Usage of LinkedIn for Students

More than 100 million professionals are networked on LinkedIn. Students may update their status on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and listed. But, they also need to give attention to professional social media called LinkedIn, which aids in improving connection to the professional world. 

You can use LinkedIn to fetch job opportunities, freelancing, internship, and learning. They can learn skills that will lead to successful career advancement by connecting with professional people and strengthening relationships.

LinkedIn is accessible through desktop, mobile web, or LinkedIn app. Completing the LinkedIn profile by showcasing your skills, education, and experience gives a professional look to your profile. Also used to invite people to events like workshops, sales, seminars, join groups, post photos & videos, write an article, and do other activities. 

Some students are worried about life after college. In that case, LinkedIn helps students to advance their careers. All forms of professional people like company owners, recruiters, students, and job seekers are now on LinkedIn. 

How to create a profile on LinkedIn?

We need to complete a few steps to become a member of the LinkedIn platform.

Creating a Profile: Creating a LinkedIn profile is as simple as signing up on other social media platforms. Still, you need to be conscious of the information you provide. To create a LinkedIn profile, you need a static email address to sign up. By creating a LinkedIn profile, you can share your professional background with your connections, employers, and recruiters. A complete LinkedIn profile includes details about you, your academic info, skills, interest, milestones, and work experience.

Build your network: One of the keys to tapping LinkedIn power is to have an active network. The updates of all fields are available in the feed and help you understand the professional circle. Start by adding your family, friends, classmates, and coworkers to your network. There is an option to follow people, companies, and topics to recommend you with job opportunities.

Searching for jobs: If you’re a fresher or looking for a new professional opportunity, LinkedIn is the perfect platform to start searching. LinkedIn is an excellent tool for researching companies and connecting with potential employers. There are options to apply for jobs, save jobs, and notify job opportunities.

Is there any appreciable format for maintaining the account?

Well, not like every other social media, LinkedIn is a little different. A student has to maintain the page professionally. If a recruiter approaches your page, it searches for more data about your skills, education, and current job role. Updating your profile now and then by listing out the internship, work experience, certification courses, and more activities helps recruiters give a smooth glance at your page.

How does the premium version work?

LinkedIn has both basic and premium membership. The basic membership is free and accessible to anyone to create and maintain a professional profile online. Once it upgrades to a premium subscription, the user gets further access to LinkedIn’s products and features. The premium membership includes marketing, recruitment, sales, and learning products. 

How to enroll in the courses provided by LinkedIn?

The certified courses are offered only for premium users. Even though it is a paid version, it is worth taking up the classes which provide certificates after completion. The course is taken by international & national instructors and will give you different exposure and training. Learn all the advanced courses like the programming foundation, python essential training, excel data virtualization, and listed. As a reward, LinkedIn provides certificates. This feature applies to premium users.

Why LinkedIn courses?

  • Access 16,000+ expert-led courses
  • Free trial month and cancel any time
  • Get a valuable certificate when you complete a course
  • Receive recommended courses pinned to you
  • Avail quizzes to practice during the course period
  • Revise courses on your computer or phone anytime

Does LinkedIn provide tips for interviews?

LinkedIn loads many interview pro tips for the freshers and experienced. It has a feature of taking some quizzes and tests for your specific job fields and can be posted on your profile. If the interviewer inquires more about the specific skills, these skill quizzes help you to evaluate yourself.

Tips for managing a LinkedIn account as a student:

  • Set a professional profile picture, as the first impression is the best. Although, the personality speaks most of the time.
  • Following your dream companies and the higher officials in whom you are interested can boost your interest. 
  • Make it a reminder that you should complete the profile. Include more information as you have to show that you want to be an employee in the professional industry. By including your skillset, internships, and details about your progression from the first year until the end of your academic career, you increase your chance of getting the job you want.
  • Once you are a student, you can build your LinkedIn account, get connected with the honcho of your dream company, follow their leads, and get placed in the companies.
  • Explore LinkedIn to get to know about various opportunities and recruiters. LinkedIn is the right place for job seekers.

Having a LinkedIn account as a student makes the interviewer or the industry think you are building a base for your career before getting a degree. Your profile is more of a priority, and you can learn more about your career-building path by connecting with several professional people. Try to connect to more people in your domain and increase the chances of your visibility. Good luck with your job search.

Dr. G. Indumathi

Principal, Cambridge Institute of Technology

  • Ph.D. completed during 2012, Dr. M.G.R University Chennai
  • M.Tech Industrial Electronics from SJCE Mysore under VTU in the year 2003
  • B.E. Electronics and Communication , SJCE Mysore , Mysore University in the year 1987

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