Why you need a LinkedIn profile
Why should you be using LinkedIn?
Linkedin hosts more than 750 million professional profiles, which means an unlimited supply of network connections and job opportunities waiting for you on one platform.
So what is LinkedIn & Who Uses It
LinkedIn is a business focused social networking site. Millions of professional people use LinkedIn, from all over the world; LinkedIn had over 33 million users in the United Kingdom alone, of which 57.2 percent were between 25 and 34 years old. So LinkedIn is most definitely for you!
It’s used to keep in touch with your professional contacts (even if you don’t have any yet you will have) and it will broaden your network. Linkedin allows you to join in with discussions, debates and news about things happening in industry or areas of interest and follow companies that are of interest to you. Linkedin also has features that allow you to look for work and connect with potential employers.
Why should a young person use LinkedIn?
Networking is an essential part of job hunting in 2022 and your career progression. It will allow you to acquire and develop your existing network of contacts and make loads of new contacts too.
LinkedIn is a great way to keep in touch with the people you meet professionally and expand your network “It’s not what you know but who you know” and “Your NetWork is your Networth” are a couple of our favourite sayings here at Digilearning.
Once you have joined LinkedIn you can then join Groups, these are great places to see what people in your potential industries and area of interest are talking about. By joining discussions you can raise your profile and can show your expertise, build up your own reputation and become a thought leader.
Register for Job Alerts – Thousands of organisations use LinkedIn to advertise their jobs, so you’ll be first in line to receive alerts and you can tailor alerts to your own areas of interest.
Follow Companies – you can follow company pages on Linkedin. By following a company you can make sure that you are up to date on their latest news, staff changes, product launches, any development and any acquisitions too. It’s a fantastic resource for that important research before interviews.
Get Endorsed & Recommended – Once you have a profile you can be endorsed by people you have worked with and worked for. This means that other professionals can see your references and testimonials too and know they are from real people! This is so important when you are going for jobs and shows you really have got the skills you listed on your CV.
So How do I start?
Go to www.linkedin.com and follow the registration process. It’s so simple!
Make sure your profile is a quality one. A good catchy personal statement and headline is a must. If you don’t know what you want to be you can always say “Aspiring to be a….
My Top Tips:
- Create an honest profile with relevant skills and list your academic and work experience. Try not to waffle, or make stuff up.
- Put up a good professional photo. A headshot would be best.
- Start to take part in debates, discussions and share news relevant to the industry you want to start your career in.
- Keep your profile up to date and keep connecting with people to improve your network.
There is lots of advice online about how to create a good LinkedIn Profile so go and do some research. If you are ready to enter the world of work, LinkedIn is for you and if you do it right, it’s worth it’s weight in gold. .
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