LINKEDIN & YOUR FUTURE CAREER
What Exactly is LinkedIn?
To put it simply, it is the place to find and be found by other professionals. LinkedIn provides a social network platform that can help make the transition from college student to working professional easier. LinkedIn helps you meet people in your field, connect professionally with professors and fellow alumni, and even create your own personal image. In fact, the earlier you begin networking on LinkedIn, the better off you are finding a job right out of college.
8 LinkedIn Tips for College Students/Grads
1. Build a profile as a student.
Create a comprehensive profile and make it visible to everyone. Make sure to create an online resume that is versatile. LinkedIn allows hiring companies and recruiters to search for professionals who fit their criteria. Also, always keep your e-mail and phone number current. Remember to change these after graduation.
2. Leverage the LinkedIn Network.
LinkedIn has over 100 million users. When getting started there are different degrees of users; first degree users include your connections, second degree users include friends of your connections, and third degree users include all the people whose connections know your connections. However, LinkedIn is not like Facebook in the sense that the quantity of your connections is not as crucial as the quality of your connections.
3. Connect with professors, fellow students and others.
Invite your college professors to connect and join your network. It is important to build relationships with your professors because they can help leverage your career opportunities. Most professors will be eager for the chance to stay connected with you after graduation.
Invite your fellow students to connect as well. Having the ability to stay connected can form the core of your professional network. Years after college, they can be helpful with business referrals and locating new positions.
4. Ask for recommendations.
Ask your professors to write a LinkedIn recommendation for you. The value of a positive recommendation can enhance your employability.
5. Use LinkedIn to apply for jobs.
LinkedIn posts job openings and opportunities on your homepage. If you come across a job posting you may be interested in, click on a job description and view the company profile. See if you’re connected with anyone in the firm or request an introduction. You can even apply for the job by uploading a cover letter and resume. With LinkedIn, you can deliver your credentials right into the job poster’s hands.
Wednesday, April 9th – LinkedIn Workshop, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. led by Professor Graham in ST213
6. Join a group.
Networking through LinkedIn groups is a quick and easy way to meet people without requesting an introduction. Groups are formed around industries, college affiliations, clubs and associations. Based on your profile, LinkedIn will suggest groups for you. Join groups that align with your interests and participate in discussions. Having a group in common with another LinkedIn user is one way you can invite others into your network. Each group discussion board also contains its own job listings.
7. Create a unique URL for your profile.
Update your profile URL to your name. Put this URL on your resume and business cards. Add a LinkedIn link to your email so other students or professors can easily access it.
8. Keep it professional.
LinkedIn is a professional social network site, so it is important to engage in professional conversations, post professional photos (preferably in a business setting), and conduct your online activities in a professional manner.
LinkedIn is a must for any student who is serious about job hunting, career planning, and networking with people who can assist them as they build their professional life. If you prepare yourself as early as possible, you can easily stay ahead of your competition when it comes to landing a job of your interest.