Graduating college is an exciting, yet anxiety-filled experienced. The expert recruiters at PrideStaff Dallas discuss how to find jobs on LinkedIn.
Congratulations… You just graduated from College… Now WHAT!?
So you have a degree in your hand, your head is full of knowledge, and you are officially on the “job market.” You may find yourself sitting at your computer, staring at your resume, and thinking, “What now?” What should you do to move forward with your job search? What can you do to make employers look at YOUR resume? This may seem like a stretch, but using social networking sites like LinkedIn is a great way to start.
Here are 4 Tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile.
First, tweak your headline.This space is prime real estate. You want to clearly explain you and your value. If you aren’t currently working, you may have no idea what to put as your headline!
For example, Sports Marketing Graduate. This obviously explains that you are a graduate in the sports marketing field
Second, you want to update your status and activity.
Let your LinkedIn network know that you’re looking for a job and ask for their help. But, do not use your LinkedIn profile as a resume dump. It is very obvious when job seekers post their resume, and then vanish.
When employers are looking for great candidates, they want to see your personality. You are so much more than your resume! So show it!
Revisit your summary. This is another great place to prove that you are more than just your resume.
It may feel a little weird, but it OK to brag about yourself and your accomplishments. It is NOT OK to lie or stretch the truth. And please, list your contact information right in this section. There is nothing worse than an employer who likes your profile, but has no idea how to get in touch!
Four, do your homework. Do a search for people on LinkedIn who have your dream job. Use those ideas where they make sense in your profile.
And last, but certainly not least – Use a picture! Part of using LinkedIn is expressing yourself in a professional way. Employers want to see you!
In a sense, LinkedIn is like your first interview. So keep the photo professional and presentable, just as you would be for an interview.
If you are a recent graduate looking to start a career, contact PrideStaff to help start your journey.