8 Millennial LinkedIn Groups to Join Now

Standard career wisdom says you should be on LinkedIn. But what is there to LinkedIn besides keeping an updated profile and connecting with your network? It turns out there are several millennial LinkedIn groups that can help inspire you to use the site in new ways.

LinkedIn groups are great for a number of reasons. Millennial LinkedIn groups can…

  • Provide a support network of like-minded people searching for similar things.
  • Expand your network connections.
  • Give you a space to share your knowledge and expertise.
  • Help you find the right people for your next career move.

But which LinkedIn groups should you spend your time on? Here are eight millennial LinkedIn groups to get you started:

2. The Wall Street Journal Young Professionals Network

The name of this group gives it away—it’s a LinkedIn group created by the folks at the Wall Street Journal’s careers site and education marketing team. With 19,577 members, the only caveat to join this group is that you need to be a Journal subscriber. Once you’re in, you’ll find fellow young professionals from companies like J.P. Morgan, Ernst & Young, and Citi.

3. A Startup Specialists Group – Online Network for Entrepreneurs and Startups

If you’ve got the notion to start your own business, this is the largest LinkedIn group supporting entrepreneurs and budding business owners. With over 177,000 members, this group is for “networking, crowdfunding, mentors, startups, incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurs, founders, inventors, experts, coaches, VCs, angels, investors, new ideas, jobs, self employed, co-founders, small business founders or best practices in the Startup Global Ecosystem.”

7. Project: Get Hired!!

Though not exclusively for millennials or younger professionals, this group is a 4,000 member-strong gathering of job seekers who want to motivate each other throughout the job search process. Find job search advice and support, and share your own in this collaborative group.

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LinkedIn – 10 of Our Most Impactful Recruiting Product Enhancements This Year

Here at LinkedIn Talent Solutions, we strive to consistently improve our products by incorporating customer feedback, analyzing behavioral data, and relentless testing. In the past year, we have delivered significant new functionality across all of our recruiting products in order to achieve one goal: to help you find, engage, and recruit the best talent.

Though this list is by no means exhaustive, here are some of the biggest enhancements of the past year.

Updates to help you find the best talent, faster

One of our biggest priorities is making the search functionality of LinkedIn Recruiter as powerful and accurate as possible so that you can identify the right talent. Over the past year, we have significantly enhanced our search capabilities:

1. Personalized search:

LinkedIn Recruiter learns from your search tendencies to customize the search experience for you over time. Since releasing this enhancement, we’ve seen a 20% increase in profile views per search and a 30% increase in InMails sent per search – meaning recruiters like you are able to find the right candidates more easily than before.

4. InMail policy enhancements:

When you receive a response to your InMail, you get an InMail credit back – regardless of whether the message is accepted or declined. Since being implemented, this policy has created a better experience for members, and increased the overall InMail response rate across the platform.

10. Job Search on mobile:

In addition to our existing iOS offering, we have launched a new Job Search app for Android to enable potential candidates’ job-seeking activities while on the go.

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How to Be Found More Easily in LinkedIn (LinkedIn SEO)

By Marci Reynolds

Social network recruiters search the LinkedIn database for candidates that have a specific set of qualifications and/or key words in their Profile.

After searching the database, recruiters get served with “search results” that include a Profile view for each candidate.

As a job seeker, you want to consistently show up in search results for candidates with your set of qualifications, ideally higher than other candidates. This is often called LinkedIn SEO, or improving your LinkedIn search rank.

And, you want to stand out from the other candidates and engage the interest of the recruiters so they click on your Profile snapshot to learn more and, eventually, to get to your full Profile information.

This article will share my insights on this LinkedIn sourcing process and provide advice on how you can show up and stand out!

How does LinkedIn “sourcing” work? How do recruiters search the database?

To better understand the LinkedIn sourcing, search results concept; think about how you search online job boards for job postings. You go to a website (ex. Indeed, CareerBuilder, Monster, etc.), you enter a series of keywords, you might also click on an industry or job function from a drop down box, and you then get presented with a series of job listings.

Do you click on all of them? Likely not. Instead, you only click on those that catch your eye and are most relevant. You probably pay more attention to the listings on the first few pages, and may not even consider the ones on pages 3, 4, 5, etc.

Back to LinkedIn….

Recruiters search the LinkedIn database in a several different ways.

For example, some of them use the free, “Advanced People Search” function available to all LinkedIn members. Some search members and activities within specific LinkedIn Groups.

Many others are using LinkedIn’s paid service called LinkedIn Recruiter that provides significantly more search functionality. (I recommend that job seekers watch the demo video to learn more about the product.) And still others find candidates in LinkedIn using a Google site search of LinkedIn.

In addition, similar to the way job seekers sign up for “job alerts” to get notified via email whenever a new job gets posted that meets a certain set of criteria, recruiters can also sign up for candidate alerts to proactively notify them of new candidates who fit their requirements.

How can you optimize your LinkedIn Profile to align with this sourcing process?

There are many things a job seeker can do to optimize their Profile to align with this sourcing process. As mentioned before, you want to help ensure that you show up in the appropriate search results, show up higher than other candidates (LinkedIn SEO), and you want to stand out among the search results.

You want the recruiters to see your Profile snapshot and think, “Wow, there’s the perfect candidate,” and then click to view your full Profile information.

Consider these tips: …  Read the tips and the complete job-hunt.org article

Win The Talent War By Getting All Your People Using LinkedIn

William Arruda

The 2013 Edelman trust barometer revealed that “66% of people trust a company’s employees on internal programs, benefits and working conditions [more] than any other stakeholder.” Your employees are vital to successful employer branding. Not only are they critical to inspiring candidates to join your company, they are also your best recruiters. A Careerify study that focused on the Business ROI of employee referrals showed that  referred workers are 23% less likely to quit than any other hires, and the employees who made the referral are 30% less likely to quit.

Clearly, employees need to be the central element of your employer branding strategy, and LinkedIn is the best way to make it happen. LinkedIn is quickly becoming a hub of professional communications, and it’s the accepted social media resource for serious business. Recent changes to the site’s functionality, along with the surge in career-minded professionals joining, have made it a much more important element of employer branding. Here’s why:

  • It’s a key place people go to learn about your company. And it’s not just your company page that gets evaluated. It’s the profiles of your leaders and other employees, too. Think of each employee’s LinkedIn profile as individual product pages. By showcasing your best assets, you’re saying something about your organization and the consistency of high-quality professionals who make up that organization.
  • It’s the tool that connects your people with potential recruits. When you show them how to engage in conversations and use LinkedIn groups, you help them grow their network as they grow the company fan base. They connect with their peers and thought leaders in their industry and become sources of information to those who are considering working at your company. And, perhaps most importantly, they become recruiting managers by identifying potential talent from their ever-growing networks of professionals (through LinkedIn connections and groups).

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7 Ways to SEO Your LinkedIn Account

By Adam Heitzman


LinkedIn is slowly introducing more and more options that can be optimized and help users improve their profiles for LinkedIn search. The site will even tell you, with its new How You Rank feature, the percentile you’re in when it comes to views in your industry. This essentially means you can see if you’re in the top 5 percent of views versus the top 50 percent, and you can see changes to this number in real time. For many, the number isn’t what they had hoped (especially if you’re looking for a new job). This means optimization attention is on the rise, and it’s time to SEO your LinkedIn account.

Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Account for Better Visibility

Many of the LinkedIn optimization options are changing and becoming more advanced, so even if you went through and tweaked your profile a few years ago, it’s a good idea to give it a second look. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use the publisher option.

The publisher option is fairly new and allows you to post articles directly to LinkedIn. This not only helps you show your expertise, but it gives the LinkedIn bots more content and information to work with. It also shows you’re active, and helps your name and face show up in the news feeds of your followers.

In an article on Search Engine Watch, Amanda DiSilvestro writes about how the publisher option works and how to cater your content to LinkedIn. In short, all you have to do is visit your homepage and click the little pencil icon, which will be below your photo. You can then copy and paste and publish, and check metrics for the post once it’s live. The post will show up in your connections’ news feeds as well as be on your LinkedIn profile page, under the Posts section.

  1. Promote your LinkedIn profile elsewhere on the Web.

Part of SEO-ing a LinkedIn profile is getting it a little bit of publicity. You should put a link to your profile in your email signature as well as on other social networking accounts so you can start creating inbound links. If you ever publisher something interesting on LinkedIn, you can link back to that post on your Facebook profile. You have to be careful mixing social audiences, but as long as you’re sharing something relevant, this is a great way to give your profile a little extra visibility, hopefully form some new connections, and maybe even build links.

  1. Customize your anchor text links.

You may have noticed that your LinkedIn profile can have up to three links, including company website and blog. What most people don’t realize, however, is that you can actually change the anchor text to something more descriptive. All you have to do is select the Other option.

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7 Things You Must Take Off Your LinkedIn Profile Immediately

Drop what you’re doing and get rid of these clunkers

Your LinkedIn profile can be the ticket to a better job and career advancement, but if you’ve got the wrong stuff in there, it’s going to just hold you back instead. Career experts say these are the top offenders.

3) The third-person summary. Yes, the summary is kind of like a resume in terms of the information it delivers, but it also needs to convey who you are as a person. Wooden, third person or passive voice will just fall flat, according to a Business Insider interview with LinkedIn’s former career expert, Nicole Williams. “This a great place to reflect your professional brand… [but] remember this is a place to infuse personality.”

4) Dust. Metaphorical dust, that is. Keeping your profile active is one of the most important signals you can send to a prospective employer, says LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher. “A robust and active profile can be your ticket to a variety of professional opportunities,” she says. If you don’t have the time or the writing chops to keep up a blog, don’t worry; there are other ways to show that you’re plugged-in to what’s going on in your industry. “An easy way to do this is to like or comment on the status updates of others in your network,” Fisher says.

5) Lame cliches. Every year, LinkedIn publishes a roundup of the most overused words people have in their profiles. The current top culprits: motivated, passionate and creative. Although some industries have other words that make the most-overused list — in the sales and talent fields, for instance, “strategic” is the biggest offender — notice what makes all of these words terrible: They’re generic, which means they’ll say nothing about why you in particular would be a good fit for a certain job.

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