Last year, I published a list of the top 20 LinkedIn groups for job seekers which became a very popular resource on Career Rocketeer. It's been over a year since the list originally went out and some of the groups have changed and new groups have emerged. Therefore, I have updated the list and am pleased to present the Top 25 LinkedIn Groups ALL Job Seekers MUST Join to help you build your brands and launch your careers:
- JobAngels - Non-profit job search network of professionals helping other professionals find job advice and opportunities.
- Executive Suite - Community of over 100,000 US-based executive-level and recruiter members.
- Star:Jobs Professional Career Center - Group working in tandem with Linked:HR, the largest Recruiters’ Group on LinkedIn, to help top candidates find jobs quickly and efficiently.
- Career Rocketeer - Career Launch Network - Fastest-growing professional network for personal branding, career search and career management, bringing job seekers and employers, recruiters and career experts together for mutual success.
- The Talent Buzz - Group for job seekers, recruiters and HR professionals interested in expanding their professional networks.
- Helping Friends Career Network (LI2HF) - Business and career network where entrepreneurs, hiring managers, recruiters, and talented professionals worldwide can make meaningful win-win connections.
- JobsDirectUSA - Official job search group on LinkedIn for JobsDirectUSA.com.
- Career Change Central - Group linking job changers and professionals in career transition with recruiters, hiring managers and career coaches.
- CareerLink Network - Community providing job seekers spiritual, physical, social, mental, economic and personal growth to meet their ever-evolving needs
- Jobs Alert - Job search group for middle and senior-level managers worldwide.
- A Job Needed - A Job Posted - Group is for all LinkedIn members searching for employment, posting employment or recruiters helping members find employment.
- Looking for a Job? - Group designed to allow job seekers to share ideas, network, post jobs, advise on job market trends and ultimately help them find work.
- MyCredentials - Career Presentation - Group helping members to network, expand their resumes and enhance their interview skills.
- JibberJobber - Career Management - Network for executives, professionals, students and all those involved in the career services industry, including counselors, coaches and resume writers.
- ResumeMaker Career Network - Forum connecting qualified job seekers with hiring managers and corporate recruiters as well as allowing candidates to discuss and share career opportunities.
- Personal Branding Network - Consortium for all professionals looking to build powerful personal brands.
- Indeed.com - Official job search group on LinkedIn for Indeed.com.
- Project: Get Hired! - Motivational support group exclusively for job hunters to share creative strategies and stay motivated.
- Job-Hunt Help - Discussion group for job seekers sharing advice and leads and networking to help one another.
- IMPACT Hiring Solutions Job Search Network - Discussion and networking forum for executives seeking job opportunities.
- Global Jobs Network - Network for all professionals who would like to be aware of requirements in their respective fields and for organizations & recruiters who are hiring.
- Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections! - One of the largest groups for job seekers on LinkedIn.
- JOBS 2.0 - Group helping job seekers find a job online using the latest in social and professional networks.
- The Job Board - Networking group for professionals seeking jobs and recruiters seeking candidates.
- Self-Recruiter® - Job Search & Career Management - Discussion and networking forum helping job seekers become their own specialist, their own career counselor, and their own recruiter.
*These 25 groups are not listed in any particular order.
Chris Perry, MBA is a Gen Y brand and marketing "generator," a career search and personal branding expert and the founder of Career Rocketeer and Launchpad.