The Benefits of Searching For Jobs In LinkedIn

Searching For Jobs in LinkedIn

When I told Lisa I would take a closer look at searching for jobs in LinkedIn features I was expecting to find the same features I’d find on any other job search site, but I stand corrected. Turns out, there are benefits of searching for jobs in LinkedIn. I’d like to thank Lisa for letting stop by and chat with you about it.

 Searching for Jobs In LinkedIn

About LinkedIn In A Nutshell

LinkedIn is a professional network with 225 million members and counting. Members can create a free professional profile and connect with associates and friends. And like all the other social networks you can catch up on the latest updates through its news feed.


Finding Jobs In LinkedIn

search jobs on LinkedIn

What you won’t see on other social networks is a job search feature. What I love about it is there are onsite and telecommuting jobs available. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits there are of searching for a job in LinkedIn’s job search page.

LinkedIn gives members the opportunity to discover new business and employment prospects and connect with folks like the founder of a company to talk about a joint venture or your own start-up company or a hiring manager to discuss a job opening.

Once you land an interview you know one of the questions you’ll likely be asked will be about company and what you know. As a LinkedIn member, you can find information about a company and be ready with a killer answer to impress the interviewer!

You can also use LinkedIn’s job search page to discover the skills that are required for certain industries or positions.


Searching For Jobs In LinkedIn

With a free LinkedIn membership you can do a basic job search by country, industry, and function. But if you want more out of a job search you might want to consider upgrading to a Premium membership.

When you upgrade to a Job Seeker Premium membership you are shown as a featured applicant, you can contact a recruiter through their Inmail system, and you can see a list of who has viewed your profile. This is an added benefit while searching for jobs in LinkedIn. 

Membership Thresholds

 LinkedIn Premiums

There are four membership thresholds; Basic, Job Seeker Basic, Job Seeker Premium, and Job Seeker Plus. As you can see from the screenshot above, when you upgrade to a paid membership, it comes with added benefits while you are searching for jobs in LinkdedIn.

The Basic membership is free. You have can do your standard job searches and have limited access to knowing who has viewed your profile.

The other three packages have the same features which includes profile viewing, featured applicant, and premium badge to distinguish you as a premium member, salary data, and support. These will help you searching for jobs in LinkedIn.

The only difference is the InMail Messaging System that is only available in the Job Seeker Premium membership currently for $14.98 a month for up to 5 messages and the Job Seeker Plus membership for $49.95 a month for up to 10 messages. The Job Seeker Basic membership is $19.95 a month and does not include this feature.


Over To You

Now that you know what the benefits are to using LinkedIn’s job search feature and what you can get out of each membership, would you be willing to give it a try?  Let me know what you think by filling out the comments section below.

If you know someone who is searching for a job, share this post with them. They just might find this feature helpful. Thank you for sharing!


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With 17 years of working in “corporate America” and the telecommuting industry, I have been researching and working in telecommuting jobs since 2003. Now a work-from-home mom myself, I share ideas for making money from home, work-from-home career and home-based business opportunities.

  • Back in college, I used to get intimidated by LinkedIn. But now, I know what a great resource it can be. Two out of three jobs I got straight from college were through LinkedIn. Thanks for the informative post.

    • Hi Chris, oh yes, it is a wonderful resource not for just getting jobs too. Glad to hear it worked so well for you! Welcome to Inspire to Thrive and hope to see you back here.

  • Nice and very useful post

    Social media has been a huge platform for almost every business to advertise and promote them.Not only business advertisements many people also find job vacancies on social media. One such social media which strictly is for professionals is LinkedIn.

    LinkedIn is a social platform where mostly people search for jobs or candidates for their company. The people who are connected with LinkedIn will be recruiters and job seekers or HR’s. It is a complete professional platform where people get connected to each other in groups relevant to them and share their business ideas, get hired , recruit and do other business or company related activities.

    There are many benefits of searching jobs through LinkedIn. One such advantage is that you will not land up any frauds hands who promise you to get job opportunities. You will get connected to many recruiters . You can increase your circle so that more options for jobs can come your way.
    I suggest that every job seeker should have their account on LinkedIn to get their desired job.

    Thank you for sharing

  • LinkedIn is a tool every job seeker needs to have in their arsenal to maximize their chances for landing their dream job! Getting your name out there is imperative in this job market, and LinkedIn helps you do exactly that.

  • The post was quite good and now I know how to use LinkedIn properly and to the max. Earlier I just mindlessly added people and recommended others all day long and wasting my time on linked in just like people do on Facebook!
    Thanks for the post!

    • Hi Adittya,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Yes one can definitely get lost in LinkedIn, right? I’m actually going to head on over there and update my profile. It’s been a while since I’ve done that and it can use a touch up.

      Thank you for your comment. Have a great new week ahead!

  • […] back folks, I hope you missed me! During my last visit here a Lisa’s place, I shared the benefits of LinkedIn’s job search feature, which I hope you took some time to check […]

  • Hey Corina,
    Nice post and Totally agree with you that LinkedIn really helps in searching for jobs and all is required is good profile in LinkedIn. LinkedIn is very popular social networking site and having lots of benefits in which searching for job is one.

    • Hi Sudipto,

      Yes LinkedIn is the social networking site to use when looking for a job. The best part of doing this post was the research because I really learned a lot about LinkedIn.

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Thanks for sharing these information about Linkedin. I do have a free membership account of this but I am not using it that much since I am not so active of this site. I didn’t know there are a lot of benefits we could get from this site and I surely wanna try it.

    • You’re very welcome Jeremy.

      I’ve got a free account too and not as active on there as I should be. I know I’m missing out on making some great connections on there.

      I definitely encourage you to give their job search feature a try and invite you to come back and share your experience with us!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you’re having a great week Jeremy!

  • LinkedIn has become a very powerful source now to search for a job of almost any field all over the world. Best thing with it is that here you can connect with the network of your field or create your own field network & add people into it. I did not get my first job with the help of it but once I got some experience in my field, I Signed Up for LinkedIn & jointed telecom network in it to get in touch with the professional from other organization.
    Though there are other options for searching the job as well like but LinkedIn is way ahead when it comes to connecting with the network & find the job of your niche.

    • Hi there Raj,

      Yes, LinkedIn is ahead of other social networks when it comes to finding jobs. I love how they make it easy for us to connect and communicate directly with recruiters or hiring managers.

      LinkedIn wasn’t around when I got my first job…I’m not ancient but it’s still way younger than I am :). I have checked out other social networks and how we can find jobs there but none compares to LinkedIn.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  • LinkedIn is really such a nice & helpful online social network. I saw there is Group option on LinkedIn which really help to people ! I have been LinkedIn user user from 6/8 months & I do participate in LinkedIn group those still really helping me 🙂

    • Hi Mansi!

      I’m so glad the Groups have helped you connect with folks…it’s a great site isn’t it? I’ve also been able to connect and reconnect with folks as well.

      I’ll have to check out those Groups too, maybe I’ll join one :). Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great week!

  • Hi Corina,

    A favorite on a favorite’s blog 😉

    Lisa couldn’t find a better person than you to do this one 😉 We all know, you are at your best when it comes to seeking job opportunities for everyone.

    Eventhough I’m on LinkedIn and hanging around time to time, I haven’t been digging so much into seeking jobs there dear 🙂 Never did try it once :mrgreen: My friends do a lot and keep connecting with professionals they don’t know, but work for reputable organizations and companies, hoping for job opportunities or recommendation. Personally, I feel it’s a craze though 😉 I think I’d do the same if I didn’t love working from home on my own as a freelancer.

    I prefer how LinkedIn send email notifications about the jobs that may suite well for our skills and knowledge. Usually I love to know the cultures of companies by digging to their company pages. As you implied, it’s a great opportunity for interviewees to find lot of information and be on top of latest news. Of course, to surprise the interviewer 🙂

    Further, it’s nice to know features about the premium accounts too Corina 🙂

    You both have a successful week ahead, Corina and Lisa 🙂


    • Aw Mayura you are too nice and you have me blushing over here 😀

      Yes I do get a rush when it comes to searching for jobs, am I a geek or what? LOL 🙂

      I’m not on LinkedIn as much either and there is still a lot for me to learn too.

      Yes is seems LinkedIn is the place to connect with recruiters and hiring managers. And it doesn’t hurt to connect with friends and colleagues for referrals, right? If I were in the job hunt I would sign up for a monthly subscription to get those email notifications. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing Mayura! Have a great new week ahead my friend.

  • Hi Corina,

    Thanks for sharing this! I think many of us do not see the potential Linkedin has. The trend is definitely growing and I know a few headhunters companies who are doing that as well.

    Definitely worth the time reading and shared!


    • Hi there Reginald!

      Yes, LinkedIn has some hidden treasures for sure! I liked what I saw in the job search feature.

      Oh I know Monster and Careerbuilder are probably in the works with something of their own…to be a fly on the wall during the creative process…

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Reginald! Have a great new week my friend!

  • I have joined into this site (LinkedIn), but I have not explored it further. From this posting I get precious point about the site. This posting is simple but it can give me clear explanation how to interact and make use with LinkedIn. I like it and I will learn further about this site. Thank you…

    • Hello Heru!

      I’m so glad you found this post useful and that it helped you become more familiar about LinkedIn.

      I still have stuff to learn about LinkedIn but I really like what I see, especially the latest changes. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a great new week ahead Heru.

  • Hi Corina,

    Thanks for sharing once again another informative content about Linkedin. Yes, I too have noticed that Linkedin is different when it comes to job search. Basically, the website is not focussing only on jobs. It has given a new dimension to the job world by giving the things as a complete package.

    Apart from finding jobs, it also links to some of the very good articles that can help a job seeker. It also tells a lot about the company and its reach amongst the people. There is no doubt that the facts expressed by the users about the company is also of great help.

    Thanks a lot once again for giving such a deep insight through your post.

    • Hello Ashutosh,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, LinkedIn is really turning up the heat in competition. I’m sure sites like Monster and Careerbuilder will surely try to incorporate a social media platform to keep up with LinkedIn’s steady climb in popularity.

      Thanks for telling us about the links to articles….I appreciate you sharing that with us! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by :).

  • Hi Sue!

    I love how you said the shackles of employment…that was me too :). Now I look for jobs for other folks and LinkedIn is a great tool for those in the job hunt.

    You’re right in that we don’t know what the future holds but I hope it doesn’t involve me going back into the workforce :).

    So glad you enjoyed the post, Sue and I thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great weekend :).

    Yes Lisa,. you’re very lucky…at last check it seems like all is okay now, thank goodness 🙂

  • Hi Corina,

    I’m not looking for a job at the moment, having just shaken off the shackles of employment, but as for the future – who knows? This is a really helpful post, which I’ll certainly share and save for future reference – I’d no idea about the job search feature on LinkedIn – very interesting.

    Thanks Corina 🙂


    PS Congratulations on having a functioning site, Lisa – like a lot of blogs, mine’s been out most of the day and still offline, thanks to Hostgator 🙁

  • Linkedin stepped up it’s game when they redesigned the job board layout! It’s much easier to narrow down job opportunities and I also enjoy the recommendations at the bottom of the page. 😀

    • Hi Daniel!

      Yes, those recommendations are awesome aren’t they? I sure wish I had LinkedIn back when I was still looking for work. I would say a long time ago but then that will make me seem old LOL 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! It was nice to meet you Daniel, have a great weekend!

  • Hey girlfriend! Great to see you here! I haven’t dabbled that much with LinkedIn. Every time I get on there I keep seeing co-workers and to be frank, I don’t want them to see me! 😈 I’m on there to network with bloggers and animal advocates, not the stinking people I try to avoid! 😆 I’m with Debbie, not fond of the “high” prices. I truly hate paying for anything online so that’s kind of a bite. Why can’t people just do it out of the goodness of their heart. Is there no such thing as free anymore? 😀

    Great to see you here! Nice choice Lisa! Have a great Friday. I know Ms. Lisa is going to be sunning her bum today! 😆

    • Hey there girlfriend!

      I feel ya on the price thing and you’re right, the days of anything being for free are long gone. Isn’t that sad! I know we’re missing out on the email alerts but I personally don’t see anything wrong with the basic package,

      I’ve came across some folks from high school I didn’t connect with then and wouldn’t want to now, that’s the only downfall but then again, it’s like that on all the other social sites, right? I can see why you wouldn’t want your co-workers in your business though…

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts today! Hope you’re having a Fabulous Friday!

  • Hi Corina !
    LinkedIn is a very useful network to get jobs alerts and find a genuine job .Though i didn’t use it much in my quest for jobs ..I came to know of its powers when i checked my inbox(after getting a a job) -which was flooded with very high quality jobs from top notch organizations located in the same city where i reside.People should be subsribed to or join a groudp to get job alerts in their inbox .


    • Hi Pramod,

      Isn’t funny how when you get a job suddenly your inundated with offers? Like buying a car and then seeing in on sale the next week or something…LOL 🙂

      I was just telling Debbie I became familiar with the job search feature while researching jobs for my site. I was already out of the job market when it took off so I didn’t get to use it.

      Thanks for sharing the advice about getting the email alerts…they should do that!

      Appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great weekend and nice to meet you!

  • Nice to see you here, Corina. That’s a great feature! I just recently became active on there and have found many others I know, as well. Should be good exposure, I hope. Too bad the pro versions are so expensive. Thanks for this informative post and have a good weekend.

    • Hey there Debbie!

      I’m still learning the ropes on LinkedIn myself. I’m familiar with this job search feature because I use it to find telecommuting jobs.

      The priced subscriptions are pricey for me too, the basic will do just fine for now :). Appreciate you stopping by today and taking the time to chat :). Have a great weekend hon!

  • The top misconception is that if just create a Linkedin profile, then you should get calls from employers or recruiters. Not so. You must optimize your profile with plenty of specific information that relates to your skill set; and participate in Linkedin groups, Q&A, and status updates. You must also grow your network. The more active you are, and the more people you connect with, the more people will see your profile.

    • Hi Evan!

      There’s too much competition for folks to have that “set-it-and-forget-it” attitude. What’s the saying…the early bird gets the worm, right? 🙂

      Thanks so much for the added advice Evan! The more a profile shows the easier it is to stand out to recruiters…you’re so right about that!

      I hope you’re having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that valuable information! Have a great weekend!

  • Hey Corina,
    Happy weekend and welcome to Lisa’s blog
    Truth is I have not seen any post around this subject. Looks like many bloggers are not interested in jobs or something 😉

    LinkedIn was first known as a professional platform for jobs. Now it’s becoming a full blown social media tool with lots and lots of social media features. Though I’m not that type running after job vacancies, I think the fact that the job feature on this site is still maintained is a big plus. I can foresee other networks copying this sooner or later.

    Thank you for the meaty post on Lisa’s blog this weekend.

    Have a wonderful weekend, you, family and friends

    • Hi Enstine, it’s so nice to meet you and happy weekend to you as well 🙂

      Yes this part of LinkedIn hasn’t been discussed and for the reason you said..blogger’s aren’t in the job market. 🙂

      As for me, I’m all about jobs since that’s my niche :). I guess you could say out of a handful of bloggers, I’d be the thumb, sticking out because I blog about a totally different niche in the blogging world LOL 🙂

      I can imagine the meetings other job search sties…discussing how they can incorporate social media and compete with LinkedIn. I can see sites like Monster and Careerbuilder trying to tap into the social media market!

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts Enstine! I hope we run into each other again somewhere in this online world 🙂 Wishing you and your family a fabulous weekend as well!

  • Hi Corina, and welcome to Lisa’s blog – it sure is a pleasant surprise to see you here 🙂

    Oh yes…LinkedIn has a lot of potential, though few of us are really able to tap it. When I started my freelance writing career years back, that was the time I was very active in searching for jobs all over the place, and LinkedIn was one of them.

    Not to mention, that even the connections you make through LinkedIn keep sending your job offers, or ask you to join their job groups and other listings, so the opportunities are tremendous. Now, with time, I’ve stopped looking for jobs because I get plenty of them from all over and it gets overwhelming at times to handle it all. Nevertheless, LinkedIn IS definitely the right place to look up for them.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, both of you 🙂

    • Hi there Harleena!

      Yes, this is my second time stopping by for a chat with Lisa’s friends and I love it because I get to meet new folks too :).

      By the time LinkedIn came around I had already left the job market so I didn’t get to experience finding job prospects there. Now that I use it to search for telecommuting jobs for my blog, I can see why candidates post their professional profile on LinkedIn.

      I would definitely encourage folks in the job hunt to start with LinkedIn over other job search sites. Nothing personal against those sites but they are the middle-man and this way it’s direct connections with the right folks.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Hope you’re having a great Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

      • Hi Corina…

        Thank you for the details… 🙂

        Back in 2010… I have got my AMEX interview call via LinkedIn… 😀

        On that time what I did was… I used to join various HR groups and write about my experience in B2B marketing and online promotion activities I have also send few personal e-mails to many HR (Targeted) people about my experience…

        It took exactly 9 days of work for me to get 3 calls via this activity… And I decided to Join American Express (AMEX) for there B2B marketing and promotion team… 😛

        So.. LinkedIn totally works….

        I prefer LinkedIn than any Job portal, as it gives more direct or HUMAN touch… 😀

    • Really Beautiful content share by you with us but here i want to share current position of linked-in. Day by day peopel are doing Facebook like activity on LinkedIn and making this beautiful platform worst.
      As per your article i totally understand that how can i search or say smart search for finding better and related job for me but people must have take care of this platform so that this platform can provide more help to every one

      Best Regards
      Sumit Sharma

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