Getting spotted by employers is something all students and graduates want. LinkedIn is a fantastic platform to get noticed and that is why TheGrad wants to give you some top tips. By utilising social media (LinkedIn in particular) and creating a unique profile through TheGrad for free, you are sure to stand out from others. Professional networking is crucial for personal and professional development, so make sure you stay on top of it.
- Upload a professional photo
People who have a photo on their profile are 14 times more likely to get views than someone who doesn’t have one. If you want a professional headshot then it will definitely be worth saving up for it. Temporarily though, use your smartphone and ask someone to take a photo of you. You can even use this professional photo on TheGrad profile.
- Write a thought-out summary of yourself
Just like the photo, a well-written summary is essential. Think about the qualities you can offer an employer and an organisation and highlight them in your summary. Take your time writing it, you want to impress the reader who clicks on your LinkedIn profile or even on your Grad profile. Proofread it thoroughly to make sure there are no silly mistakes.
- Emphasise your skills and touch on your history
People who list their skills on a LinkedIn profile are likely to receive 13 times more profile views on average than those who don’t. Show off your skills and go into detail. Think about impressing a potential employer, what do you want them to know about you? Soft skills are also wanted from an employee, for example, being able to work well in a team or being able to show compassion, understanding and willingness when a problem is at hand.
It is also a good idea to fill out any credentials you’ve earned, organisations you’ve joined and languages you can speak. All of these extra pointers demonstrate other sides to you, it will give you a special, unique edge over other people.
- Ask people to recommend you for your profile
Having strong recommendations on your profile is very imposing and will give you a remarkable stance. It can also help to improve the ranking on LinkedIn – you’re more likely to show up in search results. Hiring managers and recruiters are likely to check out a recommendation and take it seriously, so keep this in mind when communicating with others.
- Think digital – consistency is key – and round up of tips
If you really want to stand out from other people then make sure you post at least once a week. It is a good idea to share posts – those who share at least once a week are 10 times more likely to be contacted by a recruiter than those who don’t. Consistent communication and posting really help a student or graduate stand out. When you write a post, it is viewed far and wide. It is said that six times more people outside your network will see a post you write and a lot of them (around 45%) of them are in a position to hire.
List volunteer projects on your profile – this is a great tip and shows a lot of your personality. If you are willing to volunteer it demonstrates a caring nature which is sought after It will not only bring more views to your profile but it will improve the success rate of your profile on TheGrad too. Really wear your digital heart on your sleeve and don’t be afraid to say what you’ve done, no matter how small it is. An employer would love to gain a complete picture of who you are as a person and what sort of colleague you’d be to work with.
So, maintain a positive mindset and promote yourself in the best possible light on LinkedIn. Sign up with TheGrad for free to gain ultimate exposure and continue building on your profile as your experience develops.
Written by Gemma Smith