Dig deeper to find your next role

Why you need to look beyond Linkedin...

Wes Plumb
Wes  Plumb 
5 min read Reading Time
16 October 2023 Date Created

We all do it; we rely on one method or channel for that game-changing opportunity when we live busy lives. i.e. long hours, deadlines, families, hobbies, and much-needed downtime. 

LinkedIn has succeeded in being the one-stop-shop platform to harness your networks, industry news, and job opportunities. With limited time, it is easy to go there and nowhere else. Especially when they send out content at the optimum time and or someone reaches out to you via that channel. 

Job seekers and businesses fall foul of their dominance as there has never been a better time to look outside of the channel with so much strong competition elsewhere. I have mentioned this before, but LinkedIn generated $14 billion in revenues in 2022. They are costly for people and or organisations who now need to attract or find talent. Start-ups, small, and medium-size & some enterprise businesses including recruitment companies, struggle to afford their all sing and dancing packages with unlimited advertising, unlimited inmails, & unlimited search facilities. It is now reached eye-watering levels! Because of this, you will not find every live position out there relevant to you. Companies are trying other things or taking low packages and rotating their roles. i.e. live for the week, receive 50 people, and it is no longer available. 

At any one time, there are easily 50/60% more positions available outside of Linked In on the internet and then probably 10/20% out there with recruitment businesses that do not even make it on the careers page, let alone LinkedIn. 

Here are some suggestions for finding roles outside of Linkedin:

Start by finding the right aggregator website. An online aggregator or content aggregator is a tool that pulls fresh content from various web resources and publishes it on one website. Essentially, that website is the aggregator. You can look at it as a curated library of continuously updated content.

First, try Google

Type the skill or job you are looking for in the area, region or country you are looking for. Click on the jobs they have available via Google. 

On the left-hand panel, at the bottom, you will find, “set up alerts”. Click that, set up an account (3 minutes) and “voila”! 

You should play with it a bit to get the alerts right as the location aspect is not the best. But you will get some quality roles as soon as an employer or recruitment agency posts them on their website!

Next, go to Indeed

Indeed is set up per region so make sure you are on the right one i.e. .co.uk, .com, .ch, .de.

Much like Google, they scrape company websites & niche job boards. They do have companies that purchase advertising at a fraction of the cost of Linked In and without all the fluff LinkedIn put you through. Again, get a search going and then click on “send me more like this”, create an account and you are done. Interestingly, I have found the position rarely doubles up across Indeed and Google. And when you look up the company on Linked In who has something interesting, check out “jobs” and 50% of the time, that role is there. 

Finally, do some further research

Depending on what you do, and where you are, there will be a job board for you. Do some research of your own, and you might find someone has already created an aggregator specifically targeting the jobs you are interested in. If you can’t find one then you can always create your own by following the instructions here

For more insights and discussions on recruitment and career development, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn under “Wesley Plumb.”