I am thinking of looking for a new job next year. What are the best LinkedIn strategies that I should be executing for my 2023 job search?

In the past couple months, this was one of the top questions I got from people who are looking to upgrade their careers.

In response to this question, along with multiple quick, actionable steps to take right away (several included in the rest of this article), I also suggest that they consider investing just $197 to get their profile critiqued by me and spend a full hour on their individual LinkedIn job search strategies. If you need help, check out the details and schedule your time here.

Here are the five foundational LinkedIn job search strategies and one specific action step for each of those strategies.

OPTIMIZE your profile

Improve and expand your profile Headline. You only get one shot at a first impression. Make it a good one. It was expanded recently to 220 characters—so make sure you use all those characters to your benefit.

Keep in mind this section is some of the most fertile ground to plant the most important keywords recruiters and HR professionals will use to search for you.

LEVERAGE your network

Let the right people in your network know you're looking for a job. Your LinkedIn network probably includes quite a few people who would be willing to help you secure a new position if you simply ask for their help. There are a couple ways LinkedIn can help you accomplish this.

The first way is to download your entire LinkedIn connections database. After you've reviewed and narrowed that list to people you think can help you with your job search, import the targeted list to a contact database you use to communicate with others (Outlook, Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, Gmail, etc.), and send a group email to update them about your job search.

To download your database, go to the Me tab on your top toolbar and select Settings & Privacy.

Next, select Get a copy of your data in the Data Privacy subsection. Then click the Connections box followed by the Request Archive button.

Within ten minutes you will receive a spreadsheet of all your first-degree connections, with each person's name, title, company name, and the date you connected.

Spend a few minutes reviewing and paring down the spreadsheet to the people you think could help you the most in your job search.

Note: The email addresses will not be in the column marked Email Addresses, but you can look them up and cut and paste them into the spreadsheet from their individual Contact info box on their profile.

The second way to leverage your network is to perform a targeted search of just your first-degree connections, and then send direct messages through LinkedIn to people you believe can help you. Learn specifically how to do that here.

REVIEW your settings

Enable your Open to work setting. Lots of job seekers didn't even notice when this new feature became available a couple years ago. If you're one of those people, you better head to your settings ASAP and get this set up correctly. It won't take more than five minutes.

Start by clicking the pencil in your Open to work box just under your profile photo.

You can choose five specific job titles and locations you're interested in as well as the type of job (full-time, part-time, contract, etc.) and a few more bits of information that recruiters can use to search for you.

Also, this is where you can decide how public you want this information to be—recruiters only or everyone on LinkedIn. If you choose everyone on LinkedIn, you will get the green Open to work swoosh on your profile photo (see screen shot).

Enable this setting by following the steps outlined here.

BUILD your target company list

Complete a filtered people search using the Alumni tab on the University page. One of the best tools for building out a target company list is the Alumni feature on the University page of a school you've attended. I have outlined how this feature works in detail in this article. Once you use the filters and decide what cities you'd like to work in, what type of job you want, etc., LinkedIn will display the companies that hire the most alumni in that job function.

IMPROVE your LinkedIn routines and activities

Review profiles of and send connection requests to hiring managers and recruiters. Before we had LinkedIn, it was almost impossible to get a hiring manager or an industry-specific recruiter to look at your resume. But that's all changed now that you have a LinkedIn profile.

To get started, you'll need to use the advanced people search function. Search for people with specific titles at the companies you're targeting or applying to as well as recruiters who specialize in your region, industry, or job function.

To do an advanced people search, put your cursor in the top search box and click your Return/Enter key. Next, click the People button in the secondary toolbar that just appeared, and then click the All filters button.

Enter the appropriate information in the corresponding filter box (title, location, etc.), and then click the blue Show results button. Review the list Linkedin returns, looking for the person(s) you think you may be reporting to in the position you are thinking of or have applied for. Next, send a well-crafted note of introduction with your invitation to connect with them.

If you're considering a career move anytime soon, get busy and execute these simple but highly effective strategies, and you'll be well on your way to landing that great new job in 2023.

If you'd like more winning strategies for finding a terrific new job in the new year, consider signing up to spend an hour with me and seriously improve your LinkedIn profile and job search activities.

Here is what just a few of my past clients have said about my LinkedIn job search strategies:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne! I've also received many compliments from recruiters saying that they are impressed with my background and what they've seen on my profile…He had some great suggestions that were quick and easy to implement…He also shared some valuable step-by-step techniques for making important connections."

"I attended a LinkedIn workshop by Wayne. Updated my LinkedIn profile using all his Awesome tips and got 4 interviews with top Fortune 500 companies 3 days later."

"Wayne has an eye-opening way of approaching LinkedIn and it helped me succeed in finding a job.  As soon I sat down and started applying his advice, my LinkedIn started flooding with recruiters for positions and companies that I was interested in. Within a few weeks, I had interviews for multiple companies and an offer from Meridian (Pfizer) which I accepted. Thank you, Wayne! I recommend anyone who wants to maximize the benefits of using LinkedIn to speak to Wayne."

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