These 3 Underutilized LinkedIn Tools May Help You Engage in a Sharper, Smarter Job Search

— April 10, 2017

Last Fall, LinkedIn rolled out 3 tools to help users make informed decisions during a job search, and to help draw recruiter attention to their profiles, and to help them acquire critical skills. LinkedIn’s New Year roll out of a new User Interface shortly thereafter caused many of my clients, who come to me for help with resume and LinkedIn writing services, to forget about these tools altogether!

With 467 million users and growing, it can’t hurt to take advantage of whatever tools are at your disposal to stand out and gain access to as much intel as possible.

These tools can help:

  1. Salary Insights

Launched in November of 2016 and available at, the Salary Insight tool taps into its vast LinkedIn network to gather compensation data. You can search by job title and location, and get a detailed outline of base and bonus structures in your region of interest.

U.S. users can access top-paying locations and compare salaries against years of experience, company size, and education level. LinkedIn reports that the tool will rollout globally in 2017.

Share your salary info to unlock free salary insights for one year. Anything you share about your salary will remain private. It will not appear on your profile and will not be shared with recruiters.

  1. Open Candidates

Launched just one month before Salary Insight in October of 2016, Open Candidates lets you make recruiters aware you are open to hearing from them WITHOUT notifying your current employer.

The best part? You can customize the kinds of roles and companies that appeal to you.

Similar to Salary Insight, Open Candidates came out first on a smaller scale (US, UK, Canada and Australia) with plans for a global rollout this year.

To set things up, go your home page and select the “Jobs” tab at the top. Select “the Update your Preferences” and scroll down to turn the Open Candidates feature to “On.”

Next, answer the questions about the types of jobs that interest you and you are ready to go! Recruiters who subscribe to LinkedIn Recruiter will see your signal.

  1. LinkedIn Learning

Launched in September of 2016, LinkedIn Learning is the company’s repackaging of the online training classes it got back when it acquired in 2015.

Free to LinkedIn Premium members and available via a-la-carte pricing for everyone else, the goal is to help LinkedIn members secure skills they need to remain relevant. Check it out by selecting “more” at the top right corner of your LinkedIn home page.

Topics span the gamut from Finance & Accounting to Marketing, Leadership to Professional Development. There are social media 101 courses under the “Digital Lifestyle” umbrella and Agile Project Management courses under the Project Management header. Once you’ve completed a course, you can add it to your profile to appeal to prospective employers!

Take some time to set up and familiarize yourself with these tools and resources. As someone who works day in and day out providing resume and LinkedIn writing services — I can assure you they are worth checking out!

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