This is The most comprehensive and full guide on LinkedIn Saved Jobs that you'll find on the web.
For some, it might come as a shock, but there's a whole another SIDE of LinkedIn, where people use it to find jobs.
Who would've thought?
Getting so involved in the B2B lead generation side of the platform and building up the profiles of founders and marketers, we often forget or neglect the "job search" portion of LinkedIn. It's simple science, right?
There's more to it than meets the eye.
Knowing that A LOT of people read my books to grow and expand their career opportunities through LinkedIn, I decided to take a bigger "growth hacker" dive into the matter.
So, in this "LinkedIn quick tips" series, I'll take a note of a bunch of little tips and tricks that aren't necessarily "growth" hacks but can definitely help you out in understanding the platform better and using it to your advantage.
To start, we'll take a look at LinkedIn Saved jobs, how to see them, manage them and more.
LinkedIn Saved Jobs is a useful tool for job hunters, who want to manage their job application process better.
It is a relatively basic tool that doesn't have much functionality other than letting you "save" jobs in your list so that you can track them and apply to them later.
Now, this doesn't necessarily MEAN that you can't use it in a way that will TRULY help you in your job application process and help you get a job you want.
But prior to checking out HOW to use it to find the right jobs, let's talk about where to find the tool.
Where to find Saved Jobs on LinkedIn?
One of the silliest things LinkedIn often does is creating an unnecessarily complicated User Interface that simply doesn't allow people to find the functions they need.
It's a similar case with the "saved jobs" tool.
The first and most obvious thing you need to do is ACTUALLY save a job.
It is one of the two main functionalities you can use in the jobs section of LinkedIn.
You can either "Apply" to a job or "Save" it.
To save a job, all you need to do is press the "save" button.
It's similar both on Desktop and on mobile.
However, finding where the jobs have been saved is a more tricky endeavor.
On LinkedIn desktop, the saved jobs can be found in the main "jobs" menu section.
Previously, there used to be a "Track My Jobs" button, which lead you to a job tracker section.
In this section, you could easily see your saved jobs and the jobs that you've already applied for.
However, who would've thought, LinkedIn actually changed their design, just recently.
Now, the "saved jobs" can easily be found right on the main menu for the Jobs section.
So, now, when you click on the "Jobs" section, you can easily find the "Saved Jobs" button right in the header menu options.
Once you click on the "Saved Jobs" button you will be able to easily find the job postings you've previously saved with your search.
In LinkedIn Mobile, finding the saved jobs section is trickier.
I'm not sure whether they'll update it soon or not, but right now, to find the saved jobs on mobile, you must have a degree in UX design to know just which one of the thousands of dots and hamburger menus to press.
However, I'm here to help. All you need to do is ...
Simply click the "Jobs" button found in the bottom left corner.
Then hit the three dots "hamburger" menu found next to your messages on the top right corner.
Once you do, a new panel will appear on the bottom that features four sections.
One of them is "Saved Jobs" and once you click on it, you'll be redirected to your "Saved Jobs" screen.
Why is the user interface of LinkedIn so complicated?
I don't know. If you have a decent answer to this (or you are a UX designer) I would love to read it in the comments section.
Where are my saved jobs on LinkedIn is probably a question that's been asked too many times for LinkedIn to count, but they KEEP changing the positioning of the button and NOT ALWAYS for the better.
Even LinkedIn's official help/support pages are outdated if you try to find the answer to this question.
And do let me know in the comments if this article is ALSO outdated by the point in time you are reading it. (I'll do my best to update it as regularly as possible)
But now that we've FINALLY understood how to go through all the hoops of using and finding the "Saved Jobs" tool on LinkedIn, let's talk about its actual use in job hunting.
Now, here's how people generally use LinkedIn Saved jobs.
Well, I'm here to help you improve your job search with three simple tips.
Cluttering up your "saved jobs" space by saving every posting that you like at first glance can result in a mess that voids the purpose of the tool.
Instead, save ONLY the jobs for which you wish to apply.
This will help you streamline your job application process.
On that note, have a DEDICATED application process. I've seen too many HRs being frustrated with people who haven't read the job posting or have applied prematurely only to send a bunch of follow-ups with clarification further cluttering up the HR's inbox.
What you want to do is once you find the right jobs, save them and when you use the saved jobs portion at a later time to go through the job posting, pinpoint the strengths and weakness for your position and hit APPLY only once you know what you'll say in your cover letter.
Let's say you are applying to be a Barista, simple, right?
What about a COO?
Pretty much the same process, right?
You have to be EXTREMELY cautious about the details of the job posting and the way it aligns with your experience.
For example, if you have B2B SaaS experience, but are applying to be a COO of an ecommerce brand, your successes might be stifled and the HR might hire a person with LESS experience but MORE specified one.
Same strands true for the barista role. Are you an artisan barista? Do you have a vegan persona or are you a carnivore? These things CAN and DO matter.
Depending on your industry and speciality, find the points of interest in each posting and make sure that both your profile and CV reflect those points prior to applying.
That's why NEXT TIME you should think twice before hitting the "APPLY" button.
You'll be much better off if you hit the "saved jobs" button, find the job later (as I've shown you) and apply to it at a later date, once you're certain that you've done everything to improve your chances to be hired.
Do you manage to find saved jobs on LinkedIn easily? What are your thoughts on the general use and functionality of the service? Share your excitements and frustrations of your job search below.