LinkedIn – How to connect with the world’s biggest professional network!

Written by Alison Taylor, Careers Consultant

I’m not usually big on statistics, but having looked at the facts and figures for LinkedIn, even I was impressed. The professional networking site has:

  • 467 million users worldwide
  • 40 million student and recent graduate users
  • 3 million active jobs

“What’s LinkedIn?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s an online professional network and allows you to build a “profile” (CV), connect with other professionals, build your network and apply for jobs – plus much more. It’s a worldwide phenomenon (available in 24 languages to quote a 4th fact!) so wherever you are from and wherever you’d like to work, LinkedIn can add a global aspect to your job search.

Once you have created your profile, you can use LinkedIn to search for contacts, organisations and jobs of interest – but better still, some employers advertising on LinkedIn ask you to apply for their jobs and internships by simply “pressing a button” (yes, really!) which allows you to submit your profile as your application!

So if you’re reading this and don’t (yet!) have a LinkedIn profile, but think it could be something worth looking into, keep an eye on our events timetable on MyJobsOnlinewhy not come along to our “Getting Started with LinkedIn” session on November 15th at 5 pm? We’ll talk you through how to create your profile and show you some of the ways you can use it – you’ll then have time to start building your profile there and then. Just bring your laptop or tablet! Couldn’t be simpler!

Apply for a place here:

https://reading.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7005&service=Careers+Service