Friday, August 2, 2013

Top 10 LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers

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If you’re a job seeker, chances are you have heard of LinkedIn; maybe, you even have a profile. LinkedIn, however, is a lot more than professional profiles and virtual “connections.” There are Networks, Job Postings, Company Pages, News Listings, and Groups.  As a job seeker, each component of LinkedIn is relevant and valuable to your search.  If you’re really looking to get the most out of LinkedIn for your job search, a tool to take advantage of is the “Group” function.

According to LinkedIn, “LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.” Essentially, they are an online community meant to connect potential employers, prospective employees, and people who share in the ups and downs of job searching.

Here is a list of the best LinkedIn groups for job seekers :

This is a self-proclaimed “career connection group” and has a strict no junk/spam policy.  It is a group that allows job seekers to connect with recruiters and find specific job postings.  It includes relevant articles about the job search process, LinkedIn tips, resume tips, and more. With over 38,000 members currently using it, the group label sums it up best – jobs needed and jobs posted.

This group focuses on the latest trends in recruiting and job searches.  With over 26,000 participants, the members include job seekers, Recruiters, HR, and Marketing professionals, and participate by offering information about social networking, recruiting, interviewing, business, and workplace developments.

Jobs DirectUS is an American workforce organization that links job seekers with companies. They are notable because of their high placement rate and extensive use of social media networking. This group has over 32,000 members and aims to connect career professionals with recruiters, human resources, LinkedIn networkers, and hiring companies.

This group aims to bring job seekers and recruiters together in a professional networking environment, as well as bring in career experts to facilitate the job and employee search process. There is a high rate of discussion in the group, as well as the inclusion of discussion for specific opportunities. The Career Rocketeer group has over 7,000 members.

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