Networking & Job Search Through LinkedIn


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Joint session run by Careers and Library. Introductory session allowing hands-on time to create, revisit or expand a LinkedIN account for researchers. Focussed on use of LinkedIN to maximise potential for networking, job searching and dissemination of research. as one route to maximising impact and building research networks.

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    1. 1. Networking & Job Search Through LinkedIn June KayPostgraduate Careers Consultant James Bisset Researcher Support Librarian
    2. 2. Social Media -Why bother?Strong online presence highlights your credibility and current status to future employers and allows them to contact you Milkround Social Media Survey
    3. 3. Motivation and the ability to network havefar greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load. University College Dublin / Academic Profession in Europe: Responses to Societal Challenges
    4. 4.• the worlds largest professional network• more than 100 million users• not a social networking site like Facebook or Bebo• used by professionals to network and get advice• more than 45% students and graduates have a profile
    5. 5. Join now!
    6. 6. Initial ImpressionProfessional Headline - What’s your one sentence story? Not PhD student Durham University or Research Associate Durham University Photograph – professional appearance, head and shoulders shot
    7. 7. SummaryUse the summary area todemonstrate who you are
    8. 8. ExperienceKeep your roles and responsibilities short and highlight key achievements or impact Ask for recommendations
    9. 9. Education As with your CV gives details relevant for the area of work you wish to
    10. 10. CoursesSelect from allcourses attendedthroughemployment andeducationincludingdoctoral trainingprogramme
    11. 11. Skills & ExpertiseDon’t be modest – reflect ontransferable skills as well as researchspecific and technical skills
    12. 12. PublicationsOver to James…..
    13. 13. Publications and dissemination of your research Add sections for publications, slideshare presentations, blog posts
    14. 14. Publications and dissemination of your research
    15. 15. Publications and dissemination of your research
    16. 16. Boost dissemination of your research bycreating additional access points
    17. 17. Share your publication experiencedirectly with employers who won’t necessarily have access to the published version
    18. 18. If:1) deposited in DROor2) deposited in anotheropen access repositoryor3) published openaccess in journal– can link to full textdirectly from LinkedINprofile
    19. 19. GroupsJoin up to 50 groups
    20. 20. Groups Search by key word e.g. Actuarial Ask to join Look at membership list Follow and participate in discussions Ask for / give advice and help
    21. 21. For example - Newcastle
    22. 22. Newcastle United FC Supporter• 10 group members in my network• All 2nd connections• Click on their profile• Shows you how you are linked• Can ask to connect
    23. 23. Durham Alumni• Over 10,000 Members• 20 sub-groups • Each of colleges • Some departments e.g. Earth Sciences • Beijing Alumni• Suggest a sub-group / start a discussion
    24. 24. You try• Top right hand corner• Search box – change to groups• Pick a topic related to your research or career interests• Browse the results• Pick a group• See member you are linked to
    25. 25. Companies• Change search criteria to companies• Find companies by sector and location• Research a company for networking / application / interview preparation• Overview / Careers / Insights• Company updates / Follow• See how many connections your network includes• People also viewed / employees connections
    26. 26.
    27. 27. CompanyYou try……..ideas »Accenture »BBC Television »Cadbury »Barnardo’s »Own ideas??
    28. 28. People• Individuals you have met e.g. at conference• People you have heard of e.g. whose research you have read• School / university / previous work colleagues• Search using people• E.g. Iain Cameron, Head of Research Careers @Research Councils UK
    29. 29. You can thenask yourconnectionsto introduceyou
    30. 30. Who do you want to find??? Image Courtesy of
    31. 31. Search for jobs by keyword e.g.research associate & United Kingdom
    32. 32. Top Tips• Specialities – these are key words linked together which help people find you via the search tool• Join career focused groups of companies• List your on-line portfolio, twitter feed and blog on your profile• Build up your network on-line through a planned approach Milkround Social Media Survey
    33. 33. What are you waiting for?? Image Courtesy of
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