• In the U.S., 44% of LinkedIn users exceed the median income of $75k.
  • 190 million users are in the U.S. and 260 million users log in monthly.
  • The #1 algorithm criteria in search ranking is a fully completed profile.

How and Why LinkedIn Accelerates Careers

  • LinkedIn is the number one platform for Fortune 500 companies*. More than 98% of Fortune 500 companies use it to tell their stories, recruit, and network.
  • With more than 30 million companies listed on the site and 14 million open positions at any given time, it’s no surprise that 95% of recruiters report using LinkedIn more heavily than any other tool.
  • In fact, 122 million people connected and obtained an interview through LinkedIn, with 35.5 million having been hired by a person they connected with on the site.
  • Thirty thousand companies use it to recruit and post 3 million+ jobs every month.
  • LinkedIn allows you to select from over 50,000 skills to showcase and describe your expertise. These skill keywords have a heavy weighting when recruiters do a “sleuth” search on the platform.
  • Because of LinkedIn’s ability to recognize boolean operators and filter results according to metrics such as company, number of years of experience, function, and seniority level, the platform easily tops its competitors for helping people make essential business connections.
  • However, despite the advanced search capabilities, you will still want to optimize your LinkedIn profile. An important step is to add a professional photo. This yields a user 14 times more views than other types of profile pictures.
  • Research shows applicants who included a link to a comprehensive LinkedIn profile on their resume were 71% more likely to get a job interview than applicants who did not have that included.  
  • With more than 660 million users worldwide, it’s too important to ignore.

    If you’d like to connect and discuss your LinkedIn profile,  you can reach out to me anytime at iris@ic-growth.com or connect with me on LinkedIn

Sources: LinkedIn; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Fortune, Inc.; CNBC; 99 firms; Pew Research Center

Iris Culp, M.Ed., SHRM-SCP, SPHR Certified Career Coach