This is a guest post from the LinkedIn Careers Team.
Making the most of LinkedIn’s features
Many students and graduates say they don’t know how to use the platform effectively so we thought it would be useful for you to hear directly from Linkedin about some of the most useful features of the platform, such as the Alumni Tool and Open Candidates features that allows users to let employers know they are interested in other opportunities.
We hope you find it informative.
Your soon-to-be awarded degree is likely a requirement for your dream job. But what is going to set you apart from thousands of others who just graduated with you? Your network!
Do I even have a network?
LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realise they have one already or not. LinkedIn has the power to uncover 1st and 2nd degree connections that will boost your chances of getting hired for highly sought-after jobs in a competitive market. We found that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
One of the easiest ways for students to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s a simple way to explore and create alumni connections from your university and more specifically your course. You can find out which employers alumni work for and in what cities. Simply search for your university and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.
Your First Job is a First Step!
Even if you land your dream job right out of university, the most successful professionals will warn you about complacency and how it may negatively affect your earning potential over time. Searching for jobs can seem like a daunting task, especially right after you’ve just landed one. It’s possible to continue interviewing and keep an open mind for your next career move.
Harness the power of your network, providing you an edge in your job search.
LinkedIn has made it easier than ever to keep your options open even when you’re not actively seeking alternative employment. It’s called Open Candidates and it’s as easy as updating your LinkedIn career interest preferences. By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities.
Use the New Jobs Feature on LinkedIn
Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the “perfect job title” that fits your interests? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist.
LinkedIn heard you, and as a result launched new job pages designed with the job seeker in mind. Now, job seekers and students who are unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions. LinkedIn highlights popular job titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a particular job, making it easier for job seekers and exploring students to learn more about opportunities in various fields.
Finding your first graduate job can be difficult but LinkedIn has never been more important or easier to use.
Developing an Effective LinkedIn Profile for Networking and Jobsearch
Date: 11th June, 2:00PM – 3:30PM. Location: Maxwell Building.