With the help of LinkedIn, thousands of veterans transition into rewarding civilian careers every year. Getting in touch with current and former co-workers can help boost your reach and network when looking for jobs. But what steps can you take further to communicate to recruiters that your skills are perfect for the job? If you’re new to the platform, navigating LinkedIn can be tricky, even for skilled and technical people. Here are five ways Veterans can Leverage LinkedIn to its fullest potential:
1. Sign up for LinkedIn Premium
In collaboration with ID.me, LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Premium Career subscription. With the tools and networking opportunities LinkedIn provides for service members, veterans, and their families, the potential to create meaningful career connections has never been more substantial.
2. LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Premium comes with a valuable resource called LinkedIn Learning. With access to a library of more than 10,000 courses that cover creativity, business, and technology, you can learn from a multitude of classes on how to brand yourself, Microsoft Excel hacks, and so many other skills. Additionally, LinkedIn Learning has Veteran-specific Learning Paths that can help transitioning veterans into civilian employment or student life:
Transition from Military to Civilian Employment: Transitioning from military service to civilian employment can be a challenging process full of uncertainty. Get the skills necessary to envision a new career, plot a transition plan, translate your experience, network into opportunity, and excel in your new role.
Transition from Military to Student Life: Making the most of your military education benefits can catapult you ahead in your post-service career to a broad range of opportunities. Get the skills to gain admission to schools, excel as a new student on campus, and use your education to establish an exciting career.
3. Veteran Mentor Network
The Veteran Mentor Network is a perfect group for veterans who are just getting started in virtual networking. The Veteran Mentor Network’s (group on LinkedIn) purpose is to support, inspire, and inform military personnel, military spouses, and veterans. As they plan, establish, and strive to achieve career goals, the Veteran Mentor Network hopes that they will continue to lead fulfilling, satisfying, and productive lives.
4. Conducting Research
Finding a place to network is one thing but finding a place to research the top companies you want to work for is an entirely different beast. This is what makes LinkedIn the perfect job search tool. LinkedIn has Job Alert Notifications, Salary Information based on location, Interview Prep, and so much more to aid you in searching for a new career.
5. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… & 4
Having the skills, network, and information is excellent, but what is the last thing you need to add the finishing touch to your profile? The engagement! Thankfully, it's easy to do with this shortlist:
1. Like: Remind your network you're still there by liking a couple of posts a day in your feed.
2. Comment: Adding a friendly comment on your friends' job updates or posts can increase your visibility to them and their network, don’t forget!
3. Share: Sharing a post from a connection shows that you support them while spreading valuable information to your network.
4. Post: This is, without a doubt, the most important thing on this list! Posting updates about your professional life can help establish your personal brand on the platform. In addition, it's important to showcase to future recruiters that you're active on LinkedIn!
We know learning new things can be daunting, especially in today's fast-paced world. However, finding time to learn and create new habits is the best part of the transition. Try logging into LinkedIn every other day to get used to the platform! Before you know it, you'll start opening the app to read up on the daily news and updates from your network.
Do you have any questions or want to learn even more job search strategies? Sign up for any one of our United Training Academy Webinars here! (We even have one on LinkedIn!)