anything from industry trends and consulting experiences to career accomplishments. It's important to write about what you know. This will help establish yourself as an industry expert, since your content will be displayed on your ProFinder profile and available to all LinkedIn users (not just your connections).

Relevant Experience
It may seem like an obvious statement, but it’s easier to get the job if you have done it before! Maintaining a portfolio of your previous work will demonstrate that you have the skillset to be successful. By keeping your profile up-to-date, future clients will be able to see what you’ve done and how you can help them.

With LinkedIn’s ProFinder, you can be a part of the ~35% of freelancers in the workforce. Start picking up leads in no time with a well-crafted profile, a little bit of experience, and some help from previous customers. Remember that the early bird gets the worm, so respond to your requests for proposal as soon as you can!

Roadmap to Job Search Success With LinkedIn

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn helps job-seekers navigate successful paths to their dream jobs through exploration tools and mentorship.

Explore All Your Possibilities
A big challenge facing job seekers is knowing what types of jobs to search for — or even which ones exist. Enter LinkedIn’s new career exploration pages. Browse different careers within job functions (e.g. accounting jobs or education jobs), and from there research top cities, companies and see what opportunities are available.

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Engineering jobs? LinkedIn surfaces popular job titles and listings as well as top cities and companies within job functions.

There are 25 job functions waiting for you to explore, making it easy to research the industry you want to break into. Plus, you can simply toggle to Jobs, Companies, and Salaries, so you can be fully equipped to figure out your next steps.

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Narrow your search for legal jobs to a specific title and research available opportunities.

But finding the perfect job is just one part of the equation. Breaking into an industry can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t quite sure where to begin. One of the best ways to start creating your roadmap to success is learning from those who have been already been in your shoes.

Get Career Advice from Industry Professionals
Mentorship is key to developing and sustaining a satisfying career and improving your professional life. However, knowing where to start is the tricky part. That’s why LinkedIn launched Career Advice, a new feature connecting members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, best practices for a project you're working on, or even switching to a new industry, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person.

  • More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others.
  • Over 50% of those surveyed don't know where to begin, and more than 1/3 have a hard time finding the right mentor.

With more than 530 million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills, and resources to help you reach your goals.

Getting started is easy! Just go to the dashboard on your LinkedIn Profile and find the Career Advice hub. From there, enter your preferences for the type of advice you’re looking to receive, and LinkedIn's matching algorithm will recommend members based on your network connection preferences, mutual interests, and your specified industry. You’ll be alerted whenever you are matched so you can send a message and start the conversation.

Bonus tip: Rock your resume with Resume Assistant from Microsoft and LinkedIn to help you craft a compelling resume directly within Word.

Finding (and landing) your dream job has never been easier!