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Why You Should Be On LinkedIn

The most straightforward answer to this is because everyone else is!

To expand on that, here are some very impressive official LinkedIn figures:

  • There are 15 million users in the UK alone
  • 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to advertise their vacancies
  • 89% of recruiters have hired at least one person via LinkedIn

At the very least this means that your job search must include LinkedIn (it does carry job advertisements) but there is much more to it than that.

Once you have your profile set up, you are immediately visible to employers. LinkedIn has switched job hunting around. As well as us going prospecting for jobs, employers and recruiters are now using LinkedIn to hunt for us. This means that, so long as your profile is reasonably up to date and informative, your job hunt can be conducted 24 hours a day, even when you’re busy with other things.

But there’s more. LinkedIn is an invaluable professional networking tool. You can use it to build connections with your friends, colleagues and tutors right now. In a few years, you may well be in a position to help each other out and glad you took the opportunity to stay in touch.

LinkedIn is also a superb research tool. With a few clicks you can find alumni from your course, see where they’re working and use the data provided to help you think about your career.

Finally, it’s a great way to build your professional reputation. Join some groups and participate in the conversations, share things you find professionally interesting. This will get you some attention and may well generate some useful network connections as well as impressing prospective employers.

For more information about how to use Linked In, check our resources on CareerHub or book into our webinars and LinkedIn day in March.




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