Usefulness of Linkedin for Students for a job hunt

With Social Media all the rage amongst the youth and when the youth likes to spend most of their time on the social platforms, can reaching out to the world at large at the click of finger get any easier ?

For better or worse the millennial seem to not get enough of the social media, no matter how trivial or huge the news, it is broken on the internet by the doer or the viewer of the act more promptly than any other front. Arguably a source most distracting and time consuming, social media can be used to ones benefit if used wisely.

Today job seekers all over the world find social media as the most flourishing platform, which can easily swing a job seekers carrier to extremely greener pastures. It is Making the world has literally and not figuratively shrunk like a walnut. Time and distance or remoteness/ far flung-ness of information/location is the thing of the past. Abundance of information may be too much to cope up with and extremely confusing too, yet when one looks to benefit from it the outcome is mind boggling.

Linkedin is one such platform, which is extremely useful for both the freshers and experienced professionals alike. It is a business and employment oriented service which is a meeting point of the Employee and the Employer, wherein the employers post their requirements, a job seeker can view and apply for it on the other hand job seekers display their CV on their account. The reach is global and thus phenomenal. It helps one connect and network with professionals helping one advance his professional interests.

Considering the benefits, Arya Engineering College had conducted a two hour workshop emphasizing the importance of LinkedIn. it’s usefulness. And how one needs to create the C.V. which articulately puts forth ones potential and achievements. Ary Engineering college has the foresight to educate it’s students and help them make the best use of the social platform.

We tried to answer the questions, how soon is soon enough for a budding professional to make his presence at LinkedIn? What are the requirements? Does it really serve the manifested purpose?

1  To make long-term connections/network. You have done your internship fruitfully and you may want to stay in touch for future prospects with the company. Connect through LinkedIn. Make your account, post your CV and send an invite , you are likely to get accepted and this builds into your network and comes handy when there is this profile in the company you would so like to apply for.

Networking contacts like these can be extremely valuable. Do connect with as many professional as possible who know you and your work. Peer connections are also important. Your friends and friends of friends may wind up working where you want to be.

2  To get recommendations and endorsements.If you do a volunteer internship at a company, get your senior to write you a rosy recommendation that mentions specific things you did well, like handling customers and always arriving early and staying late. Since endorsements accumulate over time, it’s good to start early.

3  To underline achievements.  If you’re academically inclined or are/were a part of the debate team or Toastmasters team/ and you win awards, or your essay wins a nationwide writing competition, you were are/were a part of an important seminar on Engineernig. You would definitely want your potential employers to know. Create an Honors & Awards section on your profile and keep it updated.

4.To show that you are ready to embark onto a professional life:  Most potential employers will put your name through a Google search. When you have a footprint on the LinkedIn, it indicates to a potential new boss that you are serious about building a career have a progressive approach and are keeping pace with the industry, rather than just socializing online. If as a new entrant in the professional you have a LinkedIn profile, it shows they are several steps ahead and mature enough to network with like minded professionals.

  1. To make an impression on the potential employers.When you finally want to dive in the professional world and your competition has only a résumé and no LinkedIn profile, a hiring manager will likely be impressed that you have had the forethought to establish a LinkedIn presence, especially if you have numerous strong references, more than a few testimonials, a dozen connections and a work history even if they were volunteer positions or.
  2. To find out connections of the jobs you are interested in-This is one of LinkedIn’s great selling points: If you know what field or company you want to work in, you can directly search your connections for a link to a specific company, institution or field. It’s a challenge for a new comer to come up with more than a dozen meaningful connections. But the benefit of LinkedIn is that you can keep building as you grow.

By the end of the workshop at Arya Engineering College, it’s students were ready with their new C.V.’s and a glowing LinkedIn profile. The need of networking, exchange of information and staying connected in the industry and to not miss out on opportunities was all that the workshop about. Most well-connected people are more often than not most successful and fact was well-stressed upon in the workshop by Arya Engineering college.

 

 

 

 

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