Get the most out of social networking!
Research jobs, companies and people
Use for networking
Join groups and discussions to show your interest and knowledge.
Always be upbeat, positive and professional.
LinkedIn is a great platform for a number of reasons…
Search for jobs – Learn about openings as soon as they become available. 35% of students plan to use LinkedIn as their main source for job hunting.
Follow companies – In addition to job opportunities, they often post events that could prove useful for networking and fact-finding. Keep up-to-date with news and plans (e.g. expansion or acquisitions that could lead to hiring).
Identify people who have an aspirational career path, who work in a particular field of expertise, or current and former employees within your chosen company/industry. Check out their career paths – how did they start?
Connect – Expand your horizons and boost your visibility by engaging with relevant people and groups, and participating in discussions.
LinkedIn allows for more private communication than some other platforms; it may give you the confidence to connect with people, whom you would not otherwise approach.
LinkedIn recommend you don’t add people that you don’t know. A lot of people may be happy to give advice or guidance if you contact them directly, but make sure your message is written in a professional manner and is appropriate. If they do respond to you, then you can add them as part of your network
Facebook & Twitter
Facebook & Twitter sites provide a great way to keep track of business news and events.
Follow companies you like, join in discussions on Twitter – demonstrate your passion and knowledge during interviews/applications.