Posted on September 25, 2015, By Midlothian Higher Education Center
While many students are familiar with social media, using it in a professional context can be tricky. LinkedIn is a great tool to assist in your search process for jobs or internships. Below, you’ll find several tips on how to use the platform more effectively when looking for professional opportunities.
Prep Your Profile
When searching for a job or internship, it’s important to keep both your resume and your LinkedIn profile up-to-date. Scan your LinkedIn profile for outdated information. Your profile photo should be professional and head-on (avoid cropping the image out of a group photo).
Make use of the description space below each job entry; take the time to summarize your responsibilities for each experience.
LinkedIn allows you to upload hyperlinks, documents, and presentations under the Summary section. Do you have any projects or writing samples that could set you apart? Add your best work samples to your profile.
If you have yet to gain any job experience, listing your advanced coursework (junior and senior level) is a great way to represent your knowledge in certain areas. At the top of your LinkedIn profile, there’s a option to “Add a section to your profile.” From there,
select the module called Courses.
Use Advanced Search Tool
When you’re searching for jobs and internships, be sure to utilize the Advanced Search features. Don’t limit yourself to one keyword; rather, make a list of several keywords and phrases that could be relevant. Filter your search options by location, experience level, and even by company.
Pro Tip: Sometimes you’ll find the perfect job listing, only to discover that you’re applicant #213. To find opportunities before they get too crowded, filter your search options by Date Posted. Be among the first to apply; companies are often more in-tune to the first wave of applicants.
Follow Up By Email
It’s a good idea to follow up with the hiring manager after applying on LinkedIn. Do you have any writing samples or a portfolio site to pass along? Work samples are a great excuse to create another touchpoint.
Hi Ms. Foster,
I just applied for the Jr. Staff Writer position on LinkedIn. I wanted to follow up with a few of my writing samples (attached). Please let me know if I can answer any questions or provide additional references. Thank you!
Kind Regards,[ Your Name ] [ Your Phone Number ]
This quick communication separates you from the incoming stack of resumes and also allows you to pass along additional information. If the hiring manager’s email is not readily available, don’t be afraid to call the company’s offices to retrieve that information.
If nothing else, LinkedIn is a great discovery tool and starting point. Browse job listings to see what kind of opportunities are available within your industry. Leverage your network connections; ask them to make LinkedIn introductions to people who work at your target companies. Your network can be your most valuable tool throughout the search process.
Best of luck!
SOURCE: Midlothian Degrees