I wish I was kidding when I said browsing LinkedIn is one of my favorite hobbies. I find myself on the career networking site at least once a day. In between classes (or during extra boring classes), on the train to work, and before bed I love scrolling through, networking, and updating my LinkedIn. I’ve met and received great advice from people who are currently working my dream jobs, and have networked with companies I want to work for.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to set up a LinkedIn for yourself. It’s easy to use, and as a member of the social media networking generation, it has proved incredibly useful regarding my career pursuit.
Here are 5 reasons you need to be on LinkedIn!
- Showcase your experience, activities, skills, and qualifications in a more detailed way your resume and cover letter can’t.
- “It’s about who you know.”– Landing your dream job is about much more than how well you did in school, how many clubs you were president of, and how many internships you had. For major companies and competitive fields, it’s important to know professionals who can help you get your foot in the door. LinkedIn is a great way to make strong connections and cultivate a network with people working at companies and in industries you want to work in.
- Learn about job opportunities. Many companies post open positions on their LinkedIn, which is something you should take advantage of during your inevitable job search. Hiring managers and recruiters also use LinkedIn. If you’re not on LinkedIn, you won’t be visible to these recruiters who are scouting new talent for their companies.
- Apply for jobs using LinkedIn: I’ve applied for multiple job positions that let me use my LinkedIn to apply. This helps save time while filling out online applications.