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While job searching, it’s a safe bet that you’re utilizing a number of job search websites. Chances are that you’ve already opened a Linkedin account and have been working feverishly to update your profile while expanding your network.
Linkedin now has over 100 million users and offers several free tools to aid in them in their job search, but one may wonder if it would necessary to upgrade to one it the site’s paid services to stand out among the other applicants.
If you were wondering, there are three paid options available on the site. We’ll explore them to see if it’s worth paying for as oppose to just utilizing the free tools.
See who’s viewed your profile — This option is available to anyone who signs up for free, and it gives you some detail on how many people have clicked on your page, such as, number of views. Names of viewers may appear, if not, then you’ll see “anonymous”.
If you upgrade to a paid account, you’ll have access to more information, such as, a complete list of people who viewed your profile, a list of top keywords used to find you, and viewers broken down by industry and geographic location.
Search by salary — Linkedin offers search filters by location, industry, and company. If you upgrade, you’d be able to search by salary.
You can also move to the top of the list of applicants if you upgrade, a feature that was introduced over two years ago.
Send InMails — If you have a free account and want to send a message to a contact, they would have to accept an invite in order to receive correspondence. However, if you upgrade, you can direct message them with sending an invite.
So there you have it. Now you can decide whether to sign up for the paid account or just stick with the free version.
Written by Rashid S. Umar