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Turbo-Charge Your Job Search with LinkedIn Groups
Posted By Deb Silverberg On April 15, 2012 @ 2:10 pm In Work | Comments Disabled
This is a guest post by Heather Taylor . This freelance writer, consultant and radio producer has served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch  Program since January 2011, helping adults 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work.
Are you already one of 150 million current LinkedIn  users? If so, good for you. If not, there are more reasons than ever to join. Some recent figures on social media use for job hunting  (via The Degree 360) underscore why being part of LinkedIn is so important:
– A whopping 98% of recruiters use social media to find job candidates.
– Nearly 95% of recruiters have hired individuals identified through LinkedIn.
Being a LinkedIn member  helps increase your chances of finding work. But joining and creating a compelling profile is just the beginning. To maximize the value of LinkedIn, take advantage of its special features to broaden your connections.
LinkedIn Groups  is one of those features not everyone uses, but more people should. There are numerous benefits.
Getting started with Groups is easy. On the main LinkedIn page, click on the Groups button (to the right of the Home, Profile and Contacts buttons). From there, you’ll find several important subheadings.
Your Groups – LinkedIn lets users join up to 50 groups. Not sure which to join? A good place to start may be alumni groups from colleges or universities you attended, and companies you’ve worked for in the past.
Groups You May Like – This feature offers suggestions based on your profile and your resume.
Groups Directory – The Groups Directory  lists every group formed. Job seekers* may want to join the group Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections ; it has more than 757,000 members, and is rated by LinkedIn as very active. And in just one month, it’s had more than 8,000 discussions.
Start exploring LinkedIn Groups and see what you think. You may find them so valuable that you’ll want to do a virtual “group hug.”
Questions for readers: Do you use LinkedIn Groups? Any advice or tips for LinkedIn Group newbies? Tell us in the comments.
*Are you 50+ and looking for a job? Find free information and tools at www.aarp.org/work  – including job-hunting resources , winners of AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Awards , this list  of employers who value older workers, and more.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/heather-thumbnail-photo1.jpg
 Heather Taylor: http://www.findingthejobs.com
 WorkSearch: http://www.aarpworksearch.org/Pages/Default.aspx
 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com
 social media use for job hunting: http://thedegree360.onlinedegrees.com/visuals/social-recruiting.html
 LinkedIn member: http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=what_is_linkedin&trk=seo_header_what
 Groups: http://learn.linkedin.com/groups/
 Groups Directory: http://www.linkedin.com/directory/groups/
 Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Job-Openings-Job-Leads-Job-1976445
 www.aarp.org/work: http://www.aarp.org/work
 job-hunting resources: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/
 AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Awards: http://www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-09-2011/aarp-best-employers-winners-2011.html
 list: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-benefits/info-04-2010/national_employer_team.html
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