• 03Apr,18

    LinkedIn Tips For Graduates – Beyond the Basics



    For some people, the number of friends or followers they have on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc… is a reflection of how popular and/or successful they are. If that’s you, that’s fine, just don’t extend this thinking to your LinkedIn profile. "LinkedIn is about quality connections not quantity." It is not an opportunity to try and connect with everyone you have ever crossed paths within your working life.

    If you are a recent graduate and haven’t set up your LinkedIn profile, Please create your profile & focus on building your network and make sure your LinkedIn profile is set up in such as way that it makes it easy for recruiters to find you.

    Beyond the Basic LinkedIn Tips For Graduates

     Create Good Contacts

    When you first create a LinkedIn profile it is tempting to connect with everyone you know in order to establish some kind of presence. Try not to do this, you need to establish a useful network. LinkedIn needs to remain professional so don’t connect with friends just for the sake of it, let Facebook do that for you.

    • Add professional contacts which suit your career.
    • Import your address book using the function called ‘import contacts’ and connect with those that are relevant
    • Only send a connect request if the person actually has a reason to accept

    Establish Credible Circles

    As with contacts, you need to be careful not to follow any company on the planet just to keep your job opportunities wide open.

    • Follow companies you are genuinely interested in working for
    • Join industry and professional bodies and  take part in discussions
    • Set up filters so you receive news about your industry. 

    Ask for Recommendations/Endorsements

    Recruiters pay attention to recommendations on LinkedIn. They are immediate, highly visible and the recruiter doesn’t need to contact anyone else to get them. You should aim to have 10-15 recommendations over time. You can ask current or past employers, clients, customers etc…If you find this a little uncomfortable, consider the following tips:

    • Write a recommendation for someone else, once you do this you will be surprised how many people will reciprocate
    • Ask for an endorsement after you have done something positive for someone else
    • Send people a few bullet points of suggested comments they could make, sometimes making it quick and easy gets a result

    Actively Network

    Actively networking on LinkedIn is important. It comes partly through your connections and circles but you also need to remember a few extra factors.

    • Don’t send generic, impersonal connection requests, take the time to personalize each one. You are much more likely to get a positive response this way
    • Be selfless, comment on friends status updates, write recommendations and forward on job listings to people who may be interested. All this will earn you similar behavior in return
    • Keep Evolving

    Remember, much like your resume, your LinkedIn Profile is an evolving document. Make sure you revisit it regularly, updated your skills, history, and qualifications as necessary and keep developing your contacts and circles

    I hope you have found the above Information useful.

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