LinkedIn is NOT Facebook!!!My experience as a recruiter Sourcing candidates using linkedin “Background check” or digital dirt on FB or twitter
Let’s talk about the disconnect here!!
Home, Profile, Contacts, Groups, Jobs, Inbox, Companies, News, MoreHome:-News feed, industry articles, connections posting, etc-Connection Suggestions-Who has viewed your profileProfile:Professional depiction of yourself- should mimic your resume1) Heading (City, State, Profile Picture, Title, Contact Information) Professional Profile Pictures: Mine, Stacey’s, Josh Hayden Non Professional Profile Pictures: Jacob Morley, No profile picture at all2) Activity New connections, joining groups, following companies, “liking” an article, etc3) Background -Summary (Objective or Cover Letter) Cara vs. Sarah -Education -Work History -Skills/Expertise Additional Content: Volunteer Organizations Projects Languages Publications Honors & Awards Courses Certifications 4) Recommendations 5) Connections 6) Groups 7) Following
Search and join a group- if the group you joined grants automatic access search that groups members- find another connection!!
LinkedIn: For Beginners
Graduate Employer Relations Assistant
Career Development Center
Getting to know you…
What are you studying?
What do you hope to learn
Importance of networking
in your job search…
• What is networking?
o Definition: to develop relationships with people who can
be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding
employment or moving toward a higher position
• Why is networking important?
o Hiring Process
o Endorsement for job application
“The work you do and the relationships you build stay with you forever!”
1. Advertised openings (~10% of all jobs)
2. Company outreach- inquiry
3. Job Fairs or other career events
4. Professional Networking
What is LinkedIn?
• Social media website used specifically for professional networking
• 200 million+ members (U.S. & Internationally)
o Manage and market your professional identity-electronic copy
o Build and engage with professionals in your network.
o Access knowledge, insights and opportunities (job, articles,
o RESEARCH: Graduate School, Law School, Companies, Other
professionals, Hiring Managers, etc.
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• LinkedIn: connections not “friends”
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd Connections
o Helps you create your niche or area of interest (ie Law,
Education, Fashion, Sales, etc)
o Job, Internship, Volunteer leads
o Build a relationship & help people network- “I scratch your back
you scratch mine”
• My Rule of thumb: Do not connect with anyone who will not benefit
from knowing you or someone in your network
• Understand that different people have different practices/rules for
connecting! (Check out to their profile to see!)
• Let’s take a look at what LinkedIn has to offer!!
o Connect with like-minded professionals
related to your industry
o Join discussions by sharing insights, posting
articles or asking a question
o Find people to connect with also in group
o Job, Internship and Volunteer leads
• Join groups that are part of your “niche”
• Alumni Relations is a great tool for networking
o Buffalo State Career Development Center
o Buffalo State Alumni
o Search for jobs and internships posted on
o A lot of recruiters/ hiring managers are now
ONLY advertising their job openings on
o You can save job openings in different
industries (up to 10 searches) emailed to you
daily, weekly or monthly.
o Student Jobs feature:
o Industry insight
o Find new professionals to connect with
o Track changes and development
o Job or Internship advertisements
o Generate job leads (expansions, promotions, job changes, etc)