LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job Before You Graduate

LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job Before You Graduate

LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.

Trying to land your dream career out of the gate is a tall order. But here’s the good news: There are roughly 11 million job openings per month in America at any given time. Sure, you don’t want all those jobs, but you want some of them—and some of them want you!

LinkedIn connects qualified candidates with companies and organizations that crave top talent. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to snagging a seat at the professional table before graduation.

Why LinkedIn?

  • 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research.
  • 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
  • More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week.

With 530+ million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

LinkedIn Learning: the Job Search

Click here to watch a LinkedIn Learning instructional video by Oliver Schinkten that details how and why LinkedIn is helpful for the job search. The video explains that “by harnessing the power of the LinkedIn platform, you can tap into an expansive network of professionals, companies, and groups in your industry and beyond. In this course, discover how to make the most of your LinkedIn account. Follow Oliver Schinkten as he explains how to build a stellar LinkedIn profile, and shares how to expand your network, look for new career opportunities, join groups, share updates, and contribute your own thought leadership. Plus, Oliver explores privacy settings and account types, and shows how to archive your data. Upon wrapping up this course, you’ll have the tools you need to grow your career by leveraging LinkedIn.”

This post is the first in a multi-part series of LinkedIn 101’s, brought to you by a representative from LinkedIn’s supplemental learning-based site. As students, we know how important, yet overwhelming LinkedIn can be, so we want to set you up for success! Stay tuned for more, and remember: Always Be Making Connections!

By Caroline Gervais
Caroline Gervais Student Director, CareerEdge & Event Planning Team Caroline Gervais