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Free LinkedIn Job Seeker Premium Account For Veterans

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linked_in_logoMany Veterans already use LinkedIn and they may not even be aware that LinkedIn provides a Job Seeker Premium Account for one year free of charge to Veterans. Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network.  They have 300 million members spanning 200 countries.  As a LinkedIn member, you not only have the ability to build and grow your professional network, but you gain access to jobs, news updates and access to information which can help you find the right job.  LinkedIn says that they offer the  Job Seeker Premium Account free for a year as part of their commitment to connect Veterans with available jobs across America.

One thing you need to keep in mind is that the Job Seeker Premium Account is only free for one year.  If you are still serving in the Military and have more than a year before the end of your time in the Military, you may want to stick with the LinkedIn Basic account which is free.  With a basic account, you will still have the ability to fine tune your profile and build your professional connections. You may even find that job that you are looking for. But, as you get closer to the end of your time in the Military, you may find it beneficial to upgrade to the premium account for free.  A Basic account is for anyone who wants to create and maintain a professional profile online.  Below are a list of features that the basic account offers.

  • Build your professional identity on the web.
  • Build and maintain a large trusted professional network.
  • Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates.
  • Request and provide recommendations.
  • Request up to 5 introductions at a time.
  • Search for and view profiles of other LinkedIn members.
  • Receive unlimited InMail messages.
  • View 100 results per search.
  • Save up to 3 searches and get weekly alerts on those searches.

How to sign up for the free LinkedIn for Veterans Job Seeker Premium Account:

If you’re a U.S. veteran interested in this offer, you can fill out the form on our veterans job seeker promotion page to redeem it. Note you may be prompted to sign in and confirm the U.S. military experience on your profile.

  • To add your military experience to your profile:
    1. Move your cursor over the Profile at the top of your LinkedIn homepage and select Edit Profile.
    2. Scroll down to the Experience section and click + Add a position.
    3. In the Company Name field, start typing the branch of the service you were in and then select the appropriate choice from the list (for example, type US Army, US Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force, US Coast Guard). The logo for service branch will appear on your edited profile.
    4. Add your title, location, and the time period you served.
    5. Use the Description field to add more information about your role, responsibilities, and skills used during your service.
  • To confirm your email address:
    1. Move your cursor over your photo in the top right of your homepage and select Privacy & Settings.
      • You may be prompted to sign in to your account to get to your settings.
    2. Click Change/Add on the left side of the screen, then click the Send confirmation email link to verify the address.

If a confirmation link isn’t sent to that email address within 2 hours, make sure you’re able to receive LinkedIn emails.

This offer is available to U.S. veterans with military experience listed on their LinkedIn profile, and is not transferable to friends or family members. Other restrictions may apply.

Note that it may take 5-7 business days for the upgrade to process. For advice on how vets can use LinkedIn to find jobs, check out our Veterans page.

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