The beauty of LinkedIn is that it allows the employer and/or recruiter to find you instead of the other way around. By keeping a high profile, you will be noticed and contacted sooner rather than later. You keep a high profile by being active, joining groups and getting involved in discussions.
Joining relevant groups on LinkedIn allows you to extend your personal brand and also reach out to more people as you can contact any group member directly. Groups are useful for news postings, discussion boards, updates in general, networking, questions and answers and so forth.
So what groups should a job seeker join? Well, recruiters trawl a lot of groups but as a rule of thumb you want to go for the big and established ones. You can join up to 50 groups and it’s all free.
These are the LinkedIn groups you have to join (all clickable links):
The title says it all, claims to be fastest growing, and the most productive group in the career and recruitment segment. About 9k members at the moment.
A group for job changers and people in career transition to meet in a central place with recruiters, hiring managers, and career coaches.
Takes a more holistic approach to your career and life, helping you with spiritual and personal growth.
A group for corporate, on in-house if you will, recruiters. Joining this will hopefully get you in direct contact with companies.
A massive group connecting executives and recruiters mainly in the US. It even has its own newsletter.
Another group with a self explanatory title and also the biggest LinkedIn group of them all.
7. Jobs Alert
Provides career opportunities at middle and senior level of management in companies across the globe. Focussed on India, the UK and the US.
A group for managers, corporate recruiters, headhunters, HR folks and now you. Claims to be the biggest HR group on LinkedIn and the most active for discussions.
A group by Dan Schawbel about how to use your brand for your job search and career in general.
A group for optimistic people who believe in the power of positive thinking and concentrate on the good rather than the bad. Obviously very useful when looking for jobs in this day and age.
And now for some shameless self plugging: You are of course also more than welcome to join the Undercover Recruiter group, “small but effective” as the actress said to the bishop… Good luck with your LinkedIn Groups and happy networking.