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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 …

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. Networking & Job Search Through LinkedIn June KayPostgraduate Careers Consultant James Bisset Researcher Support Librarian
    • 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. 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.• 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. Join now!
    • 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. SummaryUse the summary area todemonstrate who you are
    • 8. ExperienceKeep your roles and responsibilities short and highlight key achievements or impact Ask for recommendations
    • 9. Education As with your CV gives details relevant for the area of work you wish to
    • 10. CoursesSelect from allcourses attendedthroughemployment andeducationincludingdoctoral trainingprogramme
    • 11. Skills & ExpertiseDon’t be modest – reflect ontransferable skills as well as researchspecific and technical skills
    • 12. PublicationsOver to James…..
    • 13. Publications and dissemination of your research Add sections for publications, slideshare presentations, blog posts
    • 14. Publications and dissemination of your research
    • 15. Publications and dissemination of your research
    • 16. Boost dissemination of your research bycreating additional access points
    • 17. Share your publication experiencedirectly with employers who won’t necessarily have access to the published version
    • 18. If:1) deposited in DROor2) deposited in anotheropen access repositoryor3) published openaccess in journal– can link to full textdirectly from LinkedINprofile
    • 19. GroupsJoin up to 50 groups
    • 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. For example - Newcastle
    • 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. 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. 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. 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.
    • 27. CompanyYou try……..ideas »Accenture »BBC Television »Cadbury »Barnardo’s »Own ideas??
    • 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. You can thenask yourconnectionsto introduceyou
    • 30. Who do you want to find??? Image Courtesy of
    • 31. Search for jobs by keyword e.g.research associate & United Kingdom
    • 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. What are you waiting for?? Image Courtesy of