LinkedIn Veteran Job Seeker Tipsheet

  1. Tips for Veteran Job Seekers LinkedIn is an online network of professional relationships, used to present yourself and your qualifications; grow your network; and search for new opportunities. Network Invitations to connect Reach out to contacts you’ve made and cement those relationships. Groups Join groups relevant to your professional interests: alumni groups, industry groups, geographic groups, and more.  Add the Veteran Mentor Network, a community of veterans, employers, service members and leaders. Company pages Stay up-to-date with operations, current news, products and services, job opportunities and more, while also showing your interest in specific companies. Share insights Update your status with interesting articles, announcements, thoughts, and questions about topics in-line with your professional goals. Search Advanced search Find jobs by keyword, title, company, postal code, function, industry, years of experience, and date posted. Save jobs your interested in to come back to them later. Email alerts  Sign up for saved search email alerts to get automatic notifications about new jobs that meet your criteria.  Sign up to get email alerts about Jobs You May Be Interested In. Identity Create a distinctive profile headline A keyword-rich tagline that goes beyond your title and describes how you want to be known on LinkedIn. Customize your URL You can use this link to easily direct people to your LinkedIn Profile. Write a summary Communicate your experience in the military to a community of hiring managers who may not understand the internal military lingo. Add volunteer & causes Show your community involvement. Projects Provide tangible examples of your work. Awards Explain your recognized accomplishments. Skills Adding skills and expertise makes it easy for your connections to endorse you for your strengths and knowledge, as well as helps you show up in relevant searches.  Use the military skills translator at: to help you think of transferable civilian skills. Recommendations and Endorsements Get recommendations and endorsements from former supervisors, peers, and direct reports.
  2.  Your free Job Seeker subscription can be requested by visiting “I relied heavily on my professional network during my transition from the military to a civilian career. Through LinkedIn I was able to expand my network and interact with professionals in the trade space I was interested in entering. I received two job interviews as a direct result of my LinkedIn connections. Additionally, I used my LinkedIn network to evaluate potential employees and to get a sense of different company cultures.” Darrell Brown Manager, NST Air Force Veteran Job Seeker Premium Veterans receive a complimentary subscription ($300 value). InMail Send InMail messages to start a warm conversation with hiring managers, recruiters, or other insiders at companies you’re interested in. Featured applicant Apply to jobs as a featured applicant to send your job applications to the top of the applicant list. Salary search filter Narrow job search results by salary range and see estimated salary data for each job listing. Job Seeker badge Turn it on or off from the Premium Badge section on your Settings page. Who’s Viewed My Profile See the full list of who’s viewed your profile, plus details on how they found you. Open Link Join the Open Link network to let anyone on LinkedIn contact you about job opportunities for free. More Resources  Check for updates  Visit  See the complete list of job search tips at Copyright © 2013 LinkedIn Corporation. LinkedIn, the LinkedIn logo, and InMail, are registered trademarks of LinkedIn Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and names are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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