In general, the job search relies more on digital communications than ever before. As a result: LinkedIn really affects job searches. As it says at its Web site: It is “the world’s largest professional network with more than 610 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.” Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2017.

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Data Show: LinkedIn Really Affects Job Searches

Before revealing the data, please consider this. LinkedIn has far more impact on your job search than other social platforms, including Facebook. Facebook may often be consulted by potential employers to determine if a candidate engages in questionable behavior. But, employers look at LinkedIn to get an early read on a person’s qualifications. As well as his or her job experience.

The bottom line? Take your LinkedIn profile very seriously.

Consider the these observations by Niall McCarthy, writing for Statista:

“LinkedIn and similar professional networks are increasingly important for modern-day job seekers. Just how important has LinkedIn become today? A new study by CV and resume writing service ResumeGo attempted to find out. The research found that job applicants with an extensive LinkedIn profile were 71 percent more likely to get a callback for a job interview than candidates without any LinkedIn profile. ResumeGo did the field experiment between October 2018 and March 2019. And it involved 24,750 fictitious resumes being submitted to job openings. The study included a range of job search websites like Indeed and Glassdoor.”

“While a third of resumes did not contain a link to the applicant’s LinkedIn profile, another third linked to a ‘bare-bones’ profile. Also, the final third showed a comprehensive profile. The latter received a callback rate of 13.5 percent. That was 71 percent higher than the callback rate of 7.9 percent for applicants without any LinkedIn profile. The study categorized jobs as entry-level, mid-level, or managerial level. It found that as the job level increased, the callback rates fell, suggesting that the importance of the LinkedIn profile fell.”

Look at the chart from Statista.
LinkedIn Really Affects Job Searches

 

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