LinkedIn has predicted a “student scramble” this week with students who have left it to the last minute to find a graduate job or a summer internship heading online to see if they can land a position with a company for both the summer and possibly beyond.
LinkedIn has more than 350 million members and that includes over a million in Ireland alone. LinkedIn has revealed data which shows that activity by this particular demographic of recent graduates and students tends to peak in the second week of June following the chaos of exam time.
LinkedIn spokesperson Wendy Murphy said that;
“Our data shows that Irish students are typically focused on exams during the academic year, with the majority only pursuing job opportunities and internships after their exams have finished. As a result, there is typically fierce competition for the positions that are available, which means that students have to try and stand out from the crowd.”
Here are three top tips from Wendy for graduates who are trying to navigate through the crowd and stand out from the rest of the pack.
1. Stand out from the crowd.
Something we have discussed on Irish Tech News before across various social media platforms is perfecting your profile. Give it some attention, remember that the first thing people notice about you as a person online is what your profile says about you so make sure you are saying what you want to say to possible employers.
The more complete it is, the more interesting it will be to others, so make sure you fill out each section to boost your chances of being ‘found’ by recruiters and potential employers.
2. Make sure to include a profile photo.
An interview starts the moment someone searches for you online and your first impression is your profile photo. Make sure you include a photo on your LinkedIn profile – we’ve found that it can make you up to 14 times more likely to be viewed by one of LinkedIn’s one million Irish members.
A profile without a photo attracts no interest or attention, make sure you have a good high quality photo of yourself online and it could make all the difference when it comes to that first impression.
3. Network to get work.
Having a strong network is essential; you can use it for recommendations and to ask for introductions into a job or opportunity in which you are interested. By connecting to at least 50 trusted contacts you will increase your chances of getting in touch with people and companies that will help you get ahead in your job hunt.
By using LinkedIn’s University Pages, students can also find and contact alumni that are already working in their dream job or field who could potentially offer them advice or give them a helping hand.
There are top employers and companies on LinkedIn just waiting for the right person to come across them on the platform and a lot of the time that means presenting yourself in a way that they want to see you in.
Taking these simple steps can go a long way to boosting your chances of landing a job for the summer or more via LinkedIn.
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