NEW – Linkedin – Job Seeker Premium Account review

 

I received an email today from Linkedin telling me about a new promotion called the “Linkedin – Job Seeker Premium Account“. As most of you know probably know, Linkedin is a “business-oriented” social networking site that is free to join. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Their mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Of course, I advocate that EVERYONE should have a Linkedin account. Even if its only for the simple fact of controlling your online identity. But, there are many benefits to creating a Linkedin account both from the Job Seeker and Employer perspectives.

So, the question needs to be asked……..”Is there a benefit to obtaining a paid Linkedin account?”. Well, in my initial research of the Linkedin paid accounts a few months back, I didn’t see a whole lot of benefit from an individual perspective. There were some advanced features that made it easier to organize your contact information and the InMail service allows you to contact individuals you are not directly connected with. I signed up for the free “Business Premium” account to check it out and was underwhelmed.

Now, taking a closer look at the way Linkedin has packaged their “Job Seeker Premium Account“, I have notice a few other features that could be very valuable to your job search. Here are just a few of those features

  • NEW – Move to the top of the list as a Featured Applicant
  • Contact hiring managers directly with InMail messages
  • Save profiles & organize your job search with Profile Organizer
  • Prepare for interviews – see full profiles of hiring decision makers
  • Get introduced to inside sources at companies
  • NEW – Join Lindsey Pollak‘s webinar: “Job Seeking on LinkedIn”
  • Find opportunities faster with Premium Search
  • See who’s interested in your profile
  • Open up to opportunities – let users reach you for free with OpenLink
  • Get priority customer service

You’ll notice that there only two “NEW” features…….but these two features alone could be worth the cost of investing in a “Job Seeker Premium Account“. Many of us have been in a situation where we’ve applied for a job and are left wondering if our resume is ever seen in the huge pile of applications. The “Featured Applicant” feature allows you to ensure your application will be highlighted and would definitely increase your chances of being reviewed for the position.

Here are a couple of videos by Linkedin that highlight some of the new features in the Job Seeker Premium Account:

What is a Linkedin Job Seeker Premium Account?

Linkedin Job Seeker Features – Stand Out From The Crowd!

There are three price points for the Linkedin – Job Seeker Premium Accounts:

  • Basic – $19.95/month
  • Job Seeker $29.95/month
  • Job Seeker Plus $49.95/month

The email that I received stated that during this promotion, you can purchase the “Job Seeker” account for 50% of the original price ($14.98). But, this is only for the first month (always read the fine print!! ;) and it cannot be transferred.

Having researched Linkedin extensively in the past few months, I have noticed that more and more businesses are starting to use Linkedin to post jobs and recruit employees. I’m thinking that this trend will continue to increase as more people sign up for Linkedin accounts. I will continue to monitor and experiment with these new features and will be reviewing Linkedin in much greater detail at my new social media training website: Social Connect Blueprint. So, stay tuned for updates to this article and many more hot social media topics!

In the meantime, let me know what you think. Are you planning on upgrading to a Linkedin – Job Seeker Premium Account?

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9 Responses to NEW – Linkedin – Job Seeker Premium Account review

  1. JB July 11, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    Trevor,
    One question – when we sign up for a Premium Job Seeker Account, at the bottom of the application page there is a checkbox for whether we would notify our Connections that we have upgraded. Do you know how this notice reads? Does it simply state that we have upgraded to a Premium Account, or does it state a “Job Seeker” Premium account? (I've asked LI but have not recieved a reply as of yet).

    Thanks,

    JB

  2. Trevor Turnbull July 11, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Hey JB,

    I'm not sure, I haven't actually upgraded to the “Job Seeker” account. But, that is a great question. After all, I had many people tell me that they would love to have the additional features, but they dont necessarily want to shout to the world that they are “job seeking”.

  3. Diego March 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    I considered upgrading, but then I saw that it will notify ALL of my connections that I am seeking a job. I want to be more discrete, or targeted with my job search. . That was a deal killer for me. If I could selectively notify recruiters, but not notify people in a particular company (or my current company), that would be ideal. Even Facebook lets me control which of my friends gets to see the family photos, if LinkedIn did something similar, the job seeker badge would be more valuable.

    I notice that among my connections no one has a job seeker badge, even those who I know have been looking for a while.

  4. girlgenius April 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Yeah, this is a dealbreaker for me as well. However, you might revisit LinkedIn's privacy settings. You can now control who sees your actions on LinkedIn and whether LinkedIn broadcasts your actions in your activity feed.

  5. SJ June 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I have recently received a Linkedin offer for a months free “job seeker” subscription.  What I really want to know before taking up this offer is

    1.  Has anyone had any real success finding a job via Linkedin and in which country?
    2.  Has anyone downgraded a subscription, did you have issues with stopping payments?

    It is a hefty subscription charge which I would expect to see actual performance figures from Linkedin to support its value, rather than marketing hype.
    How many jobs seekers were contacted by potential employers/recruiters?
    How many different employers/recruiters contacted a job seeker on average?
    How many resulted in job offers?

  6. Wesley-Anne Rodrigues March 20, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I stopped short when Iread the fine print stating that: Your paid account will renew automatically. You can cancel anytime on your Settings page. I don’t know how reliable they are with stopping payments. I just wanted to dabble with a premium account for a month, not more and I foresee linkedin giving me a hard time when it comes to stopping my subscription.
    If not for that fine print, I would have gladly signed up.
    And yes, if as people here have said, the service notifies even people in my current company that I’m job-seeking; that is a bit too much.

  7. Anon November 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    $30 per month for JSP is unrealistic for true “Job Seekers” that are out of work and must watch expenses. I also do not see the value if you are unable to opt-out of the notifications to your network connections.

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