LinkedIn tips to help you start your career

LinkedIn tips to help you start your career

24/08/2020

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Kat Snodgrass is mthree’s Head of Alumni Talent for the UK and Europe. She’s helped hundreds of graduates secure roles in Software Engineering and Production Support at global investment banks through our Alumni Programme. In this article, Kat shares what she looks for when reviewing LinkedIn profiles and how to make the most of the platform. 
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With 20+ million roles currently advertised on LinkedIn, it’s a key tool for recruiters who are looking for graduates. Having a well thought out LinkedIn profile is crucial when looking for your next career opportunity.
 
Below I’ve shared some tips on how you can get your profile to appear in recruiters’ searches and become more likely to be contacted about a career opportunity 
 
Remember that LinkedIn is also a great place for you to proactively apply for roles; they even have a ‘one click apply’ option to make it even easier.
 


HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS:

 
Add a photo
 
Smile, be professional and no selfies. A photo adds more character to your LinkedIn profile so think carefully about which photo to use - you probably wouldn’t use the same photo that you have on Facebook! 
 
Use your CV as a guideline
 
While LinkedIn can be less formal than your CV, make sure you remain professional and that your dates of employment align - employers will cross reference.
 
Write a summary statement
 
Many people are missing out on using the summary section on LinkedIn and their CV. These statements really differentiate your profile. You only need to write 50-100 words so make it punchy, to the point, and unique. 
 
Cover the main points: introduce yourself, what you’re studying/studied and - if you have a clear vision of the role you want - add that in but aim to keep as broad as possible.
 
Be active
 
Follow the companies you’re applying for - you’ll be the first to hear of any new job opportunities. Also, join LinkedIn groups that are related to the industry you’re looking to get into. Check out our LinkedIn, Girls Who Code, Graduate Developers or the full list of LinkedIn groups here. 
 
Make sure you’ve added your University, fields of study, and graduation year. Many recruiters will search for specific degrees so make sure it’s on there! Add in key modules of your degree or any details of your dissertation - it's another way to differentiate yourself.
 
Add your skills
 
The more skills you include the more likely you’ll show up in recruiters’ searches. At mthree, many of our recruiter searches revolve around the key technologies we’re looking for like Java, Python, C++, C#. 
 
Only include the skills you genuinely have - if some are at a basic level then let the recruiter know and they’ll run through your knowledge to get a clearer picture of where you’re at.
 
Add your work experience
 
Whether it’s summer internships, placements, volunteering, working in retail/restaurants - make sure you put it in your profile. Highlight your responsibilities and the relevant/transferable skills you’ve gained from those experiences. 
 
The roles you include don’t have to be directly relevant; lots of graduates will miss off the bar job they had whilst at uni from their CV but we want to see it! It shows that you're hard working and have skills like communication, working under pressure and time management.
 
Get recommendations
 
You can request recommendations from your work colleagues, University lecturers etc. If you have a good working relationship with a suitable individual, request a recommendation.
 
Network
 
Connect with people you’ve had contact with via Spring weeks, internships or even someone you interviewed with and start building your network.
 
Set your profile as looking for work
 
There’s a feature which you need to switch on which shows you’re looking for work. Make sure you switch it on as this is a recruiter’s first filter option.
 
Apply for jobs and set up job alerts
 
Click on the ‘Jobs’ icon to search for jobs and set up alerts for when new roles become available.
 
Keep your profile up to date and proofread!
 
If you’re studying a Masters, let your profile reflect that. Make sure your graduation year is correct so that you’re contacted about opportunities you’re able to go for.
 
Finally, we spend so long looking at our own work that sometimes we can miss a really obvious spelling mistake! Ask a friend or family member to proofread to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
 
If you're a graduate that's looking for their first role in tech, take a look at our jobs board and apply today.