The title pretty much says it all. I’ve had a number of conversations with unemployed people (new grads, and experienced folks alike) lately, and I’m surprised by the fact that many of them aren’t on LinkedIn.
If you’re unaware, LinkedIn is the Facebook of the business world. You won’t (generally speaking) see pictures of drunken revelry, and people’s latest culinary creations. But what you will find is a treasure trove of networking and job opportunities.
I’ve gotten countless leads on job opportunities through LinkedIn. Most often, it’s through recruiters–internal or external–who are looking to fill a position with someone who has my skillset. Currently, that’s Workday Integrations. I even had a number of rounds of interviews at Google due to a LinkedIn connection. Go figure.
Anyways, for the new grad, it might be more difficult to get references for jobs for two simple facts:
- You have no “real” experience.
- You don’t really know anyone.
But that will change in time, and that’s certainly no reason not to have a LinkedIn profile. Besides, you’ve gotta get started on it eventually, so for the time being, you might as well add all of your college friends as well as any people you may have worked for–think on-campus or random part-time jobs. You never know when 5 or 10 years down the line, Bobby from Accounting 101, or Suzy from Physics 102 might be working at a place you want to work, and you end up getting the job because of your connection with them.
I’ve mentioned Manager Tools before. Mark and Mike are fantastic. (And their staff, Maggie and Wendii, are amazing as well.) For some guidance on using LinkedIn as a professional, I’d recommend starting with their podcasts:
LinkedIn for Managers Part 1
LinkedIn for Managers Part 2
So there ya go! If you’re looking for a job, and even if you’re not, you need to be on LinkedIn. You never know when you’re going to need it.