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Workshop on utilizing LinkedIn

Workshop on utilizing LinkedIn

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  • 1. Getting ‘LinkedIn’ Online Networking Workshop School of Chemical Sciences Career Services
  • 2. What We Offer • On-Campus Interviews with National Employers • SCS Symplicity Recruiting System – Access to over 3,000 nation-wide job listings – Contact information for over 10,000 different employers – Information on workshops, company information sessions, and other campus events • Collaborative Campus Career Fairs
  • 3. What We Offer • Résumé/CV and Cover Letter Assistance • Educational Philosophy Critiques • Mock Interview Program • Career Advising • Academic & Industrial Job Search Coaching • Negotiation & Networking Support
  • 4. About LinkedIn “Throughout 2008, social networking sites and blogs saw more time spent by users than personal e-mail.” - Nielsen Online • Founded in 2003 – professional social media • Members from over 200 countries • Executives from every Fortune 500 company have profiles • Over 700,000 groups • LinkedIn has a network of over 80 MILLION professionals • A new member joins every second and ½ are from outside of the United States
  • 5. Your Profile • LinkedIn profiles are often one of the first searches in a Google search • Allows you to maintain and separate ‘work life’ & ‘personal life’ • A complete profile is 40X more likely to be seen • Never include anything you wouldn’t want printed on the cover of the New York Times • Tell your story – 1st impressions are critical – Have a strong ‘title’ and summary – Include keywords/specialties – Ensure you have a professional photo
  • 6. Your Profile • Include volunteer and other activities • Keep your profile current! • Obtain recommendations (1/position held) • Claim your LinkedIn url – add a ‘public profile’ • Create your profile in additional languages if applicable • Include website links to research or professional blogs • Update your ‘Opportunity Preferences’
  • 7. Groups, Applications, Blogs, Articles… • Applications allow you to post portions of blog posts you’ve written to your page • Amazon reading lists allow visitors to review your current interests • Add research presentations via slide share • Groups have sections for Discussions, Job Postings, Event Announcements, News, and more for connections & discussion • Update settings to receive digests, etc.
  • 8. Making Connections • Join groups related to your field, school, etc. • Connect with people you already know • Watch the connections your links make…chances are, you know them as well (but don’t spam!!) • Quid pro quo – offer to return the favor for someone who makes an introduction for you • Do be careful about whom you add as connections – Introductions can be difficult if you don’t know person – “I Don’t Know” button – LIONs (LinkedIn Open Networkers)
  • 9. Creating Connections • Determine what information you are seeking • Prepare list of questions and introductory email – Brief introduction (incl. Illinois connection) – Why you’re writing – 60 second spiel • Find out more about your potential connection and review his/her profile • If someone ‘introduces’ you, copy them on emails • Request advice/guidance…NOT jobs – Trends in their industry/Companies they respect – How they prepared themselves to succeed
  • 10. Maintaining Connections • Request (& give) recommendations – Illustrate achievements – Project credibility • Never share others’ personal information with colleagues unless you have permission to do so • Do make your connections public • Ask for telephone connection: 15-20 minutes • Always follow-up with thank you emails/notes! • Keep your contacts/connections informed
  • 11. Job Search Feature • Utilize the ‘Find a Job’ feature to search for actual positions • Join groups and check out their ‘Jobs’ tabs • When you join groups, sign up to receive the ‘feed’ • Great resource for students new to the system: http://grads.linkedin.com/
  • 12. Researching Companies • Find information on companies in a specific geographic location • Look for related companies and ‘popular’ profiles • Review ‘before’ and ‘after’ career paths • Read ‘News’ about the company • Check out a company’s ‘new hires’
  • 13. Finding/Giving ‘Answers’ • ‘Answer’ questions as applicable – if you get a ‘good answer’ mark, you are seen as an expert • Post questions that you may have, but remember that millions of people have access to what you write • Write answers/questions in Word and use spell- and grammar-check and then cut & paste into LinkedIn
  • 14. Career Counseling & Placement Services School of Chemical Sciences 105 Noyes Lab 217-333-1050 http://careers.scs.illinois.edu/ scs-illinois-csm.symplicity.com plblum@illinois.edu Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-12:00PM & 1:00PM-5:00PM

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