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LinkedIn training tip – faster job hunting with LinkedIn toolbar

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You should install and try the LinkedIn toolbar.  Most of my seminar attendees are blown away by it, and LinkedIn does a poor job of promoting it.

If you install it, your browser will sense when you are visiting a job site like

  • Monster.com
  • Careerbuilder.com
  • Craigslist.org

and will make it easy to see if someone in your LinkedIn network works at the company .  Let’s say you are looking at a job post at monster.com for a position at the company HP (Hewlett-Packard).

Here’s how you can use it:

  • The LinkedIn browser toolbar will create a blue panel on the left hand side of the browser.
  • The panel will tell you the number of people in your LinkedIn network that are employed at that company.
  • If you click on the link, it will show you their names, with your first level connections listed on top.
  • You could then ask your first level connections at the company for tips on how to get the attention of  the hiring manager.

If none of your first level connections work at the company, click on the link for one of the second level connections.  On the right hand side of their profile, about one screen down, you will see which of your first level connections knows the second level connection, and you can ask them for an introduction (probably by phone).  You can then ask the second level connection for tips on applying to the company.  If you only have third level connections, you can try the same methodology, but you may be less successful.

There is a 3 minute video that shows exactly how it works at LinkedIn Toolbar video

This feature will save you a lot of time and a lot of clicks during your job search, and should be promoted more by LinkedIn.  You’ll be shocked at how much time it will save, and you’ll really feel like you are utilizing the power of your computer and optimizing your time.

Good luck, and please pass it on to your friends.

Notes:

  • As the video states, it doesn’t work every single time.  This could be because the LinkedIn code is buggy, or it could be because people put in company names in different ways.  Regardless, it’s worth trying.
  • If you like it, let me know by commenting below.
  • For my speaking video and other tips, see LinkedIn Training Tips And Videos
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10 comments

1 Jeff Carter { 03.10.09 at 9:39 am }

Great tip, Patrick – also I like your site. Good info regarding LinkedIn as a tool.

2 Robert Boriack { 03.13.09 at 1:43 pm }

Patrick – you are the go-to-guy for LinkedIn. I have been telling people, if you guys are not LinkedIn, you are loosing touch in the electronic information age. Your website contains priceless information. Keep up the great work!

3 patrick_omalley { 03.13.09 at 6:07 pm }

Thanks, guys. Send me an invite if you want to connect.

4 Anu { 04.08.09 at 6:55 pm }

Hey
I recently joined LinkedIn and was looking for tips and tricks to optimize my job hunting process. Your blog, undoubtedly, served as a silver lining for my dark cloud (jobless state). Thanks a ton for all the insider scoops you explain here. I hope to find something soon, using your ways. Thanks again.

5 patrick_omalley { 04.09.09 at 9:57 pm }

Thanks, RB

6 Using LinkedIn to find your next Job « Michael Korn’s Blog { 04.17.09 at 7:10 pm }

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7 Robert Dixon { 08.28.09 at 7:32 pm }

Does the LinkedIn Toolbar work on a Mac using Safari? Thanks.

8 Patrick OMalley { 09.03.09 at 1:11 am }

RD – don’t know, sorry

9 Position Ignition { 04.28.11 at 6:48 am }

Great info on utilising the LinkedIn toolbar – a hidden gem. LinkedIn is a very important aspect of one’s job search campaign. There’s a new 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips eBook which is probably a good addition to this post: http://www.positionignition.com/100-linkedin-job-search-tips/

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