How and why to use LinkedIn as a college student
The number of students creating LinkedIn profiles has increased dramatically over the past few years, however, many students are unaware of the advanced features on LinkedIn to build their network and uncover opportunities not yet advertised to the general public.
Below are some tips from the Career Center for using LinkedIn as a first-year student:
This feature gives you some data-mining ability to see which employers are hiring CWRU students and alumni. It also allows you to narrow the search by occupation, geography or major. This can help you create a targeted list of employers, alumni and fellow students to develop your network and uncover hidden opportunities.
Give a closer look to other people’s profiles
For instance, if you look at the profiles of recent alumni and pay attention to where they interned previously, it can help you identify companies you hadn’t considered as potential opportunities. The same goes for paying close attention to which LinkedIn Groups students and alumni are joining. Keep scrolling and you can find that information as well.
Explore fields of study
The feature will self-populate with your chosen field of study and provide you with global data of everyone with a LinkedIn profile, including where they work, what they do and where they went to school. It also gives you the ability to narrow the search results by country and major metro area. This is extremely useful for people trying to create a targeted list of employers in certain geographies that hire people with your specific field of study.
If you need more guidance on using LinkedIn to maximize your internship or job search, make an appointment in person at the Career Center (Sears 229) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.