Using LinkedIn for your job search can be just as essential as having an effective resume and on-point interviewing skills. Here is a curated list of must-view resources to using LinkedIn most effectively.
- 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research.
- 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
- More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week.
Your profile is your LinkedIn page that describes your career history, education, and other related content you may want to publish. We have a variety of features that leverage your profile or others’ profiles to help you meet your objectives. A complete LinkedIn profile can help you connect with employers and opportunities!
LinkedIn Alumni Tool
Check out alumni who are currently in the career you covet. See information such as Major(s), Clubs & Organizations, and Graduation Year. Also, track their career trajectory; see what they do professionally and how they got there. Working backward around your future career goals is a highly effective and easy way to target your job search.
LinkedIn Student Jobs Portal
More employers than ever are using LinkedIn to post positions and find candidates. Use the Student Jobs Portal to link to internships and entry-level positions.
Other ways to use LinkedIn
- BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
It’s never too early to start building a network with people in your career area. Start by linking to classmates who are in your major. While they are friends and classmates now, in the future they become business referrals. Ask professors who are on LinkedIn to write a recommendation for you. Linking to professors ensure that you will stay connected to them after you graduate. This could be beneficial.
- EXPLORE CAREER PATHS
Find people who are in LinkedIn who are already employed in your desired profession. Check out their profiles to see what they have done to become successful.
- PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
When you have a job or internship interview, review the profile of the person who will interview you. Having this background knowledge during the interview will help impress the interviewer.
- GET REFERRALS
Networking is all about who you know and who those people know. If there is someone on LinkedIn that you would like to meet, ask a mutual acquaintance to for an introduction.
- SHARE UPDATES WITH OTHERS
When you update your LinkedIn profile or experiences, your network is automatically informed about these changes. You don’t have to send out individual e-mails to everybody. A nice side benefit is that this automatic notification brings you to their attention and awareness. Then, you will be on their mind when they learn about job possibilities that fit your qualifications.
- EXTEND YOUR RESUME
Many companies prefer receiving one-page resumes. That’s not room for a lot of information. LinkedIn provides a place to have more in-depth information; more than what a short resume can provide. Put your LinkedIn profile URL on your resume (and business cards). Future employers can then find more information about you in LinkedIn.
- RESEARCH A COMPANY
LinkedIn provides information about different companies. This information helps you determine whether or not you would like working for that company. It also shows how many current job openings that company has and how many people in your network are employed there.