We keep hearing that 94% of recruiters are using LinkedIn. Did you know, though, that just 36% of job seekers report they are on LinkedIn? And the numbers get even worse…
The simple fact is that very few students, soon-to-be graduates and those establishing their early careers take full advantage of all the amazing resources available on LinkedIn. It’s time to bridge the gap. It’s time to get more young college students and job seekers jump on LinkedIn!
To help get you started, I want you to know about the tools that help educate and inform new job seekers on how to get the most from LinkedIn.
LinkedIn Resources for Students
Students: Do you need help creating your “brand” or pimping your profile? How about how to network? You’ll find tip sheets and videos and more here!
LinkedIn for Job and Internship Seekers
LinkedIn has webinars on how to use their tool for job and internship searches. You normally have to dig deep to find them because they are located within the Premium user portion… but I’m happy to provide the link to the no-cost live and pre-recorded webinars like these:
In addition to the webinars, check out this amazing tip sheet for those looking for their next role:
And there are more ideas and resources for getting noticed, getting connected and getting ahead here.
In addition, by working with your on-campus career services office, you can leverage even more tools designed just for students and young professionals:
LinkedIn Resources for Career Services
If you are a college or university career services office, you’ll want to know about this page on LinkedIn: University. There, you will find tip sheets, videos and customizable presentations for both career services and students to use. This is page provides help on how to help students get the most from LinkedIn (and the career services department, too).
LinkedIn Resources for Alumni
The LinkedIn alumni tool is very cool. You can see where alumni live, work and their titles:
LinkedIn is a tremendous resource that very few students, recent graduates and young professionals leverage while building their careers. Dive deep into the resources available to you, and your career center, and gain a significant advantage over your competition!
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!