Looking for a job? Look at LinkedIn.com

Social media may be old hat to some job hunters, but others could still use a shove. A new rule of job searching is that if you’re looking, you should be on LinkedIn.com.

“I’m on LinkedIn every day, and I tell my students to get on it,” says Shelley Wales, a career adviser in Kansas City. “Recruiters use it to find candidates.”

For free, you can:

Create your own profile;

List your work history;

Get people to recommend you online;

Tell what kind of job you’re looking for;

Search for people who are connected to people who might help you.

By building your own connections on LinkedIn you can “find people in a company you’re targeting and maybe even get the names of the human resource people or interviewer,” Wales said.

Assocated Press