How LinkedIn Can Forward Your Career
We all know how powerful social media is. It has become a seamless part of our everyday lives; updating, informing, educating and networking can be done with the touch of a button. Facebook recently celebrated having 1 billion users online in one day, which shows just how important and widespread social networking websites have become.
Unlike Facebook’s broad and general style of sharing updates with the people in your life, LinkedIn brings a more specific type of social networking.
Launched in 2003, LinkedIn boasts 380,000,000 registered members worldwide, of whom 39 million are students and recent graduates. The website has become such an important tool for business networking and recruitment, as your profile acts almost like a digital CV.
This is such a crucial social network to have as a young person, student or businessperson because it allows for a streamlined kind of professional interaction and impression on those who will be considering you for a job.
If you are just starting out with LinkedIn, here are a few tips to help get you started:
- Choose a photo that you think is appropriate for a future employer. (e.g. no party pics or duck faces!)
- Be as specific about your experience and education as possible. This will show you put effort into your work and gives off a good working vibe to an employer.
- Find your colleagues, friends, and schoolmates and connect with them. Don’t forget to endorse their skills; they will be more likely to endorse you back!
- Be professional, but don’t forget to be yourself. Showing you are a real person and not just a LinkedIn profile will win you brownie points.
So there you have it, a few basic tips to get you up and running on LinkedIn. You never know what opportunities will come out of it so make the most of it!