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Tech Tuesday: Using LinkedIn to Land Your First Job

It’s summer, and recent college graduates have crossed the stage, moved their tassels, and now the job hunt begins!

If you’re a recent graduate, or a parent of one, you’re likely motivated to start your real-world career.

Luckily, there’s a ton of ways job hunting and networking websites can help with the process.

In this week’s Tech Tuesday, we show you how to leverage to help you land your first job.

Build Your Profile

LinkedIn is all about helping you optimize your work experience when you’re not actually at work. The first step to landing your first job is to build your profile. Make sure to include your education, experience, skills, website, video clips and a photo. The networking platform will let you know what else you can do to make yourself more appealing to recruiters on the site. Fill in information on what industry you’d like to work in, whether you are looking for part- or full-time work and how far you are willing to travel.

Networking

As the saying goes, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. According to LinkedIn, more than 70% of professionals claim they’ve been hired at companies where they have a personal connection.

The first place to start with LinkedIn is building up your network. Start by searching LinkedIn for alumni in your field. Send them a LinkedIn message asking if you can pick their brain to learn more about their day-to-day job. Networking is a great way to discover new opportunities and learn about all of your career options.

Find an Instant Mentor

LinkedIn offers a wonderful feature called Career Advice. This often overlooked feature is a great source of insight. With LinkedIn’s Career Advice feature, manager level or higher user make themselves available for questions about interviews, resumes and careers. The platform calls this “lightweight mentoring.”

To enable this feature, enable the “Career Advice Hub” in your LinkedIn dashboard, set your preferences for how often you wish to be contacted and sit back and wait for potential matches.

Make the Most of Your Previous Experiences

Everyone knows you should list your job and internship experiences on your LinkedIn profile, but that’s not all potential employers are looking for. LinkedIn lets you list any clubs, awards, intramural teams, and anything else that qualifies as an activity. This helps potential employers understand who you are and what kind of experience you’re looking for.