Best LinkedIn Groups for Job SeekersOct 28, 2009
by Phil Rosenberg
photo by Alexander Shatov
Join LinkedIn expert Phil Rosenberg on a tour of the social network's best groups for job seekers
Last month I wrote a post about using LinkedIn to find a new job. I wanted to dig a little deeper, and in this article I wanted to introduce the top 10 groups to join if you are looking for a job. Most people know what LinkedIn is all about, but not everyone is familiar with groups. There are thousands of groups that you can join once you are a member of LinkedIn. Most of these groups are centered around professions, interests and colleges. They are a great tool for networking and meeting people with similar interests.
There are also groups that exist for the sole purpose of allowing job seekers and those with job openings to connect. If you are using LinkedIn and not using the group feature, you are missing out. Here are the top 10 groups to join for job seekers.
JobAngels — This is one of the best. JobAngels is a nonprofit job-search network of professionals helping other professionals find opportunities. They also have a big following on Twitter.
Executive Suite — Great community for executive-level job seekers.
Star:Candidate for Hire — This is the largest and best group to join bar none.
The Talent Buzz — Group of job seekers and recruiters.
Career Change Central — This is my LinkedIn group for career transitions; it’s the largest and best group for those seeking advice and contacts during a transition.
Jobs Alert — Job search group targeting management level candidates.
Indeed.com — Official job search group on LinkedIn for Indeed.com, the largest job aggregator on the web.
Project: Get Hired! — If you are looking for a support group during your job search, this is the place.
Job Search Help — Group for job seekers sharing advice, leads and networking. This is a very helpful and supportive group.
B2B Reps — Discussion and networking forum for sales reps and sales recruiters. This is a must if you are in sales.
Phil Rosenberg is President of reCareered, an executive career coaching service, helping great people discover new career paths and beat the challenges of modern job searches. Phil runs the Career Change Central group, recently named one of LinkedIn’s top groups that job seekers should join. An active blogger about career change, Phil’s articles are regularly republished by Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, FastCompany and dozens of job and recruiting sites.