Question: I’m a senior [in college] and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? ~ T.L. Answer: It’s really never too early to start your job search, but stressing might not be the best answer, either. The job search process can take time (6-15 months, depending on your […]
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As the professional networking website passed the ten year milestone earlier this year, it’s safe to say that LinkedIn has cemented itself as the number one online professional network across the world. But many professionals, particularly new graduates, still aren’t utilising this powerful tool to its full potential. Even if you’re not in the market for a job right now – if you’re still studying or happy in your current position – LinkedIn can still be used to help you in building connections, following news in your industry and improving your personal brand.
So, how do you get the most out of LinkedIn and create a perfect profile which is bound to impress? Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Start With The Basics
There are a few core elements to your LinkedIn profile, and it is essential that you get these spot on. These are your headline, summary, experience, skills and education. Out of these four, your headline and summary really give you the chance to stand out and communicate your skills and experience to potential employers. Make your headline short, snappy and original and take the opportunity to expand on that in your summary – use all 2000 characters. Keep it in the first person, to avoid an impersonal, corporate feel, and try to tell a story about who you are and how you arrived on your chosen career path. Talk about where you want to be in the future, and who your target audience is.
2. Next…Everything Else!
One of the most common mistakes people make on LinkedIn is not completing their profile. Anything which you leave unfinished is a missed opportunity so, although it may take a little time when you first set it up, it’s well worth completing all of the fields. Plus, the more complete your profile is, the higher it will appear in searches.
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Maybe you’ve found yourself suddenly unemployed, or perhaps you’ve got the itch to change employment. When you’re trying to find a new career, it can be intimidating to think of yourself “on the job market.” Fortunately, you’ve got a powerful, proven resource you can use: your professional network. Here’s why networking simply works when looking a job.
Why Networking is the Best Way to Find a Job
It’s not just professional wisdom, it’s a hard fact: networking is the best way to find a job. The reasons why include:
- Job listings often lead to large piles of applicants; knowing someone is a way to rise to the top of the pile:
- Some of the best jobs are never listed publicly:
- Friendships count; people simply prefer to hire people they already know and like.
But how big is your professional network? You’d be surprised.
Your Network is Larger Than You Think
Throughout your high school and college career, you’ve had many people come along side you to support you, encourage you, and even challenge you. Take some time to say thanks: Send a quick email, a thank-you card, or make a call. If it’s been a while, let the person know what you’ve been up to, (internships and summer jobs you’ve […]