LinkedIn And The Job Hunt

LinkedIn is one of the best social media sites as it relates to your job search. Is your profile structured in a way that will appeal to prospective employers? This article will provide advice and tips to help you put your best foot forward on LinkedIn. Lets first take a look at some of the impressive statistics:

  • 332 million members worldwide use LinkedIn
  • 2 members join every second
  • LinkedIn.com brings in 187 million unique monthly visitors
  • LinkedIn is available in over 200 countries, and can be consumed in 20 languages
  • 40% of users browse LinkedIn on a daily basis
  • Over 39 million students and recent graduates have LinkedIn accounts

Profile Page

It is essential that you have a well-written profile page that effectively summarizes your work experience and skill set. This is your chance to show employers who they should hire you. Think of it as an initial chance to impress a prospective employer from the minute they view your profile.

Experience

Make sure that you accurately list the current and past employers that you have worked for. You can list your job duties in a template format, or also provide a written summary in paragraph form that goes into detail regarding what you specifically performed at each position.

Add Media

LinkedIn also has an “Add Media” function that allows you to upload your portfolio, and link it with a specific job. If you have crafted any presentations, graphic design work, or video clips, this can be uploaded for all to see. This is a great way of showing off your work, and should be utilized!

Recommendations

There is nothing better than getting someone to vouch for your work! It is crucial that you reach out to former managers on LinkedIn so that they can write a recommendation for you related to your work. It will improve your overall profile as well.

Groups

LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to join groups relevant to your industry or interests. We recommend that you join at least 3 or 4 groups initially. Once you join these groups, you can network with other members, post articles, and do much more! It is a great way to engage with people in your industry.

At UMBI we pride ourselves in preparing our students for the working world. LinkedIn is a very good way to set yourself apart, and network with like minded professionals. We hope that this article helps!

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