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I have been actively seeking employment since early this year and have tried all of the job boards (Monster, Indeed, Career Builder), numerous temp agencies (KForce, Robert Half, Jaci Carroll), and have been visiting company websites for open positions with no luck. A good friend of mine who is an aspiring career coach always tells me to try LinkedIn, but never gave me any solid instruction. I created a profile a few years ago, but deleted it when I realized my cell phone number and address were showing up in Google searches along with my picture. I definitely need a new approach, but I was very uncertain of how LinkedIn may help.

One day while researching the benefits of LinkedIn vs. Indeed, I ran across this wonderfully titled article on ZipRecruiter called “LinkedIn vs. Indeed: The Apply Button Smackdown!” The article recounted how ZipRecruiter added both “apply buttons” for Indeed and LinkedIn and tracked the number of applicants that used each. The monthly results:

Indeed Apply: 6.9% (12,564)
LinkedIn Apply: 6.4% (11,599)
ZipRecruiter Apply: 86.7% (157,589)

Indeed Apply: 10.1% (22,003)
LinkedIn Apply: 6.6% (14,377)
ZipRecruiter Apply: 83.3% (180,616)

Indeed Apply: 16.0% (38,610)
LinkedIn Apply: 5.4% (13,017)
ZipRecruiter Apply: 78.6% (188,747)

The article went on to ask why the Indeed apply button outperformed the LinkedIn button, and came to the conclusions that:

  1. When someone gives their resume to Indeed, they do so with the explicit intent of finding a job or changing jobs. Even though LinkedIn has a multi-year head start collecting resumes, the majority of their users are not engaged in an active job search.
  2. Indeed is RAPIDLY building the size of their resume database. We asked Indeed for a run-rate and they told us they are adding more than 1 million new resumes a month. That’s a staggering volume of active job seekers set up to use the Indeed Apply button.

I found this article interesting as it seems more serious applicants are using Indeed and probably similar search engines. I have gotten most of my job interviews off and I truthfully think it’s an excellent resource. Rich Maggiani and Ed Marshall’s article seemed like a how-to for LinkedIn, and I appreciate the concept of connections. However I wonder how far connections of connections who are virtually strangers would go to act as a job reference for you. It seems very abstract and absurd, but it is worth a try.

Have any of you had any luck with finding work on LinkedIn?

Siegel, I. (2012, July 18). LinkedIn vs. Indeed: The Apply Button Smackdown! – ZipRecruiter. Retrieved November 3, 2014, from

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Posted on November 2, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’ve not looked for a job via LinkedIn, but recently {i’m guessing because of keywords in my profile} I’ve been bombarded with emails and notifications about “suggested jobs.” I’ve shared this link with Brian, but maybe it will help you too:

  2. Natasha,

    I have been told that 86% of open positions are filled with people who received a recommendation from someone already working at the company. It seems that by the time a job hits the usual sites, it has already been unofficially filled, the company just needs to go through the motions to make it legal.

    From what former colleagues have told me (they are recruiters who use LinkedIn), they seem to echo Rheingold. You have to invest time and effort into LinkedIn, create your own community/network, and nurture the relationships. Its about putting yourself in front of people as much as possible with useful information, so as not to be annoying, with the goal of them thinking of you at the time a job opportunity comes their way.

    I speak only in theory though. Spending hours, days, and weeks trying to get a friend’s 3rd connection to give you a heads up, not to mention a recommendation seems improbable at best. However, I do think that it is a good place to create a network slowly so that one day, it doesn’t feel so desperate trying to follow someone or their company in order for them to throw you a bone.

  3. Interesting statistics, Natasha. The difference between LinkedIn and other job sites is the networking aspect that allows you to cultivate professional relationships on an acceptable platform. Facebook and Twitter, while popular, are too much of a social site to lend credibility to serious job hunting. Hence, the launching of LinkedIn.

    I used LinkedIn to look at connections within my network during my last job search. However, all jobs I have landed have been either by word of mouth, direct recommendations or from “head hunters”.

  4. I’m in the same boat, Natasha, except I do not have a LinkedIn account. Call me in the stone age, but I’ve been resisting an account. I understand that if you’re networked with your boss, they can see if you’re looking for another job; is this true?

    Jessa – where does one find a head hunter? I’m sure Natasha (and I know me) have some heads to be hunted. Sorry; couldn’t resist.

  5. LinkedIn is definitely something that requires a lot of nurturing. When you are looking for a job and funds are running low, you don’t exactly have time to spend an entire day cultivating your LinkedIn profile. Most of the job interviews and jobs that I’ve gotten are either through recommendations or on Craigslist. LinkedIn is great if you have the time to develop it but, if not, then it sort of just sits there like a digital resume.

  6. Use the backdoor. When recruiters send me a message about a job, I will instantly add (connect with) them. I’ve also searched for and added people who were the listed on a job posting.

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