Euro London is calling all students, and those who have just graduated to start utilising LinkedIn. As we are aware the job market is as fierce as ever, and with the use of online recruitment soaring now is the time to get your social profile out there.
Many students and even graduates delay in getting their professional online profile started, as they think that they only need to start this process once they have completed their studies and are looking for a full time position. This should not be the case. An online professional profile needs to be built up in time for your job search so that potential employers can see your past experience and qualifications. This is also the case for all job seekers.
Here are some reasons why you should start building upon your social profile:
Global Markets and Network – There are currently over 200 million LinkedIn users across the world. Not only can you search for jobs globally with ease, there are many companies sourcing candidates across the world to work within their company. You may connect and build upon your network whether they are friends who can provide you with other contacts within industries, or new connections that are seeking opportunities. These include direct engagement, sharing and following group content, and much more. Bottom line is – there are countless opportunities out there just waiting to be stumbled upon. However it is key to maintain professionalism so keep business life and your social life separate.
You are your own brand – Promote, promote, promote! You need to act as though you are a product of your own brand. Therefore it is necessary to share the correct information that is credible; this will consequently attract the right attention to you in order to get employed. With students it is a good idea to share part time job information that allows you to show transferable skills which could be used for future employment and it is also good to share internship details. This shows employers that you’ve gone the extra mile for career experience. Your skills can also be endorsed by past employers or people you worked with on projects at university in order to highlight skills and attributes that were used.
Job Recommendations – LinkedIn also provides job recommendations. This is based on your interests and education therefore matches jobs that you could potentially be interested in. This information is then sent to you via email, making your job search a thousand times easier.
These are just a few reasons why you should get online professionally. So, don’t leave it until tomorrow; get started today, in fact, why not right now?