Last Saturday our Career Development department hosted a Career Event for rising college seniors. The workshop started with a LinkedIn presentation from volunteer, Jason Whitney. Below are some of the helpful tips Jason shared:
- When you have identified a company you are interested in working at, check your contacts on LinkedIn and see if any of them work at that company or check to see if any of your contacts are connected to someone who works at that company. These connections are called your 2nd or 3rd connections. Once you identify a connection at your target company, you can reach out to that person for an informational interview and ultimately ask for a reference for the job you are interested in.
- Be sure to include buzzwords from your industry/ field in your profile. If you do this, your name will pop up when hiring managers and recruiters search for people with certain skills or knowledge.
- Join groups that are related to your industry/ field so that you can keep abreast of trending topics. Also, hiring managers and recruiters search groups related to the position they are hiring for to find qualified candidates.
- Ask past and present colleagues and supervisors to recommend you on LinkedIn. Hiring managers and recruiters check these recommendations to gain a sense of your character, skills and strengths.
After lunch the students were given the opportunity to ask questions of and network with professionals in a variety of careers. The students gathered tips on how to land entry level positions post-graduation and got the “inside scoop” on what it is really like to work in a particular field/industry. Some of the fields represented include Science Education, Finance, Recruiting, Hospital Administration and Engineering.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who provided great information and networking opportunities to our rising seniors!
What other LinkedIn tips can you share?