Among the most powerful tools for managing your professional profile, LinkedIn has also become the newest platform for recruiters, corporations, and job seekers to find one another. Below you will find the top 3 tips from an extensive list completed by Alison Doyle for building your connections and profile to land your next dream job.

  1. Complete and Update Your Profile

The more complete your LinkedIn profile, the more chances that you will be found and contacted by an employer. Use your LinkedIn profile like a resume and provide prospective employers with detailed information about your skills and experiences. Creating a catchy headline and detailed summary, including a professional photo, and listing your skills and accomplishments are all ways to enhance your profile. You can also strengthen your profile by adding links, such as a link to your professional website or online portfolio.

  1. Find and Use Connections

The more connections you have, the better your chances of finding someone who can help with your job search. Employers look for referrals from their own employees to fill positions before opening up a job to the masses, so someone who is employed at the company or has connections there will have a leg up in referring you as an applicant. While you want to have a number of connections, make sure you only connect with people who you know, or whom you are planning to reach out to. You do not want to connect with everyone on LinkedIn – the goal is to maintain or establish relationships with people who are in your field or whom you are already connected with.

  1. Check Out Job Search Options

You can search for jobs on LinkedIn under the “Jobs” tab. Search for jobs by keyword, country, and zip code. Use the Advanced Search Option to refine your search and to search by date posted, experience level, specific location, job function, company, and industry. You can save job searches, and even receive emails about new job listings. You can also find job openings by searching for and clicking on specific companies. Many companies post job openings on their LinkedIn pages. Here’s how to search for and apply for jobs on LinkedIn.

Polishing your professional profile, finding and using connections you already have, and using the job search options are a good start to find the people that may already be looking for you. With the proper LinkedIn profile, you can go a long way in distinguishing yourself in a field of qualified applicants.