Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of LinkedIn—the good and the not-so-good. Plus some excellent alternatives to LinkedIn for job hunting.
First things first, let’s give credit where it’s due…
LinkedIn is great when it comes to job searching.
It’s like this virtual world where you can network, get job alerts, and showcase your professional successes ✨
But let’s be honest—LinkedIn has its downsides.
So, today, we’re talking through 11 alternatives to LinkedIn. And to wrap up, I’ve got an inspiring story for you about a community member who landed a new incredible role by being an expert panelist.
To sum it up, LinkedIn is great, but it’s not the only game in town. There’s a whole world of job-search opportunities for you to explore. So, get creative, mix it up, and snag that job without relying solely on LinkedIn.
11 alternatives to the LinkedIn hustle
1. Networking Events
Both in-person and virtual.
2. Your Closest Contacts
Don’t underestimate the power of friends and family. They might know someone who knows someone.
3. Direct Company Webpages
Check out the career pages of your top companies.
4. Job Boards Beyond LinkedIn
Venture into niche job boards; there are a ton of them!
5. Professional associations
These associations will open doors to industry-specific opportunities.
6. School Connections
Alumni networks can be an excellent place to find job prospects.
7. Freelance platforms
Platforms like Upwork and Freelancer can work to find new contract roles and opportunities.
8. Send personalized emails to companies you’re interested in
I call this a letter of interest; it’s sure to impress a hiring manager!
9. Staffing Agencies and Recruiters
Connect with recruiters and agencies in your desired field.
10. Industry forums and groups
These are an easy way to learn industry trends and make new professional colleagues.
11. Be an expert panelist
Have you ever thought about being on a panel? It can elevate you as a job seeker and help you land your next best role.
Curated Job Boards & Career Communities
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Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes/blog posts!
The Networking Mindset: A Fresh Perspective on Connecting with Others
HEART-based Careers + Job Searching: How To Break The Rules (And Why You Should); Part 1
How To Activate The Power Of Tiny Actions For Big Results
For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.