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Three of the most overlooked (and most important) elements of strong student LinkedIn profiles

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A colleague and I were recently chatting about good LinkedIn student profiles, following a request from another member of staff as to whether we had any good example student profiles which they could show to other students. In the process of our conversation, a few things really stood out (for all the wrong reasons!).

The top section – what I call the ‘introductory section’ – of your profile is really important; it is the first thing people will see.  However, three key parts of this section are what myself and my colleague most frequently see being overlooked, or neglected, on students’ LinkedIn profiles. Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers: Part 3

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This is the final post in our 3-part mini series outlining 3 key ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers, whether this be for jobs, experience or placements.

You may already have a dream employer in mind, but are struggling to identify similar organisations to broaden your options.  This can be particularly difficult if your interests are quite niche. This post shows how you can use two features of LinkedIn to do this.

Part 1 of the series outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

Part 2 of the series outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector.

Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 2

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This is the 2nd post in our 3-part mini series outlining 3 key ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers, whether this be for jobs, experience or placements.

This post outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector. Part 1 of the series outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.

You may be interested in a particular sector/s and location/s.  This is a great, and useful, starting point to begin researching potential employers.  LinkedIn is one of many ways you can start to do this. Continue reading

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3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 1

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Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.

You can view part 2 here and Part 3 here.

In this first post, I’m going to outline how the ‘Advanced people search’ function of LinkedIn can help you to identify potential employers. This is particularly useful if you have an idea of the type of role in which you’re interested.  If you have a sector of interest, but aren’t sure on what types of job there are, you can also use the advanced search function of LinkedIn to help.  See our short video tutorial for how to do this. Continue reading

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LinkedIn: The recruiter’s perspective

We talk a lot about the value of LinkedIn, and the range of ways it can be useful for you as a student or recent graduate. In this video, produced by Sheffield Hallam’s IPD for the ConnectedU project (funded by the Higher Education Academy), Professional Headhunter James Craven, of recruitment firm Sagar Wright, outlines why having a professional presence on LinkedIn is increasingly valuable and the key things to consider when building your profile.

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What is LinkedIn? An introduction for students and graduates

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We were recently approached by some students from the Business school who produce a newsletter – e-Financial – which aims to help keep students up to date with the latest business news.  They asked for an interview about LinkedIn to include in the first edition of their newsletter.  As these questions were posed by students, we thought this feature might also be of interest to other students so are re-publishing their article here with their permission.  You can find out more about e-financial, including ways to contribute and sign up to their newsletter, on their Facebook page

1. What is networking and how does it benefit your career?

A simple definition of a network in this context, provided by Oxforddictionaries.com is

“A group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes:”

So networking simply means interacting with your network to exchange information and contacts. It is especially useful to notice the use of the word ‘social’ in this definition.  Networking is something we all do everyday, whenever we interact with anyone else. Networking in career terms Continue reading

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Linking in to alumni

Ever wondered what graduates of your degree go on to do?

Or perhaps you know the sort of job you’re interested in and want to know how others got there, or the types of employers you should be looking at?

In this post I outline two useful features of LinkedIn™ that can help you explore these questions, namely LinkedIn Alumni, and Fields of Study.

How LinkedIn™ alumni could help you

There are all sorts of ways in which the alumni feature of LinkedIn™  could help you. I’ve outlined a few key ones below:

1. Inspiration

Browse profiles to find out the range of things graduates of your programme – or the university as a whole – go on to do.

2. Explore career paths Continue reading

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