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LinkedIn.com is currently the most powrful and important tool connect and be able to properly network with people you will need to build your business and to find a job. Many job search experts say that Networking is the single most important activity to find a job by connecting with hiring managers, recruiters, and a host of other people who can assist you in connecting with people you know or people the know to get your resume in front of the right person. The day of sending resumes to the "black hole" on the internet provide almost no success and a large waste of important time.
Proper Networking is more important than the job leads themselves, as by the time a open job hits the job boards the position is well underway of being filled and has candidates lined up already, people who have been recommended to a company by other executives, internal candidates and candidates provided by trusted recruiters and career professionals.
With more than 277 million users in 200 countries/territories, 3 million business pages, 2.1 million groups, and 77% of all published jobs, it’s easy to understand why LinkedIn is the #1 social networking site for professionals. LI has generated more than 1 billion endorsements and that 48% of recruiters post their jobs on LinkedIn and nowhere else.
The Ultimate LinkedIn Checklist
Smart Job Hunting America suggests you connect with at least 500+
and join 40-45 groups of your Industry, discipline, interest both personal and professional.
Here are some of the top job seeker groups you should join if you're hoping to expand your network and find a career.
1. Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections! - 1,798,501 members
One of the largest groups for job seekers on LinkedIn.
2. Linked:HR - 900,173 members
This group, which is run by Next Dimension Media, is one of the largest groups for hiring managers, corporate recruiters, headhunters, HR consultants and also one of the most active for "group discussions."
3. The Recruitment Network - 355,688 members
Aims at bringing people together who are dedicated to "open networking with innovation, integrity and transparency."
4. Executive Suite - 274,827 members
Operated by ExecuNet, this group provides insight from and connects you with U.S.-based business leaders, career coaches, executive recruiters and corporate hiring decision makers.
5. JOBS 2.0 - 159,569 members, or for Jobs 2.0 - Midwest - 4,779 members
Job Search 2.0 helps members find work by utilizing the latest in social and professional network technology.
6. Next Dimension Careers - 122,425 members
Next Dimension Careers is one of the largest recruiters' groups on LinkedIn and helps top candidates find jobs quickly and efficiently.
7. A Job Needed - A Job Posted - 51,670 members
For any and all LinkedIn members searching for employment, as well as recruiters who help members find opportunities.
8. Indeed.com - 40,577 members
The official job search group on LinkedIn for Indeed.com.
9. Career Central (sponsored by reCareered.com) - 33,965 members
If you're in the midst of a career transition, this group networks you with recruiters, hiring managers and career coaches who can make the transition easier.
10. Talent HQ - 27,183 members
A group for job seekers, recruiters and HR professionals interested in expanding their professional networks.
11. Looking for a Job? - 21,330 members
This group allows job seekers to share ideas, network, provide advice on job market trends, post jobs and help individuals find meaningful work.
12. Jobs Alert - 20,936 members
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