Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship

Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship

LinkedIn is a terrific resource for finding your first job or a new internship. Get started with our top tips.

From building your network to exploring the student-specific jobs portal, we cover the best ways to utilize LinkedIn for your job or internship search.

1. Become an Expert
Want to stand out and learn about industries you want to get into? Check out LinkedIn Today’s news dashboard and Influencer posts for the top daily headlines, join Groups and follow new industry-specific Channels.

2. Get Noticed with a Strong Headline
Your profile is not the place to be shy! Write a concise but descriptive headline like “XYZ University honors student & aspiring PR associate,” “Entry-level creative professional” or “Finance major seeking investment banking internship.”

3. Include Keywords
Recruiters search LinkedIn for candidates. Use the key words and phrases they use. Find examples from job descriptions you’re going after, or profiles of people who have the jobs you want, and add them throughout the Summary and Skills & Expertise sections.

4. Take Advantage of the Student Profile Sections
Be sure to complete the profile sections designed just for students, such as Courses, Projects, Languages, Certifications and Organizations. Keywords are good here, too. Complete profiles get 40 times more opportunities!

5. Talk About All Your Relevant Experience
Experience doesn’t have to be paid or full-time to be on your profile. Your Experience section can include internships, extracurriculars, part-time jobs, volunteer work or projects that have given you real-world skills. You never know what might catch an employer’s eye.

6. Build Your Network
Grow your network by sending personalized LinkedIn connection requests to everyone you know – friends, family, neighbors, teachers, colleagues, classmates and more.

7. Ask Your Network for Help
Seventy percent of jobs are found through networking. Once you connect, send customized messages (no mass emails!) to say you’re job hunting. Ask for advice, an informational interview or whether they know anyone in your desired field. If you connect with others one-on-one, they’ll be more willing to make the effort for you.

8. Find “Ins” Where You Want to Work
Heard of LinkedIn Company pages? Visit them for organizations you want to work for, and see if you’re connected to anyone who currently works or has worked there. And check out LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool to see what grads of your school are up to.

9. Search the Student Jobs Portal
The Student Jobs Portal is just for you: It collects all the entry-level job and internship postings on LinkedIn in one place. Search by job role, or review postings from featured companies. When you apply for positions, the employer will be able to see your full LinkedIn profile.

10. Get Gutsy
Don’t be afraid to reach out directly to a recruiter on LinkedIn. One strategy is to first apply to a position you want and then send a message to the recruiter who posted the opportunity. (You can often find this information in the job posting.) Good luck!

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